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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.

Little boy finds big dinosaur fossil under future mall

Little boy finds big dinosaur fossil under future mall

The son of a zookeeper, Wylie Brys, discovered no less than a 100-million year old dinosaur bone whilst digging in the dirt this past September. The report is coming out now because between September 2014 and now, April of 2015, preparations have been underway to excavate and remove the fossil. Excavation took place over the past two days and the bone - or bones, as it turned out - were removed just today. The finding began back in September when Brys and his father were digging for fish bones in the area where a mall was set to be built.

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Mars is moist: evidence of water found in surface salt

Mars is moist: evidence of water found in surface salt

Because Mars no longer has the global magnetic fields required to retain water like we have on Earth, it's not likely we'll find a tiny pool to swim in any time soon. What NASA has found, on the other hand, is new evidence that water can indeed exist on the planet - and that salts on the surface are able to absorb water from the atmosphere, collecting it on land. Again, this isn't the same sort of water we're seeing after a long rainfall on Earth - but it is another positive sign for the future, a future in which humans live on Mars for long periods of time.

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HP Omen Pro : for game makers, not just players

HP Omen Pro : for game makers, not just players

The second coming of the HP Omen is here with the HP Omen Pro, one made for game developers more than game players. Inside users will find an Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA Quadro K1100M graphics card, and enough solid state drive storage to make with the game creation. This machine costs more than its partner (the non-pro), and rolls with many of the same looks on the outside. While most game developers take to desktops to push their high-powered creations, this machine makes the case for on-the-go makers.

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Google’s Trusted Voice smart lock for Android rolling out now

Google’s Trusted Voice smart lock for Android rolling out now

For those of you with a Nexus device, prepare yourself - you may be able to unlock your phone with your voice by the end of the week. This will come as a part of the newest update to Google Play Services 7.0 and Android 5.1 Lollipop, and it'll be appearing in your Smart Lock section of security in standard Settings in Android. This newest unlock will appear alongside Trusted Devices (like Android Wear devices), Trusted Places, Trusted Face, and On-body Detection. This update will eventually be released to all devices - provided their manufacturer gives the thumbs-up in due course.

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Vizio takes 4K TV down to $600, aiming for middle-class USA

Vizio takes 4K TV down to $600, aiming for middle-class USA

The last time we spoke about "affordable" 4K TVs, Vizio was the brand we were speaking about. That was back in September of 2014, and the word "affordable" was tossed around rather willy-nilly. At $999, a television isn't exactly the sort of equipment the average middle-class citizen is going to be picking up more than once every few years. Fast forward to April 2015 and Vizio's newest stab at the market is a 4K TV with a price just 60% of that which they presented a half a year ago.

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Sony teams with IFTTT for wearables

Sony teams with IFTTT for wearables

If you weren't already tracking your fitness bits and pieces with Sony devices, IFTTT might just be aiming to push you over the edge this morning. Working with Sony to release a new channel for Sony Lifelog, IFTTT delivers this morning a number of recipes that aim to jam as much functionality as possible into your collection of Sony wearables and Xperia-based fitness tracking. These recipes are made by the official SonyMobile IFTTT account, suggesting Sony is taking the If This Then That community quite seriously.

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ASUS VivoWatch sports 10-day battery life

ASUS VivoWatch sports 10-day battery life

The device you're about to see does not run Android Wear. Instead, ASUS has opted to run their own Android-based operating system aboard this new ASUS VivoWatch under a black-and-white panel. There's also a lovely green-colored bar which we'll find the meaning to in the near future - this is the pre-announcement that ASUS has released this morning, after all, while they'll be holding a full event tomorrow. This event takes place during Milan Design Week.

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Roundme: a spherical VR community for iPhone

Roundme: a spherical VR community for iPhone

The creators at Verdom IT Projects have updated an app that, up until now, was only sort of immersive. This app was and is called Roundme, and it's just been given a new version fully prepared for virtual reality for the iPhone. How might you use this app with the iPhone to create a virtual reality experience, you might ask? With Google Cardboard, of course. While this app is not yet available for Android, Roundme is prepared to be a fully functional virtual reality tour experience - and community - for the iPhone.

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Apple vs Android: winning in hardware, winning in software

Apple vs Android: winning in hardware, winning in software

While Apple wins in Hardware in the United States, Android wins in software. So says the most recent report on smart device usage in the United States. This week comScore has released their report mobile device usage in the month of February 2015 for the USA. This study showed the three month average starting in December of 2014, ending in February of 2015, and studied smartphone subscribers ages 13 and older. As you can probably guess already, Apple and their 2nd-place opponent Samsung are still neck-and-neck here in 2015 for hardware market share.

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GTA V PC release Monday: what you’ll need to get started

GTA V PC release Monday: what you’ll need to get started

The release of Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC is almost over. We'll have a full review for you sometime later next week, but before then you might want to dive in on the details coming before the game becomes available. Availability begins on Monday at 12:01 AM - if you're lucky - and it'll be ready and willing to run at 4K if you've got the gear. Whether you plan on dropping in early with a pre-order or order on Monday, or you're planning on waiting for full-fledged reviews, here's what you're going to need.

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