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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.

5 steps to stop Malware on iPhone or Android: July 2017 edition

5 steps to stop Malware on iPhone or Android: July 2017 edition

Today we're going to run down several ways in which the everyday average iPhone or Android smartphone user can avoid a virus. The rules are very simple, and they begin with the golden rule in software: "avoid that which is unfamiliar." Users that are inexperienced in software code or identifying reliable sources for legitimate apps should exercise a base level of caution at all times. It's not a matter of always being ON ALERT - but of being conscious of what one is doing with every tap.

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Galaxy Note 8 release date tipped with a new feature mystery

Galaxy Note 8 release date tipped with a new feature mystery

The most recent collection of leaks of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 suggest the presence of a massive display. This next-level display will be Super AMOLED, undoubtedly (based on our understanding of the situation, based on leaks and precedent) - but how big it'll be is the question. No matter the release date, hardware details, or anything in-between, the next Samsung Galaxy Note will almost certainly be their best-ever smartphone seller after the combined sales of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

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All Star Wars Forces of Destiny Episodes on YouTube: watch them here!

All Star Wars Forces of Destiny Episodes on YouTube: watch them here!

This past week the folks responsible for making Star Wars a fun place to be for all people released a series of short episodes. These episodes were called Star Wars Forces of Destiny, and they contained all the most female of heroes in the Star Wars universe. These episodes are very, very short and don't have any mega-massive impact on the Star Wars canon - but they are super fun and quick to watch.

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Pokemon GO codes and the future Legendary Event

Pokemon GO codes and the future Legendary Event

This week we've gone through the latest code for Pokemon GO to find out what's next in the game. Now that we're in the midst of the 1-year anniversary of the game's initial release, it's time to check the codes that've changed and the codes that've not yet come to the live bit of the game. This includes Legendary Raids, Evolution Stones, Pokemon Classes, Pokemon Natures, Unown, and Shiny codes.

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CopyCat Android malware enters here: how to avoid its coils

CopyCat Android malware enters here: how to avoid its coils

Over the past couple of years, the Android-based malware known as CopyCat infected 14-million devices. This monster of a smartphone infection is based in rooting the smartphone, thereby giving it access to the entirety of the device's innards. There's only one known way for CopyCat to make its way into an Android device - installation through a non-Google Play app market.

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Jay-Z 4:44 album downloads released to Apple, Amazon, soon Best Buy

Jay-Z 4:44 album downloads released to Apple, Amazon, soon Best Buy

Today the Jay-Z album 4:44 was made available on platforms outside of Tidal. This album was originally released on June 30th, 2017 on Tidal exclusively. It was immediately streamed by iHeartRadio for a full day with talking breaks, and was given away in a promotion with Sprint. Promotions such as these make us recall his deal with Samsung to give his Magna Carta Holy Grail album away with a rare deal that resulted in the album being "sold" 1-million times before going on sale in the retail space.

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Chrome OS touch controls now available [in this Beta update]

Chrome OS touch controls now available [in this Beta update]

Touch controls and a new UI have been introduced in the most recent release of Canary, the Beta-like state of Google Chrome OS. Google Chrome OS is in a constant state of flux, partially because of the manufacturers that've pushed for functionality that's not been a major part of the software in the past. Google, too, released their first higher-end Chromebook with a touchscreen on it - the first Google Chromebook Pixel.

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Adults are afraid of these new emojis

Adults are afraid of these new emojis

"I sense this is bad," said Tucker Carlson, "I can't articulate why." Carlson and Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame discussed the release of a new batch of emojis set to release soon. The devastating effect of new pictures-as-text seemed to call forth some base emotion in Rowe, something he said he couldn't quite summon a lot of "righteous indignation" over, but that he found entirely troubling nonetheless. "There are hundreds of these things."

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Jawbone may just go out of business (sort of)

Jawbone may just go out of business (sort of)

Today may be the last day we see Jawbone exist as the in-business device-maker we've known for the past half-decade. Back in May of 2016, first reports surfaced that the Jawbone speaker business would be sold in favor of a fully tracker-centered Jawbone. Then in late May of 2016, it was also tipped that the company would eventually exit the fitness wearables business as well. So what's that leave us?

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Pokemon GO Event : Anniversary Box update [doing the math]

Pokemon GO Event : Anniversary Box update [doing the math]

This afternoon the next Pokemon GO update went live as a 1-year Anniversary Event. This event contained a single Anniversary Box in its in-game store - available for the length of the event only. In this box were (and are) a set of items whose values are very close to that of the full cost of the box itself. Right here we're adding it all up.

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Google Blocks app brings DIY OBJ to all

Google Blocks app brings DIY OBJ to all

This week the folks at Google have created a new system for digital object creation called Blocks. This Google Blocks system allows the user to span the virtual universe with their creations in a way never before possible - at least not with this user interface. And before you ask, no, it's not just a new name for Minecraft - it's a whole different ballgame.

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Alphabet X spin-off Dandelion sucks energy from your yard

Alphabet X spin-off Dandelion sucks energy from your yard

This week the company known as Dandelion spun off from Alphabet's X group. For those readers not familiar with Alphabet, it's essentially Google's overarching catch-all company (which also catches Google). Dandelion was once part of Alphabet as a startup company - now they're on their own with a cool $2-million in seed round investment to "kick-off its sales and operations."

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