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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.

Surface beats iPad in JD Power tablet satisfaction survey for first time ever

Surface beats iPad in JD Power tablet satisfaction survey for first time ever

The JD Power 2017 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study has shown the Microsoft Surface Tablet line to top the iPad for the first time since the study began. Granted, that's not an incredibly big amount of time - the study is in its 6th year this year. But in general Apple's iPad wins by a significant amount over the next closest device - in quite a few studies, not just this one by JD Power. It's a bit of a surprise to find the iPad in second place.

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Xfinity Mobile is Comcast’s new mobile carrier brand with Verizon’s data

Xfinity Mobile is Comcast’s new mobile carrier brand with Verizon’s data

Today the folks at Comcast have announced Xfinity Mobile, a wireless service that's sold by Comcast but uses Verizon's 4G LTE network for data. Comcast will be behind the Xfinity Mobile service and will sell plans that include both mobile data and access to Comcast's 16 million Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the USA. Bundles will be available to both legacy Comcast customers and new customers alike.

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My Passport SSD is a new USB-C portable storage drive from WD

My Passport SSD is a new USB-C portable storage drive from WD

Amongst the few brands that are making the jump - at least in one product - to USB-C for portable storage is WD. They've confirmed the creation of the "My Passport SSD", their first WD Portable SSD product. This device looks tough, can handle some drop damage, and connects to USB-C devices with swiftness.

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NVIDIA TITAN Xp GPU revealed for Mac (and PC)

NVIDIA TITAN Xp GPU revealed for Mac (and PC)

NVIDIA's latest graphics card is the NVIDIA TITAN Xp, a GPU with more cores, faster clocks, faster memory, and more TFLOPS than the TITAN X that came before it. This graphics card is being delivered to users direct from NVIDIA through NVIDIA's online store. It'll be available to be used by both PC users and Apple computer users - though the latter requires a bit more work - for now.

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Google’s TPU taking on Intel and NVIDIA for Neural Networking’s future

Google’s TPU taking on Intel and NVIDIA for Neural Networking’s future

Google is seeking a new way to make neural networking work efficiently - starting with the TPU. The TPU is a Tensor Processing Unit - to be compared to Intel's CPU or NVIDIA's GPU, made for processing data. Google's news here is their first-ever study published on how well their TPU works - compared, appropriately enough, to Intel's CPU and NVIDIA's GPU whilst neural networking.

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The physical Brexit study: how close to Pangea?

The physical Brexit study: how close to Pangea?

A study has been conducted which shows when England began to break away from Europe physically, creating the Dover Strait. Using bathymetric maps to study the bottom of the sea, scientists have discovered a lot more than what's previously been known about the area and the sequence of events that created today's topography. Britain, it turns out, was connected to the mainland (last time it was connected, that is) via a chalk ridge that kept a giant proglacial lake in check - until disaster struck.

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This iPhone 8 video shows what Galaxy S8 does right and LG G6 does wrong

This iPhone 8 video shows what Galaxy S8 does right and LG G6 does wrong

It's difficult to say exactly why it is Samsung and Apple dominate the smartphone market - but this video takes a crack at it. What we're looking at is a spinning iPhone 8 concept - a device that's most likely going to come out next year, but commands search terms in Google this year because "iPhone 7s" is too many characters to be bothered typing. What we see here is style - design finesse - a sense of assuredness in the phone's overall excellence. That's what Apple and Samsung have, or appear to have, that most other phone companies lack.

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Niantic’s Pokemon GO Easter surprise: Virtual Trespassing Lawsuits!

Niantic’s Pokemon GO Easter surprise: Virtual Trespassing Lawsuits!

This week it's become clear that Niantic isn't easily going to duck a number of lawsuits filed against them in courts in both the United States and abroad. In The Hague (in the Netherlands), authorities were successful in pressuring Niantic to remove virtual monsters from certain areas of their beloved city. Just before a court date set for October of 2016, Dutch authorities cancelled Niantic's appointment in favor of a (then pending) simpler solution. Whether or not this same sort of solution is being sought here in the United States - we'll see very soon.

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Microsoft Sprinkles camera app is fun and not at all depressing

Microsoft Sprinkles camera app is fun and not at all depressing

The developers at Microsoft have successfully created another distraction to our everyday massacre of a modern life with an app called Sprinkles. With the app, users will be able to see how old the machine thinks they are - though that's not a strictly new trick from Microsoft, it's still wonderful to be able to do, if you look young. Another feature is matching your face with the celebrity that looks most like you.

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Moto G5 Plus VS OnePlus 3T: battle for the best budget phone

Moto G5 Plus VS OnePlus 3T: battle for the best budget phone

This week we're having a peek at two of the favorites in the field for budget leader: Lenovo's Motorola's Moto G5 Plus and the OnePlus 3T. Both devices are targeted at users who wish to make the most of their cash - and their prices are around the same range. Some points for features go to the OnePlus 3T, and others go to the Motorola Moto G5 Plus. Can you guess which wins which category?

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Moto G5 Plus Review : Budget Phone Authority

Moto G5 Plus Review : Budget Phone Authority

The 5th generation of Motorola’s Moto G series returns to a place of extraordinary accomplishment. What Lenovo’s Motorola crew have done is to design a device that does exactly what its originator intended for the series. Like the Moto G, the Moto G5 Plus is delivered with highly acceptable hardware and software for an extremely reasonable price. Plus it has the same image sensor as one of the very best smartphone cameras ever released.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 launcher leaked [APK Download]

Samsung Galaxy S8 launcher leaked [APK Download]

It's time - just before the launch - to gain access to and download the Samsung Galaxy S8's own Android software launcher. Samsung's Galaxy S8 has been revealed in full and we've got a full Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Hands-on if you'd like to take a look. For those that want to experience the software for themselves, the APK for the launcher has become available just this morning.

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