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 Ara phone details dropped in OEM documents

Google Ara phone details dropped in OEM documents

It’s time to get another glimpse of what the first modular smartphone from Google is set to look like right out the gate. This device will be coming in three sizes - Mini, Medium, and Large, and will be offered in as many configurations as hardware manufacturers can offer. As new parts are made, combinations multiply exponentially.

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Heartbleed bug: vulnerable and patched sites chime in

Heartbleed bug: vulnerable and patched sites chime in

When you think about the scope of the Heartbleed bug, you have to consider that it was (and is) allowing hackers to see data - any data - stored on servers. This data vulnerable to CVE-2014-0160 (aka Heartbleed) is not limited to certain kinds of data - it’s anything and everything. So what’s to be done?

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Galaxy Note 4 details tip September reveal at IFA 2014

Galaxy Note 4 details tip September reveal at IFA 2014

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been revealed and released, it would appear that it’s time to push the second wave. As the Galaxy smartphone line has for the past several years released first the "S" model, then the "Note", today’s rumor is not surprising. Instead it’s more of a semi-confirmation of something we already suspected.

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It’s time Google gave Google Maps Pokemon an official reprieve

It’s time Google gave Google Maps Pokemon an official reprieve

With respect to the Google Doodles archive of every Doodle since the year 1998, I must request that Google archive the Google Maps Pokemon Adventure as well. It’s likely Nintendo wouldn’t have people continuing to use their Pokemon characters for much longer than a week or two outside their immediate jurisdiction, but it would be so, so very nice if they would have a change of heart.

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Heartbleed test extension keeps hacker bug at bay

Heartbleed test extension keeps hacker bug at bay

Supposing you’re aware of the Heartbleed bug - which has been patched in many locations around the web already - you know that it’s a massive deal in the internet security universe. It’s left massive portions of the web open for hacking for two whole years, and it’s only being patched by most of the web this week. As luck would have it, there’s something you can do on your end this week as well to keep safe as an average web user.

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