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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.

Google: Pixel 2 ‘still comes with a headphone jack’ but…

Google: Pixel 2 ‘still comes with a headphone jack’ but…

This week Google responded to public outcry about the lack of a standard audio headphone jack for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The response comes from Google Pixel/Nexus Community Manager Orrin Hancock. "The Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack," said Hancock, "but we have moved to USB-C, a standard that is becoming commonplace in the best phones and laptops of today."

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Google Pixel 2’s camera gets a making-of video of its own

Google Pixel 2’s camera gets a making-of video of its own

This week the folks behind Nat and Friends (at Google) released a video all about the Google Pixel 2's camera. This insider look is unlike anything any other publication was or is able to produce, largely because of the long-term access being a Google employee affords a video-maker like Nat. There's also an accompanying video that's been published this week that's a bit like the mini-tour (of the Enchanted Highway) we did last year with the first Pixel.

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Why Google Pixel 1 may become Priceless

Why Google Pixel 1 may become Priceless

Today we found out that the Pixel 2 does not have the exact same "Unlimited Google Photos Uploads at Original Quality" deal that came with the first-generation Pixel. One year after launch, I remain positively shocked that Google's continued their Unlimited Google Photos Uploads at Original Quality deal with the original Google Pixel, to be entirely honest. I thought there's be some sort of catch - sort of like the catch that's included with the Pixel 2.

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iPhone X ‘True Super Cycle’ tipped for 2018

iPhone X ‘True Super Cycle’ tipped for 2018

The iPhone X is part of Apple's next Super Cycle - and that's neither a new feature for the iPhone nor a new way to wash it. The Super Cycle referred to in a report from KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo today (in a new investor note) is a long period of financial growth for a company - due in this case to the release of a brand new iPhone X, a device which looks and acts significantly different from its predecessors. The call for a super cycle to begin in 2018 goes against two opposing analyst trends, one that says this cycle will begin in 2017, the other that there won't be a super cycle at all.

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AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) just got its death sentence

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) just got its death sentence

AOL Instant Messenger, also known as AIM, just received it's final date of operation. It's about to die, gone, dead forever. And I'll bet you didn't even know it still existed. Or if you were born after 1995, you might never have known it existed in the first place. AIM was a key element in the evolution of the internet, from a series of pages in stasis to a live communication tool through which we still (and forevermore) connect one end of the world to the other.

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Google made a huge mistake with Pixel 2

Google made a huge mistake with Pixel 2

When the Pixel 2 was announced, I did not expect that Google would bring back wireless charging - and they didn't. Much to the surprise of the industry at large, Apple added wireless charging with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X this year. But Google didn't come back with wireless charging - not now, and not since the Nexus 4. Though their reasoning holds some water, it most certainly does not hold nearly enough.

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Dear smartphones: Why use any cord at all?

Dear smartphones: Why use any cord at all?

In the future, cords will only be used to run power across long distances and to facilitate the transfer of data only when the fastest transfer will do. Aside from those two items, everything else will be done without the ubiquitous USB, or Lightning plug, or headphone jack. No company can stop this from happening, and only the most extremely rare company will stick around to create retro hardware.

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Microsoft just made the perfect Windows-user launcher for Android

Microsoft just made the perfect Windows-user launcher for Android

There's a new Microsoft Launcher in town for Android devices - one that should feel familiar to home-screen replacement app super fans of olde. What we've got here is a rebranding and renewed bit of interest in what once was called the Arrow Launcher. We've written about Arrow Launcher before, and indeed have recommended it to Android users of all sorts - and this "new" Microsoft Launcher is similar - but not exactly the same.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 25 First Look and Unboxing : Memories Reborn

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 First Look and Unboxing : Memories Reborn

My first impression of the Lenovo ThinkPad 25 is wholly positive - but it's not because this device is the latest and the greatest in high-tech innovation. Instead, this Lenovo notebook feels more like a fantasy - a good fantasy - in which the phrase "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" works in the world of devices that age out after 2 or 3 years of use. What we've got here is a real rarity - retro done right.

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Two more iPhones split at the seams [UPDATE: now 3]

Two more iPhones split at the seams [UPDATE: now 3]

It would appear that a couple more iPhone 8 Plus phones have opened themselves up for want of a bigger space for a battery. These two units add on to the two we reported last week, both of which within the the first week. In our first report we found one Japan, another in Taiwan. The two newest reports come from Greece and Canada.

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Google Pixelbook first impressions and Pen hands-on: High End Again

Google Pixelbook first impressions and Pen hands-on: High End Again

The new most extravagant Chromebook comes from Google, and it's called the Google Pixelbook. Much in the same vein as the Chromebook Pixels that've come before it, this Pixelbook is a high-performance piece of machinery made for Chrome OS. Much like convertible Chromebooks and Windows notebooks that've come before it, this unit can fold down flat and back over itself to become two kinds of stand-up displays or a tablet.

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Google Pixel 2 hands-on (with XL) : Two tones up close

Google Pixel 2 hands-on (with XL) : Two tones up close

While the Google Pixel 2 is largely (not entirely, but largely) the same as last year, the Google Pixel 2 XL is taken out a whole new door. The Google Pixel 2 XL device is manufactured by LG instead of HTC while HTC's manufacturing still works on the smaller device. The Pixel 2 XL's look sits somewhere between the Pixel XL (first gen) and the LG G6 - especially when it comes to the device's display.

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