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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.

Ready Player One’s Steven Spielberg assignment

Ready Player One’s Steven Spielberg assignment

This afternoon it was confirmed that directorial duties for the movie Ready Player One would be given to Steven Spielberg. Easily one of the most famous movie directors in the history of the world, Spielberg will very easily give clout beyond reckoning to this science fiction project. The movie is based on the book by the same title, written by Ernest Cline, a fellow who today suggested that, due to the Spielberg assignment, he'd be having "a massive coronary" in the very near future.

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Samsung Gear VR released to Best Buy this Friday

Samsung Gear VR released to Best Buy this Friday

The Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset is headed to Best Buy stores this friday, the 27th of March, 2015. This is the first time this virtual reality headset will be available to consumers in-store in physical locations - Best Buy and Samsung both had the Gear VR up for sale online for a brief time earlier this year. The version of this headset that'll be released is the same version shown earlier this year, the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition - made for developers, but usable by everyone who wants to jump in on VR asap.

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Facebook’s Internet of Things: Parse for IoT in full effect

Facebook’s Internet of Things: Parse for IoT in full effect

This week Facebook has revealed what they'll be doing with their recently-acquired company Parse. This company creates backend tools for web, mobile and now IoT developers, meaning developers will be using Parse software to build "a whole new category of apps for connected devices." This includes in-home smart appliances, wearable smart devices, and everything in-between. Parse for IoT is a new "official" line of SDK (software developer kits) for connected devices. Parse Product Manager James Yu spoke up this week on the release, suggesting that through conversations with Parse customers who use the platform in hardware products already, they've decided they could "go one step further."

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Behold, the 50-year-old Corned Beef Sandwich in Space

Behold, the 50-year-old Corned Beef Sandwich in Space

What an odd thing to memorialize - but there it is. The 50th anniversary of the first (and last) corned-beef sandwich to fly through space. Back on the 23rd of March, 1964, NASA launched their first two-man space mission Gemini 3. Two hours into the flight, astronaut John Young pulled a corned beef sandwich out of his space suit pocket. It was a joke, or a "gotcha" as his partner called them - but a joke that turned deadly serious not long after his epic sandwich-heavy space-prank was revealed.

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Mark Zuckerberg teases 360 VR video in Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg teases 360 VR video in Facebook

"Soon we're going to start supporting spherical video in newsfeed," said Zuckerberg, "and soon we're going to be supporting spherical video in VR, in your VR headset." Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed interest in VR several years ago - well before the company purchased Oculus VR. Here in 2015, it's clear that the future of Facebook includes more than just sharing text, and more than just sharing photos. Facebook will soon be sharing spherical video - not just video, but video that allows you to look around in all directions.

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Kano OS made free for Raspberry Pi 2

Kano OS made free for Raspberry Pi 2

To quicken the development of Kano OS and its innards, the team behind the creation of the "fast, fun, friendly OS" have made it free to Raspberry Pi 2. This software works with games, web browsing, a video app, and lots of tools for software development. This system comes with a toolset of utilities for Raspberry Pi and the OS itself and is aimed at developers - though you could very well make your own tiny console with it if you do so wish.

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Leap Motion’s Open Source Virtual Reality support gets real

Leap Motion’s Open Source Virtual Reality support gets real

Right up front - attached at the faceplate - that's where you'll find the Leap Motion tracker on the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit later this year. An announcement has been made by the Open Source Virtual Reality group that suggests Leap Motion is fully onboard - supporting the initiative and preparing their motion tracking equipment to ship with the first developer-aimed hardware later this year. This would make the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit the first VR headset to ship with Leap Motion attached - supposing Oculus VR doesn't get there first.

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You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

Now that Apple is rumored to be releasing a new Apple TV box later this year, citizens of the mobile smart device universe have their respective TV-loving ears perked up once again. Do I need a new Apple TV? Maybe an Amazon Fire TV Stick instead? Perhaps I need to get something like a Roku, or maybe a Chromecast! Or - better yet - I could just use the old laptop that's sitting in, on, or under my desk. The one I replaced years ago, but still works just fine.

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Tie Fighter Anime whets your appetite for Star Wars 7

Tie Fighter Anime whets your appetite for Star Wars 7

What's that - a TIE-fighter anime series? Not quite. More like a taste of what's possible made by a single artist. The artist known as MightyOtaking has created the full-sized version of the demo 2-minute picture he'd been working on earlier this year, this piece of work simply called "TIE Fighter (short film)". "Drawn and animated by yours truly," he says, "over 4 years worth of weekends." You'll notice several sound effects from the original TIE Fighter video game for PC - that's the inspiration for this whole project, after all.

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Super Troopers 2 may start filming this summer

Super Troopers 2 may start filming this summer

Apparently it seems like a fabulous idea right meow for the folks at Broken Lizard Industries to hinge their next movie on a crowdfunding campaign. Working with Indigogo, the five-man group has summoned a singular campaign to fund the second Super Troopers. This film would be a direct descendant of the first Super Troopers movie, also written by, directed by, and starring the five comedians in Broken Lizard back in 2001. This time the movie is bypassing collaborative studios and going straight for the money shot.

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