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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.

Leica Q-P revealed with two batteries

Leica Q-P revealed with two batteries

This morning Leica revealed their newest Q-line camera, the Leica Q-P. This device is the latest in the company's full-frame compact Leica Q line of cameras, coming with a decent set of features in a rather small body. A few small changes were made to the exterior - probably not enough on their own to make any previous Leica Q user upgrade - but there's a few bits changed inside, too.

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Oppo F9 Review : Well Balanced and Beautiful

Oppo F9 Review : Well Balanced and Beautiful

The Oppo F9 is a window into the future, delivering a next-generation combination of decent functionality and features with a surprisingly low price. When the Oppo F9 was first revealed, it was in the first wave of the new waterdrop notches, easily one of the most elegant solutions for the covering of maximum phone frontside while retaining a front-facing camera. This phone comes from a place where you do not have to pay over one thousand dollars just to get the latest tech - a trend we're glad to see Oppo spreading across the planet.

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Galaxy S10 design leaked in Android Pie Beta

Galaxy S10 design leaked in Android Pie Beta

It would seem as though Samsung's yearly leak of their next headline device occurred once again. As the Galaxy S7's Android Nougat beta showed the S8, the S8's Oreo beta showed the S9. Now the S9's Android Pie seems to be showing a graphic version of the Samsung Galaxy S10. This software appears on Android Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 devices in the Samsung Experience Beta program right this minute.

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Google Play might’ve just given you a 5-dollar credit

Google Play might’ve just given you a 5-dollar credit

Starting today, Google's giving a bunch of Google Play credit away to everyday users such as yourself. If you happen to have purchased a Google Pixel 3, all the better - there's a separate promotion that's going on right this minute with an additional $2 in the mix. It would seem that it's down to luck whether you get the non-Pixel credit thus far.

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Cosmo Communicator phone teases 2x screens and a QWERTY

Cosmo Communicator phone teases 2x screens and a QWERTY

A smartphone-like device called Cosmo Communicator was revealed today by Planet Computers. This is just the newest in a line of similar devices made by Planet Computers, and it's not the first to run Android. This is just the latest and greatest of the machines the company's made to fill the gaps between smartphone and laptop - and don't call it a tablet, because it most certainly isn't that.

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HYPER iPad Pro USB-C hub makes a MacBook dongle-monster

HYPER iPad Pro USB-C hub makes a MacBook dongle-monster

The iPad Pro 2018 in both sizes uses USB-C instead of Lightning for the first time in the product's history. The accessory-makers at HYPER just revealed one of the first USB-C hub accessories that's made specifically for the iPad Pro 2018. They call it their HyperDrive for iPad Pro. This USB-C hub plugs in to the iPad Pro's singular USB-C port and expands to a wide variety of ports, all in one pocketable accessory.

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This Pokemon GO device has a secret auto-play upgrade

This Pokemon GO device has a secret auto-play upgrade

Today Nintendo revealed a super secret feature already embedded within an accessory for Pokemon GO and Pokemon Let's GO! The Poke Ball Plus is a piece of plastic with lights, a button, and a tiny computer in its belly that does things when its button is pressed. The secret mode makes it so the user doesn't have to press the button in order to gain the bonus that'd come otherwise only if said button was pressed.

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Galaxy S10 sizes for release day

Galaxy S10 sizes for release day

There's a whole lot of conjecture going on when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S10, but today we've got something slightly more solid. Per several leaks over the past few weeks and a pair or tips we've seen today, we've got a better idea of what the three different Samsung Galaxy S10 units will look like, size-wise. These devices will appear as a sort of baby bear, momma bear, and papa bear trio, but more like the Bugs Bunny version where the baby bear isn't necessarily just the smallest of the three.

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Palm phone unboxing: Look at this tiny thing!

Palm phone unboxing: Look at this tiny thing!

There is a very, very tiny smartphone out in the wild right now and it goes by the name PALM. This device is unique in its aim to be a "Companion Phone", a phone that "goes places your smartphone can't." If you remember being told by your dad that you didn't need a smartphone because you already had a computer at home, this might be the PALM for you.

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iPad Pro buyer’s caution: 5 tips to consider

iPad Pro buyer’s caution: 5 tips to consider

The iPad Pro 2018 in both iterations come with a few idiosyncrasies that might not be obvious to all buyers. Today we're running down a list of 5 things you're going to want to consider before you buy. That is, assuming you've not already purchased your iPad Pro the moment they were made available right out the gate, of course.

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Facebook private messages stolen: Am I one of 81,000 victims?

Facebook private messages stolen: Am I one of 81,000 victims?

Facebook Messenger seems to have been the victim of a multi-tiered attempt by hackers to extract private messages from victims. The information was collected over the course of months - likely near the beginning of the year 2018. Not much is known about the contents of the messages at this time, but it does appear likely that the entire cache of messages from Facebook Messenger users is real.

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Samsung Chromebook Plus LTE released: Worth it?

Samsung Chromebook Plus LTE released: Worth it?

The Samsung Chromebook Plus LTE for 2018 was put on sale today - so let's take a look at what's new. This isn't an all-new device - it's more of a refresh with a bump. If you already have a Samsung Chromebook Plus released in 2018, this is basically the same thing, with the potential to connect to LTE mobile data. You might also be able to find this device at a different location or two - but otherwise it's pretty much the same.

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