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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.

BMW, Intel, Mobileye form autonomous car super-group

BMW, Intel, Mobileye form autonomous car super-group

A team-up of epic proportions has just formed between BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye to create solutions for automated vehicles into "series production" by the year 2021. That's a very short amount of time by automotive standards - just 5 years when this article is set to be posted. There, the group will create "fleets of fully autonomous cars as basis for new mobility services in urban environments." And that's just for starters.

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China leaks the Galaxy Note 7’s mysterious sensor holes

China leaks the Galaxy Note 7’s mysterious sensor holes

The Galaxy Note 7 has had another leak in which a front panel screen protector has detailed features of the device before launch. While the source of this leak has been known to jump the gun in terms of content before confirmation in case-making, in this case they suggest that they are "getting all our information from our sourcing team, who are on-the-ground along with our manufacturing team in China." If true, this cover confirms another powerfully unique feature for the Galaxy Note 7.

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Force Touch Magic Mouse headed to Apple Stores (likely soon)

Force Touch Magic Mouse headed to Apple Stores (likely soon)

This week the appearance of the next generation in Apple Magic Mouse has appeared at our doorstep, metaphorically speaking. While we've not yet seen the device in physical form, word is that another appearance of the device's patent series signs the approach of the device. The approach which should, hopefully, be upon us very soon. This device will look and feel very similar to Apple's one physical, wireless mouse, but will have abilities similar to those of the Magic Touchpad, or the display of the iPhone 6s.

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iPhone 7 detailed in black looks gorgeous

iPhone 7 detailed in black looks gorgeous

A set of iPhone 7 images have surfaced with the device coming in a deep (matte) black. These images come from Martin Hajek, an extremely skilled illustrator and 3D model-maker. He's known for taking specifications and blueprints from case-makers before the launch of products (especially Apple products) and turning them into 3D models that look so extremely realistic, it's difficult to tell the difference between what's real and what's not. These images show a rendering of the iPhone 7 (as we know it through leaks and rumors today) and the iPhone 6 or 6s.

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Galaxy Note 7 part leak confirms Samsung’s secret weapon

Galaxy Note 7 part leak confirms Samsung’s secret weapon

The front panel of the Galaxy Note 7 has leaked in a single photo which confirms several details about the upcoming handset. This device is coming in black - we could have guessed that bit. This device also has a physical home button, as all Galaxy devices have since the beginning. The feature inclusion we'd known from insider sources previously and can confirm further today is in the array of circles near the top of the device's front here.

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Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Today is the first day I'm able to speak in public about my experience with Pokemon GO. It's been about a week and a half since I first started playing in the Field Test - very similar to the Beta most people were playing (likely identical) - and it's time to let loose. This game is fantastic. Not in the same way a visually spectacular game like Fallout 4 or DOOM are fantastic, but in a new way. A way that's not like any game I've played before. Pokemon GO is a real game-changer.

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Android Nougat is Google’s newest OS dessert

Android Nougat is Google’s newest OS dessert

Google has officially named the newest version of Android as dessert "Android Nougat" - thus keeping the alphabetical naming structure sound. This is the latest in a line of dessert names as well, keeping with the tastiest of treats since Donut. This version of Android was revealed via Snapchat, oddly enough, just this morning. Why Google chose to use Snapchat instead of their own blog, we might never understand fully. This is clearly the Brexit's fault.

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Galaxy S7 unlocked in the USA: released at last

Galaxy S7 unlocked in the USA: released at last

The tide has turned. Samsung has released the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge in the United States unlocked and free of carrier bloatware. Both devices are coming with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and the same 12-megapixel camera they had when you already purchased the device through a carrier. Samsung Pay still works, wireless charging and fast charging with the charger they come with. And what's that? Yes, it's true: they support all bands. All of them.

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Google Maps “Waypoints” navigation APK released

Google Maps “Waypoints” navigation APK released

The Android version of Google Maps has been updated to include multiple waypoints along one chosen route. This means that if you need to run multiple errands in one trip and want to know the fastest way between them, Google's here for you. This is version 9.31.2 of Google Maps and it requires that your phone have Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher to run. Chances are you're in luck. This app update is out right this minute... sort of.

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The Galaxy Note 7 details Samsung’s Secret Weapon

The Galaxy Note 7 details Samsung’s Secret Weapon

While it's not been too much of a massive secret thus far, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 does indeed have a few cards up its sleeve that haven't yet been revealed in full. As Samsung aims to take full advantage of the lull in major innovation reveals the iPhone has set for them this year, they're pulling out all the stops. What better way to grab your attention than by scanning your eyeballs?

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Amazon has cheap unlocked Android phones for you – but there’s a catch

Amazon has cheap unlocked Android phones for you – but there’s a catch

Amazon wants to lure you in to their trove of Android devices - and at first it would seem that they've got the right bait. They've got devices that are new. They've got devices that are unlocked. They've got devices that come from major name-brand companies like Motorola. These devices are discounted below where you'll probably find them anywhere else. But there's a catch. Not just anyone can partake in these machines.

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Nexus 6P Toast Review : Custom-cut Cover

Nexus 6P Toast Review : Custom-cut Cover

Today we're having a peek at the Nexus 6P with a custom-cut wood cover from the folks at Toast. What we've got here is an Ebony Wood cut with ash inlay with front and back cover for the Nexus 6P, both cut by the brand Toast. The custom design comes from yours truly and features a sort of "Ace of Spades" setup with a detailed skull. What we're reviewing here is both the detail the company was able to get and the fit of the cover on the device.

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