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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.

Pokemon GO’s latest update brings 10,000 new PokeStops

Pokemon GO’s latest update brings 10,000 new PokeStops

This week a number of new PokeStops for Pokemon GO will be appearing at Sprint and Starbucks retail store locations in the USA. Amongst those appearing in the very near future are Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack(?!), and Starbucks. I add the (?!) to RadioShack because I'm genuinely surprised that any RadioShack retail location is still open anywhere in the United States (or anywhere else for that matter.) This is just the beginning of the sponsored PokeStop and Pokemon GO Gym pop-ups happening in the near future.

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Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

This week the US Army CoE said they'd stopped the DAPL oil pipeline the same day authorities' Protester Evacuation Deadline was up - quite a coincidence. It should therefore come as no surprise that the thousands of water protectors (or protestors, if you prefer) have not left their camp after a brief celebration in halting construction. If this pipeline does, indeed, remain stopped and incomplete, it'll strike a major blow for both native rights and a future for electric vehicles taking the place of fossil fuel-hungry automobiles.

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Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Connected Mr. Bear is a toy with a light-up heart that controls what's played on your Netflix account. What's even creepier than this bear being able to control what you watch is its choice of TV shows. You see, as Netflix sees it, Full House (or Fuller House) is the perfect jumping-off point for a new kind of connected toy. A toy with a light-up heart - one that demands you watch Full House when it commands.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV reboot coming to CES 2017

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV reboot coming to CES 2017

NVIDIA will reveal a new piece of Android TV hardware in their NVIDIA SHIELD line of devices at CES 2017. For the past couple of years NVIDIA's yearly CES-based event has housed primarily automotive-related news - this year that won't (entirely) be the case. This information comes from an anonymous source with information on the subject matter.

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Google Play 4K update beats Apple by a mile

Google Play 4K update beats Apple by a mile

Google Play Movies of all sorts have appeared available for purchase and rental for several Android devices today. These 4K versions of top-tier AAA film releases are appearing on the Google Play store right this minute - though not for all Android devices that support 4K. As Google suggests, Chromecast Ultra, Sony Bravia Android TVs, and Xiaomi's Mi Box 3 will have access right off the bat.

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Galaxy S8 headphone jack death: iPhone wins again

Galaxy S8 headphone jack death: iPhone wins again

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is tipped to remove its headphone jack, and with it, another pin in the bowling alley that is Android's resistance to Apple's dominance. While I personally use an Android device the majority of my time out in the wild, I can't help but give Apple their due props here. Apple said they needed courage to remove their headphone jack with the iPhone 7. It turns out they weren't just pulling our leg.

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Pokemon GO Starbucks Update: Generation 2 release date, Mewtwo, news

Pokemon GO Starbucks Update: Generation 2 release date, Mewtwo, news

This morning Pokemon GO's Starbucks sponsorship deal has been spilled in its entirety - and it's an exciting one. This is more exciting than the newest Pokemon GO song remix, more exciting than finding a Pikachu, and more exciting than a pack full of Pokemon GO Memes. This is a sponsorship deal between Starbucks and Pokemon GO that'll last well into the future, and will start with an event-styled launch on the 8th of December, 2016.

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5 epic new movie trailers to start your day

5 epic new movie trailers to start your day

This morning we're diving in on a set of movie trailers that'll blow your socks right off of your feet. These movies are all set to come out in the next several months. A couple of them are coming out in the month of December, just in time for holiday break - or just before it. Either way, here's Star Wars: Rogue One, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghost in the Shell, The LEGO Batman Movie,

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Android Nougat update 7.1.1 brings Pixel to the masses

Android Nougat update 7.1.1 brings Pixel to the masses

Inside the newest update to Android is a set of features that'll change the way users interact with their phones. Some of these features were present last month already on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, while others are completely new. This update will be delivered to a number of devices starting today and rolling over the next several weeks.

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The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

Apple isn't going to make car innovation faster when it's already slowed mobile device market disruption to a crawl. The newest round of rumors on Apple's dealings with the auto industry got me thinking. Apple hasn't become one of the world's most successful companies over the past 10 years by entering saturated markets. Barring any sort of device we've seen before, I'm crossing my fingers that Apple has the next big market disruptor in the pipeline and coming soon.

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Shiny Pokemon GO update: Rare Colors at last!

Shiny Pokemon GO update: Rare Colors at last!

Today we're going to talk about how Niantic will incorporate Shiny Pokemon into Pokemon GO - and when it'll happen. While Niantic has not officially confirmed the existence of Shiny pokemon in the game, they have discussed the possibilities behind the scenes - so suggests our notoriously accurate anonymous source familiar with the matter. The final method of incorporation for the Shiny Pokemon in the Pokemon GO fame code is not complete - as such, users will have a little while to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the day when the switch if flipped.

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Oculus Touch Review Round-up: an Obvious Requirement

Oculus Touch Review Round-up: an Obvious Requirement

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset finally has its own set of hand-held controllers in Oculus Touch. That is to say, other than the Xbox One controller, which ships with the headset - and the one-button remote control, which also comes with the headset. What we're doing today is giving you an idea of what the general consensus is amongst reviewers from around the blogosphere - good, bad, and ugly.

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