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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.

Bluewire records phone conversations with Bluetooth

Bluewire records phone conversations with Bluetooth

Imagine you're speaking on the phone several times a day and want to make certain you've got every conversation recorded for posterity. Do you hit the "record" button on your smartphone every time you make a call? Or do you rely on a 3rd-party device to hold up to your phone to record what's being said? There's a device by the name of Bluewire appearing this year that's able to record both sides of your conversation via a wireless Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, and it's being crowd-funded right this minute.

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Razer Nabu X sneaks out for sale to the public

Razer Nabu X sneaks out for sale to the public

Earlier this month at CES 2015 we first heard about the 2nd tier wearable device from Razer, one called the Nabu X. Here less than a month later the device is already on sale to the general public. This device went on sale to Razer Insiders before, coming in at a price that very well could be kicking the device out at a loss - $20. Now the device comes to the public at a still-reasonable $49.99 USD - very similar to its competitors in the field.

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Exoplanet J1407b discovered with more rings than Saturn

Exoplanet J1407b discovered with more rings than Saturn

There's a planet out there in the universe that has rings of matter surrounding it so large, they eclipse its nearby sun. This is J1407b, near the star J1407. The image you see here comes from Ron Miller of the University of Rochester, and it shows the planet and its rings as they would have appeared in early 2007. The planet was discovered back in 2012, but just now its become clear how extraordinary this planetary body truly is. Rings so massive they make our nearby planet Saturn look miniature by comparison.

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Fantastic 4 reboot trailer: showing real promise

Fantastic 4 reboot trailer: showing real promise

The same studio that brought you the X-Men movies is giving a bit of a reboot to the Fantastic Four. The first couple of Fantastic Four (or Fantastic 4, if you prefer) films didn't do so hot - the actor who played Johnny Storm left the project to become Captain America with Marvel, if that's any indicator - now it's time to give the title a kick in the pants. Instead of continuing to roll with the same cast and the same plot, 20th Century Fox is bringing heat with a "re-imagining" of the team.

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Facebook down because of Facebook

Facebook down because of Facebook

That's not an error in the title you've just read - Facebook itself was responsible for the Facebook outage last night. Apparently there wasn't any sort of hacking going on, nor did the end of the world come close to happening - instead it was a tiny glitch. This error happened, according to Facebook, when they "introduced a change" that affected their configuration systems. This includes Instagram too. Both services should be back in action 100% for users around the globe - if not, count on another statement arriving shortly.

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Snowmageddon NYC 2015: 10 things in tech you mustn’t forget

Snowmageddon NYC 2015: 10 things in tech you mustn’t forget

It's a real-deal state of emergency right now in New York and surrounding areas - a blizzard is dropping this week - so much so that you may need a guide to get you through it. Accumulation of snow will reach 20 to 30 inches in Long Island and Connecticut, while visibility will be one quarter mile or less at times throughout the week. This isn't a snowfall to act tough about and/or scoff at. You're going to have to believe me on that one - I was born in Saint Cloud, Minnesota and I live in Bismarck, North Dakota now. You have no idea how badly I want to scoff at panic over snow.

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Google’s Wireless Service: sooner than later

Google’s Wireless Service: sooner than later

While Google hasn't said anything about a supposed WiFi and Cellular service as of yet, rumors surrounding such a move have been popping up for years. Today we've seen word of Google dealing with both Sprint and T-Mobile USA to create a wireless hot-spot system that'd handle Google's calls, data, and text messaging. This rumor pops up right alongside the real-deal official Cablevision WiFi-only smartphone system Freewheel, a system that'd be very similar to what's rumored for Google in the very near future.

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Need for Speed will soon charge for gas

Need for Speed will soon charge for gas

There's a new Need for Speed game coming to your iOS and/or Android devices this week, one that'll charge for gas. It's a "wait or pay" sort of game, as many in-app purchase-toting games today are. You can also pay to customize the look of your car or give it a nice boost in abilities. But don't forget your precious gas. The gas that you'd have to put in your car if you were really racing, and sponsored by automotive companies, and therefor wouldn't have to pay for anyway.

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DALER: vampire-inspired robot can fly and walk

DALER: vampire-inspired robot can fly and walk

This robot can crawl around on all fours - and it can fly. If you're terrified at the possibility that the future will be run by a robot race that's far superior to humankind thanks to their ability to both walk and fly, turn back now. What we're seeing here is the future of transformer-like technology, bringing LIS, EPFL, and NCCR Robotics together to bring home the gold with a winged metal creature that can crawl. This is DALER, otherwise known as the Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot, and it's been inspired by a vampire bat.

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Cablevision’s WiFi calling service: another reason you don’t need an iPhone

Cablevision’s WiFi calling service: another reason you don’t need an iPhone

This week the folks at Cablevision released a WiFi calling service called Freewheel without the iPhone and without the Samsung Galaxy S5. What does this say to the two biggest names in smartphone manufacturing inside the United States? What does it say to those consumers that seek out Samsung or Apple because they've seen their friends using said brands on phones? It says - clearly - that you don't need a top-end phone to go about your normal, everyday smartphone business. And you don't need a Galaxy phone or an iPhone to launch a nation's-first service like all-WiFi calling.

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