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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.

Pebble Time SDK (3.0) released today

Pebble Time SDK (3.0) released today

The software development kit for Pebble Time has been released today - 64 colors and everything. This SDK is also known as Pebble OS SDK 3.0, and it contains a number of big jumps in functionality for the operating system for the wearable collection of devices. Everything developers have created to work with SDK 2.x will run perfectly fine on version 3.0 - so don't worry about compatibility issues as such. Below we've also got a brand new "hardware comparison" chart made by Pebble to show the differences between the two eras of smartwatch.

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HTC event live feed revealed for MWC 2015

HTC event live feed revealed for MWC 2015

Over the next week we're going to see some big releases from HTC - first of all in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2015. We'll be there live bringing you up-to-the-minute coverage of the event whilst on-site. You can also follow along with HTC through their live portal, if you do so dare. This event will be taking place at 10AM Eastern Time, or 4PM in Barcelona. This will be a worldwide event, and will bring heat to the mobile smartphone ecosphere - and perhaps beyond.

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New “Fable” game free-to-play on Xbox One and PC

New “Fable” game free-to-play on Xbox One and PC

Don't worry - it's not "free-to-play" the same way Killer Instinct was (and is) free-to-play. It's not a situation where you'll gain nothing without purchase. In this release of the game Fable Legends, creators at Lionhead have suggested that you'll be able to have free access to the entire game. This is one of three "commitments" the gaming studio says this week they're making to gamers of the near future. While you will need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play the game on Xbox One online, you won't need anything of the sort on Windows PC.

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ARCHOS smartphones bring Mediatek to MWC 2015

ARCHOS smartphones bring Mediatek to MWC 2015

A number of new ARCHOS smartphones are headed to Mobile World Congress 2015, each of them with MediaTek quad-core processors and relatively low price points. This is not the first time ARCHOS has released smartphones at this time of year - they have the last several years running, in fact. It is the first time they're bringing three phones with Android 4.4 KitKat. They're all coming with displays larger than 5-inches, as well - so that age of small-screen smartphones is pretty much over for this brand.

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper: retro pixel fun for mobile

Final Fantasy Record Keeper: retro pixel fun for mobile

There's a new Final Fantasy coming to mobile devices, and this time it's not just about bringing back a classic. This will be Final Fantasy Record Keeper, a game that mashes up awesome elements from the Final Fantasy universe into one retro-styled pixelated adventure. The keeper of the histories of Final Fantasy - that's you - and you're tasked with keeping the realm safe. This game isn't about cashing in on the past - it's about keeping it in good condition - and in-app purchases, of course.

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Apple event March 9th confirmed: Apple Watch incoming

Apple event March 9th confirmed: Apple Watch incoming

This morning Apple has announced a special event set for the 9th of March at 10AM in San Francisco. This event will take place at the , the same location the reveal of the iPhone 5 was held. This is a different location from the Apple Event we were in attendance at last. This new event is set right before the release of the Apple Watch - a device which is expected to be released to the public sometime in April. This event will likely reveal final pricing and release information for the Apple wearable device.

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Moto E 2015 Unboxing: inside Motorola’s special package

Moto E 2015 Unboxing: inside Motorola’s special package

Inside the Motorola Mystery Package we were promised last week comes the Moto E. Our review unit, complete with a box that's massive. This box has some clever outer bits - a "Slide to Start" marking to implicate the package opening direction and a "Fragile" stamp that suggests this is BREAKING NEWS. Inside is a wild Motorola presentation center with sliding doors and an array of bumper covers to outfit the Moto E. A wooden USB stick with information on it about the device and a tag to get us in to the special showing.

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VSN Mobil V.360 camera hits mobile VR with Google Cardboard

VSN Mobil V.360 camera hits mobile VR with Google Cardboard

This week the 360-degree camera known as V.360 can officially enter the virtual reality space. The developer team at VSN Mobil have updated their V.360 controller app, allowing it to show images and video with full 360 vision. That means you can view the photos like you're inside the camera with a pair of virtual reality goggles on - turn your head to see any one of the 360 degrees of photo or video around you. This works for still images, video, and live surveillance.

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Google’s AI wins Space Invaders, proves “human-level control”

Google’s AI wins Space Invaders, proves “human-level control”

A new study has been published this week which suggests that artificial intelligence can now learn "human-level control." The team of researchers come from Google's DeepMind, where they're using Space Invaders - the video game - to show how the search for truly human artificial intelligence isn't too far off. The machine learns to play the video game, learns to win at the video game, and dominates all humans at the game they've created to help us defend our planet against the alien hordes.

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Android for Work: what is it?

Android for Work: what is it?

Today Google revealed their newest Android-based initiative: Android for Work. This system brings several work-related technology to the Android software universe for businesses of all kinds. Four key technology components are included: Google Play at Work, the Android for Work app, Work profiles, and built-in productivity tools of all kinds. This system is launching with a large collection of industrial technology partners that have Google scoring big with potential for business-related engagement through Android - this includes smartphones, tablets, and everything in-between.

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