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.

Google shuffle: CEO Larry Page transfers product power to Pichai

Google shuffle: CEO Larry Page transfers product power to Pichai

Sundar Pichai has been moving up in the world over the past several years. Word this afternoon is that Google CEO has done some reorganizing of staff duties, putting Pichai in charge of core Google products. While he'd had responsibilities with Android, Chrome, and Google Apps before, Pichai will now take control of search, maps, Google+, commerce and ads, research, and infrastructure. Page has suggested that these powers - until now his - would be transferred so that he might focus on the "bigger picture" - instead of these slightly smaller duties, that is to say.

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Steam is down, and it’s a little funky

Steam is down, and it’s a little funky

Over the past hour or so Steam has been a bit shaky. Valve is currently working on the problem, but as this article is written, just about half of Singapore is offline (3 of 6 servers, as it were) while 59 of 62 servers are up. Of course even a single server down results in someone realizing it and flipping out, so it's time! It's time to watch the madness unfold.

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OS X Yosemite adoption week one: slightly outpacing Mavericks

OS X Yosemite adoption week one: slightly outpacing Mavericks

It's been one week since Apple's desktop software OS X Yosemite has been released to the public, and adoption is taking place quick. Word comes from the folks at Chitika where they show OS X 10.10 Yosemite being present on 12.8% of the Apple computers in their ad impression bin. With Mac computers selling at a rate 30% faster here in Apple's latest earnings report than they were last year at this time, an increased adoption rate of Yosemite over Mavericks is all the more impressive.

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iPad mini 3 teardown: there’s that pesky NFC again

iPad mini 3 teardown: there’s that pesky NFC again

Immediately following the iFixit teardown of the iPad Air 2, they've moved on to the iPad mini 3. This device contains much of the same hardware included in the iPad mini 2 - originally called the iPad mini with Retina Display, but now you'll find a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a new gold option on the outside, and - surprise! A brand new NFC controller has been added to the mix. This is the same NXP NFC controller as appears in the iPad Air 2, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus.

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Amazon App Store now on Google Play (sort of)

Amazon App Store now on Google Play (sort of)

Google might not be pleased when they realize the implications of Amazon's newest app update. Instead of Amazon relying on you to head to their webpage to download the Amazon App Store app, you've only to download the Amazon App from Google Play. The big deal here is not that Google forbids apps outside their own store - they certainly do not. The big deal here is App Updates. Google forbids that apps that come from the Google Play app store be updated through any other means than the Google Play app store itself.

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Custom Xbox One backgrounds: how to make it yours

Custom Xbox One backgrounds: how to make it yours

Customization of the wallpaper on your Xbox One console is a feature that's been blasted over the past week. Unless you're part of the Xbox One Preview program right this minute - when this article is posted - you'll have to wait to customize your own console. If that time has arrived for you, you'll have only to move through a few very easy steps. By all means, have a peek at how you can make your Xbox One's background as wild as possible.

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Naim mu-so hits Apple store for High-resolution digital sound

Naim mu-so hits Apple store for High-resolution digital sound

Naim Audio have let it be known that they're aiming for the big-time with their newest wireless audio device, the mu-so, going so far as to hit Apple with the device. Landing a spot in the Apple Store and Apple online, the Naim mu-so will bring on 450 watts of power, six 75-watt digital amplifiers, and 24/bit/192kHz high-resolution music. This isn't your momma's CD player - this is digital music playback, "identical to the master tapes from the artists themselves." If that sounds familiar, it very well should. That's very similar to what Neil Young promised back in 2012.

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Inbox by Gmail invites sent out this morning [UPDATE]

Inbox by Gmail invites sent out this morning [UPDATE]

Starting right away this morning you'll find that Inbox by Gmail invites are being sent out to the masses. If you'd been on the wait list, you might very well be in right this minute. If not, you'll be invited very, very soon. This goes for Android and iOS users as the invites are not OS-centric. Inbox is a setup that works cross-platform, be it on your web browser or your iPad, your Android tablet or your Android smartphone the same.

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Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Amazon is not having a great afternoon. After reporting an operating loss of $544 million this most recent quarter, Amazon is suggesting that one big reason they're headed into the hole is the Amazon Fire Phone. During their earnings conference call for investors, Amazon representatives suggested that they'd be taking a $170 million charge. This writedown would be "primarily related to Fire phone inventory" as well as "supplier commitment costs."

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Surface drives nearly billion dollar revenue for Microsoft in Q1

Surface drives nearly billion dollar revenue for Microsoft in Q1

This quarter is a rather good one for Microsoft's Surface tablet lineup, that's for certain. Their financial crew reported Microsoft Financial 2015 Q1 results today, showing the Surface Pro 3 to have driven Surface revenue up to $908 million for the quarter. Microsoft's Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96 billion overall, while total Xbox console sales were 2.4 million, growing a cool 102%. Xbox One also launched in 28 new markets in these past three quarters alone.

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