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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.

This Yellowstone study just cut our potential apocalypse timeline

This Yellowstone study just cut our potential apocalypse timeline

An extinction level event had its likely arrival date changed thanks to a study performed in Yellowstone and reported this week. Yellowstone National Park has a supervolcano under it that'll one day erupt and likely kill most life on Earth. Arizona State's Hannah Shamloo studied Yellowstone's Lava Creek Tuff over a period of weeks to discover a set of relatively shocking conclusions.

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Oculus GO vs Santa Cruz : That Wireless VR Feeling

Oculus GO vs Santa Cruz : That Wireless VR Feeling

Oculus revealed a pair of new headsets earlier today which make their next generation wireless. Or nearly wireless, that is to say - they still need to be charged up with wires. Both the Oculus GO and the "Oculus Santa Cruz" are made to expand the VR universe to a new place - one that does not connect to the PC with a big fat cord, and one that does not require a separate smartphone to function.

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Oculus Rift just cut price for 3rd time this year

Oculus Rift just cut price for 3rd time this year

This week the folks at Oculus cut the price of bundle packages for the Oculus Rift. The headset's price point is a permanent change, coming because the company suggests they want to "get VR into more people's hands." This comes a few months after Oculus Rift's main opposition - the HTC VIVE - got its own price drop to $599 - that's below the whopping $799 the device cost in the first place.

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Jolla wants to sell your phone Sailfish OS

Jolla wants to sell your phone Sailfish OS

Jolla announced today that they'll be selling Sailfish OS to select smartphone users starting this year. The first device they've chosen to work with is quite likely the least popular top-name brand headliner smartphone of the year, the Sony Xperia X. To attain the new operating system, users need only to pay around 50-Euro - roughly $60 USD.

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Taylor Swift has an app now because life is a nightmare

Taylor Swift has an app now because life is a nightmare

The folks at Glu have "developed" an app that places Taylor Swift at the center of a social media app called The Swift Life. This app either slightly modifies or straight up copy-pastes elements from Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and other social networks to create an "exclusive" arena in which Swift fans can look at photos of Taylor Swift and listen to Taylor Swift tell them things and sing songs.

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Pre-X Xbox One S bundles just popped up in WHITE

Pre-X Xbox One S bundles just popped up in WHITE

This week the folks at Microsoft have decided to reveal a few more Xbox One S bundles before they start in HARD with promotion of their Xbox One X. Not only was a Minecraft bundle revealed, but a Rocket League bundle, and a Halo bundle as well. And don't forget the non-game-specific bundle called "Xbox One S Starter Bundle", ready to roll with Xbox Live Gold for free for 3 months - with a 3-month Xbox Game Pass to boot. Of note: each of the bundles in this article work with an Xbox One S in white - no super strange skinning going on whatsoever!

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Xiaomi Mi A1 Review : Android One just got familiar

Xiaomi Mi A1 Review : Android One just got familiar

Xiaomi Mi A1 is the first in a wave of Android One smartphones to take advantage of Google's new price point target. That might not sound exciting to the average citizen, but to the future of low-cost, high-end smartphone enthusiasts like myself, that's something to get pumped up about. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is essentially a rebranded Mi 5X, this time coming with the most basic Google-approved Android on the market, meaning it's already market-tested and its hardware is solid enough to be taken out a whole new door.

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iOS 11.1 beta 2 update just brought back 3D Touch multitasking

iOS 11.1 beta 2 update just brought back 3D Touch multitasking

This morning Apple released their latest iOS Beta software to those in the dev program. This was the second beta build of iOS 11.1, one coming with one massive amount of new emojis for use in messaging apps of all sorts. Users that are registered developers can download the update right this minute, just so long as they're registered for the correct form of Beta update user.

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Google Russia ads buys found in 2016 Election Interference

Google Russia ads buys found in 2016 Election Interference

It's Google's turn to face the idea that Russia may have exploited their advertisement business to spread disinformation over the past year. Facebook was the subject of scrutiny in recent weeks over revelations of similar significant Russian exploits of the social network during the 2016 US Presidential election in the USA. Word comes from sources familiar with Google's investigation who've spoken on condition of anonymity with The Independent.

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10 ways iPhone X is best VS 8 (or vice versa)

10 ways iPhone X is best VS 8 (or vice versa)

The iPhone X was announced with its fair share of exclusive features, but just as many reasons exist to stick with iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus this Fall. Today we're having a peek at a number of reasons why the newest in new iPhone X technology is the way of the future. We're also looking at a number of ways in which the iPhone 8 (or 8 Plus) is the superior choice for the time being. Alternate title: Which iPhone is best? (10 ways it's X, 8, or Plus).

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Windows Phone just died (again)

Windows Phone just died (again)

Back in July of 2017 we declared Windows Phone dead - but it seemed like we might have been just a hair too early. In reality, there was a bit more software that needed dragging out. Now, here in October of 2017, Microsoft VP for Windows Joe Belfiore just confirmed it. Not the death of the platform, but the death of the future of the platform - which, it turns out, is a bit more important than just your regular, everyday ol' death.

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Pokemon GO Halloween event: The real dark business

Pokemon GO Halloween event: The real dark business

The Pokemon GO Halloween event was confirmed - in part - by the Pokemon company itself earlier this week. In the announcement, the Pokemon company threw caution out the window and included mixed signals from all over the Pokemon universe, throwing caution to the wind as they included an image of all sorts of Pokemon from generations aplenty, all at once! To add confusion to the matter, all Gen 3 Pokemon have now been added to Pokemon GO - at least in the code for the game - but not in full practice.

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