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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.

Ten creepy PokeStops in Pokemon GO

Ten creepy PokeStops in Pokemon GO

Today you're going to see 10 creepy, weird, or otherwise wonderful PokeStops from inside the game Pokemon GO. This game is built on the same engine that the developers at Niantic built Ingress on - which means they've picked many places of interest automatically from Google Maps, local listings of items of interest, and lists of locations of churches. These are places where people tend to congregate ...for the most part.

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Pokemon GO update fixes security hole

Pokemon GO update fixes security hole

This morning the folks at Niantic appear to have fixed the security hole on the iOS version of the app, making this fix available to the masses on iTunes. Users will also find a variety of other fixes in the mix, suggesting that they may be on their way to Android imminently. The first of these fixes (after the security issue) is a set of "resolved issues causing crashes." Hooray for that one, without a doubt.

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All Oculus Rift pre-orders shipped, new stock hits 2-day shipping

All Oculus Rift pre-orders shipped, new stock hits 2-day shipping

This week the folks at Oculus have announced that their pre-orders have been shipped in their entirety. This means that if any user pre-ordered an Oculus Rift and their unit still isn't on its way, they may want to contact Oculus to see what's up. Shipping for new orders straight through the Oculus homepage will be shipping between 2 and 4 business days starting this week. According to one Oculus representative, "We've started to ramp up inventory for retail partners both online and in stores, and added more Rift demos at new retail locations across the US."

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Pokemon GO servers down and frozen screen : What to do!

Pokemon GO servers down and frozen screen : What to do!

It's that time again - the middle of the day on a weekday when vast amounts of Pokemon GO players are playing at the same time. Servers are down and Pokemon GO users are freaking out! Today we're going to walk everyone through the process with which they can attain a better chance at being logged in and playing the game - rather than being left out in the dust. The first of several methods the player should use for staying online is to make certain their phone has as strong and internet connection as possible from the start.

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Galaxy Note 7 release date soon, four color photos appear

Galaxy Note 7 release date soon, four color photos appear

It's not quite time for the Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung to arrive on our doorstep, but we've been given another glimpse. Today we're seeing another vision of the device - not another version, but another view - this time straight on with a sticker on top. This is one of several devices that appear to be part of a testing group in Asia, where users seem to have no fear of leaking said material before the actual reveal and launch this August - more than likely. Today's views are also a lot clearer than yesterday's back in black collection of images.

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Stop playing Pokemon GO now and fix this privacy hole [UPDATE]

Stop playing Pokemon GO now and fix this privacy hole [UPDATE]

Signing in to Pokemon GO with a Google account is not safe - not at the moment, anyway. Security researchers have discovered this morning that the app seeks (and is granted) an unusual amount of access to players' Google accounts when they first sign up and in to the game. This access is unprecedented outside of Google's own apps - there's no good reason for Niantic to need this much access to your account. None we've heard yet, anyway.

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Galaxy Note 7 detailed in black before release date

Galaxy Note 7 detailed in black before release date

This morning several photos have been shared of a device whose photographer suggests is the Galaxy Note 7. This version of the device has a PIN number at its head, suggesting that it may not be a finalized version of the device, but it does appear to be the best set of photos of the device thus far - if you discount the renderings we've seen over the past several weeks, that is to say.

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Pokemon GO Tips and Secrets 2 : Level UP

Pokemon GO Tips and Secrets 2 : Level UP

I've been playing Pokemon GO for weeks. Today I'm writing another (a second) collection of tips for everyday Pokemon GO trainers - as well as a couple of secrets some trainers might not yet be aware of. This collection of tips will help users level up, find Pokemon they've been searching for, and avoid common (and not so common) pitfalls of the game. Today we begin with PokeStops, the place where users attain items without paying real cash.

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Download Pokemon GO here, avoid hackers and malware

Download Pokemon GO here, avoid hackers and malware

Downloading Pokemon GO from the wrong source can lead to the user unknowingly loading malware to their phone. It was bound to happen, especially with a game that's based on GPS location and is already live in some areas of the world, but not in others. Today we're going to run down the reasons why users should avoid certain sources for the app, and stick to others. "Cybercriminals are after any angle that helps them gain a foothold on your devices," said Tim Erlin, Senior Director of IT Security and Risk Strategy for Tripwire. "A popular app that's not available in some places is a near-perfect target for crafting a malware delivery strategy."

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Start Pokemon GO with Pikachu : how to

Start Pokemon GO with Pikachu : how to

It's time we found the first secret Pokemon in Pokemon GO - none other than Pikachu himself. Or herself. Whatever they'd like to be identified as, of course. While players are encouraged to start with Charmander, Bulbasaur, or Squirtle, they can pick Pikachu instead, provided they have a bit of patience. All they'll need to do is start walking, and walking one whole heck of a lot.

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Tesla test drive world tour offers a taste of EV ownership

Tesla test drive world tour offers a taste of EV ownership

This morning Tesla has announced "The Electric Road Trip", three months of the company meeting with communities around the world. This tour will have the company finding enthusiasts and green energy users - and what we must imagine Tesla is hoping will be new customers - in dozens of cities around the globe. They'll be making stops at what they describe as "many of our Destination Charging partner locations" inside the United States.

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Pokemon GO servers down : What to do!

Pokemon GO servers down : What to do!

This afternoon Pokemon GO is down for the masses - a temporary server issue due to extreme amounts of stress from the first wave of users. As you might have guessed, the game is now out in the United States (as well as New Zealand and Australia), so we're feeling the rush of thousands if not millions of users coming in and playing non-stop from the moment they sign up to the moment they go to sleep. So my first idea is to wait until bedtime to begin your next quest.

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