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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.

Peak Design launches CaptureLENS and Lens Kit for DSLR lenses

Peak Design launches CaptureLENS and Lens Kit for DSLR lenses

This week the folks at Peak Design have added a couple of devices to their already-active Kickstarter campaign. This campaign is primarily for The Everyday Messenger bag which we reviewed back on the 14th of August. Now the system is continuing to expand with a couple of lens accessories that'll strap to your shoulder. The Peak Design collection of accessories is designed for the in-the-field photographer, without a doubt.

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iPhone 6s rumored to undercut Galaxy S6 with 16GB storage

iPhone 6s rumored to undercut Galaxy S6 with 16GB storage

A piece of packaging from France suggests the iPhone 6s will be revealed with a 16GB internal storage size. To be entirely clear up front - Apple has not revealed this device yet, nor have they suggested they'll be doing anything specific to battle Samsung's smartphones on the market today. The fact is, though, that Samsung's Galaxy S6 does not have a 16GB internal storage size model, while the iPhone 6s may well come to market with just such a size.

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Metal Gear Solid V custom PS3 shows true depth of obsession

Metal Gear Solid V custom PS3 shows true depth of obsession

This week we're not the only ones getting pumped up about the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. One fan has gone the extra mile to customize their PlayStation 3 for the release. While we're a bit more partial to the shape of the PlayStation 4 at this point, the customization of this PS3 unit makes us wish we'd had the time to make such a beauty a reality. Sprayed and painted, brushed and polished, this is the coolest (unofficial, one of a kind, believe it or not) MSGV:TPP PS3.

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NASA-funded research enacts Wolverine-style healing

NASA-funded research enacts Wolverine-style healing

Researchers have created a material compound that, when ripped, punctured, or damaged in any way, is able to heal itself in a very short span of time. While we're not quite sure on if this technology has any applicability to human or mutant skin, like that of the Marvel Comics character Wolverine, it certainly appears to work in the field. What we're looking at here is what researchers suggest is a "terminator"-style material. We're thinking it's a bit more like our favorite quick-healing Canadian.

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Android Marshmallow update coming to LG G4, G3, not G2

Android Marshmallow update coming to LG G4, G3, not G2

The next big update for Google's mobile devices, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is currently being prepared for a number of LG devices. Rumor suggests that the LG G4 will be receiving the update in a matter of months, if not weeks, while the next LG flagship MAY launch with Marshmallow onboard. Meanwhile the LG G Pad II 10.1 will launch with Android KitKat and may see an Android 6.0 update before the end of the year. It would appear that the cutoff for LG device updates is with the LG G2.

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Facebook reaches 1-billion users milestone

Facebook reaches 1-billion users milestone

This week Facebook reached a milestone, one that includes 1-billion people having used the social network in a single day. This isn't an average number - as Mark Zuckerberg said in an announcement today - but it is rather important. Facebook has millions of users log in every day, and billions of people using the social network every month, but here for the first time in the website's history 1-billion people used Facebook in a single day.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens teaser trailer 3: Rey, Finn, blue lightsaber included

Star Wars The Force Awakens teaser trailer 3: Rey, Finn, blue lightsaber included

Finn ignites his blue lightsaber for the first time in the new teaser trailer (mini clip) from Lucasfilm. While we've seen this bit - sort of - in the first poster for the film revealed earlier this month, this is the first time we're to understand that the character played by John Boyega appears to be on the same planet as Kylo Ren, one of this film's primary villains. That's not all - there's a super tiny clip of Rey as well!

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Apple event live streaming on Windows 10, too

Apple event live streaming on Windows 10, too

Just so long as you've got a Windows 10 PC with Edge, Apple will allow their event to be streamed to you. Apple announced this morning that their next big event will be taking place on September 9th at 10AM Pacific Time, and that they'd be streaming said event. Generally this sort of Apple-only stream requires that you own an Apple device to watch. With this event, Apple drops said requirement in favor of Edge technology on PC's running Windows 10. Could this be a sign of collaborative efforts in the near future?

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Apple event confirmed for September 9th

Apple event confirmed for September 9th

Apple confirms an invitation-only press event set for Wednesday, September 9th in San Francisco. This event will take place at 10AM Pacific Time and SlashGear will be covering the event on-site. This event has been confirmed with an invitation which includes the top of an Apple logo with multiple colors waving in and out. Also included is the phrase "Hey Siri, give us a hint." This event will likely contain reveals of several devices including the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

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The new Moto 360 may be smaller and cheaper

The new Moto 360 may be smaller and cheaper

Up close and personal with the next Moto 360, it would appear that things are getting a bit smaller this time around. Strange for the smartphone world where devices are always getting bigger, but perfectly reasonable for the Wild West of the wearables market. Here it seems as though the next Moto 360 keeps the "flat tire" display, changes the position of the power button, and added bit of hardware to the top and bottom for easier switching of bands.

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Amazon Alexa funds voice controlled Music and Sprinkler systems

Amazon Alexa funds voice controlled Music and Sprinkler systems

Amazon's Alexa Fund has spread to two new companies, one for a smart Hi-fi music system, the other a smart sprinkler system. Musaic is a high-resolution wireless Hi-fi system that allows users to play music throughout their home connected with smart products - like smart lighting to set the mood. Rachio is a software and hardware company that aims to improve water efficiency for homes. Amazon's Alexa will allow both of these groups to develop smart voice-control systems for the future of the fully voice-controlled smart home.

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Android Marshmallow coming to Galaxy S6, Note 5 [UPDATE]

Android Marshmallow coming to Galaxy S6, Note 5 [UPDATE]

This week *it would appear that a relatively wide variety of Galaxy smartphone devices will be receiving an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Google's latest operating system will be delivered to the newest set of Samsung smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. You'll also find this update coming to the Galaxy Tab A tablet and a set of devices released over the past year or two.

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