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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.

Google 2014 Year in Search results are in

Google 2014 Year in Search results are in

This week Google has released its yearly run-down of what's been popular in search terms over the past 12 months. This 2014 Year in Search was topped - above all else - by Robin Williams, whose life ended in August of this year. Searching for Robin Williams was followed by searches for "World Cup", then Ebola, then Malaysia Airlines and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Flappy Bird, Conchita Wurst, and ISIS. As for the break-down into categories, Google sorted out People, Athletes, Consumer Electronics, Global News, Google Doodles of 2014, "Loss", World Cup Matches, and YouTube Videos.

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Half-Life 2 Episode One released for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

Half-Life 2 Episode One released for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

NVIDIA's SHIELD device exclusive collection continues to grow. Here with the Half-Life 2 Episode One, they bring on another one of Valve's classic presentations in solid gaming history. Half-Life 2 and Portal have already been released - now we've just to wait for Portal 2 and the eventual sequel to Half-Life 2 Episode One and we're all set! This game requires that you use a physical controller - like the NVIDIA SHIELD Wireless Controller, for example - and presents essentially the same experience you'd roll with on a PC. Welcome back to City 17, complete with HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED in full effect.

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HBO GO launches on Amazon Fire TV

HBO GO launches on Amazon Fire TV

Though it's been launched for some time now on basically every other web TV platform, HBO has finally decided it's time to hit Amazon Fire TV. According to Amazon, HBO is currently working on the HBO GO app for Amazon Fire TV stick as well, bringing their pay TV platform to all Amazon devices. This launch is one of several for Amazon TV, the group suggesting that "Amazon Fire TV app selection [is] up 4x since launch" - that means there are a whole lot more apps than there used to be.

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BT may buy EE as O2 takes a knee

BT may buy EE as O2 takes a knee

It may be time for BT Group - British Telecom - to ready their purchase purse for EE. This deal is being reported by BT itself, suggesting that they've not yet reached a final agreement, but that they're certainly aiming for EE and not O2 as previously reported. It'd be strange, after all, if BT bought O2 as it sold the company to Telefonica just 10 short years ago - of course they'd be buying a big hunk of Telefonica then instead, if they did decide to do so.

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SpaceLife jacket connects you with our Martian future

SpaceLife jacket connects you with our Martian future

The Mars Line Interplanetary Travel organization - SpaceLife - will be who you're working with when you don the SpaceLife jacket. The first piece of clotting to be created by the SpaceLife line, this jacket was made for "Life for Space", and the team that've made it aren't pulling any punches with bits and pieces that'll make the wearer feel like a real astronaut. Users will not be able to wear this into space on its own - it's not NASA-approved by any means - but it's certainly going to keep you fashionable while you dream of your future days in the heavens.

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Apple Holiday video pulls the Grandma card

Apple Holiday video pulls the Grandma card

This week Apple released a video aiming at televisions and the web TV crowd with the title "The Song". This spot shows off the abilities of the MacBook Air, the iPad, and a few 3rd-party devices in-between. What you'll see here is a mix of Apple products and products Apple might never manufacture, almost as if they're suggesting you'll need more than a collection of Apple-made products to live your life. Time to pull out your guitar, your record collection, and your grandma.

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20th Anniversary Retro PS4 sale fraught with frustration

20th Anniversary Retro PS4 sale fraught with frustration

This week the folks at PlayStation UK have decided to bring the heat to their Retro PlayStation 4 release with a system called #20YearsofCharacters. With this system they've set clues in their website that ultimately lead to a sales portal for the 20th Anniversary Sony PlayStation 4. The problem is - too many people want it all at once. The website portal is down for some, and loading with extreme slowness for most. Once in, there's no guarantee you'll find what you're looking for, anyway.

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Sony Pictures demands hacked data be deleted

Sony Pictures demands hacked data be deleted

The Press has been issued a demand from Sony Pictures that all leaked information from the recent hack of their systems be deleted. This demand was made with regard to the hack that's rumored to have been executed by North Korea in retaliation for the release of the movie The Interview. This movie depicts a humorous take on an assassination attempt on the leader of North Korea, and North Korea was presumably not especially happy to hear that it was being made.

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Nexus 9 released to AT&T with LTE

Nexus 9 released to AT&T with LTE

This morning both T-Mobile USA and Google Play released the LTE version of the Nexus 9. This is HTC's first Nexus tablet, one that works with an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box. You'll also find that AT&T has released their iteration of the tablet this afternoon. This device will cost the same no matter where you buy it - just so long as you buy it straight out, without any payment plans of any kind, whatsoever.

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Razer BlackWidow Chroma Review

Razer BlackWidow Chroma Review

Of the three Razer Chroma devices we've reviewed this week, the BlackWidow gaming keyboard is by far the most complex. In color, anyway - instead of just a couple of different ways to display color, this keyboard works with a wide variety of color blasts. It's one of the finest gaming keyboards on the market, too, of course. Since it first launched in 2010, the Razer BlackWidow has been one of the most popular gaming keyboards on the circuit - the pro eSports gaming circuit, that is - this is one of the keyboards the top gamers in the world use when they're competing for millions of dollars in cash prizes.

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