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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.


The Last Jedi: 10 easter eggs you may have missed in Star Wars VIII

The Last Jedi: 10 easter eggs you may have missed in Star Wars VIII

We've got a collection of 10 easter eggs from Star Wars: The Last Jedi for you today on premiere day for the movie. These items may be considered SPOILERS - so beware of what you're getting into before you get too deep. If you've not yet seen the movie, TURN BACK NOW. The first easter egg won't be too important, just so you have more time to turn back if you've not yet seen The Last Jedi.

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Apple Watch provides swimmers with radionavigation information

Apple Watch provides swimmers with radionavigation information

The Apple Watch may soon tell swimmers where to go using radionavigation technology to pinpoint their location. This technology was patented this week by Apple in a document called "Radionavigation for swimmers." This might well be the first use for a smartwatch - any smartwatch - that's unique to a wearable device. Just a hint of this technology was revealed during the first presentation of the Apple Watch Series 2 by Apple back in September of 2016.

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Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Today Google is one step closer to allowing Pixel phone cameras to see through solid objects. Not hard walls, and not necessarily every single object in the world - but some of the most common objects, like photobombing fingers, and chain-link fences. Google spoke about this functionality at their developer conference Google IO in May of 2017, and have been working on this tech with MIT since 2015 - or likely well before.

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This limited artist edition Galaxy Note has Tiger Style

This limited artist edition Galaxy Note has Tiger Style

This week the folks at Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 X 99 Avant Limited Edition. This version of the device was revealed as a limited edition of 99 units, making this one of, if not the rarest Galaxy Note in the world. This version of the device comes with its own unique icons, wallpapers, a subscription to a service with additional on-device artwork, a limited edition art print, and a case designed by artist Han-Seung-Woo.

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Galaxy S9 leak shows new designs in 360 videos

Galaxy S9 leak shows new designs in 360 videos

This afternoon we're having a peek at the Samsung Galaxy S9 as envisioned with credible early leaks. This piece of work was done by OnLeaks, AKA Steve H, a fellow who's been shockingly accurate at this sort of thing over the past couple of years. This set of images suggests that the Galaxy S9 will look quite familiar.

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Net Neutrality Vote: What do we do now?

Net Neutrality Vote: What do we do now?

The FCC just voted 3/2 in favor of a declaratory ruling which effectively destroys Net Neutrality protections in the USA. Under the guise of a user-friendly name "Restoring Internet Freedom," the three Republican board members of the FCC voted to destroy the rules set in place by the previous FCC board. This Trump-installed board just destroyed the most important set of rules ever made for the internet - put there by the FCC during the Obama administration.

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Pokemon GO Sprint ads as notifications: Are you kidding me?

Pokemon GO Sprint ads as notifications: Are you kidding me?

Notifications from the Pokemon GO app arrived this week with a promotion from Sprint encouraging phone buys. This was not the first time Niantic sent a notification to users on iPhone and Android devices, but it was the first time they pushed for an outside buy. In this rather blatant advertisement this morning, Niantic promised a reward of in-game currency to users who switched from their current mobile provider to Sprint.

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Lenovo Star Wars AR headset The Last Jedi release details

Lenovo Star Wars AR headset The Last Jedi release details

This week the folks behind Star Wars: Jedi Challenges - a Lenovo-made AR headset with lightsaber controller - are bringing The Last Jedi to augmented reality. To use the app that'll be updated, users will need to own the Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR headset and lightsaber package - that's available from Lenovo or at Best Buy for right around $200 USD. The update for The Last Jedi content will come just a bit later - January of 2018.

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OnePlus 5T Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers download leaked

OnePlus 5T Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers download leaked

Today we're having a peek at the Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers for the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition. These wallpapers were meant for the one special edition smartphone, but a few intrepid developers have found the encoded images in the newest update for the non-special version of the device. As such, we've got access to said wallpapers, and any device - Android or no - can have access right this minute.

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HTC VIVE Tracker Review with Gun, Straps, and Paddles

HTC VIVE Tracker Review with Gun, Straps, and Paddles

The HTC VIVE Tracker is a new tool for the VR universe - an extra bit of zazz that opens up new doors and dimensions. Over the past few days I've had the opportunity to test out the HTC VIVE Tracker with the relatively limited set of games it already works within. Included with this review package was a set of accessories with which the tracker works. The best of these is the Hyperkin Hyper Blaster - a VR-ready version of a pistol, extremely similar to that of the original NES Zapper from Nintendo.

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“New” Samsung Galaxy phone has wrap-around display

“New” Samsung Galaxy phone has wrap-around display

A new sort of Samsung Galaxy smartphone was revealed in schematics drawings this week with a wrap-around display. Much like what we saw with the original Galaxy Note Edge, this device moves information and controls not only off the front of the device, but down the side as well. This device's display covers the entirety of its front as well as just about half of its back.

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Google Assistant released for Android Lollipop and Tablets

Google Assistant released for Android Lollipop and Tablets

This week Google released their Google Assistant feature in Android for a wider range of devices than ever before. With this update comes The Google Assistant on Tablets, and The Google Assistant on some Lollipop devices, just as long as they're smartphones and aren't completely bonkers older than dirt. The Google Assistant is spreading to all Androids like a creeping, crawling ooze.

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