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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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 released to carriers

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 released to carriers

This week Samsung revealed the carrier version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, a tablet made to match the Galaxy S6 smartphone series. This device will be released to T-Mobile first, arriving on September 3rd on store shelves across the United States. This release is part of what T-Mobile is branding "the summer of Samsung", including the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ too!

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ASUS full IFA product lineup details teased

ASUS full IFA product lineup details teased

ASUS teases a collection of devices they'll likely unveil in full at IFA 2015 starting on the 4th of September. One video shows off a set of devices - at least three, by the looks of it - each with classic ASUS industrial design. The first and most obvious of these is the new ASUS ZenWatch. This device will take on a form not all that unlike the first ZenWatch revealed at IFA 2014, just under one year ago, in Berlin, Germany.

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Galaxy Note 5’s so-called “PenGate”: who should be responsible?

Galaxy Note 5’s so-called “PenGate”: who should be responsible?

Samsung responds to the press on what users should expect when placing their S Pen into its holster on the Galaxy Note 5. Earlier today it became apparent that the fact that you're able to jam your Galaxy Note 5's S Pen in to its hole the wrong way - wasn't going away. Samsung has responded to the masses by suggesting that users read the instructions that come with the device right out of the box. Detractors have other ideas, saying Samsung should have made this device fool-proof.

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Stephen Hawking theorizes escaping a black hole

Stephen Hawking theorizes escaping a black hole

Upon the event horizon of a black hole, suggested leading physicist Stephen Hawking this week, information may not be lost. While all matter is sucked into the hole, prevailing theories that all will be lost - are not quite as solid as they were before Hawking spoke. It was at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm this month that Hawking presented a new idea on how information may be able to escape a black hole - a flat, useless form, but released nonetheless.

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Hobbit “Five Armies” Extended Edition release dated with R-rating

Hobbit “Five Armies” Extended Edition release dated with R-rating

The final installment of the "Extended Editions" of The Hobbit trilogy has been revealed this week. The Battle of the Five Armies will include 20 minutes of additional footage for the film itself, then will also include more than 9 hours of special features. This movie will also be rated R - this is different from the theatrical cut of the film which is rated PG-13. This new rating has been pushed to the film by the MPAA for "some violence." As if there weren't violence in the film in the first place.

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OnePlus 2 Wins Blind Camera Test vs iPhone 6, Galaxy S6, LG G4

OnePlus 2 Wins Blind Camera Test vs iPhone 6, Galaxy S6, LG G4

Over the past several days we've run a Blind Camera Test between the OnePlus 2, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S6, and the iPhone 6 in a small variety of high and low-light environments. These environments were mostly "average" environments, aiming to see which device does the best under the conditions you'd most likely be shooting in on any given "normal" sort of day. As with each Blind Camera Test here on SlashGear, this test was meant to be as objective as possible.

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DROID MAXX 2 details leaked in photos

DROID MAXX 2 details leaked in photos

This morning the DROID MAXX 2, also known as the Moto X Play internationally, has appeared in a few leaked photos. This device is also known as the Motorola XT1565, the code for the base of the device that'll be released with different names in different regions. This DROID MAXX 2 for Verizon Wireless will be the only Moto X Play we'll see here in the United States, while the Moto X Style will be released separately, and with more than one carrier.

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Is this “HTC One Plus” really such an iPhone clone?

Is this “HTC One Plus” really such an iPhone clone?

A set of photos suggests that HTC's next flagship smartphone may be extremely similar to the iPhone 6 Plus. Today we're going to take a quick look at how it's not just this leaked HTC device that looks like the iPhone, it's the iPhone that looks like the first "HTC One", and the Galaxy S6 looks like the iPhone 6, and the Xperia Z series looks like it had Samsung designers on staff - and any number of comparisons that, in the end, point toward the same conclusion: we're headed toward a smartphone design singularity.

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Samsung Gear 2 in final testing

Samsung Gear 2 in final testing

Today the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch has been shown off "in the wild" - still on the arm of a Samsung employee, but in a candid shot nonetheless. This device was shown on the arm of vice president, head of study, Samsung Design America Dennis Miloseski. This fellow is also the head of Samsung Mobile UXCA, overseeing strategy, design UX, industrial design, and engineering operations in North America for Samsung. Normally Miloseski is the sort of person to wear far more expensive watches. Normally he's rolling with high fashion.

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Aztec skull rack may reveal thousands of decapitated human heads

Aztec skull rack may reveal thousands of decapitated human heads

Archaeologists in Mexico have revealed a skull rack found in the ruins of the Templo Mayor complex in Tenochtitlan. This is in modern Mexico City where the Museo del Templo Mayor now resides. As the museum displays history above, so do archaeologists continue to excavate below. Their most recent find is a skull rack built between 1485 and 1502, coming in at a cool 40-feet (12-meters) by 112-feet (34-meters), packed full of human skulls. Archaeologists on the case believe they've found the "Huey Tzompantli", or Main skull rack of the complex.

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This Madden NFL 16 ad has dancing, dinosaurs, and “Al Pacino”

This Madden NFL 16 ad has dancing, dinosaurs, and “Al Pacino”

Today you're going to witness an awe-inspiring video spot for the next Madden football video game. This video bounces off the last super-absurd ad spot for the game, bringing in a couple of headband-wearing muscle masters to answer the call of a madman, who's kidnapped our hero's girlfriend. They've got to train, and train hard. They've got to get so good at the game that they can't lose. It's kind of like Athene the world's greatest paladin, but not quite as dramatic.

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Samsung is pushing Notification Ads to users, too

Samsung is pushing Notification Ads to users, too

Earlier this year it became apparent that HTC was releasing ads disguised as notifications to users - now Samsung may be on the same path. What we're seeing here is a set of notifications that'll pop up in the pull-down notifications and settings menu on an Android device - newer Samsung devices, in this case - that'll link to a Samsung webpage where the items advertised are for sale. Examples here include a Galaxy S6 edge+ ad and a Peel Remote ad - which is slightly separate.

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