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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.

SpaceX rocket explosion destroys Facebook’s first satellite

SpaceX rocket explosion destroys Facebook’s first satellite

Today a SpaceX rocket has exploded during a static fire test at Cape Canaveral, destroying $200 million in payload alone. This explosion destroyed an Amos-6 satellite (which was its payload as it were) - this all having taken place at SLC40 Cape Canaveral specifically at 1307 UTC September 1st, 2016. The explosion happened to a SpaceX Falcon 9 No. F9-029 - that's according to Johnathan McDowell, astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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Misfit unveils new colors for Shine 2 and Misfit Ray

Misfit unveils new colors for Shine 2 and Misfit Ray

The Misfit team have revealed a new round of accessories for their wearable fitness trackers this week. They've placed themselves well ahead of every other wearable fitness tracker company in terms of accessories - and they've given themselves another big boost this week with a variety of items that will make owners of the Misfit Ray and Mistfit Shine 2 joyous for having already joined in on the party.

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Jabra Elite Sport make big claims for truly wireless sports earbuds

Jabra Elite Sport make big claims for truly wireless sports earbuds

Jabra Elite Sport wireless earbuds have been revealed this morning, as what the company is calling "the most technically advanced, true wireless sports earbuds available."* These earbuds are sweat and waterproof and give the wearer up to three hours of stereo music and calls - connected with Bluetooth to the user's smartphone. There's a carrying case, too, that gives the user an additional 6 hours of battery time with its built-in rechargeable battery.

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Neato Botvac D3 and D5 details: covering all bases

Neato Botvac D3 and D5 details: covering all bases

This week the folks at Neato have revealed two new robotic home vacuums, one called Botvac D3 Connected, the other the D5 Connected. Both devices have Wi-Fi connectivity and work with the Neato app. Both devices are self-charging and have automatic charge and resume functions. Both devices are able to work with Scheduling, and both have Neato's own Combo Brush to make homes clean.

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Xperia XZ first impressions with Xperia X Compact details

Xperia XZ first impressions with Xperia X Compact details

This week Sony has revealed both the Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact, two peas in a next-level-photography pod. These devices look very similar to one another - and to previous Xperia smartphones - but they're cut from a slightly different cloth. We've been given the opportunity to get our hands on an early prototype of the Xperia XZ, and as such, we can bring you a decent idea of what's to come in the very near future.

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HP Pavilion Wave and Elite Slice aim for “desktop reinvention”

HP Pavilion Wave and Elite Slice aim for “desktop reinvention”

HP reveals two new desktop computer systems and a set of displays this week, all in the name of "desktop reinvention." They're aiming to hit the desktop universe hard with a few oddities - beautiful oddities, at that. The HP Elite Slice is a modular system which allows the user to add different sets of hardware slice by slice as they do so choose. The HP Pavilion Wave is a gorgeous desktop tube-like device which sits up on one's desktop, in their work area, where they can show off how strong the industrial design of this device is.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus first impressions : Right in-between

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus first impressions : Right in-between

Lenovo suggests the Yoga Tab 3 Plus could be "your personal TV." If you're the sort of person who relies solely on apps for entertainment, they might be right. This device is one of Lenovo's unique tablets-with-kickstands, working with a 2K display, Android inside, and a chassis that aims for a high-end experience. If the Tab 3 Pro seemed too expensive for some users' taste at the same time as the Tab 3 seemed to need a few more features, this is the place they'll land.

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Lenovo’s Moto Z Play Droid and Hasselblad Mod first impressions

Lenovo’s Moto Z Play Droid and Hasselblad Mod first impressions

Verizon's release of the Moto Z Play Droid will, as the name indicates, be another DROID-branded device. Today Lenovo's Motorola announced that they'd be bringing the Moto Z Play Droid to the United States starting on the 8th of September through Motorola online and through Verizon stores at the same time. Along with this announcement was the reveal of the USA-ready version of the Hasselblad True Zoom Mod for the Moto Z.

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Lenovo Miix 510 detailed as take-anywhere LTE 2-in-1

Lenovo Miix 510 detailed as take-anywhere LTE 2-in-1

Lenovo have revealed their latest in tablet / notebook hardware with the device known as Lenovo Miix 510. This device is a high-powered tablet-like PC with a detachable keyboard and a kickstand around the back - not entirely unlike the original Miix 310 released earlier this year. This device has the ability to connect to the web with Wi-Fi and LTE, allowing the user to connect with local web at home or mobile web out and about. The display on this device is a Full-HD 12.2-inch panel with Gorilla Glass up front and full touch capabilities.

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Pokemon GO Update: Buddy System nearly enabled [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Pokemon GO Update: Buddy System nearly enabled [UPDATE: Confirmed]

A new feature in the newest Pokemon GO update, version 0.35, is spotted mentioning "Buddy" Pokemon and rewards for walking. While we spotted this in part in our newest Pokemon GO app file teardown, Reddit users like partycrabs and Leopaws have taken research on this Buddy system a step further, as we'll be discussing below. This system could very well give new life to the game, especially for users that live in suburban areas - out in the country where very few Pokemon, Pokestops, and Pokemon Gyms are few and far between.

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Samsung spin-off launches a finger-phone strap

Samsung spin-off launches a finger-phone strap

A team of Samsung employees has spun off a company by the name of Innomdle Lab with a device by the name of Sgnl. Sgnl is a watch strap that allows a smartwatch to become a phone - sort of. This device connects physically to a watch - any watch, really - and uses Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone. That smartphone then sends sound to the strap, which sends sound through the user's fingertip directly into their ear.

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Garmin Forerunner 35 smartwatch lasts 9 days at a time

Garmin Forerunner 35 smartwatch lasts 9 days at a time

Garmin is bringing a new smart wrist wearable device to market with abilities aplenty. The Garmin Forerunner 35 works with built-in Elevate wrist-based heart rate monitoring technology. This device is what Garmin says is an "easy-to-use GPS running watch." While this device's primary selling point is its ability to contribute to a hearty run, users can also keep the watch active throughout the day as a general use activity tracker.

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