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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.


Black Friday’s 4K smart TV dark horse is NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Black Friday’s 4K smart TV dark horse is NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Today the NVIDIA SHIELD TV was announced to have its price kicked temporarily in the bottom, just in time for Black Friday 2017. This is the device is easily my own top recommendation for smart TV central hub, and has been for the past two years, as well. While this machine is already a decent price without discount, here on Black Friday its cut down to the lowest price it's ever been (in its current form, with 3-free months of YouTube Red to boot.)

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 release day in-game purchase updates

Star Wars Battlefront 2 release day in-game purchase updates

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 had some changes announced this week just before release day. As such, we're going to run down what you're going to need to expect from the game when release day arrives. Instead of the mess of a set of in-game micro-transactions originally available in the early release of the game, all in-game purchases have been turned off, for now.

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Star Wars Gifts 2017 for the Holidays

Star Wars Gifts 2017 for the Holidays

Over the past few months we've been rounding up some of the most epic or otherwise nice-yet-affordable Star Wars gifts for this holiday season. What we've got is what you'll see below. This list includes a Star Wars record player, an electric vehicle for kids, and some star wars stationary. Basically all levels of gift cost are included here - from the extremely inexpensive to the Favorite-Aunty-Costly.

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Battlefront 2: Reddit meme-troopers just saved the day …for now

Battlefront 2: Reddit meme-troopers just saved the day …for now

This week Reddit changed the mind of EA on a game they were just about to release called Star Wars: Battlefront II. This game was looking amazing at first, then the public turned sour at EA's reveal of in-game transactions. After days of bad press from game and tech blogs and a massive front-page-fiasco on Reddit, EA "heard you loud and clear."

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Galaxy S9 pre-release leaks: fixing these S8 mistakes

Galaxy S9 pre-release leaks: fixing these S8 mistakes

The Samsung Galaxy S9 was the subject of a number of tips today and over the past few days, largely with respect to device size. What we've gotten to know about this device is, first and foremost, it'll look different from its predecessor. According to feline-icon'ed South Korea-based tipster Ice Universe, the Galaxy S9's backside in particular "will change a lot."

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WiZ smart lighting Review: LED bulbs and projector

WiZ smart lighting Review: LED bulbs and projector

We've been using a set of WiZ smart LED lights for the past week to see how they stood up to their closest competitors. In the world of smart bulbs - especially when we're talking about SIMPLE smart home lighting systems, there's one stand out brand: Phillips hue. Today we're going to run down the reasons why the new-to-America brand WiZ is more than a fly-by-night smart lighting competitor - they might just have hue beat.

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Fantastic Beasts Grindelwald photos, actors, and Dumbledore too!

Fantastic Beasts Grindelwald photos, actors, and Dumbledore too!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie is well on its way, heading to theaters in just one year from now. THIS MORNING: The next Harry Potter universe's Fantastic Beasts movie was revealed today in fabulous fashion. This movie will be called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and it'll be jam-packed with actors that'll take some of the most notorious roles of the film and book series. That means Gellert Grindelwald, Newt Scamander, and none other than Albus Dumbledore himself.

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OnePlus 5T vs 5: specs, pricing, release dates

OnePlus 5T vs 5: specs, pricing, release dates

This morning we saw the OnePlus 5T for the first time, and now we're comparing the device to its nearest predecessor. The OnePlus 5T is meant to be a half-step between this past generation and the next, with a T to signify the change. As OnePlus suggested onstage today, the letter "T" is in place because Apple uses an "S" for their half-step phones every other year.

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OnePlus 5T release date, price, specs: That screen boost

OnePlus 5T release date, price, specs: That screen boost

Today the OnePlus 5T was revealed in two editions. Both of these editions work with a Midnight Black exterior, and both are available in both the United States and Europe. The OnePlus 5T's two main versions, thus far, as the 64GB Midnight Black OnePlus 5T, and the 128GB Midnight Black OnePlus 5T, and both will roll with dual-lane storage based on UFS 2.1 for super speedy read/write and app loads.

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Kodi addon and repository devs down on pressure from Netflix, Amazon, Disney

Kodi addon and repository devs down on pressure from Netflix, Amazon, Disney

Kodi lives on, but some of the developers behind a few of the more nefarious addons for the service are now out of the game. Or so they've suggested. Cease and desist letters have been sent to developers behind the Colossus Kodi addon repository, URLResolver, MetaHandler, Ares Wizard, and more have been knocked out by a new wave of threats of legal action from major studios. One legal warning was apparently delivered by hand to the developer The_Alpha - that was the final straw for that particular dev.

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Google Docs is down: Here’s when it’ll be back [Update: It’s back!]

Google Docs is down: Here’s when it’ll be back [Update: It’s back!]

Google Docs was knocked out earlier today for some users in multiple regions around the world. This down time was classified by Google as a mid-level issue - a Service Disruption - rather than a full Service Outage. At the time this article is set to be published, most users will be well on their way back to full service, all around the world.

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OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition leaked

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition leaked

A tip was sent this morning on the appearance of a OnePlus 5T with a special edition on its name. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a month away at this point, and Lucasfilm hasn't been stingy with access to their licensing rights for products of all sorts. OnePlus has been known to release special limited edition versions of their smartphones, too - remember the Colette OnPlus 3T, and the midnight black edition 3T, and the OnePlus 5 JCC+ release earlier this year.

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