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.

Here’s how you get a Project Ara modular phone

Here’s how you get a Project Ara modular phone

Today at the 2nd annual Project Ara Developer Conference at Google's Mountain View, California home, the launch of the project has been revealed - sort of. You getting a Project Ara device in your hands isn't going to be as easy as heading to your local mobile carrier or department store. It's also not likely that you're going to be in a launch city from the start. In fact, unless you live in Puerto Rico, you're going to have to wait at least a few months more. Project Ara "launches" in 2015, but not necessarily for you and your pocket.

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Lumia 435 and 532 revealed to take on the lower-end

Lumia 435 and 532 revealed to take on the lower-end

This week Microsoft have announced two new Lumia devices for the lowest end of the Windows Phone market. The Microsoft Lumia 435 and the Microsoft Lumia 532 are being called "the most affordable Lumia devices to date" by the company, working with Windows Phone 8.1 and introducing the 400 series to the Windows Phone environment. The Lumia 532 builds on the specifications and delivery of the Lumia 530 - that being the device that replaced the Lumia 520, the most successful Windows Phone device to date.

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Wii U full-sized original Wii games launching this month

Wii U full-sized original Wii games launching this month

Starting immediately, Nintendo is releasing several of the most classic of original Wii games to the Wii U. They'll be doing this with full-sized releases of said games, starting with Super Mario Galaxy 2 - available right this minute. Starting on the 22nd of January you'll be able to roll with "Punch-Out!!", then on the 29th of January you'll find the Metroid Prime Trilogy hitting the Wii U in original Wii format. At this time it's not entirely clear how high-quality the delivery of these games will be - hopefully ready for slightly larger screens than the original Wii was prepped for.

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Galaxy S6 specifications may include “less TouchWiz”

Galaxy S6 specifications may include “less TouchWiz”

Word on the street this week is that Samsung's next hero phone may kick TouchWiz to the curb. However unlikely that may seem, it would go with the trend. Imagine Motorola - owned by Google for a while rather recently - with a Moto X with a far more skinned UI. Imagine the HTC One M8 with Sense 2.0. Samsung may be taking a cue and making with the quicker updates to Android - straight from Google, like Nexus devices are prone to do - in the process.

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Project Ara Module Marketplace ushers in Dev Event 2

Project Ara Module Marketplace ushers in Dev Event 2

The modular phone system known as Google's Project Ara is well underway, and leading up to the project's second big developer event ever - taking place this week - the creators of Ara have released their newest MDK. This piece of work is made for creators of Modules - instead of a Software Development Kit, this is a Module Development Kit. What developers will find inside is the first solid chat on the Ara Module Marketplace - how you can get involved and what it takes to be a Module Developer, too.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S ramps up speed and power

2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S ramps up speed and power

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is being shown at NAIAS 2015 this week as the top model of the brand's sporty SUV model series. This vehicle works with 570 hp (419 kW) and 800 Nm (590 ft lb) of torque from its re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 biturbo engine and, according to Porsche, is is able to run the North Loop of the Nürburgring in 7:59.74 minutes. The 2015 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S also works with standard Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) just in case you want to stop.

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Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS gets faster, sportier

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS gets faster, sportier

This week the folks at Porsche have revealed their newest Targa vehicle, bringing this sleek machine to NAIAS 2015 to show Detroit. You'll find this vehicle coming with open-air driving, all-wheel drive, and a sporty exterior. Rolling with Porsche's GTS line features, you'll have a 3.8-liter flat-six with 424 horsepower. Porsche suggests that this vehicle will be blasting 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds - its top speed is 186 miles per hour. This vehicle works with a wider Carrera 4 body than previous releases, 20-inch wheels and sport design side mirrors bringing this GTS machine in with a sharp look.

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2016 Audi Q7 heads off the next generation

2016 Audi Q7 heads off the next generation

The second generation is here - Audi's 2016 Q7 has been shown off at NAIAS 2015, coming with a Singleframe grille up front, far less angled taillights, and a high-tech interior front to back. The Volkswagen Group brings on a new MLB platform that allows for a range of new engines, everything from diesel plug-in hybrid to 3.0-liter, supercharged V6, and 3.0-liter TDI. Prepped for release inside the 2015 calendar year, this vehicle has a whole new look and a brand new far more versatile interior for road-ready driving.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 details to mirror Galaxy S5 and Note 4 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 details to mirror Galaxy S5 and Note 4 Edge

Imagine a world where Samsung takes the successes of its past releases and makes a phone with a combination of winning elements. That's the world we've been living in for the past several years. The Samsung Galaxy S5 showed us for the 4th year in a row that Samsung does exactly that - takes what works and makes it into a hero phone. This week we're exploring what this strategy will mean for the Samsung Galaxy S6 as it's revealed in March at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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JBL Synchros S210BT hands-on: gesture controlled earbuds

JBL Synchros S210BT hands-on: gesture controlled earbuds

Without a doubt one of the strangest devices we saw this past week at CES 2015 were the JBL Synchros S210BT set of earbuds. They fit (snugly) in your ear in a normal enough manner, and they're wireless - nothing especially new there. But with the JBL Reflect Response and the JBL Synchros S210BT, you'll be using gesture control to move between tracks. Moving your hands left to right, right to left, up and down, you're able to do more than just control audio - you can answer calls, as well.

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