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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.

iPhone X and Pixel 2 camera features hit your Android phone today

iPhone X and Pixel 2 camera features hit your Android phone today

The latest version of the Google camera app remixed for non-Pixel smartphones includes the Pixel 2 Portrait Mode. This mode taps into the smarts of your phone's processor and your phone's image processing unit to capture the subject matter and blur all else. This portrait mode works very similar to the newest version of the iOS portrait mode for iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

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YouTube just blocked FireTV in Google Amazon row (for realsies this time)

YouTube just blocked FireTV in Google Amazon row (for realsies this time)

Starting today, Amazon Fire TV officially joins the retail war between Google and Amazon. Amazon refuses to allow several Google products to be sold on their site, including Google Chromecast, Google Home, and some of the newest Nest products. Google released a statement on the subject, and Amazon replied - have a peek!

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Apple planning a wearable touchpad

Apple planning a wearable touchpad

Today we're having a look at a series of drawings and descriptions of a technology Apple has planned. This tech has electricity running through a series of strands of material, and the material is arranged in a weave. The conductive woven material creates the potential for Apple to go absolutely nuts in the wild world of wearables.

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Galaxy S9 January production has some huge changes

Galaxy S9 January production has some huge changes

The parts that'll make the Samsung Galaxy S9 were named by a number of South Korean sources this afternoon. It would appear that January production of both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are both on schedule, even as several pieces of this smartphone puzzle have relatively major changes VS the Galaxy S8. One of these is a brand new circuit board manufacturing process, combining high performance capacity and a smaller substrate than before.

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Bitcoin price news squashed by Ripple in BTC XRP rally

Bitcoin price news squashed by Ripple in BTC XRP rally

Today the cryptocoin Ripple caught the news draft and blew Bitcoin right out of the water. Bitcoin prices are still well and away higher than Ripple, of course, but catching up to Ethereum - and surpassing Ethereum - the rise of Ripple stole the show, the whole afternoon. As such, prices rose to just under half of the all-time-high for the coin.

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Androids don’t slow like iPhone, but maybe they should

Androids don’t slow like iPhone, but maybe they should

Approximately one year ago, Apple made a bad decision in not properly announcing their iPhone slowdown measure with old devices with bad batteries. This week, Apple's bad-battery-iPhone-slowdown became public. Now several Android smartphone manufacturers are taking advantage of the negative feedback Apple's received as a result of said revelation. Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG have each announced that they do not slow down older smartphones. But they certainly could - and maybe they should?

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New Google camera may bring the headphone jack back

New Google camera may bring the headphone jack back

It would appear that Google's not done innovating in the hardware universe. They've got a new sort of camera in the mix, one made for multiple kinds of devices. This camera doesn't just move in and out to adjust focus or zoom, it has a moving mirror, too. This is a camera unlike any we've seen in a smartphone or tablet ever before

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Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Your brand new Christmas iPhone or Galaxy S8 or Android of any sort is about to get a bit happier. While I don't recommend any music service above any other, normally, due to my inability to tell the lot apart, today I'm reporting on a rare sort of situation with the service called Tidal. The Tidal crew have decided to make their service entirely free for all users from Christmas day (earlier this week) until the 5th of January.

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Pokemon GO’s best Pokemon are in the code today

Pokemon GO’s best Pokemon are in the code today

Today we're having a peek at some Pokemon GO code to identify an awesome bit about the future of the game. Today we're taking a peek at Celebi and Mew, two of the most powerful Pokemon in the game - most powerful not yet released, that is to say. These Pokemon are a part of an elite few Pokemon that will not be available in the wild. They'll be popping up by other means, only!

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Bitcoin price today: SK made BTC USD drop

Bitcoin price today: SK made BTC USD drop

Bitcoin price fell as sharks stocked up this morning amid news from South Korea regarding new cryptocurrency rules. The announcement came via South Korean Office for Government Policy Coordination director Hong Nam-Ki. "The government had warned several times that virtual coins cannot play a role as actual currency and could result in high losses due to excessive volatility," said Hong.

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Free games on PS4, January 2018 for PlayStation Plus

Free games on PS4, January 2018 for PlayStation Plus

Sony announced the PlayStation 4 PlayStation Plus free games for January this week, and today we've got the round-up. These games are all free to play - just so long as you've payed your PlayStation Plus dues. Once you're in, you're good to go for everything from Batman: The Telltale Series, to the PSVR title StarBlood Arena!

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Putin web watch makes election-meddling playbook public

Putin web watch makes election-meddling playbook public

Russia President Vladimir Putin spoke this week on the dangers of election meddling via web-based social media. He did this after signing into law a means for Russian officials to label news organizations "foreign agents." Earlier this year Russia was accused of meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election with social media and with other digital means.

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