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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.

LG flagship phone Judy tipped for Summer (instead of LG G7)

LG flagship phone Judy tipped for Summer (instead of LG G7)

On the 16th of February, a rumor of LG's next big flagship smartphone revealed the company's timing. This may well be the LG G7 - albeit not branded as such. This device is rumored to roll with a so-called MLCD+ display panel at 6.1-inches with an 18:9 aspect ratio. This device will be the next-in-line after the LG G6, but don't expect it to look especially familiar.

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Last Galaxy S9 secrets just spilled on Reddit

Last Galaxy S9 secrets just spilled on Reddit

A tipster spilled what seemed to be a whole lot of details on the Samsung Galaxy S9 a bit over a week before the main reveal event. This tipster decided they'd risk revealing the identity of whoever it was that allowed them to handle the Galaxy S9 in the process, writing their AMA on Reddit. This Redditor suggested that they "got to use [the Galaxy S9] for about 20 min" and that they "got pretty familiar with the device."

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If you trust Google now, Xively will be great

If you trust Google now, Xively will be great

Google announced their intention to acquire IoT platform Xively this week, aiming for a new layer of value in their connected future. If you trust Google, this announcement was a bit of good news. Xively may give Google the technology and knowhow to bring their fully connected smart home to life for millions of users around the world. It could be great.

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Harry Potter returns to LEGO with Hogwarts set remake

Harry Potter returns to LEGO with Hogwarts set remake

Today we've got a sneak peek of the first in what we hope is a long line of Wizarding World of Harry Potter LEGO sets through the next few years. This is Hogwarts, a set that's sort of a remake of a set released by LEGO a few years ago. Back when the "Hogwarts Castle" set was made, they went for the full deal, mashing the entire castle into 1290 pieces. This time they've begun creating the castle piece by piece, starting with the Great Hall in 878 pieces.

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Coinbase Warning: Check your bank account NOW [UPDATE]

Coinbase Warning: Check your bank account NOW [UPDATE]

Over the past week a number of banks and credit card companies issued Bitcoin sales brands like Coinbase to switch their MCC code. As a result, loads of cash have begun moving with little to no notice from said banks to Coinbase customers. In addition, it would appear that Coinbase users are having errors in which their accounts are charged multiple times for the same transaction, resulting in hundreds or thousands of dollars gone missing. We recommend you take action immediately.

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iPhone sales are now worth more than every other phone combined

iPhone sales are now worth more than every other phone combined

Apple took 51% of the revenue in the smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2017. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple dominated the market, accounting for the most massive revenue in smartphone sales compared to every other company, worldwide. Much like Apple's reports of its own sales, the number of units sold is going down at the same time as revenue is going up - industry-wide.

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Nokia Digital Health business not going so hot right now

Nokia Digital Health business not going so hot right now

After a couple years in the health device business, Nokia's now not quite as sure they're ready to stay. Back in April of 2016, the Nokia brand acquired the Withings brand, and all their devices along with it. At that time, acquiring Withings meant every single Withings brand device in production would switch to Nokia branding, and every device line in Withings lineup would go Nokia from that point on. That purchase might not have been Nokia's best.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S expected: One Massive Screen

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S expected: One Massive Screen

An Android that succeeds the smartphone with the biggest screen and tiniest bezel seems to be here at last. It's called the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, and it does not have a notch in the center of its forehead. Its notch is on the side of its forehead, where all good notches go. This device is the next in a line of devices that have no qualms with covering the entirety of the front of their bodies with screens - without the need for curves or arrays of sensors.

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Bang & Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

Bang & Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

It's time to head to the ol' swap meet to find a few vintage speakers - they're about to get wicked sweet again. Bang & Olufsen teamed up with HiFiBerry this week to reveal the Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier. This piece of equipment can be installed in any old B&O speaker to enable wireless features. As such, your father can finally say "I told you so" for keeping his ancient box speakers sitting in your parents' basement for the last several decades.

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Bitcoin price rambles back toward $10k, but there be fools

Bitcoin price rambles back toward $10k, but there be fools

Round prices seem to continue to command the minds of traders in the Bitcoin universe, especially when it comes to the most popular of cryptocurrencies. Just as it happened when the price of Bitcoin VS USD nearly met 20k, now here once again, there's a bit of a hurdle. After Bitcoin went over 19K USD, it tumbled down to $6k. Now not long after that trip, the price is rumbling back up over $9k.

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Fujifilm X-H1 revealed with top-level performance

Fujifilm X-H1 revealed with top-level performance

The Fujifilm X Series has a new top performer in the just-announced X-H1. This is the newest camera in the X Series and the first (in the series) to include 5-axis 5.5 stops in-body image stabilization (IBIS). This is also the first time the X Series will gain access to the ETERNA Film Simulation feature right out the box.

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Verizon ships Netflix on Fios TV for free… sort of

Verizon ships Netflix on Fios TV for free… sort of

Verizon customers using Fios Internet and TV service were given access to Netflix this week. Specifically those users with Multi-Room DVR Enhanced for Premium service - they were given said access, and were given said access with a single year free with the streaming service. Unlike most smart TV platforms, Verizon Fios users will find Netflix on a TV channel - in this case, that's channel 838.

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