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.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad mini 3 hands-on: an iPad at any cost

iPad Air 2 vs iPad mini 3 hands-on: an iPad at any cost

Apple introduced a couple new devices on-stage this week without going especially far into detail on what’d been changed since their previous generation’s release. One of these devices was the iPad mini 3, a device that didn’t make the generational leap at the same level as the iPad Air 2. At the same time, the release of this tablet bumped down the lowest-cost iPad mini to previously unheard-of low prices for an iPad sold direct by Apple.

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Mac mini 2014 released at $599

Mac mini 2014 released at $599

This week details have sprung up on the next generation Mac mini, a device which brings the Apple OS X desktop world to monitors of all sizes. This device works with 4th-gen Intel Core processors, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. It looks rather similar to the Mac mini we know from the most recent generation - slim, small, simple, and gray. This device will sit alongside the newest iMac model with Retina display as the two desktop titans in Apple's range.

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iPad mini 3 priced, release set for Monday

iPad mini 3 priced, release set for Monday

Right on top of revealing the iPad Air 2 this morning, Apple revealed the iPad mini 3. This device will be very similar to the iPad Air 2, coming instead with the same size display as the previous generation and three color options. This new generation iPad mini 3 also comes with Touch ID for fingerprint identification. The iPad mini 2 will also still be available for sale, as will the original iPad mini. Each successive generation leap will be $100 cheaper, approximately.

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More iPads sold in 4 years than any Apple product in history

More iPads sold in 4 years than any Apple product in history

This afternoon Apple has suggested that they’ve sold more iPads in the product’s first four years of availability than any other product. Even the iPhone, Apple’s best-selling product, didn’t reach the sales numbers the iPad did in its first four years in its own first four years. Adoption of the iPad was a lot easier to accomplish than the iPhone - no data costs, after all. Now Apple's quest must be how to replace those iPads - what's a new iPad when you already have one, after all?

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iOS 8.1 release Monday with iCloud Photos, Apple Pay

iOS 8.1 release Monday with iCloud Photos, Apple Pay

This week Apple has made with the iPhone and iPad update with iOS 8.1. This system update will bring several new features to the iPhone and iPad world, including the return of Camera Roll and the first release of Apple Pay for mobile NFC payments with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This system also works with the public beta of the new iCloud Photo Library app and system. This iCloud Photo Library system uses iCloud storage for space - of course, and that might cost you.

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iPhone 6 sets record for first month orders

iPhone 6 sets record for first month orders

Today Apple announced that they’d beat their record for first-month orders for the iPhone. They did this with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and according to Tim Cook, they beat their new record for most orders in the first 30 days "by a lot. a whole lot." Though they didn’t say numbers specifically - they’ll likely save that for their next earnings call - they did go on to note how they haven’t even launched in China yet.

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Apple Store down: new products incoming

Apple Store down: new products incoming

We’re in line at the Apple Event this morning in California and the Apple Store has gone down. This means that new Apple hardware is fast approaching, and that it’ll be available for order - or pre-order, at least - later today. This sort of down time has happened with essentially every major release of a product from Apple over the past several years, iPhone to iPad to MacBook Pro and back again. Today we’ll expect some iPad Air, some Mac, and some Yosemite for sure - though that last one will come from your App Store, not Apple’s online store.

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Android Lollipop confirmed for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

Android Lollipop confirmed for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

As if you needed another reason to want the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, here’s one: this tablet will be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop as soon as NVIDIA can muster it. This means everything we discussed yesterday in our Android Lollipop guide: everything a Nexus needs to know and likely more. NVIDIA has been really good about incorporating Google’s must-have features for Nexus devices into their own tablet lineup and have incorporated some feature even Nexus devices don’t have yet - like on-device screen recording.

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Alien Blue app now Reddit Official

Alien Blue app now Reddit Official

For those of you working with an iPhone or iPad this week, congratulations. You’re the first ones able to access an official Reddit app. This app is called Alien Blue, and Reddit just acquired it officially. This app had been available before - and it’s not changed much since Reddit picked it up - but now Reddit owns it. And that makes it just so much better. So, so much better than before. So much more official and better - for iOS only. For now.

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CBS All Access streams against HBO/Netflix with commercials

CBS All Access streams against HBO/Netflix with commercials

Just in case you heard that CBS was going to sneak up on Netflix and yesterday’s big reveal of HBO’s streaming service, think again. CBS All Access, as they’re calling it, has quite a few caveats to get over before it’ll be sneaking up on any competing service. First, and perhaps most important, they’ll be continuing to show commercials during your viewing of shows even after you’ve paid for their service. Advertisements on your already paid-for service. What is this, Hulu Plus?!

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