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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.

Everything Acer just unveiled at once

Everything Acer just unveiled at once

Acer just released a whole boatload of new devices and release information on those devices in New York City, showing off everything from smartphones to gaming displays. PCs are in here too, with Windows 10 devices and Chromebook both popping up on point. A couple of Android tablets are appearing here with Acer Aspire notebooks and Acer's K138ST, the world's first LED projector with an intelligent ambient light sensor. All devices in this collection will be released inside the next several months of 2015.

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Acer projectors drop in detecting ambient light

Acer projectors drop in detecting ambient light

The Acer K138ST is a unique piece of work. It's a short-throw projector aimed at the sort of person who brings their projector with them at all times. It has built-in speakers, extremely bright lights inside, and is ready to roll with ambient light sensing to contribute to smart adjustments at any time. It's small enough to fit in your backpack if you really want to be a traveling projectionist. This little beast is just one of three new projectors revealed by Acer this week in New York City.

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An Apple launch like no other

An Apple launch like no other

Tomorrow is launch day for the Apple Watch. But it's not like any other Apple product launch. In fact, completely the opposite. This launch, unlike any other Apple product launch over the past decade, will include no in-store availability of the product at hand. Instead of the Apple Watch being out and ready to purchase by the average consumer, tomorrow is only the day when (some) Apple Watch orders will be fulfilled. With a completely new category of device comes change for Apple, and a launch that'll be unlike any that came before or after.

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ASUS heads to watch shops with VivoWatch

ASUS heads to watch shops with VivoWatch

The device you're about to see does not run Android Wear. This is the ASUS VivoWatch, and it's bucking the trend set by its competitors by running its own unique operating system. Inside you'll find 10-day battery life and software that lends itself to health and fitness tracking for its wearer. This watch isn't headed to smartphone stores, like so many other wearable devices released recently. Instead, the ASUS VivoWatch is headed to Goldsmith stores, Watches of Switzerland, and WatchShop dot com.

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Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 hits Best Buy

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 hits Best Buy

This week the folks at Samsung are pushing the details on the release of their next Virtual Reality headset, the Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6. This is the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge's version of the Gear VR, bringing a slightly more dense display to the virtual reality arena than the Galaxy Note of the first wave. This headset will be brought to Best Buy online and in physical store locations and to Samsung online starting on the 15th of May.

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Mad Max launch trailer eats dog food, hits Thunderdome

Mad Max launch trailer eats dog food, hits Thunderdome

So you're a big fan of the original Max, the Road Warrior, the nameless stranger, yes? Mad Max is a game based on a movie, a movie that resurrects the original Mad Max trilogy of films with a new lead actor and an alternate take on the post-apocalyptic wasteland. Have a peek at the latest trailer, the last trailer before launch, we hope, for Mad Max. This game will be coming out well after the movie, and it'll include Dinki-Di dog food, just like it should. Just as Australian God intended.

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Misfit Minute launches as Apple Watch exclusive

Misfit Minute launches as Apple Watch exclusive

This week Misfit is launching the newest exclusive Apple Watch app, bringing more fitness-friendly functionality to the wearable world. This software will allow the user to select a time interval of 1, 4, or 7 minutes, receiving then a recommendation of a total body workout that'll be best suited for them at that time. This workout will include body-weight exercises, and "high intensity circuit training" that'll aim to burn calories and build strength for the user. Misfit Minute also provides the Apple Watch user with a collection of encouraging and inspirational messages during their workout.

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Box aims for developers with Dev Toolkit, SDK

Box aims for developers with Dev Toolkit, SDK

This week the folks at Box have presented their first Box Developer Edition, making a play for the creators amongst us. This system will work to provide developers with all the tools they need to build apps around and in the Box file sharing and cloud management system. This system was shown for the first time at the BoxDev developer conference this week. This system aims to bring in developers to work on Box with Box for users of Box in the wild - and the whole Box world is about to get a whole lot more diverse.

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The 3 big drawbacks to using Google Project Fi

The 3 big drawbacks to using Google Project Fi

Google's wireless carrier is out in the open, and along with a number of fairly solid positive points, there are - as with any industry-moving plan - some drawbacks. This Google wireless carrier business has been a long time coming, after all, and it's no perfect first swipe. Today we're having a peek at what you need to know about Google Project Fi if you plan on subscribing in the near future in both the positive and the negative. The article you're about to dive into right here and now is aimed at showing you what you might consider drawbacks.

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Twitter abuse now requires your phone number

Twitter abuse now requires your phone number

As one of several new means of combating abuse on their social network, Twitter is bringing on phone number verification for users. This system will not require that every Twitter verify their account using a phone number, but would potentially have some users required to verify their account or risk having said account destroyed entirely. Twitter is also enacting a feature which hides abusive Tweets from those that abused users do not follow. Abuse, Twitter hopes, will soon be a thing of the past - or it'll be hidden from view, at least.

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