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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.

Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Have 80% of Apple Watch owners used Apple Pay?

Today a study has been released in which Apple Pay appears to be being used by 80% of all Apple Watch users. Carried out by Wristly, a private research group, it's a headline grabbing figure for Apple's mobile payments service, which gets a dedicated button on the Apple wearable. Nonetheless, as with any such study, there are some lingering questions to take into account.

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2016 Toyota Land Cruiser revealed with plenty of off-road tech

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser revealed with plenty of off-road tech

This week Toyota has revealed the 2016 Land Cruiser - the model headed for the United States, in this case - complete with the first eight-speed automatic in this line. The 2016 Land Cruiser will be rolling with a 5.7-liter V8 with 401 kb-ft of torque and 381 horsepower to boot. Technology inside this vehicle includes a new TORSEN limited-slip locking center differential, bringing a torque distribution to 40:60 front to rear with further wheel slippage grip, with Active Traction control (A-TRAC) for both brake and throttle intervention to cut down on wheel spin.

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Google OnHub will be the first Brillo device for Google On

Google OnHub will be the first Brillo device for Google On

Google OnHub was revealed today by Google as the first doorway to a full smart home ecosystem. This service will be tied together with software protocols revealed in part earlier this year as Google Brillo and Google Weave. When Brillo was first revealed earlier this year, then-SVP of Product (now CEO) for Google Sundar Pichai showed how your smartphone would connect to all the Brillo-enabled smart devices in your home using a common-language protocol called Weave. This is the beginning of the smart home system called Google On.

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Fossil Android Wear watch release set for October

Fossil Android Wear watch release set for October

Fashion brand Fossil have teamed up with Intel to bring a new Android Wear-based smartwatch to the market this year. Revealed at IDF 2015, this watch is the first in a line of smart wearable devices from Fossil and Intel, while in 2016 more products will be coming from Fossil including a smart watch made under the Michael Kors brand. In addition to this first device - which at first glance looks very similar to certain Android Wear devices made by Motorola and Huawei - more devices are already on the table. Literally.

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Razer RealSense camera revealed for desktop gaming

Razer RealSense camera revealed for desktop gaming

This morning Razer revealed an Intel-powered RealSense camera for PC gamers. While this technology has been used for 3D applications before - scanning in the real world, for example, Razer is bringing the technology home squarely in the gaming arena. Think facial tracking while you're using your multi-monitor setup to race cars. This camera will be launching as its own stand-along peripheral for desktop PC gaming first - but we wouldn't be surprised to see it launch on a Razer laptop in the near future.

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Google OnHub router detailed: aimed at easy, secure Wi-Fi

Google OnHub router detailed: aimed at easy, secure Wi-Fi

Today Google OnHub was revealed by Google and aimed at bringing the company into the networking market. This is the first time Google has created such a device, generally staying within the smart mobile device market - especially now that Alphabet exists. Google's OnHub router will make Wi-Fi secure, support home automation devices, and will look good as it does so. This is a router that doesn't need to sit under a pile of books or stay stuffed in your closet in shame - it doesn't look half bad.

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Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan All Nippon Airways begin rolling out Star Wars: The Force Awakens airliners complete with BB-8 droid action. This is the first major-scale branding effort from Lucasfilm and Disney, hitting the largest of all the busses in the most Japan-centric way possible. This is the same airliner that rolls with Pokemon-themed coverings as well as R2-D2-themed jets. Have a peek below to see a collection of flight-ready planes run by this airline over the past couple of years. First you're going to see the ball-droid, BB-8, our new hero.

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YouTuber films Mad Max GoKart Paintball War in glorious 4K

YouTuber films Mad Max GoKart Paintball War in glorious 4K

Today the creative video maker Devin Super Tramp has released a tribute to the action film of the summer: Mad Max: Fury Road. This tribute is not just a bunch of dust-coated Warboys firing arrows at one another in cobbled-together monster machines, but something so much more wonderful. Instead of full-sized cars, this war is being fought with GoKarts. Instead of using full-sized machine guns, this tiny feature uses guns generally employed on paintball.

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Misfit Speedo Shine tracks swimmers in their natural habitat

Misfit Speedo Shine tracks swimmers in their natural habitat

Fitness tracking device maker Misfit has teamed up with sports equipment specialist Speedo to cross-brand their way into a unique kind of smart device. The Speedo Shine takes the abilities of previous Misfit Shine devices and dives in to the water. The Speedo Shine will be able to track fitness, swimming, and sleep in a waterproof package, waterproof up to 50 meters under the surface of the drink. This is the first Misfit device to be tested with the high-accuracy underwater requirements set by Speedo's own Aqualab.

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Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ T-Mobile release bumped up to tomorrow

Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ T-Mobile release bumped up to tomorrow

Apparently T-Mobile USA customers weren't super thrilled when they heard the news about preorders earlier today. Verizon customers are getting their Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ devices before T-Mobile customers, and they were jumping mad about it. As such, CEO John Legere decided to push up the launch of their own models of the device, making them available for general sale starting tomorrow. This means the device will be online only starting at 6AM PT through T-Mobile USA.

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Galaxy Note 5 shipping this afternoon

Galaxy Note 5 shipping this afternoon

This morning Samsung Galaxy Note 5 preorders began to ship from multiple carriers. The first confirmation we've got on record here - sent in my a helpful citizen in Brooklyn - suggests that preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with Verizon will be arriving as early as this afternoon. A second delivery was confirmed by a tipster in Chicago this afternoon with an estimated delivery set for 8PM (Central Time). The first shipments appear to have begun two days ago from shipment locations such as Memphis, Tennessee.

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Samsung Space Internet may bring the web to the whole wide world

Samsung Space Internet may bring the web to the whole wide world

This week researcher Farooq Khan from Samsung Electronics has published a paper on full earth-covering internet. This system, he suggests, would consist of "thousands of low-cost micro-satellites" that'll be launched into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) to provide Terabit/s data rate speeds of internet to the whole globe. This system would be able to send data with signal latencies "better than or equal to" the ground-based systems we use today. This system would serve to take care of the internet needs of our planet through the next several decades.

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