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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.

Why drop tests don’t shatter Motorola phones (like Moto Z Force)

Why drop tests don’t shatter Motorola phones (like Moto Z Force)

Today we've seen another drop test of the Moto Z, this time with the Z Force Droid Edition of the phone. It didn't shatter. It didn't even crack. The reason for this is the application of an extra bit of protection called ShatterShield. This is not the first time Motorola has used this tech - they also had it applied to the Motorola DROID Turbo 2, a device that survived a 900-foot drop (with only a TINY crack to show for it). ShatterShield is an extra layer of protection outside your display glass - a step above your everyday screen protector.

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iPhone 7 detailed in four colors

iPhone 7 detailed in four colors

Release day is coming for the iPhone 7 - not necessarily soon, but it's certainly on its way - and with it, a variety of new colors for the Apple flagship. Today we've got images of four colors for the next smartphone from the fruit company, one that suggests two shades of gray, the other that suggests one gray and one blue. Both images suggest that both Gold and Rose Gold are locks for the next device - for the smaller version, anyway.

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This Moto Z headphone dongle turns a hot phone into a hot mess

This Moto Z headphone dongle turns a hot phone into a hot mess

Welcome to the future, a place where we're not quite ready to let go of the headphone jack on a phone, but DO want to get rid of said jack anyway. Motorola is the first major brand in the USA to do away with the headphone jack on its hero smartphone, the Moto Z, and today we get our first glimpse of the oddity that is the Moto Z headphone dongle, an accessory that comes with the device right out the box.

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Galaxy Note 7 release date carriers leaked by FCC

Galaxy Note 7 release date carriers leaked by FCC

This morning the folks at the FCC have let it be known that a whole bunch of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices will be released very soon. In their latest certification of said devices, they've revealed the codes SM-N930V, SM-N930A, SM-N930P, SM-N930T, SM-N930R4, and SM-N930W8. These codes correspond to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and a couple of outliers. These can be connected to the Unlocked trend Samsung seems to be ready to join in on, as evidenced by the Galaxy S7 Unlocked release this June.

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Razer iPad Pro keyboard makes world’s first ultra-low-profile mechanical switch

Razer iPad Pro keyboard makes world’s first ultra-low-profile mechanical switch

This morning the folks at Razer have revealed their first big play for the iPad Pro in an keyboard case. This keyboard case works with Razer's own Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical Switches, the first of their kind. Every one of these Razer Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical switches works with "a true actuation and reset point." In short - they're radical. The case will be shipping immediately straight through Razer's official store online at Razerzone dot com.

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New World’s Largest LEGO Technic set is a 3.9k piece mega-excavator

New World’s Largest LEGO Technic set is a 3.9k piece mega-excavator

The Bucket Wheel Excavator will soon hold the honor of being the largest LEGO Technic set in history. This isn't just an enthusiast build - it's a real-deal for-purchase set from LEGO. Users will be putting together 3,900+ pieces to create one of two sets. This set allows you to choose between two sets of directions, building either the Bucket Wheel Excavator or the Mobile Aggregate Processing Plant. This model also has a motor and battery box to make its final build as engaging and authentic as possible.

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It’s not too late to get started with Pokemon GO

It’s not too late to get started with Pokemon GO

Whether you're reading this when it's first published or a few years down the line, it's not too late to start playing Pokemon GO. This game quickly became the most-played mobile game in the history of mobile games, handily overtaking Candy Crush Saga, Draw Something, and Clash Royale in peak daily active users just a few days after launch. Despite this, users thinking they've missed the boat needn't worry. This game isn't one a new user can get behind in irredeemably.

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Galaxy Note 7 secret detail to out-thin iPhone 7

Galaxy Note 7 secret detail to out-thin iPhone 7

The secret weapon of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may have been revealed in an analyst column sent out to industry officials in Korea just this past week. The appearance of "Y-OCTA", a technology that Samsung will have been developing for several years at least, nearly went without notice. A publication by the name of KIPOST, or The Korea Industry Post, revealed that Samsung would first apply this technology on the Galaxy Note sequel (called that due to Samsung not having revealed the name until just yesterday).

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Pokemon GO update details: big changes coming soon

Pokemon GO update details: big changes coming soon

This week the folks at Niantic have updated Pokemon GO with several new features that'll affect gameplay. In a big way, users that only have an Android Nexus device, like the Nexus 6 or Nexus 6P, will actually BE ABLE to play the game as it's been updated to include Android N, or Android Nougat in its usability structure. It works on Android N, in other words. This newest update also opens the doors for Germany as well as all Android devices with Intel x86 processors.

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AOC’s first curved gaming display comes in black

AOC’s first curved gaming display comes in black

Today is the first day that AOC has its own curved gaming monitor. This display rolls with a black/silver cabinet and a curved-edge rectangular base, and its display is relatively massive. This display has a single 35" Class, 21:9 Aspect Ratio panel with a 35" Diagonal Viewable Area. Brightness typically rings in at 300 cd/m², and its highest supported resolution is 2560 x 1080 @60Hz. It's not the sharpest display in the universe, but it's certainly a looker.

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Ten creepy PokeStops in Pokemon GO

Ten creepy PokeStops in Pokemon GO

Today you're going to see 10 creepy, weird, or otherwise wonderful PokeStops from inside the game Pokemon GO. This game is built on the same engine that the developers at Niantic built Ingress on - which means they've picked many places of interest automatically from Google Maps, local listings of items of interest, and lists of locations of churches. These are places where people tend to congregate ...for the most part.

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Pokemon GO update fixes security hole

Pokemon GO update fixes security hole

This morning the folks at Niantic appear to have fixed the security hole on the iOS version of the app, making this fix available to the masses on iTunes. Users will also find a variety of other fixes in the mix, suggesting that they may be on their way to Android imminently. The first of these fixes (after the security issue) is a set of "resolved issues causing crashes." Hooray for that one, without a doubt.

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