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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.


Major macOS High Sierra flaw found: How to fix it (for now)

Major macOS High Sierra flaw found: How to fix it (for now)

Today a bit of a security flaw was found in macOS High Sierra, Apple's latest MacBook operating system. This flaw includes a few taps of the login submit button, the entering of the name ROOT, and a password field left blank. That's all it takes to log in to a MacBook with High Sierra onboard. Until Apple submits an update which fixes this security flaw, you're going to want to follow the directions provided below.

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Pixel 2 Visual Core Activated: Camera update magic

Pixel 2 Visual Core Activated: Camera update magic

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a special processor inside developed by Google for their visual brains specifically. These devices hadn't had this processor activated before this week - now it's ready to roll. What follows is our analyzation of what's been improved. Spoiler alert: photos look a whole lot more awesome.

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Android Cheeseburger Emoji fixed: Our long national nightmare is over

Android Cheeseburger Emoji fixed: Our long national nightmare is over

Thank goodness, some good news is finally here - Google's taken the time to correct an egregious error. Before today, the Google-designed emoji for the *burger* had its ingredients out of order. It went bun, lettuce, tomato, burger, cheese, bun. That's complete madness of course - the correct order has the cheese ABOVE the burger, to ensure maximum taste and minimum soggy bun.

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Pokemon GO update: Ho-oh Returns!

Pokemon GO update: Ho-oh Returns!

Thanks to all the "hard work" Pokemon GO trainers did during Thanksgiving week last week, Ho-Oh returned to the game once again. This week the legendary bird Pokemon was announced to invade the world's Ex-Raids without mercy. As such, we'll likely see a whole lot more participants in each raid battle as winter begins to descend upon our ever-crunchier bodies and bones.

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How to buy Bitcoin for USD before the price hits $10k (later today)

How to buy Bitcoin for USD before the price hits $10k (later today)

This afternoon Bitcoin will almost certainly reach $10,000 USD per coin - making this another all-time-high in a month full of all-time-highs. This price means each full Bitcoin is worth approximately 10-thousand United States Dollars. It also means that each fraction of a Bitcoin is also at its own all-time-high.

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Android peek feature just out-cammed iPhone X

Android peek feature just out-cammed iPhone X

Android over-the-shoulder peeking alert technology is just about to be presented by Google for Pixel devices. The feature wont be implemented on Google Pixel Android smartphones for some unknown period of time - but it would seem that the tech is already here, and it already works pretty gosh-darned well. This feature uses the smartphone's front-facing camera to detect faces other than the phone owner, then alerting the phone owner that someone is looking over their shoulder.

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iPhone X update for Pokemon GO adds top of screen

iPhone X update for Pokemon GO adds top of screen

Today the update for Pokemon GO's iPhone X modification went entirely live for all users. This newest update was announced last week, but wasn't available to all users until today. Users on Android got their chance to get their part of this update last week just before Thanksgiving, as we mentioned at that time.

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Pokemon GO Event bringing big bonuses today [UPDATE]

Pokemon GO Event bringing big bonuses today [UPDATE]

This week Pokemon GO users will find a number of bonuses applied to their everyday game, thanks to millions of users worldwide. The challenges set up by Niantic earlier this month had users aim to catch thousands, then millions of Pokemon in a short period of time. While some nay-sayers doubted the possibility, trainers made with the catching and attained every goal possible.

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Android 8.1 released to the select, elite few

Android 8.1 released to the select, elite few

Today the final preview version of Android 8.1 Oreo was released to those users that've opted in to the program. This version of Android brings features to Android Go, Neural Networks API features for a number of devices, and enhancements based on user feedback. This version of Android brings power to Google Pixel and Google Nexus devices right off the bat.

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Google’s planning a radical new dual-screen device

Google’s planning a radical new dual-screen device

Google began planning a new sort of notebook that allows more than one person to experience the same device in different rooms. The device is a laptop computer which detaches in the middle - and both the lower half and the upper half can work independent of one another. These two computers can also act as one, the lower half converting into a touchscreen keypad whilst not in use for other activities.

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Larger Razer Phone teased by CEO amid DAC talk

Larger Razer Phone teased by CEO amid DAC talk

The CEO and co-founder of Razer defended the company's lack of headphone jack on their brand new Razer Phone this week. Users submitted "feedback" on the subject over the past week, and Razer's Min-Liang Tan responded this weekend in kind. The changes, he suggested, came not because of industry trends, but because there are more important things to fill that space with - like more battery capacity.

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New Chromebooks just got a next-level killer feature

New Chromebooks just got a next-level killer feature

This week Chromebooks are once again able to use the entire Microsoft Office app suite VIA Android apps. This is the first time in a while since these apps have been available in a while. For more people, the first time they've been able to use these apps on their Chromebooks at all, ever. These versions of the Microsoft Office apps require a subscription to Office 365, and those without said subscription will only be able to use these apps to view files. Either way, Windows 10 PC manufacturers aren't going to be too thrilled.

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