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Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear and sister-site Android Community. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

One year later: Where is Valve’s SteamOS?

One year later: Where is Valve’s SteamOS?

A leaked vision of the next SteamOS "Steam Controller" this morning reminds us that it's been nearly a year since Valve took to CES 2014 and brought us our first look at Steam Machines. Here 11 months later and the finalized version of SteamOS has not yet been released. Instead we've got the latest version of the Steam Client Beta update with an image which reminds us of how much we've seen - not a whole lot. Not that the final version is going to be all that different from Big Picture Mode in Steam, that is to say.

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Hummers sold in government auction for first time ever

Hummers sold in government auction for first time ever

It's time for the US government to finally, at long last, put their hummers up for sale. This will be the first time in the history of the Humvee that the US government military has allowed their custom vehicles to go on sale after they've been used in the field. Previous rounds of HMMWVs have gone to scrap. You won't be able to drive these beasts on the road, and there are no guns attached to any of them - but you can bet they'll sell like hotcakes.

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Parks and Rec final season trailer shows drone-filled future

Parks and Rec final season trailer shows drone-filled future

Welcome to the future! Parks and Rec's final season is nearly upon us, and with it, we'll be getting a look at the future of our Earth. In the trailer you're about to see, Leslie and Ben are living in their new house together, Tom Haverford is a mogul, and Andy Dwyer has his own TV show. There are drones flying around with packages, too - just like Amazon predicted! And there are see-through tablets, too - it's a terrifying world out there!

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BlackBerry Classic envy doused with Typo2 for iPhone 6

BlackBerry Classic envy doused with Typo2 for iPhone 6

At CES 2014 we saw the Typo keyboard for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s for the first time. This device is a sort of clip-on for your iPhone that allows you to type with a physical keyboard. Now the company has updated their line to include both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The company was sued by BlackBerry not long after they showed their keyboard off in a tease before CES - but they went ahead and showed it at the conference anyway. One year later and that suit is still pending - but they're ready to release a second generation despite any potential legal setbacks.

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BlackBerry teams with Amazon for Android apps

BlackBerry teams with Amazon for Android apps

This week with the full detailed reveal of the BlackBerry Classic smartphone comes word that the BlackBerry company is ramping up collaborative efforts with Amazon. Inside the BlackBerry Classic you'll find BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1, an Android Runtime layer that allows you to work with Android apps, and the Amazon Appstore. Preloaded on the BlackBerry Classic, Amazon Appstore will give users access to a wide variety of popular apps - everything that runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and below has a pretty good chance of running here.

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CrowdedRocket crowdfunding platform takes off with a bang

CrowdedRocket crowdfunding platform takes off with a bang

This week a new crowdfunding platform by the name of CrowdedRocket was launched - and not 24-hours later it's become so popular, the site is down. "We are experiencing heavy traffic," says the site at the time of this article's publication, "we are working on scaling up. Please try back later." The site works with startup companies and sets itself aside by creating a vetting process. Instead of allowing just about any sort of project jump onboard, they have a set of "thought leaders and influencers" work to see whether or not said project is worth the jumpstart in the first place.

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Yoda returns to Star Wars with Frank Oz in tow

Yoda returns to Star Wars with Frank Oz in tow

While there's not yet word of whether or not the ghost of Yoda will return for Episode 7 of the Star Wars live action movie series, Rebels has been confirmed. Star Wars Rebels has already featured a guest appearance of James Earl Jones as Darth Vader - now it's time to bring back none other than the original Yoda - Frank Oz - as our little green friend. This appearance will be made in a "disembodied voice" sort of way - because he's on Dagobah, of course.

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HTC Hima in detail: before the fact

HTC Hima in detail: before the fact

The HTC One M8 was a direct descendant of the HTC One M7. Before that, there was the HTC One S and the HTC One X. Before that, there was a whole mess of phones released by the manufacturer with a lot less cohesive a plan than HTC is working with today. Today we've got codename "HTC Hima" to look forward to. What follows are specifications for the 2015 HTC flagship, along with sensible reasons for each specification affirmation. This is what we'll more than likely see on March 1st, 2015.

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus launches alongside TV Box and Spree 4X

Huawei Honor 6 Plus launches alongside TV Box and Spree 4X

This week the folks at Huawei have taken it upon themselves to launch a whole line of products with the "Honor" brand name. They've started with the Honor 6 Plus, a smartphone with 2x 8-megapixel cameras on its back. You'll also find the Honor Spree 4X, another smartphone, this one released with a 64-bit processor under its hood. The Honor TV box is being prepared for UK Ultra HD video signals and will be released inside China only - the Spree 4X may be released beyond China's borders, while the Honor 6 Plus will also likely stay inland.

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Apple not guilty in decade-long iPod suit

Apple not guilty in decade-long iPod suit

A jury has unanimously decided that Apple was not guilty in the iPod case raised against them a decade ago. The trial for this case only lasted a week and was marred by accusations that the plaintiffs didn't actually have the iPods covered in the case at hand. While the plaintiffs suggested that Apple's iPod software deleted their music in an unlawful way back in and around 2006-2009, the jury did not agree. Instead, they've suggested that Apple's deleting of non-iTunes tracks was basically just what Apple said it would do - and that this was totally fine.

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