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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.

Firefox OS phase-out cut-off plan laid out

Firefox OS phase-out cut-off plan laid out

End-of-line dates are shared by Mozilla for the Firefox OS program, all of its in-house development, and all future Market submissions therein. This announcement release was not unexpected. Firefox OS was given its death sentence late last year - at least in mobile form. Now the Firefox OS development crew at Mozilla turn their eyes to more important projects with bigger futures.

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Ubuntu converges mobile and PC with M10 tablet

Ubuntu converges mobile and PC with M10 tablet

The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet is launched as part of a collection of "converged devices" running Ubuntu OS. They say it'll be dynamic. They suggest it'll look fantastic. This one tablet represents the full Ubuntu experience, including both a "mobile-based full touch interface" and a "true PC experience" on one device. This tablet can act on its own or work with an additional display, as well. Canonical's new series of "converged devices" is being launched alongside Euro partner BQ.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 pricing to hit a two-tone two-tier system

Samsung Galaxy S7 pricing to hit a two-tone two-tier system

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and its closest partner, the Galaxy S7 Edge (shh, it's a plus), are set to be revealed on the 21st of February. While Samsung itself has not guaranteed the reveal of both of these devices, we've hit the point of no return when it comes from tips from multiple anonymous sources from around the globe. Today we'll be discussing pricing on these devices - the both of them.

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LG G5 day confirmed for Samsung Galaxy S7 night

LG G5 day confirmed for Samsung Galaxy S7 night

While Samsung may have the night all wrapped up with the Galaxy S7, LG has chosen to reveal the LG G5 in the afternoon. This set of events, it turns out, will be taking place on the 21st of February - later this month - in Barcelona, Spain. That's during Mobile World Congress 2016, where both events will be taking place outside of the main event center. It's the invite that has us baffled the most, it being animated with a walking robot and a bouncing fish... thing.

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VR Curation or: How to Avoid Another Google Glass

VR Curation or: How to Avoid Another Google Glass

As Virtual Reality headsets become available to the public, we've set out to address the many issues that come with launching a platform. Not just a platform - not just hardware - but a whole ecosystem of pieces of hardware AND software. Developers and users, manufacturers and social participants. There's a lot at stake here - and a lot of people with their livelihoods on the line. What's it going to take to keep this environment in order? Curation!

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Acer Predator 8 Review Part I: what no other tablet has

Acer Predator 8 Review Part I: what no other tablet has

When we first heard about the Acer Predator 8, it was clear they were going after the market dominated by the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. This is a gaming tablet that rolls with an 8-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixel) display and four front-facing speakers. Acer is not fooling around with this release. This is no "filler" tablet. In this device is one of the strangest - in a good way - pieces of Android hardware we've seen in a very long time.

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Spyro the Dragon returns in Unreal Engine 4

Spyro the Dragon returns in Unreal Engine 4

Just a few days ago we caught a glimpse of a Spyro the Dragon project by a designer who chose Unreal Engine 4 to revitalize the game's first level. Today we get to see that same situation done by an entirely different designer/developer: Sheffield Hallam University student Jamie Shilvock. Today we get to see a video of that project, live and ready to roll in a video which shows the entire environment, full of movement - save the dragon himself. What Shilvock has done is give us hope that this classic game - and the even more classic character - won't be just be lost to time, space, and Skylanders.

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The Android ad-blocking war has begun

The Android ad-blocking war has begun

Google blocks an ad-blocking from the Google Play app store not long after Samsung announced an ad-blocking API release for its own web browser. Thus begins the ad-blocking war on Android devices in ernest. This is not the first time an Android app has been blocked from Google's official app store for disobeying the official developer rules - and at this time it's not entirely clear whether or not the block has been put in place for something new, or the same reason as the old.

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Pebble updates put Health front and center

Pebble updates put Health front and center

This week the folks behind the Pebble smartwatch line are delivering a set of updates to put Pebble Health at the forefront of their wearable devices. With the latest update to the iPhone at (version 3.6) and the latest update to the Android app (version 3.9), Pebble devices will have access to what Pebble describes as "Beefy Pebble Health Updates". While not every Pebble will receive all feature upgrades, all Pebble devices will have an update of some sort.

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Nintendo’s first mobile game isn’t the NES you were wishing for

Nintendo’s first mobile game isn’t the NES you were wishing for

The folks at Nintendo have finally given in to the dark side, creating a mobile app/game for iOS and Android devices. This game does not feature Mario, nor is it about any sort of Zelda-type adventure. It does not allow you to play Starfox, nor will you be jumping around in Donkey Kong country. Instead, this update will br bringing Miitomo to your mobile. You'll be running around with your Mii character, and your Mii character will give you the side eye until you buy a Nintendo machine (unofficially, of course).

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Foldio360 is a turntable for interactive photos

Foldio360 is a turntable for interactive photos

This week we've come across a strange device by the name of Foldio360 - a turntable with a light that's made for taking photos of tiny objects. What's radical about this device isn't that it, regardless of its name, does not play vinyl records. What's radical about it is its intended use: taking not just photos, but 360-degree images (moving images, that is) for the internet. There'd be far less use for this device in the past, that's for certain.

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Razer releases $10 notebook

Razer releases $10 notebook

If it weren't already clear that Razer was expanding to a full "lifestyle" brand, today's release of a real paper pages notebook should do the trick. What you're seeing here is a notebook - for you to write in, not electronic - that's meant to be an exact replica of the Razer Blade laptop lineup at a glance. The cover looks like the outer shell of the Razer Blade line, and the first page looks like a keyboard. This is likely the first and last time you'll see a notebook for sale from a major OEM for a cool tenner.

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