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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.

Moto Z2 Force Edition released today by Verizon

Moto Z2 Force Edition released today by Verizon

This morning Verizon announced their official release of the Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition. This device is Verizon's version of the device featured in our Moto Z2 Force Review from earlier this month. Verizon's release centers on the bits and pieces that come only with a purchase through their carrier - including Gigabit Class LTE service, launching with Verizon later this year.

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Disney Netflix pull first, Star Wars and Marvel next

Disney Netflix pull first, Star Wars and Marvel next

After an announcement of a Disney content pull from Netflix, the company further expressed the possibility of doing so with Lucasfilm and Marvel content. Not that they'd necessarily pull the content that's been licensed under Netflix brand specifically, but that they're considering more separate streaming services. If they do decide to split these other brands, we'd have one whole heck of a lot of streaming brands to choose from - or perhaps we'll see it the other way - that we've got too many services to pay for.

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AMD Threadripper 1950X Review Round-up : Gigantic and not for you

AMD Threadripper 1950X Review Round-up : Gigantic and not for you

AMD's ultra-high-end Ryzen CPU platform THREADRIPPER is here, and early reviews suggest it's a monster. AMD's latest release adds to their full CPU refresh with Zen architecture for all markets: mainstream, budget, and enthusiast. With AMD Ryzen Threadripper, the company offers up to 16 cores, 32 threads, and 64 lanes of PCI Express 3.0 connectivity. And the hardware itself is as big as your hand.

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SHINY Pikachu in Pokemon GO confirmed!

SHINY Pikachu in Pokemon GO confirmed!

Pokemon GO's latest SHINY Pokemon has been confirmed as SHINY Pikachu, and it's out in the wild right this minute! As reported well before the fact by SlashGear back on the 28th of June, the next Pokemon to get the SHINY effect is indeed the most famous Pokemon of all. Our information was ever-so-slightly off on the date - by just about a month. All good things come to those that wait!

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Originator of web’s Password Rules admits he was wrong

Originator of web’s Password Rules admits he was wrong

A complicated, mixed up password is not any more secure than a password that's all lower-cased letters. The reason the internet told us (and continues to tell us) to make a password with numbers and capital and lower-cased characters and punctuation in it is a paper called "Digital Identity Guidelines." This nightmare of a paper was published at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the rules therein were based on pre-digital age security nonsense.

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T-Mobile REVVL leads carrier’s low-cost lease phone Smartpicks

T-Mobile REVVL leads carrier’s low-cost lease phone Smartpicks

The T-Mobile REVVL is a smartphone that leads the pack of JUMP phones offered by the brand for cheap. Rumor has it this device was manufactured by TCL, the came company that makes Alcatel phones and some BlackBerry phones - and by the looks of it, that assessment seems right on point. The REVVL is one of a set of low-cost smartphones released with T-Mobile JUMP that users are able to lease.

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Android battery drain: here are the worst apps today

Android battery drain: here are the worst apps today

Published today is a list of the worst of the worst apps and services for Android battery drain. This list comes from Avast, a group whose Android App Performance and Trend Report lends insight into the various apps that drain Android battery as well as how and where they make this drain happen. This includes complicated answers like Google Play Music being a big battery drainer, but only when used at the same time as an Ad Blocker app - the two clash quite badly.

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iPhone 8 OLED : Samsung Display points to biggest launch ever

iPhone 8 OLED : Samsung Display points to biggest launch ever

This week the folks at Samsung Display are reported to be ramping up production of OLED displays for Apple's next iPhone. That device, commonly referred to as the iPhone 8 until Apple's official reveal, will quite likely take advantage of Samsung Display's biggest increase in OLED display production in its short history. While Apple's launch of the iPhone 8 could potentially cannibalize iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus sales (those devices also likely part of Apple's next event reveal), this may well be Apple's biggest iPhone launch ever.

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Galaxy Note 8 release day 3D-touch tipped

Galaxy Note 8 release day 3D-touch tipped

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was reported today to include Samsung's version of 3D-touch for its touchscreen. This device will, if the report holds true, feature the same method of enacting 3D Touch or Force Touch that the Galaxy S8 features. This means a pressure-sensitive strip sits under the bottom edge of the screen to replace the home button, back button, and app-switching button.

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Did Google leak the Pixel 2 XL months ago? [Mythbusted]

Did Google leak the Pixel 2 XL months ago? [Mythbusted]

Browsing a new update to Google's Google Play Protect re-brand I happened upon the "Switch" page for Android. There, the company shows users how to switch from iPhone to Android devices in as few steps as possible. This webpage is not new, nor are the images on it - and yet what we're seeing here isn't exactly a Pixel. What we're seeing here is a Huawei-made device.

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Android 8.0 Seamless Updates work even if phone has 0.1mb storage

Android 8.0 Seamless Updates work even if phone has 0.1mb storage

The next public update to Android will allow itself to update without requiring massive amounts of data storage to do so. Instead of storing all the update data for changes to the Android device's OS, this "Streaming OS Updates" feature will do something new. As Google's Android developers have outlined this week, Android 8.0 comes with "the necessary platform changes to conduct streaming updates."

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How to beat and catch Zapdos, Pokemon GO’s best Legendary yet

How to beat and catch Zapdos, Pokemon GO’s best Legendary yet

Today we took a peek at the many ways in which Zapdos could be defeated in Pokemon GO. This research began with listing the Pokemon that were best to beat this Legendary Bird. Next we went through the best way to roll up on Zapdos and catch his sharp behind with a set of Premiere Balls - spinners! Finally, we sat down with Zapdos and did a brief run-down about why she is the best Pokemon in the Legendary Bird set so far.

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