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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.

iOS 8.1 features detailed for your iPhone 5/5s

iOS 8.1 features detailed for your iPhone 5/5s

This afternoon iOS 8.1 launched for the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5s, iPad, and basically every device from the past couple of years. We know what iOS 8.1 means for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but what about the iPhone you have in your hand right now? What if you DIDN’T just go out and purchase a new iPhone this generation? What features do you get from this download if you've got previous-generation hardware without NFC? No Apple Pay for you, for starters.

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Lionsgate streaming service to join HBO and CBS in 2015

Lionsgate streaming service to join HBO and CBS in 2015

The studio behind The Hunger Games is set to join CBS and HBO in their efforts to add a streaming service to the masses. This is Lionsgate Films, and they’re being joined in their efforts by Tribeca Enterprises. This service will be launched in the first half of next year, and it’ll be called - oddly enough - "Tribeca Short List." This service will include John Wick, Crash, Monster’s Ball, The Hurt Locker, Juno, Ender’s Game, and Snitch. And don’t forget The Expendables - and a whole lot more.

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Apple Pay today widens the door opened by Google Wallet

Apple Pay today widens the door opened by Google Wallet

One of the biggest reasons why Apple Pay will be super simple for you to begin using in your everyday life is the roll-out of NFC payment checkouts due to Android. What’s that, you say? Android can let me pay with my phone too? Google Wallet was initiated quite a while ago, yes - and MOST Android-based smartphones with NFC inside can use it. Apple doesn’t require there to be an Apple Pay-specific checkout device present at every store, they only require a basic NFC-reading device which many major stories already have in place.

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Beats Music tipped cut to $5 as streaming wars amp up

Beats Music tipped cut to $5 as streaming wars amp up

So you saw Beats Music earlier this year and were impressed, but not enough to pay the monthly fee imposed until now? It may be that Apple has seen what Beats Music (now owned by Apple) is all about and wants to cut the price per month. The new pricing - in a pitch heard thirdhand from Apple - is being suggested at $5 USD. That price might never be met. What’s far more likely is that Apple will cut the price, but that music labels they’re working with will still want at least $7 or $8 USD from end users like you.

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Tumblr app Yosemite exclusive: but why?

Tumblr app Yosemite exclusive: but why?

The team behind Tumblr’s success are very, very smart. They know good and well what it takes to run the hype machine and keep it running full-speed. Because of this, they’ve decided to release a Tumblr desktop app today. They’ve decided to release this app for OS X Yosemite exclusively. That’s OS X 10.10 only. They’ve done this because they know there’ll be massive amounts of people looking for new an exciting ways to use their brand new operating system this afternoon.

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Hydrogen, the Supercapacitor-powered speaker

Hydrogen, the Supercapacitor-powered speaker

It’s time to get supercapacitor-powered with Blueshift Hydrogen. That’s not a term from Back to the Future, it’s right here and now, and it’s a speaker to be reckoned with. It runs with Bluetooth - connects to your smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth, that is - and it’s set to be rechargeable up to half a million times. That means no cords unless you’re charging, and it means super-powerful sound. This device will be able to be charged fully in 5 minutes, and will be able to play "more than 4 hours at 80% volume." Sound like a winning combination to you?

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Sunset Overdrive gameplay streams arrive in excess

Sunset Overdrive gameplay streams arrive in excess

This morning the folks behind Sunset Overdrive have let loose the first wave of gameplay authorizations. This means we’re not exactly allowed to talk about how awesome it is or isn’t, but we ARE allowed to share our first live stream of the game with you right this minute. Have a peek at what the first few minutes are like right here and now - and don’t get lost in the orange goo. That won’t be too pretty - and watch out for the masses of zombified beasts crawling the streets, of course.

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Want Android Lollipop on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7? Here you go

Want Android Lollipop on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7? Here you go

This morning with the release scheduled for the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 in the Google Play store, Google has prepared Android 5.0 Lollipop for developers everywhere. If you own the LG Nexus 5 or the ASUS Nexus 7 - either year - you’re in luck. You’ll have only to get prepped with the Developer Preview and update. If you want to shoot this process into super-speed, you’ll have only to tap Google’s downloads directly.

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