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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.

How to run the new Pokemon GO 2x Power Up exploit

How to run the new Pokemon GO 2x Power Up exploit

A new way to power up Pokemon in Pokemon GO has been discovered by a set of players hyper-obsessed with finding oddities. I say "new" because we've not seen this method for upgrading one's own Pokemon before. It could well have been in the code for the game since the beginning. The game launched back June of 2016 and it was several weeks before the first double-touch ability was discovered - there could be more on the way.

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iPhone 8 could read your face in 3D space

iPhone 8 could read your face in 3D space

Analysts suggest that this year, Apple will utilize PrimeSense technology to add a new way to unlock the iPhone. A research note distributed to clients by Cowen and Company on Wednesday suggested that the next iPhone could be released with some "form of facial/gesture recognition." They added that this technology would rely on "a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera." This leads us to believe that Apple is making use of technology cultivated by PrimeSense.

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Xiaomi 4 Prime vs Redmi Note 4: 5 reasons why this is war

Xiaomi 4 Prime vs Redmi Note 4: 5 reasons why this is war

It's time to do a duel between two of Xiaomi's most popular "Note" devices - the Note 4 and the Note 3 - and toss in the new Xiaomi 4 Prime for good measure. This battle will be based on specifications, only - we'll have to get the whole collection in our hands at once before we're able to do any face-to-face comparisons. For now we'll go ahead and assume that more advanced processors mean bigger power and that all three devices are equally reliable.

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6 Reasons the Nokia P1 could be the iPhone of Androids

6 Reasons the Nokia P1 could be the iPhone of Androids

This week the Nokia P1 has been teased right on the heels of the announcement of the Nokia 6. The latter device is the real deal - the former isn't yet confirmed as a real device. Sources suggest that the Nokia P1 will utilize company connections to base its design on the Sharp Aquos Xx3. As such, the images you see in this article are literally of the Sharp Aquos Xx3, as it was when it was introduced last year.

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Pokemon GO January APK teardown: New moves, evolution items, Gen2

Pokemon GO January APK teardown: New moves, evolution items, Gen2

The first update for Pokemon GO of the year and we've found a whole bunch of new moves for Pokemon from Gen2. This first update for the game had very little in it for the everyday user - a bit of an update for walking distance and Pokemon Eggs for Apple Watch. But for those that dug deeper - there's a bunch of fun bits and pieces that tell us about the near future of the game.

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Nintendo Switch Pre-orders up again at Walmart

Nintendo Switch Pre-orders up again at Walmart

While many stores have - seemingly - sold out of the Nintendo Switch well before its on-sale date, Walmart suggests they've got stock. They wont have the device in stores until the street date, just like every other store that we're aware of so far - but they've got numbers. Walmart's suggestion is that they have enough potential stock that they're able to continue offering the Nintendo Switch on pre-order with guarantee of a unit to every person that comes in and orders.

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Pokemon GO Update: Easter Egg Event clues inside

Pokemon GO Update: Easter Egg Event clues inside

This morning the folks at Niantic updated Pokemon GO apps for both iOS and Android devices. That means updates for Samsung Galaxy devices, LG, HTC, Sony, Motorola, and the lot - and iPhones of all sorts. This new update for Pokemon GO is the latest in a line of "fixes" for a number of elements - one of which should lead the way to the rest of the Gen 2 Pokemon in the near future.

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Galaxy J7 Prime out now: 5 reasons you’ll want one

Galaxy J7 Prime out now: 5 reasons you’ll want one

Supposing you're a consumer looking for a new smartphone and you've not already purchased a Galaxy S7, the Galaxy J7 Prime might be right up your alley. Today we're running down 5 reasons why a person might want this smartphone here in the first part of the year 2017. This device isn't quite the most powerful smartphone in Samsung's collection, but it's no pack of small beans to cough at.

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Nokia 6 is almost here: here’s why you’ll want one

Nokia 6 is almost here: here’s why you’ll want one

Today we're running down 5 reasons why the Nokia 6 will be a device that quite a few smartphone users will want. In addition to being a fine looking device, this machine rolls with one of the most recognizable brands in the smart device industry. This device isn't actually manufactured by Nokia, it's made by HMD Global Oy - but as you'll see, that'll be quite similar to the original Nokia squad making it happen.

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New iPad Pro cover could expand its abilities and battery life

New iPad Pro cover could expand its abilities and battery life

This week we're having a peek at a set of official drawings of an accessory for the iPad from Apple. These drawings were made in pursuit of a patent related to the device. In these drawings, the iPad is given the power to show notifications in several ways, the lot of which are displayed on the iPad's smart cover in low-power lights.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Review (Gen2, 2017)

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Review (Gen2, 2017)

Over the past two years just one device has been in near-constant use at my home - that's the original NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. This piece of hardware sits quietly to the side of my television and serves content to my family almost every day of the year. Unlike any other device I've used over the past half-decade, the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV has never failed to feel like a natural part of my everyday routine - without the need for an over-abundant amount of software updates, and completely functional in every way I'd needed it to be. That's why I was skeptical when NVIDIA announced they'd be releasing another newer NVIDIA SHIELD device this year.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Controller Review (Gen 2, 2017)

NVIDIA SHIELD Controller Review (Gen 2, 2017)

In our first hands-on experience with the NVIDIA SHIELD TV, I made a strong suggestion that the Game Controller was the major upgrade of this generation in SHIELD hardware. As such, I've separated this review from our primary review of the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. The review here suggests that this new controller is largely worth purchasing on its own if the user already owns the Gen1 NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device, and will be a positive piece of the puzzle for those that purchase Gen2.

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