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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.

Galaxy S8 details tip most HD display ever made

Galaxy S8 details tip most HD display ever made

Samsung's next step after the Galaxy Note 7 has been tipped to be a Galaxy S8 with a 4K display. Resolution so dense, that is, that you'll be unable to distinguish between individual pixels with your bare eyeball. Not that you were really able to with the 2K displays prominent in smartphones today, but - why not ramp it up some more? Battery life is one concern, certainly, but assuming Samsung has compensated for such madness, the next generation looks like it might be super-slick.

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Moto G4 Review 2016

Moto G4 Review 2016

It's time again to review Motorola's budget king devices, starting with the base device Moto G. Two devices come this year - for some odd reason - both the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus (or Moto G4+ if you prefer). These devices have very similar specifications to one another and could easily be mistaken for one another, as it often is with a two-phone family approach. Here we're not dealing with two screen sizes as we do with Samsung and Apple's two-phone release pattern, here we've got upgrades in camera quality and fingerprint recognition.

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BlackBerry’s newest phone shows lack of care for Android innovation

BlackBerry’s newest phone shows lack of care for Android innovation

We're living in an age in which we don't just have companies copying smartphone design language, they're releasing old phones with new names. A BlackBerry smartphone has leaked today that's very clearly using the same body as a device that's previously been released by a different company. Alcatel designed this device - we can't ask Alcatel yet whether or not they'll actually confirm it, but its either that or they've got some lawsuit business they need to attend to. UPDATE: Learn more about the actual final release today as the DTEK50 is revealed in full.

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Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Mobvoi will be taking a different approach to smartwatches with their latest in globe-ready wearables. This is the Ticwatch 2, a device that uses Android but doesn't use Android Wear. There's a difference, after all - Google's Android Wear is quite strict when it comes to software modification, while Android on a smartwatch can be basically anything a smartwatch maker wants. This new device has Mobvoi going in some interesting new directions.

UPDATE: Apparently you CAN run Android Wear if you want, so says Mobvoi PR - "Android Wear compatibility mode will work in the new global edition."

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Pokemon GO Cheats and Tips : catch em all (almost) every time

Pokemon GO Cheats and Tips : catch em all (almost) every time

The modern equivalent to holding down arrow + B in Pokemon GO appears to have been found. Users that used to hold their down-arrow down and press B, or spam B, or any combination of buttons when their Pokeball was first tossed, should rejoice today. This "cheat" as some might call it has to do with animations. Each Pokemon has a series of animations they're capable of doing when they're face to face with a user with a Pokeball - we're looking for "Happy."

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Why Nintendo deserves credit for Pokemon GO

Why Nintendo deserves credit for Pokemon GO

It should have been clear from the start that Nintendo did not create Pokemon GO. The Pokemon Company did that with Niantic, a company spun off from Google after creating the game Ingress, a game on whose engine Pokemon GO is built. I say Nintendo deserves credit not just because they helped Niantic spin off from Google, and not just because they own part of the Pokemon Company. I say Nintendo deserves credit because of their inevitable mega-growth in the very near future, due in a big way to the success of Pokemon GO.

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Star Wars Rogue One: Who is Bistan the Space Monkey?

Star Wars Rogue One: Who is Bistan the Space Monkey?

The Star Wars film Rogue One is primarily a tale of the rebellion, in particular about their lead-up to attaining the plans for the dreaded Death Star from Star Wars A New Hope (aka the first Star Wars film. What we've got for you today is a glimpse at a character that we've seen just a tiny peek at in advance of the film being released in theaters. Don't worry though, all you intrepid viewers from the future - this information will remain valid well into the future you live in. It's all canon now!

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Hit game Pokemon GO sets Apple App Store record

Hit game Pokemon GO sets Apple App Store record

Apple has confirmed to SlashGear that Nintendo's mobile game hit Pokemon GO has set a new all-time record, now the app with the most downloads in its first week. Responsible for getting gamers off their couch and out into the streets, Pokemon GO not only tapped into a much-loved franchise but is giving many their first taste of augmented reality. The news bodes well for Niantic, a company that before now was best known for its development of Ingress, a game whose engine was the basis for Pokemon GO. It also bodes well for fans of Nintendo games hoping for mobile apps - they can hardly dismiss such a massive success now, can they?

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BlackBerry Hamburg Android phone release date soon, FCC now

BlackBerry Hamburg Android phone release date soon, FCC now

This week the folks at BlackBerry have had their latest Android device revealed by the FCC. Re-revealed, we might say, as the device was first leaked several weeks ago with its partner, both BlackBerry smartphones running Android. This device is being shown by the FCC this week with model name STH100-2 (RJD211LW) with GSM quad-band, UMTS penta-band, and LTE deca-band connectivity technology inside. We will very likely see this device released inside the United States very soon.

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Microsoft’s OneDrive seeks out Pokemon for you

Microsoft’s OneDrive seeks out Pokemon for you

Pokemon GO is a topic more popular than most other software, hardware, and everything in-between - it's no surprise that a company like Microsoft would jump in on the trend with their own software product feature. As such, Microsoft OneDrive has been updated to include automatic detection of Pokemon-related images. When a user's device uploads Pokemon GO snapshots - both digitally and in-person, while catching - they'll be sorted by OneDrive without any additional effort on the part of the user.

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10 things you need to know about NVIDIA’s TITAN X

10 things you need to know about NVIDIA’s TITAN X

Today NVIDIA reveals its next most powerful graphics processing unit in the world, the NVIDIA TITAN X. This graphics card will cost users a cool $1200 - or around that thereabouts - and will very likely crush all graphics cards that came before it. According to NVIDIA, the creation of this graphics card was hinged on a bet. According to NVIDIA, "Brian Kelleher, our top hardware engineer, bet our CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, we could get more than 10 teraflops of computing performance from a single chip."

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Galaxy Note 7 details leak in release date-level images

Galaxy Note 7 details leak in release date-level images

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 leaks in a number of images that show front, back, and both sides in several colors. You'll find the gold, the blue, and the silver - and you can count on a black version being released on release day, too, of course. This will be the first time that Samsung brings a bright blue to the mix on release day, while previous Samsung smartphones have been delivered in a wide variety of tones. Now if only we could get a slime green and pink combination, we'd be in the mix!

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