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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.

Etsy Credit Card Reader released for your smartphone this Autumn

Etsy Credit Card Reader released for your smartphone this Autumn

The team behind Etsy's success know good and well there's quite a bit of money transferring hands between citizens of the Etsy community. Because of this - and because they want to continue to grow with great success - they've decided to get into the credit card business. Not creating credit cards, mind you, but reading them. In comes the "Sell on Etsy Reader" and Etsy Seller app, users will be able to sell their wares on the web and in real life with ease.

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Android Wear update makes wearables more independent

Android Wear update makes wearables more independent

This morning Google made clear their next update for Android Wear: a pinch of independence. This update will allow users with devices with the prerequisite hardware to use built-in GPS without the aid of your connected smartphone. This update also brings on independent music storage. Listen to your tunes on the go with Bluetooth headphones or - if you're weird - the built-in speaker on your smartwatch. And this is only the beginning - Google has announced they're going big with the Sony Smartwatch 3, as well.

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Between Two Ferns brings Brad Pitt (and Louis CK) to the interview stage

Between Two Ferns brings Brad Pitt (and Louis CK) to the interview stage

It's time again to support your addiction to the most absurd interview program on the internet today: Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Today's entry stars Brad Pitt, also known by his real name Bart Pit or Bradley Pits. He was in the film 12 Years A Salve and Furry - also known as Fury, if you listen to Pits himself. This installment also features a special guest appearance by comedian Louis C.K. in a bit of stand-up to liven the mood and bring some comedy to the program.

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Pokemon Art Academy release ready for holiday season

Pokemon Art Academy release ready for holiday season

This October 24th - tomorrow, that is - Pokemon Art Academy will be released for Nintendo 3DS. This is the game announced earlier this year, the one that'll teach you to draw Pokemon characters from scratch! Inside this "game" you'll find many of your favorite Pokemon images to work with including Pikachu, Torchic, Treecko, and Mudkip. You'll recognize those last three as your three standard Partner Pokemon from the upcoming releases Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - there'll be more from that release, too!

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Steve Jobs biopic signs Christian Bale: “he’s gonna crush it”

Steve Jobs biopic signs Christian Bale: “he’s gonna crush it”

This morning it's been confirmed that the most "official" of the "official biopic" collection of Steve Jobs films to come out after his untimely passing has signed on actor Christian Bale. Master actor Bale will play Jobs himself, and according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, "there isn't a scene or a frame that he's not in." Sorkin also make clear that "he didn't have to audition," but that "there was a meeting," but that's about it. This film will be based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography “Steve Jobs” for Sony Corp.

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Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Over the past week we've had a look at the third in a line of Sony's "Z" devices in so many years, this one called the "Z3" when it's not carried by Verizon. This version of the Xperia Z3 goes by the name "Z3v", appropriately, as it runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network. The only differences between this "v" model and the standard "Z3" is the added thickness (negligible) and the reason for the difference in size: the addition of wireless charging capabilities. This device is massive, sleek, and quite clearly meant to compete with the finest smartphones ever released.

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Jawbone Drop app hands-on: strange musical connectivity

Jawbone Drop app hands-on: strange musical connectivity

This afternoon we've been having some fun playing with the new Jawbone app called Drop. This app allows you to connect to your RDIO or Spotify account to play music in just about as simplified a manner as possible. Almost as if the folks at Jawbone hired the best User Interface experts they could, then told them to dismiss the UI of RDIO and Spotify altogether. With great effect. And with the ability to share your favorite beats with your buddies through Twiter, of course.

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Inbox for Gmail hands-on: email’s next generation

Inbox for Gmail hands-on: email’s next generation

Google suggests with Inbox that they’re creating a new generation of email. It’s not meant to replace Gmail - yet - but it is made to turn your everyday un-modified email experience into a far more simple one. Instead of the face-melting masses of spam you’re used to, Inbox transforms your email experience into a manageable one. It includes your email and your notifications, and it's meant to revert you back to a time when email was reasonably manageable. And it looks nice, too.

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Galaxy S5 Plus revealed, but why?

Galaxy S5 Plus revealed, but why?

Just as Samsung revealed a late-season upgrade to their Galaxy S4 with the "LTE-A" model last year, this year’s Galaxy S5 Plus has arrived. Here in 2014, this means an upgrade past the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 to a higher-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 2.5GHz clock speed, Krait 450 CPUs, and Adreno 420 GPUs. What’s all that mean to the lay person? It means it can process better, harder, faster, stronger. This device also works with LTE Cat. 6 instead of Cat. 4, meaning you can go faster once again - supposing you've got LTE Cat. 6 in your area, that is to say.

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Kinect Adapter for Windows makes Xbox One device a USB joint

Kinect Adapter for Windows makes Xbox One device a USB joint

The newest way Microsoft is making Kinect more accessible to the masses is with a device called the Kinect Adapter for Windows. This device allows the Xbox One Kinect to work with your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 device with a simple USB plug. You’ll need USB 3.0 - which your computer almost certainly has - but besides that it’s just a simple slot. Need a use for that camera that came with your Xbox One? Surprise! Now you have one!

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