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

Gravitational waves detected, creating “new means of observing the universe”

Gravitational waves detected, creating “new means of observing the universe”

Today scientists have announced the confirmed existence of gravitational waves, providing proof for one of Albert Einstein's most elusive predictions. These gravitational waves open a door to new scientific discoveries innumerable, showing ripples in the fabric of space and time in a way previously thought impossible. Ironically - sort of - this year also marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein's publication of his prediction of the existence of these gravitational waves, all the way back in 1915.

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Zuckerberg responds on India internet, remains mum on Net Neutrality

Zuckerberg responds on India internet, remains mum on Net Neutrality

This afternoon Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to comments about India's refusal to allow "Free Basics" in the country. While Facebook appeared to be bringing free internet to the world with this initiative last year - but as soon as it became apparent that not all was what it seemed, India responded. They responded by banning Free Basics altogether. Then earlier this month, they went a step further, issuing a Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016. Today Zuckerberg responded.

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Twitter users tank in Q4 earnings call

Twitter users tank in Q4 earnings call

In an earnings call this afternoon, Twitter reported a 2-million active user decline over the past three months. This is at odds with what the company had projected: just the opposite, a 2-million active user increase. Twitter has also made an effort to show that this quarter (their financial Q4) showed a "strong" business side, with continued strength in advertising business, especially in video ads and "across major verticals, channels, and geographies."

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Android Marshmallow guide revealed

Samsung Galaxy S6 Android Marshmallow guide revealed

A file meant to be shared with Samsung employees has leaked showing all the ins and outs of Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. What you're going to be able to do is see not just what Android 6.0 Marshmallow can do in general, but what users like yourself will be able to do with your device specifically. This collection of sheets is part of Samsung's training program for employees - Specifically Samsung Customer Contact centers and Samsung Authorized Service centers.

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Adobe Photoshop Sketch Review with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Adobe Photoshop Sketch Review with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Over the past week and a half I've been using the app Adobe Photoshop Sketch for iOS with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. It's not what I expected. I expected it to be an experience in which the stylus (the Apple Pencil) would be speedy and the app would have simple basics. As it turned out, the Apple Pencil is speedy, yes, but latency is so extremely small it's as if the hardware were made for this app specifically. This goes for the app interacting with the Pencil as well - tapping between brushes and backing up and drawing - all of this felt entirely natural.

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Bluetooth web connections will put your smart home online

Bluetooth web connections will put your smart home online

This week the folks in charge of Bluetooth have announced connectivity to the web without the need for smartphones or tablets. A new "architecture standard" is being set in place, allowing developers to send an update to Bluetooth devices that'd eventually allow them to access the web without the need for a smartphone as a conduit. That's right. Soon you'll be able to turn your coffee maker on without even being inside your house.

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WhatsApp Update: here’s what (emoji) you’re getting

WhatsApp Update: here’s what (emoji) you’re getting

This morning the updates began to arrive for WhatsApp, bringing on - amongst other bits and pieces - a whole new collection of emoji. this new version 2.12.441 allows users to roll with a tabbed collection of what you'll otherwise have been getting in iOS 9.1, but... you know... here on Android. This update to WhatsApp will only be showing these new emoji to users who also have the same last couple of versions of the app, so you might want to hold back on the delivery just yet.

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Nissan “Winter Warrior” trio revealed for Chicago Auto Show

Nissan “Winter Warrior” trio revealed for Chicago Auto Show

This week the folks at Nissan have revealed three new vehicles - concepts the lot of them. Each of them is ready to roll with winter weather preparedness - extreme winter weather preparedness, with full snow track systems. They're all red, too. They can pretty much take on any set of elements you're going to toss at them. Here you'll find the custom-built Pathfinder, Murano and Rogue, all prepared for their first showing at the Chicago Auto Show.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow: 3x ways

Samsung Galaxy S4 update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow: 3x ways

While Samsung will almost certainly not be updating your Samsung Galaxy S4 to Android 6.0 or 6.0.1 Marshmallow, 3rd party developers are all about it. Today we're exploring a couple of the several ways in which users are still able to continue updating their device, regardless of manufacturer Android update support. The first of these is likely the most popular - CyanogenMod 13. The second is also a sort of advanced ROM flashing situation. The third way to update your Galaxy S4 is sort of a cheat - not the real deal, really.

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Amazon Lumberyard launched for “free” game development in the cloud

Amazon Lumberyard launched for “free” game development in the cloud

This week a new cross-platform 3D game engine was launched with the name Amazon Lumberyard. This system is integrated with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Twitch, including cloud-connected gameplay features and connectivity with Amazon GameLift. This second service, Amazon GameLift, was made to deploy, operate, and scale session-based multiplayer games. These tools appear to put Amazon right into the thick of the game development universe. Appear to. We'll see how adoption works soon.

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Google adds an encryption lock to Gmail

Google adds an encryption lock to Gmail

Google initiates an unlocked/broken lock icon system in Gmail in honor of Safer Internet Day, showing whether or not emails are encrypted or not. Gmail email has been encrypted for some time. Not all other email services share this level of protection. Google's initiative - starting today - shows a tiny un-locked icon to the right of your "to" or "from" bar in any given email. This broken or unlocked lock indicates whether or not the person on the other end of your email works with a service that supports TLS encryption.

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Twitter just sold your home screen to advertisers

Twitter just sold your home screen to advertisers

The folks at Twitter have announced a system called First View, one in which they've allowed advertisers to engage you ASAP. The first spot on your Twitter feed right AFTER your first normal tweet - that's where the first advertisement will reside. "Marketers can drive significant audience reach with the top ad spot in the timeline", says Twitter - alongside Promoted Trends and Promoted Moments. This is only the latest innovation Twitter has revealed in their effort to monetize their social network.

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