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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.

Samsung Galaxy S6 brutally destroyed by Desert Eagle

Samsung Galaxy S6 brutally destroyed by Desert Eagle

Samsung Galaxy S6 undergoes toughness test which includes a shot with a Desert Eagle sidearm. While the crew in this test do indeed apply a carbon fiber skin from DBrand, it... really doesn't do much to protect the phone. As it's not meant to really - not from a bullet, anyway. This gun-based toughness test is mostly a fun sort of deal, as there's only one device that's truly able to stop a bullet, and I think you know the brand name.

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Android Wear fires back at Apple Watch

Android Wear fires back at Apple Watch

Google takes aim with a feature update to Android Wear just one day after Apple releases their own software boost to Apple Watch. This update for Android Wear includes many of the features mentioned in Google's first teaser for their next boost - now coming to a number of watches this week. The main feature in this collection is a new Launcher - this allows you to access apps by swiping left from the watch face. Much easier to access than before.

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Christopher Lloyd returns as Doc Brown for LEGO Dimensions

Christopher Lloyd returns as Doc Brown for LEGO Dimensions

A new trailer for LEGO Dimensions is released with Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as Doc Brown from Back to the Future. One of several "Dimensions" in this LEGO game is Back to the Future, with Doc himself appearing as a playable character. Also appearing is Marty McFly, along with the first appearance of the LEGO Hoverboard. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment reveal this morning more gameplay from the LEGO Dimensions multiverse. Now we'll just be crossing our fingers for far more Biff Tannen.

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Mad Max: The Wasteland is the (working) title of the next film

Mad Max: The Wasteland is the (working) title of the next film

Director George Miller confirms not only that there are two more films in the Mad Max film series planned, but that the next has a title already. While this may end up just being a working title, Miller suggests that they've got the name "Mad Max: The Wasteland" attached. Not too much of a departure from any other Mad Max film, to be sure. It also confirms that we're not really going too far away from the environment we've been in for the past three films.*

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Nearly 1/3 people use Facebook while driving

Nearly 1/3 people use Facebook while driving

AT&T commissioned Braun Research poll finds nearly 1 out of every 3 people use Facebook while driving. Driving their automobile. On the road, in the United States, where you live. The study was done by poll, asking 2,067 in the United States aged between 16-65 who use their smartphone at least once a day AND drive at least once a day a number of questions. What was found was a bit shocking, to say the least. Not only do a lot of people drive while using their phone, a lot of those people do some pretty involved things on their phone whilst driving.

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Oculus Rift hardware event set, VR Jam finalists named

Oculus Rift hardware event set, VR Jam finalists named

Oculus VR sends invites to the press for a consumer-related event that promises to reveal market-ready hardware. What you're going to see isn't all that revealing, but the differences between the newest developer model of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and the first consumer hardware are few and far between. What you're going to see at this special event for the headset isn't as important as who will be there - who will be presenting the first apps and games for the Oculus Rift as it's set for release in early 2016.

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Microsoft hires BioWare/EA veteran for HoloLens and Xbox

Microsoft hires BioWare/EA veteran for HoloLens and Xbox

Gaming development head Casey Hudson, formerly of EA Games and BioWare, is hired by Microsoft Studios as Creative Director. This roll will put him in a leadership position with Microsoft HoloLens, Xbox, "and other awesome projects." Hudson will be reporting to Kudo Tsunoda, CVP of Next Gen Experiences at Microsoft. Microsoft notes that his roll as Project Director with BioWare/EA put him in charge of "the creative and operational vision for development of franchises such as Mass Effect and Star Wars," as well as broader business strategy and media expansion.

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OSVR stacks up 118 supporters for Open Source Virtual Reality

OSVR stacks up 118 supporters for Open Source Virtual Reality

OSVR announces additional supporters for their Open Source Virtual Reality platform. This platform has its own hardware development kit, software development kit, and integration with several of the biggest names in gaming software. Four new platforms have joined along with this newest batch, including OpenVR, MonoGame, VorpX, and Unigine. VorpX supports titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 while OpenVR supports such titles as Strike Suit Zero and Hawken. Also announced this week, VR game or content developers will have the opportunity to gaining priority access to OSVR Developer Kits shipping as early as June, ahead of public release in July.

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Quickie brings Apple Watch’s quirkiest feature to phones

Quickie brings Apple Watch’s quirkiest feature to phones

With an app by the name of Quickie, smartphone users are able to send temporary doodles back and forth via the web. This app is a one-touch video, text, and emoji messenger app, and it works for both Android and iOS for iPhone. This app is like Snapchat meets Periscope. It's like a strange marriage between all of your favorite odd messaging apps - Facebook Messenger included. And you can doodle in it, just like that one friend you have who has an Apple Watch.

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It’s raining spiders in Australia again

It’s raining spiders in Australia again

Australia's Southern Tablelands are experiencing an Angel Hair event - a spider migration which covers entire towns in spiderwebs. Thousands of flying spiders falling from the sky, creating an ethereal, other-worldly event the likes of which you've only likely ever seen in a dream. Or a nightmare - depending on your preferences. "When I looked up at the sun it was like this tunnel of webs going up for a couple of hundred meters into the sky," said Goulburn resident Ian Watson. "It was beautiful."

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