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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.

X37-B: Everything we know about this secret Air Force space mission

X37-B: Everything we know about this secret Air Force space mission

The United States Air Force X37-B Space Plane (one of two) takes off into orbit above Earth in its fourth secretive mission. The craft itself is not a secret - we know what it's capable of. The contents of the craft are not entirely secret - we know MOST of what's inside. What the United States Air Force is doing on this mission with the cargo they carry - that's the question here. With one of two X-37B space planes headed to space with, amongst other cargo, 10 minuscule "cubesats" and a real deal Solar Sail, we'll be interested to see what becomes of their testing and action.

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Xbox One Master Chief Bundle arrives in “Cirrus White”

Xbox One Master Chief Bundle arrives in “Cirrus White”

A unique edition of the Xbox One arrives this week just in time for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. This version works with a "Cirrus White" body and controller, and includes the game Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Imagine that! With this game you get four Halo games including Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4. This version of the Xbox does not include the Xbox One Kinect. Mostly because there's no reason for you to have it if you only plan on playing Halo forever and for always.

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Spotify Video launches return fire at Tidal

Spotify Video launches return fire at Tidal

A number of updates to Spotify are announced by CEO Daniel Ek including a "video capsule." This video capsule will be launching with partners such as Comedy Central, Vice News, and MTV. At this time it's not entirely clear whether or not this portal will work with music content only, or if it'll expand to a wide range of oddities in the near future. The update to Spotify's apps will occur beginning this afternoon. The video wars have only just begun.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 brutally destroyed by Desert Eagle

Samsung Galaxy S6 brutally destroyed by Desert Eagle

Samsung Galaxy S6 undergoes toughness test which includes a shot with a Desert Eagle sidearm. While the crew in this test do indeed apply a carbon fiber skin from DBrand, it... really doesn't do much to protect the phone. As it's not meant to really - not from a bullet, anyway. This gun-based toughness test is mostly a fun sort of deal, as there's only one device that's truly able to stop a bullet, and I think you know the brand name.

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Android Wear fires back at Apple Watch

Android Wear fires back at Apple Watch

Google takes aim with a feature update to Android Wear just one day after Apple releases their own software boost to Apple Watch. This update for Android Wear includes many of the features mentioned in Google's first teaser for their next boost - now coming to a number of watches this week. The main feature in this collection is a new Launcher - this allows you to access apps by swiping left from the watch face. Much easier to access than before.

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Christopher Lloyd returns as Doc Brown for LEGO Dimensions

Christopher Lloyd returns as Doc Brown for LEGO Dimensions

A new trailer for LEGO Dimensions is released with Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as Doc Brown from Back to the Future. One of several "Dimensions" in this LEGO game is Back to the Future, with Doc himself appearing as a playable character. Also appearing is Marty McFly, along with the first appearance of the LEGO Hoverboard. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment reveal this morning more gameplay from the LEGO Dimensions multiverse. Now we'll just be crossing our fingers for far more Biff Tannen.

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Mad Max: The Wasteland is the (working) title of the next film

Mad Max: The Wasteland is the (working) title of the next film

Director George Miller confirms not only that there are two more films in the Mad Max film series planned, but that the next has a title already. While this may end up just being a working title, Miller suggests that they've got the name "Mad Max: The Wasteland" attached. Not too much of a departure from any other Mad Max film, to be sure. It also confirms that we're not really going too far away from the environment we've been in for the past three films.*

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Nearly 1/3 people use Facebook while driving

Nearly 1/3 people use Facebook while driving

AT&T commissioned Braun Research poll finds nearly 1 out of every 3 people use Facebook while driving. Driving their automobile. On the road, in the United States, where you live. The study was done by poll, asking 2,067 in the United States aged between 16-65 who use their smartphone at least once a day AND drive at least once a day a number of questions. What was found was a bit shocking, to say the least. Not only do a lot of people drive while using their phone, a lot of those people do some pretty involved things on their phone whilst driving.

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Oculus Rift hardware event set, VR Jam finalists named

Oculus Rift hardware event set, VR Jam finalists named

Oculus VR sends invites to the press for a consumer-related event that promises to reveal market-ready hardware. What you're going to see isn't all that revealing, but the differences between the newest developer model of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and the first consumer hardware are few and far between. What you're going to see at this special event for the headset isn't as important as who will be there - who will be presenting the first apps and games for the Oculus Rift as it's set for release in early 2016.

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Microsoft hires BioWare/EA veteran for HoloLens and Xbox

Microsoft hires BioWare/EA veteran for HoloLens and Xbox

Gaming development head Casey Hudson, formerly of EA Games and BioWare, is hired by Microsoft Studios as Creative Director. This roll will put him in a leadership position with Microsoft HoloLens, Xbox, "and other awesome projects." Hudson will be reporting to Kudo Tsunoda, CVP of Next Gen Experiences at Microsoft. Microsoft notes that his roll as Project Director with BioWare/EA put him in charge of "the creative and operational vision for development of franchises such as Mass Effect and Star Wars," as well as broader business strategy and media expansion.

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