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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.

Sevenhugs Smart Remote hands-on: delightfully simple

Sevenhugs Smart Remote hands-on: delightfully simple

The smart remote we're getting to take a peek at - and get our hands on - at CES this year is made by Sevenhugs. The company's name is Sevenhugs - and despite that oddity, they've got a really, really nice piece of hardware on their hands. The Sevehugs Smart Remote is capable of controlling multiple devices in a single room, working with smart Bluetooth markers to decide the direction it's pointing. Each direction can be a different device, and each device can have its own UI.

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Hypersuit full-body game controller vehicle hands-on at CES 2017

Hypersuit full-body game controller vehicle hands-on at CES 2017

It's like riding a Ninja motorcycle while flying through the air - that's the first thing I thought at our first experience with Hypersuit. Here at CES 2017's first event, CES Unveiled, we're witnessing the future of virtual reality - well into the future. A future in which we've gotten so far into turning the real world virtual, we've gone back to making the virtual world feel real.

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So far, CES 2017 is about refinement

So far, CES 2017 is about refinement

While generally we see a collection of new or otherwise daring devices at the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2017 is about improving what works. This can be seen best in the collections of devices shown by Acer, Lenovo, and HP, the lot of which revealed a set of notebooks, displays, and keyboards improved incrementally from years past. It's as if the entirety of the PC industry has finally caught Apple "Just a bit better each time" fever.

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Lenovo Windows Holographic VR headset hands-on: affordable release

Lenovo Windows Holographic VR headset hands-on: affordable release

The first of the Windows Holographic VR (or mixed reality, if you prefer,) headsets comes from Lenovo, and we're getting up close and personal this week. Lenovo's Windows Holographic headset is light, far lighter than the HTC Vive, close to the size of the Oculus Rift - and seemingly far more magical. Without even getting in to the capabilities of the headset, consider this: the front flips up. No need to take the whole headset off every time we need to see something outside of our alternate, mixed, virtual reality.

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Acer Aspire VX 15 keeps the ports, stays unique for gamers

Acer Aspire VX 15 keeps the ports, stays unique for gamers

This week the folks at Acer have announced a collection of gaming notebooks and PCs, including the Acer Aspire VX 15. This machine works with an "iron red" backlit keyboard and what Acer describes as an "edgy red chassis" to make sure you know it's for gaming. This device rolls with a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display and has a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, striking a sweet spot for cost and performance.

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Acer Chromebook 11 N7 released to take some damage

Acer Chromebook 11 N7 released to take some damage

Ruggedness is the name of the game when Acer makes a Chromebook ready for the classroom - especially with the Acer Chromebook 11 N7. This is model number C731, the newest in Acer's 11.6-inch line, and according to Acer, "available for the first time with durability and reliability features." This piece of equipment can take some heavy damage - perfect for those students that are displeased with the amount of homework they've been given over any number of holidays!

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Acer V Nitro, Predator 17X, 21X priced and detailed

Acer V Nitro, Predator 17X, 21X priced and detailed

A collection of Acer gaming notebooks have been upgraded, detailed, and/or given their first full release dates and pricing. These include the Acer Predator 21X Notebook, the Predator 17X Gaming Notebook, and Aspire V Nitro. The V Nitro now has NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050 Ti GPU as well as 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processors and an optional 4K (3840 x 2160 pixel) Ultra HD display - that'll be starting at $1199 in February.

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The Google Pixel shipping nightmare (and Verizon’s XL role)

The Google Pixel shipping nightmare (and Verizon’s XL role)

Google and Verizon are not doing a very good job handling supply and demand with the Pixel. In a Reddit thread 2,888 messages long (at publication time), potential Google Pixel smartphone users discuss delays in shipment and inconsistencies in stories from Google and Verizon. This situation is unique in that Verizon is selling the same phone as Google is supplying AND selling. What we're asking here is why there's an issue with shipping at all with what should be a well-oiled machine.

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iPhone 7 cuts MAY be slowing

iPhone 7 cuts MAY be slowing

Sources report that Apple's production of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be cut by 10% in the first quarter of 2017. Let me be up front about this report right away - we're working with parts production numbers, which could indicate several things. That in mind, pay heed to the sign of the times: this could be another indicator that the public already has a smartphone in their pocket, and they're not quite ready to buy another.

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A Virtual Reality gun tracked IRL: Athena by Ilium

A Virtual Reality gun tracked IRL: Athena by Ilium

The folks at Ilium want to create a device that'll be tracked in virtual reality to make the reality of shooting games in VR more real. What could possibly go wrong with this situation? If they're able to create this accessory in a limited fashion and keep it supported through the largest platforms available - very little could go wrong. Of course they need to get some funds for it, first.

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Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google is preparing to run a "Year-End" sort of celebration and cutting prices on a bunch of media. This includes apps as well as TV shows and movies. It also includes Google Books of many sorts - and comic books, which, if you haven't tried on a mobile device, I personally recommend you do. Google's method of display of comic books on mobile devices - tablets especially - is really top notch.

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Aurora lights turn triangle patterns into rainbows

Aurora lights turn triangle patterns into rainbows

The folks at Nanoleaf have an interesting set of lights prepared for living rooms wishing for colorful accents with "Aurora." The Aurora system is a modular smart lighting solution that allows the user to control each panel from a smartphone. The user configures the lighting grid however they like, then turn the lights on, off, dim, and color-change all from a smartphone screen.

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