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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.

Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars to swap keys for fingerprint sensors soon

Cars and trucks of all sorts might allow you to ditch your keys altogether if Synaptics has anything to say about it. The folks at Synaptics have announced that they'll soon be bringing fingerprint sensors to your vehicle as an expansion to their Natural ID brand. Not directly to your vehicle - not direct to you - but through car manufacturers who will implement the sensors in vehicles over the next few years. You'll be using these fingerprint sensors for a variety of purposes sooner than later.

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I hope this is the next iPhone (after the iPhone 7, that is)

I hope this is the next iPhone (after the iPhone 7, that is)

Today we have a peek at the next iPhone - a concept for a device that may be Apple's vision for the iPhone 7's next-of-kin. There's word that the iPhone 7 wont be a miracle of engineering and mind-blowing madness - that it won't be the major upgrade this 2-year cycle Apple always works with would have us expect. This is not the iPhone we were expecting, or hoping for. Instead, the big change in smartphone action, I hope, will be coming in 2017. This device will be the real brain-blaster.

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LG TVs to bring true black Aurora Borealis to Iceland

LG TVs to bring true black Aurora Borealis to Iceland

This week the folks at LG have revealed a concert that'll take place in Iceland. There the band Of Monsters and Men will be playing a set where, behind them, massive LG displays will be showing captured visions of the Aurora Borealis. Color on black, light shining through the displays just as the Aurora shines through the blackness of the sky. This event will be taking place on the 20th of July in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Tesla makes SolarCity bid to build clean energy empire

Tesla makes SolarCity bid to build clean energy empire

Tesla wants to put electric cars, batteries, and solar power under one brand roof with an acquisition of the company called SolarCity. Tesla Motors wants to make start-to-finish green energy use a reality. In their vehicles - electric vehicles that is - and in the sun that generates power for batteries, all owned by a single user, all purchased from a single company. At the moment, Tesla does not have every piece of technology they need to make this a reality - but they hope to soon.

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Tumblr launches Live Video, but wont host

Tumblr launches Live Video, but wont host

Today Tumblr launched Tumblr Live Video, an initiative that uses other services to do the blog platform's dirty work. Instead of hosting the live video and streaming with Tumblr's servers, Tumblr is simply enacting sharing to Tumblr from a variety of 3rd-party services. So it's not entirely unlike how Twitter doesn't actually do the Live Video bit, they use Periscope.

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Turtle Beach Elite Pro Headset Review

Turtle Beach Elite Pro Headset Review

The esports-aimed Turtle Beach crew have aimed for a major win with their full Elite Pro headset package. They aspire to be the go-to brand for headsets of the upper-class professional gamer with this headset and its accessories. What's fantastic about this headset isn't the audio, believe it or not (though that's top tier too), it's the comfort. It's the glasses notches. It's the gel-infused memory foam around my ears.

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Motorola exec heads out

Motorola exec heads out

Today it's become apparent that Motorola Mobility has had another loss of executive in Jim Wicks. This is Wicks, design lead for Motorola Mobility for "a dozen years" as Chicago Business says, heading to Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering next month. Normally I'd say Motorola was losing an executive because of bad reasons but, in this case, it's far more likely that Wicks is heading out because Northwestern University is a place he wants to be after working the same job for over a decade.

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iPhone 7’s big change isn’t what you’re expecting

iPhone 7’s big change isn’t what you’re expecting

For the iPhone 7 this morning several revelations were made by a couple of well-known news sources. Traditional news sources, that is to say: CNBC and the Wall Street Journal. According to CNBC, the big change is that there won't really be all that much of a change at all for the iPhone 7. The big change is that Apple will break with tradition, not giving this year's "tick" in their normal "tick tock" scheme a major overhaul.

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Twitter and Vine videos just got a whole lot longer

Twitter and Vine videos just got a whole lot longer

This morning Twitter turned up the juice. In addition to allowing certain celebrities know what followers to follow back, they released some limits on video posting. Posting, that is, videos that are far longer than they used to be, both on Twitter itself and through Vine. Users of all sorts will be able to upload videos with a maximum file size of 512MB and a length of 2-minutes and 20 seconds.

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First Galaxy Note 6 detail spilled by Samsung

First Galaxy Note 6 detail spilled by Samsung

In what must be the smallest detail leak in the history of Samsung that remains significant to super-fans, the Galaxy Note 6 has been named. Named on Samsung's Agent (AA) Profile page, that is. In comes SM-N930F, the "F" version of what's certainly the next smartphone in the Note series. It goes like this: Galaxy Note 4 is SM-N910, Note 5 is SM-N920, and we can safely assume that the Note 6 (or Note 7, as it may be called), is SM-N930.

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Twitter Engage Review : watching your followers closely

Twitter Engage Review : watching your followers closely

This morning you'll find an app in the app store by the name of Twitter Engage. This app works with "creators", as Twitter calls them, making it easier for them to "interact with their fans and grow and retain an audience." Twitter Engage's release uses terms like "popular creators" and "influential creators" to suggest that this app is not just for your everyday Joe Schmo. This is about the big guns. The people that want to make a difference. The people that make trends happen.

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Here comes iPhone 7’s massive OLED display release

Here comes iPhone 7’s massive OLED display release

This week insider sources in China have revealed that Samsung is ramping up supply of OLED panels to make way for the next iPhone. This comes as little surprise to the masses following leaks and rumors surrounding the iPhone 7, as an OLED panel for an iPhone has been expected since last year at this time. It's according to Nikkei that Samsung intends to spend approximately KRW 8 trillion (or $6.8 billion) to bring OLED panel production sky-high.

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