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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 Event taps hopeful trainers: Top Snaps

Pokemon GO Event taps hopeful trainers: Top Snaps

Today we're having a peek at some of the most excellent entries in the newest update to Pokemon GO. This update is an event of sorts, but more of a short-term event leading up to Halloween. It goes by the name Pokemon GO Contest, and it includes some real AR photography action on the part of hopeful Pokemon trainers around the world.

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Google cuts USB-C headphone adapter to Apple price

Google cuts USB-C headphone adapter to Apple price

Google's gone to war with Apple with a single accessory, one dongle that connects the past to the future: the headphone jack adapter. This dongle connects to the Pixel 2's USB-C port on one end, and a standard 3.5mm headphone plug on the other. Google's just reduced the price of this dongle from $20 down to $9.

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Apple Pencil for iPhone 12 tipped in Korea

Apple Pencil for iPhone 12 tipped in Korea

A new tip on Apple's stylus-laden future has come to light, this time making a play for the next-generation iPhone. We're so extremely far away from the next iPhone right now that I'm taking a total stab in the dark with the name iPhone 12 - it could also be the iPhone Pro, or the iPhone 11 (even though X is 10, and 11 should then come in 2018, and this device is tipped for 2019). The more important point right this minute is the suggestion that the next iPhone might have its own stylus, not unlike the Apple Pencil.

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Minecraft Servers Halloween begins with spooky details!

Minecraft Servers Halloween begins with spooky details!

This week the folks in charge of Mincecraft Servers have revealed the Halloween Spectacular in full. This event will pour over the online version of Minecraft, taking over the Minecraft Servers universe as it does so. This update will have spooky effects in servers hosted by Mineplex, InPvP, and Lifeboat from now until Halloween.

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Pixel 2 launcher APK download works on older Androids

Pixel 2 launcher APK download works on older Androids

Today the Pixel 2 launcher (the newest Pixel launcher) was released through 3rd-parties for older devices. Google has not yet released this version of the launcher for any devices outside the Pixel 2 family at this time. As such, I recommend you take all caution when deciding whether or not this piece of software is meant for your device - or if you're going to risk it all to run with the newest in new.

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Friday the 13th streaming : where Jason Vorhees lives right now

Friday the 13th streaming : where Jason Vorhees lives right now

It's lucky Friday the 13th again, and right smack in the middle of October - perfect timing for a Jason Voorhees / Friday the 13th scary horror movie marathon. We've got the latest updated collection of locations where Friday the 13th films are streaming - legally, of course. We've also got a few suggestions for those thrill-seekers that don't want to stick strictly to Jason - but they're all horrific!

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Russian trolls used Pokemon GO to incite violence in the USA

Russian trolls used Pokemon GO to incite violence in the USA

Russian government-linked internet troll accounts aimed to use Pokemon GO to stir several political bees nests over the past year. Using the then mega-popular game to lure users to participate, Russian-linked operatives attempted to draw foot traffic to physical locations where events involving police brutality had occurred. Operatives promised that once Pokemon gamers had arrived at these locations, they were to snap a photo and send it in to win prizes.

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Flexible foldable iPhones teased in Apple patent

Flexible foldable iPhones teased in Apple patent

Apple's future in foldable displays on devices of all sorts hit the rumor fan this week as a patent for said tech passed through the USPTO. This patent defines a device with a flexible display, one which "folds about a bend axis" and uses either OLED or micro-LED lighting technology for its display. This display folds along an axis and includes an inactive tail portion which bends about another bend axis.

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iPhone X release supply may slim as Apple refines TrueDepth

iPhone X release supply may slim as Apple refines TrueDepth

A report from Taipei suggested today that the iPhone X is struggling with a bit of a production delay. Sources suggest that this delay has to do with manufacturers struggling to perfect the dot projector portion of the 3D sensor setup in the iPhone X's sensor array. Analysts believe that while Apple's manufacturing speed at the launch of iPhone X may not be ideal, but mid-October remains the go-date for mass production.

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Pixel 2’s Active Edge is another Bixby Button blunder

Pixel 2’s Active Edge is another Bixby Button blunder

Just as the Samsung Galaxy S8 was roasted for its Bixby button, so too must we address the squeeze feature on Google's Pixel 2. The hardware comes from the HTC U11, the first place where HTC implemented "Edge Sense" with open-ended functionality. While the edge squeeze feature on the Pixel 2 remains a shortcut, it's currently restricted to Google Assistant - and no other connections are enabled.

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Pokemon GO update before Halloween: Device prizes from Niantic

Pokemon GO update before Halloween: Device prizes from Niantic

Niantic's latest update to Pokemon GO isn't so much about the software - it's about getting users out into the wild to snap photos with augmented reality. They've released a set of rules that correspond with a contest of sorts, one where the winners will receive a small set of prizes. Everyday Pokemon GO trainers are asked to snap a photo of their favorite Pokemon in the most excellent location they can find, submitting said photo then to Instagram.

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Target takes on Amazon through Google Assistant

Target takes on Amazon through Google Assistant

Using Google Express, Target just joined the ranks of an elite few stores able to be accessed through Google Assistant. This means that users will be able to say "OK Google" and order their monthly pack of cookies, or a new pack of socks when their old socks have worn through. This access takes on Amazon directly - as Amazon is one of the only major has-everything stores to not appear on Google Express as of this week.

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