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.

Google focus sits squarely on Android as search tide switches

Google focus sits squarely on Android as search tide switches

This afternoon Google announced their financial Q2 2015 results, including big-time growth in mobile business. According to Google's CFO Ruth Porat, the company is showing strong Q2 results, which "reflect continued growth across the breadth of our products, most notably core search, where mobile stood out." Google representatives continue to gush about growth in the mobile sector, making it very clear where Google's future is. Not just in the internet, but in mobile devices. Software, but in software that tends to the mobile user first and foremost.

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Android M removes all icons from your status bar

Android M removes all icons from your status bar

Inside the preview software for Android M, users are able to enact a feature which removes unnecessary icons from their status bar. Why is this a big deal? Because up until now, icons from all manner of apps - intrusive or otherwise - have commanded said status bar. This is one of the few remaining places where a "stock" Android user no control. Until now. Now you'll be able to knock out whatever you don't want - and keep the rest. *EDIT: ALMOST whatever, not entirely whatever. Nearly whatever.

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Back to the Future heads to theaters for 30th anniversary

Back to the Future heads to theaters for 30th anniversary

Just as Star Wars did in 1997 for its 20th, Back to the Future will be re-released for its own 30th anniversary this year. This means that on the 21st of October, 2015, throughout the United States the original Back to the Future will be coming to a theater near you. While it's possible the entire trilogy will be delivered in one big go, we're to understand that each film will be released separately, for separate showings with separate tickets. So get your pocketbooks out.

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Watch a plane land on a busy highway in New Jersey

Watch a plane land on a busy highway in New Jersey

This week an airplane carrying skydivers landed on a busy highway - Barnegat Road in Stafford Township, New Jersey. The video you're about to see was captured by the Stafford Township Police Department's traffic cam. Incidentally this is a completely different incident from the "skydivers near death airplane collision" incident that went viral earlier this year and occurred back in October of 2014. The amount of incidents like this are extremely few and far between - which is why they come as such a shock to the general public.

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Moto 360 2 details vs Samsung Gear A (before the fact)

Moto 360 2 details vs Samsung Gear A (before the fact)

Motorola will be following up on their first wildly successful "round" smartwatch, Moto 360, with a smartwatch that is, indeed, truly round. The information we've been passed today mixed with the details leaked over the past few weeks create a smartwatch that's tweaked ever-so-slightly. This device, tentatively titled "Moto 360 2", will follow up on the original with a body and software that will not put its predecessor out to pasture. Instead, Motorola will present a device that sits nicely beside the Moto 360 to present a two-tier smartwatch release approach.

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Dinosaur discovered: see this fluffy poodle dragon with wings

Dinosaur discovered: see this fluffy poodle dragon with wings

Today scientists have reported finding a dinosaur that's unlike any they've found before. University of Edinburgh paleontologist Steve Brusatte called this dinosaur a "fluffy feathered poodle from hell." This creature was discovered in Zhenyuan County in Gansu, China. "Zhenyuanlong" means dragon of Zhenyuan - though it doesn't look like any of the wide variety of mythical flying beasts we're used to seeing. This dinosaur looks more like a chicken. A chicken with velociraptor claws and teeth in what eventually evolved into a beak.

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HBO NOW on Android, coming to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast soon

HBO NOW on Android, coming to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast soon

This morning HBO updated their HBO NOW app to work on a wider variety of devices, including most modern Android devices. This widens the number of devices the app works on by a whole lot. Previously only working on Apple devices, this HBO content app now works in Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android Tablets, Android smartphones, and the Amazon Fire Tablet lineup. HBO also suggested that they'll be bringing the app to Amazon Fire TV soon alongside a version for Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google's Chromecast.

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Samsung Gear A round smartwatch details revealed

Samsung Gear A round smartwatch details revealed

Samsung's first round smartwatch's details arrive in the form of early developer specifications. What we're looking at here is more than just the first wave of software specs - here we've got a set of hardware specs as well. The resting conglomeration of details has us understanding more about this smartwatch than we usually are able to glean from a smartwatch that's just been launched. It's expected that this "Samsung Gear A" will be launched directly alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

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Oculus acquires Pebbles to bring hands into the mix

Oculus acquires Pebbles to bring hands into the mix

Oculus has acquired Pebbles, a company all about tracking your hands with visual computing. For Oculus, this means bringing next-level hand-sensing, tracking, and visualizations into the mix with virtual reality. Instead of having to use a controller, soon you'll be able to see and use your hands - without the aid of controllers. While we've seen glimpses of hand-tracking with the most recent version of Oculus Rift before the consumer edition, this technology should jolt Oculus forward. The demonstration you're about to see will make the visual situation super simple to comprehend.

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Misfit Flash Link revealed as wearable do-anything button

Misfit Flash Link revealed as wearable do-anything button

Misfit reveals "Flash Link", a wearable fitness-tracking device that comes with a built-in button that interacts with your smart devices. Like the Misfit Shine, this new Misfit Flash Link can track your movements as it's attached to your body with any number of accessories - as a watch, as a necklace, or attached to your belt-loop. This new hardware also acts as a do-anything button that, when pressed, is able to do a wide array of tasks on your smartphone or tablet.

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