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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.

Amazon’s Black Friday starts early with Alexa’s Voice Shopping

Amazon’s Black Friday starts early with Alexa’s Voice Shopping

Starting this morning Amazon is making certain Black Friday shoppers are spending cash as early as possible with "voice shopping weekend." To do this, they're running a deal in which Amazon Tap is a bit cheaper than normal, and a few more deals can be found by asking Alexa devices. Users that have an Alexa-enabled device should ask, "Alexa, what are your deals" each day - but make sure not to say "what is YOUR deal," because that means something different.

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Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update released (sort of)

Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update released (sort of)

This week the folks at Samsung have released the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in several countries. It's important to note that this update is not the final release, just a Beta. It's also important to note that this Beta release is available to the public - it's not just closed off to certain users with VIP status.

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Pixel phone flipping scheme: Google’s statement on a ban hammer

Pixel phone flipping scheme: Google’s statement on a ban hammer

This week it became apparent that Google was banning a number of accounts because of a Pixel phone flipping scheme. Google's terms of service says to users: "you may only purchase Devices for your personal use," and goes on to say that they "may not commercially resell any Device." Now a number of users are up-in-arms about how Google has reacted to their attempt at gaming the system, so to speak.

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NASA’s News on Pluto: a new underground ocean

NASA’s News on Pluto: a new underground ocean

Signs point to an underground ocean on Pluto thanks to information gathered by NASA's New Horizons probe. While the probe passed Pluto in July of 2015, information continues to travel back to Earth even now. Researchers pore over the information gathered and turn up new revelations every day. While not every finding in the data sent back to our planet is worthy of a massive news story - this one certainly is.

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Metallica Lemmy tribute sends Motorhead up with Gorillaz

Metallica Lemmy tribute sends Motorhead up with Gorillaz

Gorillaz animator Robert Valley has been enlisted by Metallica to animate their latest music video, a tribute to Lemmy Killmeister. The dark god of rock and roll and founder of Motorhead died earlier this year, a year that'll forever be known as one of the worst years in the modern history of mankind. The music video is one of a collection of videos made for Metallica's newest album "Hardwired… to Self-Destruct."

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Pokemon GO Thanksgiving update: Secret news for the future

Pokemon GO Thanksgiving update: Secret news for the future

The next event in Pokemon GO will likely reveal Niantic's event schedule plans for the foreseeable future. We've seen them bring on a Halloween event - now whether Thanksgiving is covered will tell us how Pokemon GO events will work with holidays from now on. We will soon see Pokemon GO events' secular nature, as well as how regional they'll be for holidays that are semi-global.

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The 5 best Star Wars cars ever made

The 5 best Star Wars cars ever made

Star Wars cars represent some of the most expensive movie tie-in products in the history of the film, and today we're running down the 5 best. Some of the entires on our list are one-off models, some were made by car companies to replicate toys, and at least one has yet to be made. That one, the Star Wars Nissan Rogue One Edition, was announced to be being made as a production vehicle the week this article is set to go live. The following list of vehicles is presented in no particular order.

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Watch Beyonce get in formation as Primitive app creates vector magic

Watch Beyonce get in formation as Primitive app creates vector magic

The app Primitive has been released today for OS X, turning photos (or whatever other images you like) into arrays of shapes. The process begins with a single image, provided by the user. The user selects bounds within which the program must operate - circles, rectangles, quadrilaterals - then the fun begins. This app selects shapes that best fit all areas of the image - size, color, placement - and fits them in, one at a time.

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Star Wars VR: Rogue One X-Wing experience comes in 8K

Star Wars VR: Rogue One X-Wing experience comes in 8K

This afternoon the folks at ILMxLAB have released their first Star Wars Rogue One experience for YouTube VR and Daydream. Users of most any VR headset will be able to play this video and experience it with ease - just so long as they're prepared to stay connected to the web. This video is sponsored in part by Verizon, likely to cross-promote their deal with Google for the Pixel and the Daydream View VR headset.

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Apple’s photo book “Designed by Apple in California” is 18-years long

Apple’s photo book “Designed by Apple in California” is 18-years long

A book called "Designed by Apple in California" has been revealed by the company in two sizes. This book is the first of its kind made by Apple, having been curated and developed over the past eight years. Inside this book are few words, and mostly photographs, concentrating on the design language Apple uses in the industrial sense spanning their history in 450 photographs.

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The best photo scanner app is now Google’s PhotoScan

The best photo scanner app is now Google’s PhotoScan

An update to the Google Photos app collection has suddenly made Google the master at capturing long-lost memories in vintage photos. Google's newest app in this collection of photo-friendly apps is PhotoScan, an app that's set for action on both Android and iOS. This app allows users to "scan" their photos with their smartphone in a way which allows the device's processor to edit out curves, bends, glossy reflections, and other oddities.

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OnePlus 3T release details launch

OnePlus 3T release details launch

This morning the OnePlus 3T has been detailed in full - albeit a bit early - thanks to a cached OnePlus webpage via Google. This device takes the features and abilities of the recently launched OnePlus 3 and turns up the volume just a tiny bit. This phone looks almost identical to its most recent predecessor - one could mistake one for the other quite easily.

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