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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.

Oracle spills Google’s total Android revenue and profit

Oracle spills Google’s total Android revenue and profit

Google revenues and profits for their mobile operating system Android have been revealed In an ongoing Oracle vs Google court case over Java software licensing. The numbers come from documents which Google lawyers have argued should have remained private - an Oracle lawyer spoke the figures aloud in court this month. An analysis of Google financial information was disclosed on the 14th of January, 2016, and on the 20th, Google called for sections of the transcript of the hearing to be redacted.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to life in “Holo Cinema” by ILMxLAB

Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to life in “Holo Cinema” by ILMxLAB

ILMxLAB will be bringing a new "Holo Cinema" Star Wars experience to Sundance that'll transport users to a galaxy far, far away with projections. We've seen just glimpses of this technology before, ILMxLAB here working with their own software tool Zeno to create such magnificent feats of graphics greatness as the squid-face of Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean. With Zeno and ILMxLAB's own virtual production renderer, common citizens will be able to virtually step into Star Wars - without the need of a full virtual reality headset.

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Acer Predator 17 gaming laptop Review: Big Red

Acer Predator 17 gaming laptop Review: Big Red

The Acer Predator 17 is not just a good first-shot from a relatively new gaming line, it's a darn good notebook in and of itself. This laptop is large enough to give you a full gaming experience without being so bulky you'll never move it from your desk. This laptop is also clearly a gaming machine, but doesn't look like you decided on your hardware's look when you were young and foolish. In short - this is the gaming laptop you want if you're not afraid to go big, but don't want to drop cash on just any ol' run-of-the-mill flashy gamer unit.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 leak release points to retro detailing

Samsung Galaxy S7 leak release points to retro detailing

This week we're having a peek at a couple of leaks indicative of the interior details of the Samsung Galaxy S7. This device will likely be shown off for the first time during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, at which time we'll know exactly what Samsung is bringing to the table in terms of finalized specifications. Until then we're living on leaks, tips, and hints. Today we've got a bit of information about the display, some about the cameras (the backside camera, at least), and some about storage.

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Maven is GM’s new on-demand car-sharing service

Maven is GM’s new on-demand car-sharing service

Maven is the brand name of General Motors' car sharing service from here on out, servicing the United States with on-demand mobility with an "ownership-like experience." What GM hopes to do here is work with Lyft (in a strategic alliance of sorts) and connect with OnStar to provide a "high level of personalized mobility services" in a car-sharing program that'll be expanding immediately. The first step is the city, where Maven will be bringing its car-sharing program to Ann Arbor Michigan.

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ZCast is for podcasts what Periscope is for live video

ZCast is for podcasts what Periscope is for live video

A new app and web-based system by the name of ZCast hopes to make Podcasting a far simpler affair, boiling the entire media form down to you and your smartphone and a live presentation. ZCast allows users to produce their own multi-member podcast from their mobile device or the web. With ZCast, casters will be able to take comments and answer questions in real-time, connecting with social media outlets as they do so. We'll do it live!

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Unreal Engine 4 dwarf heralds Uncanny Valley passage

Unreal Engine 4 dwarf heralds Uncanny Valley passage

What you're about to see will make you a true believer in the future of computer-rendered film. It'll do that even though what you're going to see is a rendering made with a gaming engine. Not to worry, though, the folks behind the engine are fully aware of what they have on their hands. The creator of this masterpiece of a rendering goes by the name Baolong Zhang, he's a 3D character and environment artist, and he's working here with Unreal Engine 4. Imagine the possibilities in virtual reality with this type of work - meet your best buddy dwarf and have a pint with him!

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Star Wars Episode 8 has been delayed

Star Wars Episode 8 has been delayed

While the original release date for Star Wars Episode 8 was set for May of 2017, we'll now be seeing placement closer to that of The Force Awakens. Very likely due to the massive appeal of a December showing due to the best-in-history ticket sales of Star Wars: Episode 7, Disney has decided to push the release of Episode 8 back a few months. That'll be seven months later than it was originally planned, but has no effect on the release of Star Wars: Rogue One (aka Rogue One, a Star Wars Story).

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Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

For both iOS and Android, combined, the number one ranking app in the world for the year 2015 was WhatsApp Messenger. After that is Facebook Messenger, Facebook (the basic Facebook app), and Instagram. The next couple of apps on this list of most-downloaded apps in the world for the year 2015 are slightly more difficult to believe: Clean Master, 360 Mobile Security, and Skype. After that you've got YouTube, UC Browser, and Snapchat.

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ROLI Seaboard RISE 49 brings four octaves of MIDI control

ROLI Seaboard RISE 49 brings four octaves of MIDI control

The newest edition of the ROLI Seaboard RISE MINI controller rolls with a full four octaves of sound. This version of the machine has expanded the original in a big way just four months after the original's first release. With the RISE 25, it would appear that the creator's expectations have been surpassed to such a degree that a far larger version, the RISE 49, was required. Access our original review of the smaller edition to see what this machine is all about, then expand through the future.

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Mortal Kombat XL trailer releases the date of killer expansion

Mortal Kombat XL trailer releases the date of killer expansion

The second version of Mortal Kombat X will be extra-large, containing - but not limited to - Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the Xenomorph from the Alien series. The game will be called Mortal Kombat XL, and it'll roll with all of the content from the original Mortal Kombat X, released in 2015, as well as a whole new swath of oddities. Those of you that already own Mortal Kombat X, you'll still be able to bust out with all of this content just so long as you purchase the upcoming Kombat Pack 2.

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Kylo Ren SNL action figure mockups imagine Matt, Radar Technician

Kylo Ren SNL action figure mockups imagine Matt, Radar Technician

Just days after Adam Driver's appearance on Saturday Night Live, his sketch as Kylo Ren's alter-ego Matt, Radar Technician, has gone viral. Today we've been sent a couple of mock-ups of action figures based on the character - likely never hitting shelves, of course, but we're allowed to dream. Would that NBC were to see enough call for such a set of figures, we might see it happen. They'd both be essential additions to your collection, that much is true. UPDATE: Additional figures added.

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