Author Archives: Chris Burns

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.

Unreal Engine 4 dwarf heralds Uncanny Valley passage

Unreal Engine 4 dwarf heralds Uncanny Valley passage

What you're about to see will make you a true believer in the future of computer-rendered film. It'll do that even though what you're going to see is a rendering made with a gaming engine. Not to worry, though, the folks behind the engine are fully aware of what they have on their hands. The creator of this masterpiece of a rendering goes by the name Baolong Zhang, he's a 3D character and environment artist, and he's working here with Unreal Engine 4. Imagine the possibilities in virtual reality with this type of work - meet your best buddy dwarf and have a pint with him!

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Star Wars Episode 8 has been delayed

Star Wars Episode 8 has been delayed

While the original release date for Star Wars Episode 8 was set for May of 2017, we'll now be seeing placement closer to that of The Force Awakens. Very likely due to the massive appeal of a December showing due to the best-in-history ticket sales of Star Wars: Episode 7, Disney has decided to push the release of Episode 8 back a few months. That'll be seven months later than it was originally planned, but has no effect on the release of Star Wars: Rogue One (aka Rogue One, a Star Wars Story).

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Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

For both iOS and Android, combined, the number one ranking app in the world for the year 2015 was WhatsApp Messenger. After that is Facebook Messenger, Facebook (the basic Facebook app), and Instagram. The next couple of apps on this list of most-downloaded apps in the world for the year 2015 are slightly more difficult to believe: Clean Master, 360 Mobile Security, and Skype. After that you've got YouTube, UC Browser, and Snapchat.

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ROLI Seaboard RISE 49 brings four octaves of MIDI control

ROLI Seaboard RISE 49 brings four octaves of MIDI control

The newest edition of the ROLI Seaboard RISE MINI controller rolls with a full four octaves of sound. This version of the machine has expanded the original in a big way just four months after the original's first release. With the RISE 25, it would appear that the creator's expectations have been surpassed to such a degree that a far larger version, the RISE 49, was required. Access our original review of the smaller edition to see what this machine is all about, then expand through the future.

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Mortal Kombat XL trailer releases the date of killer expansion

Mortal Kombat XL trailer releases the date of killer expansion

The second version of Mortal Kombat X will be extra-large, containing - but not limited to - Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the Xenomorph from the Alien series. The game will be called Mortal Kombat XL, and it'll roll with all of the content from the original Mortal Kombat X, released in 2015, as well as a whole new swath of oddities. Those of you that already own Mortal Kombat X, you'll still be able to bust out with all of this content just so long as you purchase the upcoming Kombat Pack 2.

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Kylo Ren SNL action figure mockups imagine Matt, Radar Technician

Kylo Ren SNL action figure mockups imagine Matt, Radar Technician

Just days after Adam Driver's appearance on Saturday Night Live, his sketch as Kylo Ren's alter-ego Matt, Radar Technician, has gone viral. Today we've been sent a couple of mock-ups of action figures based on the character - likely never hitting shelves, of course, but we're allowed to dream. Would that NBC were to see enough call for such a set of figures, we might see it happen. They'd both be essential additions to your collection, that much is true. UPDATE: Additional figures added.

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Apple blocks (some) Samsung phone sales in court case

Apple blocks (some) Samsung phone sales in court case

In a court case that seems to have been going on since the dawn of time, Apple and Samsung remain at legal war with one another. As a result of that case - the same one we've been talking about for several years - Apple has won an injunction to block the sales of several Samsung phones. Lucky for Samsung, the lot of these phones are... essentially out of rotation. There's almost no possible way you'd be buying these phones in a store today anyway, and if you were, it probably wouldn't be direct from Samsung.

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HP Sprout Pro hands-on: 3D-scanning PC action on another level

HP Sprout Pro hands-on: 3D-scanning PC action on another level

This week the folks at HP have revealed the HP Sprout Pro, a new version of the first HP Sprout revealed last year. This new version rolls with a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor inside (the newest and most top-class), and you'll have top-end graphics as well. This version of the device is aimed a bit more at the education market, coming with Skype for Business and software that lends itself to scanning documents on the fly.

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Build 2016 sold out: here’s your only hope

Build 2016 sold out: here’s your only hope

In what very well may be record timing, Microsoft's developer conference BUILD 2016 has sold out. No more tickets are available. If you want a ticket to Build 2016, you're going to be out of luck. Without some immense luck or a force of will the likes of which include intense clicking beyond comprehension. The other possibility for you is getting invited. That's not going to be easy, and you're probably not going to be able to get to this year's event either way.

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This donkey has a prosthetic leg and her name is Bella Burro

This donkey has a prosthetic leg and her name is Bella Burro

A donkey in Minnesota is living the good life thanks to a prosthetic leg made specifically for her. Her name is Bella Burro, and if it weren't for a couple in Minneapolis, she'd be dead. Totally dead. But she's alive, and she's got her own Facebook page, and it's all thank to both that couple of folks and the fine people at Arise Orthotics. As of this article's posting, Bella is 2 years and 5 months old, and fabulous as ever.

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Twitter was down, takes blame for downtime

Twitter was down, takes blame for downtime

Overnight Twitter was down, resulting in some less-than-thrilled Twitter addicts. As such, a cause was sought! Twitter has, as of this morning at 10AM Pacific Time, figured out what the cause was and has fixed their system to compensate. It would appear that no external factors were at play, only internal. So no worries, only Twitter accidentally breaking on the inside on its own.

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BlackBerry PRIV coming to T-Mobile – here’s why you want it

BlackBerry PRIV coming to T-Mobile – here’s why you want it

As of Tuesday, January 26, 2016, you'll be able to purchase a BlackBerry PRIV at T-Mobile USA. This device is different from every other device available at T-Mobile at the moment, and not only because it has a slide-out keyboard. This is BlackBerry's first device with Android, rolling with a decent camera and BlackBerry's own suite of unique apps, as well.

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