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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.

AMD FreeSync launches with Acer’s new gaming monitor

AMD FreeSync launches with Acer’s new gaming monitor

The Acer XG270HU gaming monitor will be coming to the United States and EMEA with AMD's newest in gaming display technology. AMD FreeSync will compete with NVIDIA G-Sync, a similar system with graphics technology in the monitor to match that of the graphics processor in your PC. The Acer XG270HU gaming monitor has a 27-inch display with WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution and an edge-to-edge "frameless" design for what Acer describes as "seamless viewing." This monitor is being released inside the US and EMEA immediately through gaming and display-friendly shops throughout both regions.

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Conan previews Apple Pocketwatch for comedic effect

Conan previews Apple Pocketwatch for comedic effect

After introducing the Apple iPhone and the Apple Watch, Conan O'Brien's comedy staff suggests that the next big step is the Apple Pocketwatch. This fabulous piece of equipment will act as the pocket-bound time-keeper you need in all the right places. It's thin enough to fit in an envelope, too, as the video will show. The Apple Pocketwatch fits in an envelope with enough space left over for a giant wad of cash - all the money you saved by not buying an Apple Watch!

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Amazon Prime Music “Prime Stations” mirrors Pandora

Amazon Prime Music “Prime Stations” mirrors Pandora

A new service has been introduced by Amazon that'll bring on Pandora-like music streaming stations to the masses. This service works on the iOS app Amazon Prime Music app for iOS devices. This service works with an advertisement-free presentation with "unlimited skips" of music tracks. Each user will have personalized recommendations on Prime songs, playlists, and albums. This update for Amazon Prime Music also includes a new design made for easier browsing and exploration of music tracks, all in your Amazon Prime Music library.

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Instagram: 1-year since Windows Phone update, still no iPad app

Instagram: 1-year since Windows Phone update, still no iPad app

While the gap may be filled by an abundance of iPad apps on the iTunes app store now, Instagram is still without a full-fledged tablet-sized iteration. It's also been a year and a day since the last time the official Instagram app was updated for Windows Phone devices. After the app garnered enough popularity for Microsoft to create their own bootleg Instagram app, the team behind Instagram were encouraged to make their own - one that they've not updated for a whopping 12 months.

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The Prodigy speaks live on Twitch for My Day Is The Enemy

The Prodigy speaks live on Twitch for My Day Is The Enemy

On the couch with "Artist Couch" on Twitch this week, Liam Howlett and Keith Flint spoke about their upcoming album "The Day Is My Enemy." This is the first broadcast - the first saved, anyway - of "Artist Couch" on Twitch. This COULD be construed as the first move outside the gaming universe by Twitch, right along with Lindsey Stirling hosting for release. They spoke directly to questions asked on the fly from users on Twitter about their immediate future and tour bits and pieces.

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Open Source Virtual Reality gets massive with Unity and Unreal Engine

Open Source Virtual Reality gets massive with Unity and Unreal Engine

Plugins for both Unity 5 and Unreal Engine 4 have been released to the public for OSVR, the Open Source Virtual Reality program. This system was first initiated by the folks at Razer, appearing at CES 2015 with a brand new OSVR Dev Kit virtual reality headset. In the very short time between then and now, they've racked up quite a few heavy-hitting partners. This system also works with Vuzix technology and has racked up partners like Ubisoft, Seven Hill Games, Homido, and castAR.

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Star Wars virtual keyboard taps R2-Q5

Star Wars virtual keyboard taps R2-Q5

The original R2-D2 virtual keyboard is gone. It's forever on the shelves and in the display cases of collectors around the world, for the rest of time. For those of you that missed it, there's always the imperial droid R2-Q5, his black and orange-ness, as we call him around here. This fellow is being released by the same company that originally released his R2-D2 equivalent, and this version will be released on May the 4th, 2015, just in time for the most important holiday of the entire year.

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Pakistan requiring fingerprints for cellphone use

Pakistan requiring fingerprints for cellphone use

It would appear that terrorist use of cell phones to call and light up explosives has finally gotten to the Pakistani government. This week the country has had an order passed down requiring users of cell phones to get their fingerprints registered before they can use - or continue using - phone technology. If a person wants to use a cell phone with a SIM card, they need to register that phone with the government attached to their unique finger print - or they'll receive no service.

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DISH Anywhere expands to multiple users

DISH Anywhere expands to multiple users

This week the folks behind the DISH Anywhere app have released the ability to expand to multiple user profiles. This means that several different users can work with the same DISH network devices, each with their own user profile. Each new user profile can have its own suggestions and authorizations, each different depending on if it's been tagged Admin or viewer. Admins have the ability to see parental controlled content with use of a passcode. This app is ready for iOS, Android, and Kindle devices this afternoon.

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Star Wars 1313 isn’t dead yet

Star Wars 1313 isn’t dead yet

A massive-scale 3rd-person action game called "Star Wars 1313" was "canceled" when Disney acquired Lucasfilm - now that game's remnants may be fueling The Force Awakens. Not just a new video game, reworked and retooled for a more film-friendly title, but for the first film in the new trilogy, as well. The game bit we'll be discussing in short today - the movie part of this equation we'll be saving for when we've got more details from Lucasfilm. Today's details involve Amy Hennig, Todd Stashwick, and the transfer of writing power from the Uncharted series to Star Wars 1313.

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