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.

Sony Xperia Z2 Compact details leak in photos

Sony Xperia Z2 Compact details leak in photos

Today the smaller version of the Sony Xperia Z2 has surfaced in a number of photos from China. These images suggest that the smartphone will carry a look much like its larger brother, working with some heavily impressive specifications as it’s pushed in this smaller, more compact package.

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Google Q1 Earnings tap Motorola as “discontinued operations”

Google Q1 Earnings tap Motorola as “discontinued operations”

As it has been for the past several years, Google has reported a quarter in which they’re growing substantially. One of the more interesting things to have happened to the company in the first quarter of 2014 - also Google’s financial first quarter - is the sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo Group Limited. As such, the company began their presentation this week with a note on how they’ll be handling Motorola’s profits and losses from here until the final sale of the group.

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Why you might not want a $50 Google Project Ara

Why you might not want a $50 Google Project Ara

Over the past several days it’s become apparent that Google’s next big release - Project Ara - is one aimed for a $50 price point. The idea that you’d be able to buy a $50 smartphone is pretty exciting - but it’s not that simple. In fact, not only is the $50 price point not set for consumers, but the device that’ll come with a point anywhere near that amount of cash will be so extremely basic, you’ll consider it a Feature Phone.

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Bing gets personalized: “cards” work with Cortana data

Bing gets personalized: “cards” work with Cortana data

While Microsoft isn’t quite ready to release Cortana to the desktop world, they’re letting it be known that they’re more than happy to spread the personalization love. With Cortana you get a collection of features aimed directly at you, grown from your recorded interests, contacts, and so forth. With Bing’s new homepage, you’re getting a series of cards with similar information being tapped.

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Chrome Remote Desktop for Android hands-on

Chrome Remote Desktop for Android hands-on

While we’re not attempting to suggest that the Android version of Chrome Remote Desktop is perfect right off the bat, it is pretty excellent that we’re already able to launch Titanfall. This app is very similar to what we’ve seen with the Chrome version of the app, allowing you to connect your computers with an internet window. Here we’re allowed to control our computers from anywhere with a mobile device as well.

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LG G3 detailed with 1440p display in Gold

LG G3 detailed with 1440p display in Gold

The LG G3 has been tipped and detailed by several anonymous sources. It’s time for the Tyrant King to return, this time to one of the last major manufacturers to adopt the royal color for smartphones - unless you count the golden LG G2, of course. With the LG G3, it’s suggested that the first "major" smartphone manufacturer will bring on a 2560 x 1440 display, this just after the Oppo 7.

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Frontback Android app released: surprise, you have a front-camera

Frontback Android app released: surprise, you have a front-camera

Did you know that you have a camera on the front of your smartphone? The folks behind the app Frontback know you do, and they’re aiming to bring the app - already a hit on iOS (per usual) - to Android. This app takes a photo with your phone’s back-facing camera, another photo with your phone’s front-facing camera, then attaches the two for a single tall photo you can share.

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Anki DRIVE update brings two new cars from TRON bike designer

Anki DRIVE update brings two new cars from TRON bike designer

If you’ve been addicted to the mobile device-driven game known as Anki DRIVE, you may already know that its remote-controlled cars are designed by none other than Harald Belker. This fellow is responsible for designing all of the cars - including the two newest for this season of Anki DRIVE - as well as a massive number of Hollywood vehicles and concepts: everything from the TRON: Legacy light-cycle to the wild Batmobile from the movie Batman and Robin.

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