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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.

New iPods launching July 14th with smaller storage

New iPods launching July 14th with smaller storage

Earlier today several images of new iPod devices were released through the newest update to iTunes. Inside version 12.2 of iTunes - complete with Apple Music - users could find three new colors for the iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle. With a slightly more full - or dark - blue and pink as well as a new gold - to match the iPhone and Apple Watch, of course - this new lineup will likely be released to the Apple Store online and in physical shops on the 14th of July.

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Arnold enters VR with Terminator Genisys for Google Cardboard

Arnold enters VR with Terminator Genisys for Google Cardboard

Today the next step in the never-ending Terminator series hits theaters - but before you get there, an experience awaits your smartphone. Today the folks at Specular Theory have a Terminator Genisys full 360-degree video prepared for the masses, created using YouTube Space LA and Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. This is 360 YouTube Chronicles, available to the masses through YouTube today, outside the film. You're going to want to watch this before you head to the movie theater - then you're going to wish that the whole movie was filmed this way.

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Uncharted 4 extended gameplay trailer launched post-E3

Uncharted 4 extended gameplay trailer launched post-E3

What you're about to see is a gameplay trailer from the PlayStation 4 version of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. This trailer is for a game that'll be released inside the year 2016 for PlayStation 4. The big deal here - if you're not already convinced to watch it yourself and have your eyes blown out of their sockets - is that the game looks extraordinarily good for a console title. The transition between the cutscene at the start and the gameplay is enough to toss us reeling.

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Rosetta finds sinkholes that could swallow a pyramid

Rosetta finds sinkholes that could swallow a pyramid

Rosetta continues its extended mission in capturing information on its nearby comet this week, finding massive sinkholes in the process. A number of these massive "cavities" have shown themselves in comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. These holes appear as deep as 590 feet (180 meters) and as wide as 656 feet (200 meters) in diameter. While scientists are not certain why these pits are appearing, lead researcher Jean-Baptiste Vincent suggested that it could be because of the heat of the sun, this heat creating jets of surface-collapsing dust.

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Yahoo Aviate just made a lot of Android users angry

Yahoo Aviate just made a lot of Android users angry

Today Yahoo updated the launcher known as Yahoo Aviate to include a service much like Google's own "Google Now" feature. Instead of users embracing this sort of alternate universe feature, users of Yahoo Aviate have responded with less-than-positive remarks aplenty. Yahoo calls this new feature Smart Stream, suggesting that it "puts relevant information front and center so you can take action right away." "What if your phone could just show you the information you wanted," said Paul Montoy-Wilson, Product Manager of Yahoo Aviate and Co-Founder of Aviate, "instead of forcing you through multiple steps to get there?"

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360fly acquiring VSN Mobil: VR environment converges

360fly acquiring VSN Mobil: VR environment converges

At this point in the quickly-evolving environment of consumer virtual reality, we're already seeing major convergence. This means companies - like Microsoft and Oculus, Oculus and Facebook, and Microsoft and Valve VR - are high-fiving one another to bring more compatible experiences to the public. Both companies benefit. The consumer benefits. The same this is true of this week's news: the company 360fly will be acquiring VSN Mobil's 360-degree hardware. One hardware company acquires the other and they create a super team that'll make a far better experience for the end user.

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Zuckerberg says “real name does not mean your legal name”

Zuckerberg says “real name does not mean your legal name”

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg answers the question of what the company really wants out of a "real" name for users. Facebook's naming policy has been under fire recently by the LGBTQ community, and Zuckerberg's answer to a direct question on the matter aimed this morning to take care of the situation in one swoop. At the same time, Zuckerberg suggested that Facebook is always looking for better ways to support everyone on Facebook, and that includes keeping their "real name" policy at the same time as they keep it safe for all users.

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Huawei to challenge Moto 360 with Zero Circle watch

Huawei to challenge Moto 360 with Zero Circle watch

This week the folks at Huawei have revealed a device that they call "Zero." This device is a watch - more than likely an Android Wear watch - that works with a circular watch face. As the Moto 360 continues to be the most popular of Android Wear devices on the market - or at least in development terms - Huawei will make with the competition. In true Huawei form, we're to understand that this device will cost less than its opponents while it delivers style that's quite similar.

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Android Lollipop update headed to multiple devices

Android Lollipop update headed to multiple devices

This afternoon several Android devices will see an update to the next-to-newest version of the software, Lollipop. While Android "M" will be the newest for those on the cuff, those working with Nexus devices that wish to see Google's newest-in-new before-final-release software, today's update brings several machines to the newest in market-ready action. The first of these smartphones is the HTC Desire EYE for AT&T, one of the strangest phones on the market today, complete with massive cameras on both its front and its back.

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Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has decided that Apple's "conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices" verdict will be upheld. The trial began all the way back in June of 2013 as brought about by the US Department of Justice. As a result of this ruling, Apple is expected to have to pay $450 million in damages, most going to consumers who've purchased e-books over the past several years. At this time it would appear that Apple's lawyers are seeking additional means for appeal.

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