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.

Let’s Try: Google’s Lip Swap for Android

Let’s Try: Google’s Lip Swap for Android

Google has a face-swap app that goes by the name Lip Swap. It's terrifying. You're going to need to have a peek at it if you're going to understand the horror and the glee that comes with trying it out. This app was born of the same glorious experimental minds that brought you today's Inside Abbey Road Google Cardboard release, allowing you to tour the legendary sound studio. This is not like that.

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Let’s See: Google VR brings us to Abbey Road

Let’s See: Google VR brings us to Abbey Road

This week Google has re-launched a visit to the infamous recording studio Abbey Road - this time in virtual reality. The original website for the visit to the recording studio made extra-famous by The Beatles showed views inside and out using Google's Street View cameras. Now they've gone ahead and released the whole business in an app made specifically for Google Cardboard. That means you'll be able to get in with an even more convincing trick of the eyes and the mind.

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Google VR view embeds 360 content in Android, iOS, web

Google VR view embeds 360 content in Android, iOS, web

Google releases a silent update to their virtual reality ecosystem by the name of "VR view", enabling immersive content on many platforms. While it was possible before now to enable VR content in a VR app you'd created for Android - or a VR app you'd somehow crafted in iOS - up until now, you had to go all-in. Today, Google releases VR view, allowing VR content to be embedded within apps on Android, iOS for iPhone and iPad, and the web.

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Microsoft Wacom pen in the works [UPDATE: statement confirms UPF 2.0!]

Microsoft Wacom pen in the works [UPDATE: statement confirms UPF 2.0!]

This week the fellow that introduced us to Microsoft Ink at BUILD 2016 also let loose word of a new writing tool. This stylus, he somehow neglected to mention onstage, will be made in collaboration with Wacom, and will "work across a huge number of pen enabled devices." This word comes from Microsoft's Bryan Roper who also mentions that this is "something big", as it were.

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Google Calculator released on Google Play with Android Wear app

Google Calculator released on Google Play with Android Wear app

This morning Google decided to release another of their standard apps to the Google Play app store for any device to download. This is not the first - and certainly not the last - app that Google has made that'll be released to the Google Play app store for several reasons. One reason Google does this is to enable quicker updates to the apps - otherwise they'd need to update them each with a system update to the devices that employ them.

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Skype Video Bots join Cortana as true live assistants

Skype Video Bots join Cortana as true live assistants

In the very near future, Skype users will be able to use Cortana to be more of an everyday assistant than it ever has been before. Cortona will be able to be spoken to and asked to schedule calendar appointments from within Skype. Cortona will work within Skype to provide you with links to subjects, bring up information cards, and - if you need it - Cortana will even send private messages to you so as to not interrupt the conversation you're currently in the middle of.

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HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

HoloLens Dev Edition ships today with a tiny Buzz Aldrin

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced the release of the first edition of HoloLens. This version of the headset will be sent to developers only - it'll be a HoloLens Developer Edition as such. The shipping on this developer edition will begin today, and Microsoft suggests that developers will begin to be able to develop apps immediately. They've also given a single example of development time for a standard HoloLens app - six weeks. They first app they've developed will have its code posted to GitHub soon.

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Phil Spencer tries to shut down Sweeny’s Open Windows comments

Phil Spencer tries to shut down Sweeny’s Open Windows comments

Both Microsoft's Phil Spencer and Terry Myerson have taken to the stage this week at BUILT 2016 to assure the public: they're open. Not just open for more developers - not just open for development - but an open ecosystem. Their comments ring particularly important after a recent comment by Epic Games' Tim Sweeney about how the Universal Windows Platform must die. Obviously Microsoft does not want that to happen. At BUILD 2016 this week, Microsoft representatives on stage have made that clear.

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Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Those of you that reach for a pen and pad when you want to write yourself a note will soon be welcomed into the fold with Windows 10. Microsoft has introduced a number of features that'll make you find writing with a stylus on a Windows 10 device easier, more interesting, and worth the hassle - now more than ever before. This is Microsoft Ink - perhaps not the first time you've ever heard that term if you're a hardcore Microsoft Word user - but now it's prepped to envelop the world of hardcore pen-users too.

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Acer Predator Gaming Projector is Five Thousand Dollars

Acer Predator Gaming Projector is Five Thousand Dollars

What can a projector do that makes it worth a cool five thousand dollars? Acer aims to answer that question with the Predator Z850. This is a Gaming Projector, a device that works with "ultra-wide HD laser projection" and a design that landed it as an official CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree. It can throw images that are super high quality an extremely short distance (that's something you want if you have a small room, which you do), and it's very, very bright. Is it all enough?

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Razer Ripsaw is a game capture card for ALL your devices

Razer Ripsaw is a game capture card for ALL your devices

Well, MOST of your devices, that is to say, will be able to stream content through the Razer Ripsaw. This is a game capture device - a box with ports - that is made to work with your PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Nintendo Wii U. You can also use the box to stream content from a Razer Forge TV or an older console - like the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Razer Ripsaw has component cables for the whole lot in the box.

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iOS issue causes links to crash, fix incoming

iOS issue causes links to crash, fix incoming

Apple will issue an update to the latest release of iOS as complaints from users suggest an issue with web links. Reports have appeared from users working with devices from the iPhone 5 all the way through the iPad Air 2. Other devices that appear to be affected are the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPad mini. Thus far it does not appear that either iPad Pro or iPhone SE has been affected as such.

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