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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.

Virtual Reality Done Wrong: Making it Look Terrible

Virtual Reality Done Wrong: Making it Look Terrible

Today we're going to discuss how not to present virtual reality to the public. The images you see at the top of this article are wrong. They're bad. Skeptics of this platform see these images and remain skeptical. People who love virtual reality look at these images and see how goofy they look when they have virtual reality headsets on. It may have worked in the 1980s when ads were extremely strange - but it's not going to work here in the present.

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Apple’s VR team is real, here’s who they are

Apple’s VR team is real, here’s who they are

Apple's latest acquisition once again tips their involvement in the virtual reality industry. Apple has been tipped - and essentially confirmed - to have acquired FlyBy Media, a group that has their hand in Indoor Mapping, Automotive (autonomous navigation), Drones (autonomous flight), and both virtual reality and augmented reality. They've worked with Google on Project Tango, a futuristic smartphone-based 3D-mapping system that'll tie in with virtual reality in the near future.

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Deadpool is running for president

Deadpool is running for president

The Marvel Comics character Deadpool is running for "El Presidente" to be more specific, complete with his own SuperPac. Announced this afternoon by Fox is the fact that Deadpool (a fictional character, we must remind you) is "officially exploring a run for President. They've suggested that a SuperPac is also now in effect under the name "Weapon X-ers for Progress." They suggest that this SuperPac is "totally unaffiliated with Mr. Pool - as is often the case with SuperPacs and the candidates they support.

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Massive Gas cloud boomerangs back to our Milky Way – but don’t fret!

Massive Gas cloud boomerangs back to our Milky Way – but don’t fret!

A beastly cloud of gas is headed towards our galaxy right this minute - but it won't arrive for 30 million years. What's interesting about this particular gas is not only that it's traveling at 700,000 miles per hour, but that it's been here before. This "Smith Cloud" as it's called came from the Milky Way and to the Milky Way it will return - 70 million years ago it left, and 30 million years from now it'll have swung around for the return.

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Facebook and Instagram pics have an ASCII art secret

Facebook and Instagram pics have an ASCII art secret

The folks behind Facebook's image upload software are revealed to have been translating images into ASCII art automatically. While we're not certain how web standards enthusiast Mathias Bynens happened upon this bit of code sorcery, we are sure that he's discovered something magical. To find the ASCII magic in a Facebook image or an Instagram image, the user has only to append ".html" after that image's ".jpg" marker. It's that easy, really.

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Android MediaTek devices open to de-bugging (hacking aplenty)

Android MediaTek devices open to de-bugging (hacking aplenty)

Earlier this month a potential security issue in Android devices with MediaTek processor was found by researcher Justin Case. This issue apparently exists in Android devices that've gone through the review process with their manufacturers but have not had a "debug" feature deactivated before shipping. While MediaTek is working on a fix for this issue across all devices, there are still smartphones and/or tablets out in the wild with this vulnerability open, and devices hackable with a simple software "flick of a switch" so to speak.

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PSA: Your Apple AC adapter may need to be replaced

PSA: Your Apple AC adapter may need to be replaced

As of this week, Apple has issued a warning for owners and users of a certain set of Apple-brand AC wall plug adapters around the world. While there's likely no immediate danger to you and yours, Apple isn't taking any chances with this program, suggesting that "in very rare cases, the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched."

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Surface is finally working for Microsoft

Surface is finally working for Microsoft

Microsoft's fiscal year 2016 Q2 earnings aren't looking so hot unless you know where to look: right at Surface. Windows OEM Pro revenue growth is down 6% year-over-year, one percentage point better than the first quarter, but still down compared to one year ago this quarter. Windows OEM non-Pro revenue growth is down 3% year-over year, while Windows volume licensing revenue growth is down 4% year-over-year. Search Advertising Revenue, Xbox Live active users, and Surface revenue are all on the rise.

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Peter Molyneux is not actually retiring, Godus remains

Peter Molyneux is not actually retiring, Godus remains

In what was either a momentary hacking or a brilliant use of PR, Peter Molyneux seemed to have been retiring for about 20 minutes this afternoon. In the moments after Molyneux's Twitter confirmed that he'd be taking the game Godus down from Steam AND he'd be retiring from the game industry, major news sources aplenty jumped on the opportunity to report. Not 13 minutes later, Molyneux appeared to have regained control over his Twitter account, suggesting he'd been hacked.

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HTC One M10 release details pack a familiar set of specs (and a watch)

HTC One M10 release details pack a familiar set of specs (and a watch)

HTC is tipped to be bringing their next-generation smartphone to an event outside of Mobile World Congress 2016, instead opting for a stand-alone event not unlike that of the HTC One M8. It's almost as if HTC decides where to reveal their flagship device each year depending on the weather. Here once again they'll probably show off something in Barcelona (MWC), but will bring another bit of heat just a week or two later. Last year they were at MWC with their M9, but the year before that they were in NYC.

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Google My Tracks alternative apps swoop in

Google My Tracks alternative apps swoop in

Google's app "My Tracks" has reached its end of life, the company preparing to phase out support starting on April 30th, 2016. This app won't just have an end of service at that time, it'll basically just stop working altogether. With Google My Tracks gone, users will have to move to better and/or more popular services before that time is up. OR they'll just have to stop tracking their runs, and run without knowing where they've gone, like in the olden days.

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WhatsApp group video chat launched with Booyah

WhatsApp group video chat launched with Booyah

A third-party group by the name of Rounds Entertainment have launched video chat for WhatsApp called BOOYAH. Imagine the WhatsApp developer crew's surprise when they find out someone other than they have launched a video chat client for their service. No worries, WhatsApp developers, you could go ahead and launch video chat on your own, any time you like. Meanwhile it'll be Rounds Entertainment that'll be leading this charge for iOS and Android.

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