Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear and sister-site Android Community. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

HTC J Butterfly (M8) is a beast you cannot have

HTC J Butterfly (M8) is a beast you cannot have

Over the past several years, HTC has released a high-end smartphone or smartphones in the United States as well as a slightly more awesome device overseas. The most recent example is the HTC J Butterfly, a smartphone that takes all of the high points in the HTC One (M8) and supercharges them. In this case, you also get full waterproofing and a set of bright colored back panels - bright red or blue from the start. Will this model ever come to the United States?

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BBM released for Windows Phone, at long last

BBM released for Windows Phone, at long last

As if to say "we’re never, ever going to go away," BlackBerry has released a BBM app for Windows Phone. While we can’t in good conscience suggest that this will change the ailing phone companies’ fortunes, it does show tenacity of spirit. This is the last of the major phone operating systems to not have a BBM app yet - and now it’s done!

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eBay is down, it’s not just you

eBay is down, it’s not just you

Believe it or not, eBay appears to be down in the United States. Downtime began at approximately 8 minutes after 10PM Central Time and continue through the publication time of this article. At this time it would appear that eBay remains active through servers around the world outside of the United States, suggesting that the downtime is centered on eBay’s USA-based servers.

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No Apple TV set this year

No Apple TV set this year

This week it’s been tipped that Apple’s media content parters - or prospective parters - for the Apple TV are "dragging their heels." This means no Apple TV release inside of the year 2014, and it means the Apple TV box that’s already on the market will stay there.

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iPhone 6 may be in limited supply (at first)

iPhone 6 may be in limited supply (at first)

The iPhone family has used Sapphire Glass for components for several generations. Both the back-facing camera lens and, in the iPhone 5s, the Touch ID home button work with Sapphire Glass to keep them tough. The iPhone 6, as it’s assumed to be called, has been teased more than once to be working with a full Sapphire Glass front panel.

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Corning donates $1.8M in hardware to private space telescope

Corning donates $1.8M in hardware to private space telescope

A cancelled NASA program appears to be the source of a major stash of mirror components Corning will soon be donating to a private cause. Suggesting the original project will not be revealed due to customer confidentiality, Corning has made note that they’ll be sending the collection to BoldlyGo Institute. This group will be aiming to put its ASTRO-1 telescope into orbit within the next 15 years.

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