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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.

As iPhone 8 release date nears, Apple tests wireless charging waters

As iPhone 8 release date nears, Apple tests wireless charging waters

Without explicitly saying the next iPhone will have wireless charging, Apple has essentially tipped off the world this week. They've joined the Wireless Power Consortium, one of the world's foremost authorities on wireless power standards. This is the same group whose members include Samsung, Qualcomm, HTC, LG, Nokia, and Verizon - at this point they're essentially the winners, if this were a competition.

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Pokemon GO update has secret features and 3x new Gen 2 spawns

Pokemon GO update has secret features and 3x new Gen 2 spawns

A number of references to features not yet active in Pokemon GO have been found in the latest version of Pokemon GO. We've done another APK mine of the newest version of Pokemon GO and have found quite a few of these rather interesting bits and pieces. Alongside a set of three new Pokemon just a couple of lines of code away from release, a set of adjustments for Gen 2 has appeared.

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Valve channels Nintendo with 3x new games and hardware

Valve channels Nintendo with 3x new games and hardware

This week the folks at Valve have revealed that they have three new "full" games in development for the virtual reality universe. This information came from a media roundtable held by Valve in Bellevue, Washington, where other messages were released to the media as well. It was also there that it was announced that Steam Greenlight was being shut down in favor of a new program that'd take its place.

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Pokemon GO Valentines Day event: next Gen 2 release revealed in APK mine

Pokemon GO Valentines Day event: next Gen 2 release revealed in APK mine

With this newest update to Pokemon GO for Valentine's Day, Niantic has made a bunch of updates to the code lending hints about the future. This is not uncommon - each time a new update of Pokemon GO is released, the code changes anywhere from a very tiny amount to massively - optimizations are usually the reason it happens. This week, however, we've got a glimpse into the future - Generation 2, aka Gen 2, is on the horizon!

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Galaxy S8 details leak: Samsung’s secret weapon may be mAh

Galaxy S8 details leak: Samsung’s secret weapon may be mAh

The release date for the Galaxy S8 is nearly hear and rumors are swirling around the final form of the device - especially its innards. Two different versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 are likely to appear, these replacing the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (the larger of the two). Inside these devices will be a 3,000mAh battery and a 3,500mAh battery, for the smaller and the larger device, respectively - so say sources said to be speaking with Samsung in Korea.

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LEGO Batman Movie game released INSIDE LEGO Dimensions

LEGO Batman Movie game released INSIDE LEGO Dimensions

Welcome to the future of LEGO games - at least for the foreseeable future - as the LEGO Batman Movie heads to LEGO Dimensions. Instead of releasing a whole extra game that'd go on sale now and sell for 3 weeks and sit on store shelves for months thereafter, the LEGO Company might've just gotten smart. Integrating the movie into the LEGO Dimensions universe makes for an awesome impetus to buy the platform and allows the "LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack for LEGO Dimensions" remain a viable purchase for months to come.

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Zuckerberg shows Oculus gloves for ultra-sensitive VR control

Zuckerberg shows Oculus gloves for ultra-sensitive VR control

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a series of photos from Oculus this afternoon, showing off a next-generation innovations well before release. This place goes by the name of Oculus Research and can be found in Redmond, Washington. This department is led by former Valve gaming head Michael Abrash and is responsible for handling such oddities as the VR-friendly gloves in the photo here with Zuckerberg slinging VR webs like Spider-Man.

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Home Control turns Pixel’s Assistant into smart home voice remote

Home Control turns Pixel’s Assistant into smart home voice remote

As of this afternoon Google's latest set of smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL, have access to Google's brand of Smart Home control. This is enabled with Google Assistant and Google Assistant's command of "Home Control" connectivity. Users will be able to connect to devices from five brands (so far), including Honeywell, Nest, Philips Hue, SmartThings, and WeMo.

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Google launches Daydream VR in Chrome for Android

Google launches Daydream VR in Chrome for Android

This week the folks at Google have launched the latest version of Chrome for Android devices, this one ready to roll with Daydream VR. Users of Daydream-ready devices will be able to visit and experience a number of Daydream-formatted webpages that allow a virtual reality experience to be viewed directly through the Chrome web browser. In the past, there were rumblings about WebVR for multiple sorts of virtual reality devices - for now, there is only talk of Daydream.*

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Trump just halted a federal bid to save bumblebees

Trump just halted a federal bid to save bumblebees

The Trump administration's executive order on Federal Regulations has delayed the listing of the Rusty Patched Bumblebee as an endangered species in the United States. Because listing a bumblebee as an endangered species would extend federal protection to said bee, a federal regulation would be put in place. Because of Trump's January 20th executive order on federal regulations, a 60-day freeze was put in effect for all regulations published in the official register at the time of the order's signing.

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Nougat for SHIELD Tablet continue’s NVIDIA legacy of long-term support

Nougat for SHIELD Tablet continue’s NVIDIA legacy of long-term support

This week the folks at NVIDIA have announced their intention to deliver the newest in Android Nougat features to their own NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. This is another example of NVIDIA providing support for devices well beyond the efforts of their other Android-based competition. This makes the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, again in my mind, one of the most excellent and - certainly for Android - the best tablets in the world today.

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Samsung QLED TVs pricing revealed – thousands for tomorrow’s tech

Samsung QLED TVs pricing revealed – thousands for tomorrow’s tech

At this year's global Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung revealed their next big thing in ultra-sharp, ultra-colorful television technology. That was QLED - a new brand for a tier above the past's OLED. When we saw the first TV panels with QLED (Quantum LED) technology up front, we were sure they'd end up costing a pretty penny. As it turns out - we weren't entirely incorrect.

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