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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.

VHS Camcorder app review: strikingly simple

VHS Camcorder app review: strikingly simple

How hard would it be to make an app that accurately recreates a VHS camcorder in a smartphone? That's the question the folks at Rarevision asked themselves when they set about making the VHS Camcorder app for iPhone. What we've got here is the app itself - an app that describes itself with four words: "Best. Throwback. Videos. Ever." Rarevision also suggests that you'll be able to "impress that girl you're obsessed with by using our app to convince her you built a time machine."

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Metroid spectacularly re-imagined in Unreal Engine 4

Metroid spectacularly re-imagined in Unreal Engine 4

Developer CryZENx brings a fully re-imagined Metroid Prime gameplay environment into existence with Unreal Engine 4. And boy does it look fantastic. What you're going to see is a project - not an official game made for release. Here you'll see some of the capabilities of the graphics environment Unreal Engine 4, complete with realistic lighting, shadows, atmosphere, and everything in-between. Just keep reminding yourself that while this isn't a real game - it could indicate where Metroid could go, someday, maybe.

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Firefox moves toward cross-browser extensions with Chrome and Opera

Firefox moves toward cross-browser extensions with Chrome and Opera

Mozilla takes a giant step towards Firefox's total compatibility with browser extensions from the Chrome and Opera extension ecosystems. The plan is to switch out the extension API used for Firefox with one by the name of WebExtensions. With this API, developers will be able to create extensions that work with multiple browsers at once, bringing Firefox back into the mix where once they were excluded. This is all part of Mozilla's move toward a more user-friendly browser on all platforms.

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Study calls humans unsustainable “super predators”

Study calls humans unsustainable “super predators”

A ten-year study is published on "the unique ecology of human predators", showing mankind to be an unsustainable threat to all wildlife on our planet. This paper, authored by C. Darimont, C. Fox, H. Bryan, and T. Reimchen, compares the predatory patterns of humans to all other predators on the planet. They show that humans kill adult prey at a median rate up to 14 times higher than other predators, with "particularly intense exploitation" of terrestrial carnivores and fish.

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Spotify is sorry about their new privacy policy

Spotify is sorry about their new privacy policy

Over the past day or so you may have noticed a new privacy policy popping up when you attempt to open or update Spotify. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is sorry about this. Not because of the privacy policy itself - it's mostly harmless - but about the method with which it was distributed. Asking for permission to access your photos, mobile device location, voice controls, and contacts. Needless to say this has thrown some users for a bit of a loop.

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These Google “bloat” apps are leaving new Android devices

These Google “bloat” apps are leaving new Android devices

Requirements for apps on new Google-approved Android devices are changing, reducing the number of apps needed right out of the box. This news comes from the manufacturing section of the device chain, from a set of requirements set by Google for manufacturers that wish to release Android devices with any of Google's key apps - including Gmail and Google Play. This change will have no effect on carrier apps, unfortunately - we'll still be seeing the crushing weight of red, yellow, blue, and pink apps as pushed by carriers here in the USA.

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Android Wear interactive watch faces enliven the whole platform

Android Wear interactive watch faces enliven the whole platform

Google's Android Wear development team release an Interactive Watch Faces API to diversify the home screen of the platform. Android Wear is one of several smartwatch operating systems very much in the "Wild West" of the platform - especially with updates like this, the whole operating system can be given a jolt of new life. Engagement is about to be shocked with this API, as proven with the first few "interactive watch faces" on the market today.

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Android Wear Translate makes your watch a live language expert

Android Wear Translate makes your watch a live language expert

Today Google has updated Android Wear with Translate, an app which allows you to speak to your watch and see a translation instantly. This app works with 44-languages, harvesting language knowledge from the Google Translate library. Once you choose a language, speaking to your watch will result in instant translations in text form. Once you've read what you need to read, you can flip your wrist to see the other of the two languages you've chosen.

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Nintendo drops 2DS price to $100

Nintendo drops 2DS price to $100

Likely in preparation for another similar, upgraded device coming inside the next several months, Nintendo has dropped the price of the 2DS to $100. This device was up until today hitting stores with a recommended retail price of $129.99 - today it's been reduced to $99.99 USD. While this price drop may take effect in stores over the next few weeks, gamers can expect the drop through online portals even quicker. The Nintendo 2DS is the least expensive of Nintendo's handheld gaming devices.

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

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

Today we're testing the abilities of the main cameras for the OnePlus 2, the iPhone 6, the Galaxy S6, and the LG G4 up against one another in a blind battle. This review is up to you. Instead of telling you which device's camera we find most appealing, we've captured photos with each camera and are putting them up next to one another in a completely blind test. Readers such as yourself will vote on the photo you find most appealing - or the one you feel looks most accurate, sharpest, or most colorfully splendid. It's really up to you how you decide to vote.

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Giphy Cam makes Instagram and Vine look elderly

Giphy Cam makes Instagram and Vine look elderly

This week the folks at the GIF search engine Giphy have re-entered the age of apps. They'd be included in keyboard apps and certainly had been used by mobile users before in web browsers, but with the Giphy Cam, the Giphy crew grow up. They grow up at the same time as they remain childish with a lovely collection of cartoon overlays for the gifs you're about to make. This app captures moving images with your phone and makes gifs of them, fully pumped up and prepared for sharing on all platforms.

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This flip phone may have the Galaxy S6’s camera

This flip phone may have the Galaxy S6’s camera

This week Samsung has revealed the G9198 dual-screen Android flip phone, a smart device with a bland name. While smartphones with flip-screens like this aren't all that uncommon in China, this device has something special going for it. This device has a 16-megapixel camera at its back with F1.9 lens with autofocus and LED flash. This could very well be the same camera array already present on the Galaxy S6. If only this device were prepared for launch in the United States! But alas, it's trapped across the sea.

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