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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.

Google “G” logo notifications pushed to all Android devices

Google “G” logo notifications pushed to all Android devices

Just so long as you have Google Now activated on your Android device, you'll be seeing "G" notifications soon. The notifications you're getting might not end up being all that different from what you've been seeing before today, but they will LOOK a little different. The biggest change is the branding. Instead of just a circle with an icon in it, your notifications from Google Now will also have the newest version of Google's "G" logo.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Indiana Jones’ Lost Ark

Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Indiana Jones’ Lost Ark

Indiana Jones' greatest ancient artifact has been recovered in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, whether Han Solo and Chewbacca know it or not. This is not the first time Lucasfilm has crossed the two over: planting a couple of droid-looking hieroglyphs near Indy's Well of Souls, and the comic "Into The Great Unknown", for example. Today we're exploring the possibility that not only are the two franchises connected, they share one of the most important pieces of hardware in the universe: The Ark of the Covenant!

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5-million+ Google Cardboard VR headsets now in the wild

5-million+ Google Cardboard VR headsets now in the wild

Today Google has announced that more than 5-million Cardboard VR headsets have been shipped. That's after 19 months, and includes a wide variety of ways and means: viewers sold by 3rd-part retailers as well as all give-aways and promotions with partners are included. That'd be with the Star Wars / Disney promo, NFL/Visa, Legendary Picture, The New York Times, and etcetera. So while Samsung may have the only consumer-level VR headset on the market for sale today, Google is certainly running a big part of the entry-level interest initiative for virtual reality in general.

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Google Hangouts 7.0 update gets Quick Reply (APK)

Google Hangouts 7.0 update gets Quick Reply (APK)

This morning Google pushed their newest update to Hangouts with a feature that'll make your replies to messages all the quicker. Quick Reply will allow Hangouts messages to not only appear within your notifications pull-down menu, but will allow you to tap the Reply button to return a message with minimal effort. Once tapped, the reply button will bring you a tiny text window in which you can send a message back in an instant. This is all available within the newest update to Google Hangouts for Android.

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Amazon Echo teams with Jack Donaghy and Dan Marino for Super Bowl

Amazon Echo teams with Jack Donaghy and Dan Marino for Super Bowl

What better way to get in the mood for massive amounts of cash being thrown at advertisements than to bring Alec Baldwin onboard with your Super Bowl ad? Amazon knows this. They know good and well that the world sees Baldwin now as 30 Rock's Jackie-D. Dan Marino is here too, since he is football. In the video you're about to see, they use the Amazon Echo to ask a question.

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Tim Cook’s VR comment

Tim Cook’s VR comment

This afternoon during Apple's financial Q1 2016 earnings call, Tim Cook was asked one question about VR. When asked about whether or not virtual reality devices in 2016 were a niche product, Tim Cook had the following to say: "I don't think [VR] is a niche, it's really cool and has some interesting applications." That's it. Does this mean Apple is investing in virtual reality hardware and applications? Not necessarily, but it certainly doesn't discount that idea.

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Apple’s 1-billion active devices figure in perspective

Apple’s 1-billion active devices figure in perspective

This afternoon, Apple announced many firsts and bests, one of the simplest being "1 Billion Active Installed Base". This number represents what Apple has recorded as "iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch devices that have been engaged with [Apple] services within the past 90 days". That's one whole heck of a lot of devices. It doesn't account for devices that've been active offline exclusively, and it doesn't count how many Apple devices have been sold to date.

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Apple’s Q1 2016 revenue grows while Mac sales slow

Apple’s Q1 2016 revenue grows while Mac sales slow

This afternoon Apple reported their financial Q1 2016 earnings with a cool $29.3 billion in revenue in the Americas and a total of $75.9 billion worldwide. This is up 47% sequentially and up 2% year-over-year, while guidance from the company last quarter suggested they'd be "$75.5 billion and $77.5 billion" - so they're right on the money. This overarching revenue story is told by iPhone sales, primarily, and iPad, Mac, and Services revenue to a slightly lesser degree.

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Apple reports slowest iPhone sales growth since dawn of device

Apple reports slowest iPhone sales growth since dawn of device

Apple reported quarterly revenue of $75.9 billion as well as quarterly net profit of $18.4 billion. Apple suggested today that they'd sold a cool 74.8 million iPhones in this fiscal 1st quarter, up just 1 percent from the amount of iPhones sold this same quarter just one year ago. While this could be accounted for by the launch of the iPhone 6 as a "tick" year, and the iPhone 6s as a "tock", this is the slowest growth the company has seen for iPhone sales since the device line originally launched.

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Photoshop Sketch summons spirit of Bob Ross for iPad Pro

Photoshop Sketch summons spirit of Bob Ross for iPad Pro

The iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil are being used in a video series made by Adobe in collaboration with Bob Ross, Inc. These videos are a part of a four-part series showing what one might do with the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, and the app Adobe Photoshop Sketch. Digital painting is done, happy little trees are made. You'll begin with a lovely, beautiful white, blank canvas, and from there you'll expand your mind from the ground to the mountains.

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iMessage is not Android’s problem

iMessage is not Android’s problem

Your mother has sent you and your sister a photo of their dog, and expects you to reply with a positive note back. But you have an Android device and you're using Google Voice. You get the message, but you don't get the photo. Your mom gets mad that you've not replied. You say it's because she's using iMessage and photos and videos won't be sent to devices unless they also have iMessage. She tells you to get iMessage. You can't get iMessage, you have an Android device. You see where this is going.

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Inbox by Gmail update calls out your bills with Google Now

Inbox by Gmail update calls out your bills with Google Now

This week the folks at Google responsible for Inbox by Google have updated their app to include call-outs to your most important bits. This update includes shipping status updates, frequent flyer numbers, reservations, membership numbers, and package tracking. And bills and bill updates. What you're going to find is your ability to pull each of these bits up with a simple search. These bits can be pulled up with Google Now, not just inside the Inbox by Gmail app.

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