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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.

Game of Thrones Season 6 trailer released with dragons

Game of Thrones Season 6 trailer released with dragons

The newest of Game of Thrones Season 6 trailer is out now - and if you watch it, the entire season will be ruined for you. It's full of spoilers. You're going to be spoiled. Don't say I didn't warn you. There are dragons. Winter is coming? No. Winter has arrived. Up near the wall, at least. Everywhere else it appears that it might still be spring of some time in early summer. Watch out for the watchers on the wall - they've made it up the sides.

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Kindle Oasis leaks with e-reader premium design

Kindle Oasis leaks with e-reader premium design

This week the folks at Amazon appear to have experienced a bit of a leak - on their newest e-reader, the Kindle Oasis. At least, that's what the leak suggests it'll be called. This leak comes from China, and includes details on what the device will look like and act like. There seems to be a case/cover that this tablet-like device will have available with its own power source, and it'll be ambidextrous - with a very unique sort of tablet design.

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A new Nexus 7 Android tablet to beat your iPad

A new Nexus 7 Android tablet to beat your iPad

While the prospect of creating a piece of hardware that'd supplant the since-the-beginning biggest tablet ever iPad, Google's next device might be able to do the trick. Google is currently placing itself in a position in which it becomes more singular. The Google Play suite of apps has adopted a more visually standard look. Google's Play return program has become more active in the recent past. But what's that got to do with a tablet? Could Google finally be making a play for the space they've never dominated with a device that's just as powerful as the opposition? If the past couple generations of Nexus device are any indication, Google's in a prime position to finally make the real anti-iPad.

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Galaxy Android Marshmallow updates coming this month

Galaxy Android Marshmallow updates coming this month

On of the most popular families of Android smartphones - Samsung's Galaxy collection - will be seeing additional update to Android Marshmallow this month. This includes both the Samsung Galaxy S7 - if, by some miracle, you weren't on Marshmallow already - as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is also getting final upgrades to Marshmallow this month if you've not already seen updates in the past couple of weeks.

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Android Beta program to expand beyond your Nexus

Android Beta program to expand beyond your Nexus

Inside the code for Android N preview it's become apparent that the Android Beta Program will be expanding. Expanding beyond the bounds of the original device collection Android Beta was set for, other manufacturers will be getting in on the fun. Which manufacturers, you might ask? Why, the ones that you demand become a part of this program, of course! You'll have to be especially vocal about this one.

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Galaxy Note 6 may scan your eye to unlock details

Galaxy Note 6 may scan your eye to unlock details

As it was with the original Samsung Galaxy Note and every Galaxy Note thereafter, the Galaxy S7 will inform the next big-time S Pen-toting device. The smaller device will inform the looks and the feel of the larger device, and many features will be brought over to the future model as well. The Galaxy Note 6 will therefore be extremely familiar - it'll look more or less like the Galaxy Note 5 - but it'll have water resistance.

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Pokemon GO Beta testing is expanding this week

Pokemon GO Beta testing is expanding this week

While the first wave of Field Testing for the augmented reality game Pokemon GO started in Japan, two new countries have been added to the fold. This is the first time the Pokemon GO universe has expanded beyond the East, now headed into Europe and - we hope - into the United States sooner than later. This Pokemon GO field test will "give users the opportunity to share early feedback and help improve the Pokémon GO experience," so says the Pokemon GO Development Team.

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Clinton official says “American people can handle the truth” about Area 51

Clinton official says “American people can handle the truth” about Area 51

Not only are we speaking about aliens when it comes to potential targets for space exploration in our Science department - we've got a presidential candidate who wants to uncover THE TRUTH as well. While this began as a bit of a joke on the part of Hillary Clinton, it's become far more real now that Clinton campaign chair John Podesta has made public comments with CNN.

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The new iPhone SE is nearly sold out everywhere

The new iPhone SE is nearly sold out everywhere

It would seem as though Apple did not foresee the early success of the iPhone SE, their new 4-inch display-toting iPhone with the body of a tried-and-true past model. The iPhone SE's shipping time continues to slip, as Apple Insider notes, with shipping set to begin on April 22nd - two weeks from today. In-store pickup availability, on the other hand, seems to depend solely on the popularity of the story you're headed to.

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Facebook Messenger has ANOTHER hidden inbox you’ve likely never seen

Facebook Messenger has ANOTHER hidden inbox you’ve likely never seen

The messenger system built in to the world's most used social network, Facebook, has a couple of "hidden" inboxes. You may have messages that you've never seen - believe it or not. Hidden relatively deep within your Messenger inbox system, you'll find two boxes, one marked "Requests", the other marked "Filtered". There's also a THIRD sort-of-secret inbox, depending on how you've used Facebook Messenger in the past, one called "Archived." You'll want to see the whole lot if you've noticed friends disappearing over the past several years.

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Leap Motion just updated to meet the HTC Vive head-on

Leap Motion just updated to meet the HTC Vive head-on

This afternoon the folks at Leap Motion have delivered an update to their VR headset mount hardware - and the software therein. They've made it possible to use the Leap Motion motion tracking device to put your hands in the virtual reality universe. This - you might be thinking - isn't strictly new. You're right. What IS new is the ability to see your hands and work with your hands at the same time as you're using the HTC Vive's wireless controllers.

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Whats new in Android Studio 2.0?

Whats new in Android Studio 2.0?

This morning Google released* Android Studio 2.0 for developers, and with it, a litany of upgrades and feature changes. This version of the place where developers make the most of their Android apps works with a new Instant Run feature, an Android Emulator that they suggest runs 3x as fast as the previous release, and a brand new GPU Debugger Preview. Users will be able to work with Cloud Test Lab Integration - right out the gate, and they'll have both App Indexing Code Generation and Test abilities immediately - install and go!

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