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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.

This is the best Pokemon GO toy ever

This is the best Pokemon GO toy ever

Pokemon GO and Pokemon Sun and Moon have brought about a new age of Poke-Popularity - and with it, one very awesome toy. This toy captures the joy of tossing a real Pokeball, ejecting the pocket monster therein. This Pokeball doesn't just bounce away, like most Pokemon toys would - this one unlatches and sends its contents (a Pokemon figure) flying. This is the Pokemon Throw 'n' Pop Poke Ball, and it's something we've been waiting for for years.

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iPhone 7 release date details vs PRO and iPhone 6s

iPhone 7 release date details vs PRO and iPhone 6s

A device by the name of iPhone 7 Pro seems to have appeared once again, this one (alternately called iPhone 7 Plus) being the strangest version we've yet seen. This version of the iPhone 7 Plus looks to be coming with a metallic blue sort of tone to it - not particularly black, but not really blue like a Pepsi can, either. It's like Apple describing their pink phone as "Rose Gold" - not quite, but similar.

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Pokemoji is an emoji keyboard for Pokemon GO addicts

Pokemoji is an emoji keyboard for Pokemon GO addicts

A project hatched in April caught the feel and the fervor present in the full launch of Pokemon GO this past month. That project was posted on Behance as Pokemoji Keyboard. Realized as a design project - not quite a fully-published app, Pokemoji would be the most awesome and awesomely-simple interpretation of Pokemon graphics on any mobile chat platform. Straight from Laureen Minet and Kévin Magalhaes from Lille, France, this is Pokemoji.

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Pokemon GO PokeVision alternatives post-update

Pokemon GO PokeVision alternatives post-update

After a big set of changes in Pokemon GO come August 2016, original major Pokemon GO map apps like PokeVision collapsed. Not so much collapsed as suffered a big set of blows from Niantic, who asked them to shut down. Like the hydra, when one head is cut off, two spring up in its place. In this case, we've got a collection of resources that've sprung up in PokeVision's place - and not all of them are made for maps!

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Inside Area 404, where Facebook hardware teams work together

Inside Area 404, where Facebook hardware teams work together

Facebook's hardware lab Area 404 has been revealed and profiled by Facebook this week, giving the public a glimpse at what happens when teams converge. This area is located in Facebook's Menlo Park office, and allows 22,000 square feet to be dedicated to modeling, prototyping, and failure analysis for hardware. Facebook's hardware teams from Connectivity Lab, Oculus, Building 8, and their Infrastructure team all work together collaboratively in this lab.

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Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Samsung releases the Galaxy Note 7, a device that's traditionally come with features that favor the power user. This generation it would appear that Samsung is making clear that they're aiming directly for the features that make the most sales. As they should. They're going for profit, after all - why make another truck when a luxury race car sells so much better?

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The Earth is getting hotter: 2015 the new worst on record

The Earth is getting hotter: 2015 the new worst on record

This week the folks behind the "State of Climate" report (a yearly report) confirmed that 2015 was the hottest on record. Global heat level, greenhouse gases, and sea levels have all risen to record highs. According to the report, this year's findings are the result of both El Nino and global warming. The report also suggests that including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide gasses rose to record high levels during the year 2015.

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STAAKER is an auto-follow drone with an ironic name

STAAKER is an auto-follow drone with an ironic name

The STAAKER drone follows its user around so long as they wear its heavy-duty smart wristband. This wristband is made to withstand some large amounts of punishment, and the entire setup was made for hardcore x-games-type athletes to record themselves performing fabulous stunts. This drone is able to travel 50 MPH (80 KMH), so it'll relatively easily be able to keep up with even the fastest of enthusiast-level downhill snowboarders.

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Google Nexus launcher apk download released for Android

Google Nexus launcher apk download released for Android

Google's own Nexus phone and tablet line now has a launcher app of its own. This app will allow any Android smartphone (most any Android smartphone) to look and act much like a Nexus phone - super simple and clean. Fully Material Design compliant, that is to say. This launcher works with its own Google Now button (or Google button, if you prefer) for universal searches. It also has a brand new slide-up app drawer.

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Galaxy Note 7 release date, pricing, and carrier pre-order details

Galaxy Note 7 release date, pricing, and carrier pre-order details

Today the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been revealed and priced and released, all at once. While the device won't be immediately available, each of the top carriers in the United States have begun issuing information about when and where the device will be able to be placed in users' hands, physically. The release today marks the first time Samsung has released the headliner "phablet" smartphone Galaxy Note without a "flat" version - it's decidedly part of the "Edge" collection without the namesake.

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Pokemon GO Articuno video is fake: here’s how they did it

Pokemon GO Articuno video is fake: here’s how they did it

Pokemon GO users on YouTube have caught legendary birds like Articuno and Moltres, ultra-rare Pokemon like Mewtwo and Ditto, and every oddity in-between. How could they possibly have done such a thing? Is there a glitch in the game? Have they cheated? Not so much. They've done nothing of the sort. What's actually going on here is extremely simple - and they didn't need any fancy multi-thousand-dollar software to do it. All they needed was Blender.

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Instagram Stories basically copies Snapchat Stories

Instagram Stories basically copies Snapchat Stories

The folks at Instagram have launched a new feature for their mobile app called Instagram Stories - a name you may have (sort of) heard before. Snapchat has a similar feature, one called Snapchat Stories - or Snapchat's My Story. Users are able to share photos and videos with their followers with 24-hour timers on them. That should sound familiar. Both services offer basically the same thing.

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