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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.

LEGO Ferrari F40 immortalizes classic supercar in plastic

LEGO Ferrari F40 immortalizes classic supercar in plastic

While LEGO might not be made of plastic forever, Enzo Ferrari's masterpiece certainly will be. What we're seeing here is the new LEGO Creator-series F40 Ferarri (10248), all red and black with its own removable V8 engine. Luigi would be proud. This vehicle will be released to the general public on the 1st of August. For those of you in the LEGO VIP club, you lucky ducks, you'll be able to pick this beast up on July 15th - just a few weeks from now.

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No, your phone’s battery isn’t spying on you

No, your phone’s battery isn’t spying on you

A video showing an NFC-clad sticker on a battery in a smartphone has gone viral today. This video suggests that this smartphone was using an NFC sticker to "record every photo of yours on your battery." What we're going to need to do right now is get very serious and very clear about this situation. Your battery - and the NFC antenna that may or may not be attached to it - is not stealing your photos and sending them to our estranged government overlords. It's just not.

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Spike-back worm Hallucigenia’s head found after 38 years

Spike-back worm Hallucigenia’s head found after 38 years

The creature you're about to see lived on Earth about 508 million years ago, and today we get to see its head for the first time. We get to see its head in the right place for the first time, to be more precise. Before now, scientists had this lovely little beast upside-down and backwards. Not entirely unheard of when dealing with creatures that aren't as simple to identify as birds or mammals of many types, this creature was displayed wrong. Now, 38 years after its discovery here in modern times, "Hallucigenia" can stand upright.

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Ford Smart Mobility’s MoDe:Flex bike and and Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing enter pilot programs

Ford Smart Mobility’s MoDe:Flex bike and and Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing enter pilot programs

Ford announced this week that they'd be shifting their Ford Smart Mobility program from its research phase to implementation. With this, their focus switches to new projects as programs like Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing are given the go-ahead with pilot programs. Ford showed of their third most versatile e-bike with the MoDe:Flex as well, able to be folded down and stored into any Ford vehicle where it's able to be charged. This bike also connects to the rider's smartphone using the MoDe:Link app.

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Carniverous New Guinea flatworm invades United States

Carniverous New Guinea flatworm invades United States

Slimy slug-eating New Guinea flatworm appears in Florida in good position to prepare invasion of the rest of the United States. This is the first time on record this creature has been spotted inside the United States in the wild, and it's certainly not welcome. At just around 2-inches long at full length, the New Guinea isn't just nasty to behold, it's a menace to food chains it invades. Below you're going to see this worm. If you see this worm in real life, report it immediately.

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Polaroid Cube+ revealed, designed by Ammunition

Polaroid Cube+ revealed, designed by Ammunition

The second generation super-miniature Polaroid Cube+ has been revealed, designed once again by the folks that made Beats By Dre so iconic. The first Polaroid Cube was the first Ammunition team-up with Polaroid. That design was so successful, they decided to come around again for a second edition. Ammunition Group is headed by designer Robert Brunner. Brunner was Apple's Director of Industrial Design back in 1989, succeeded only in 1997 by the man he hired to work on the same design team - Jonathan Ive. Now it's time for another camera.

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Google’s epic response to El Capitan

Google’s epic response to El Capitan

Apple releases an OS update called El Capitan, Google responds by scaling said mountain, documenting the experience. This is the difference between Google and Apple. While Apple may be able to sell millions of phones and release operating systems that the public loses their minds over, they don't have people climbing mountains, recording the experience for distribution for free online. It's just not the same sort of experience. It's just not the same sort of environment - not up a sheer rock face, anyway.

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Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 gameplay/interview trailers released

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 gameplay/interview trailers released

This week the folks at Activision are ramping up - pun intended - for Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5. They're releasing both trailers in gameplay and trailers in interviews, all leading up to the first Tony Hawk Pro Skater full release in 13 years. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 was released all the way back in 2002, while a number of spin-offs and odd games like "Underground" were released in the meantime. Now it's time to return to the formula that made Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series great.

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Liked Undo Send? You’ll love these Gmail Labs tweaks

Liked Undo Send? You’ll love these Gmail Labs tweaks

Today Gmail's "Undo Send" feature finally comes to the standard version of Gmail. With it, a renewed interest in the labs where it was born. This system is called Gmail Labs - a place where awesome features are thought up and tossed into the fray with wild abandon. Sort of. While there's still some testing that goes on behind the scenes, Google offers up a place where users can test out the oddities before they reach prime-time. There you can play with the toys before the toys come to all the other girls and boys.

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The big Samsung Galaxy S6 best case round-up and review

The big Samsung Galaxy S6 best case round-up and review

It's time for another war, this time between the best of the best accessories made for the Samsung Galaxy S6. If you're one of those users that wanted to get extra fancy and picked up the Galaxy S6 Edge, we've got a few tips for you as well. If you picked up a Galaxy S6 Active and still think you need extra protection, we're going to have to direct you back to our original review. For now, it's time for the big Samsung Galaxy S6 best case round-up and review.

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