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.

HTC 10 update brings camera tuning and better Wi-Fi [Update]

HTC 10 update brings camera tuning and better Wi-Fi [Update]

Just before the first waves of users begin to receive their HTC 10 units out in the wild, HTC has sent out their first big software update. This update includes bug fixes - as all first updates inevitably do. This update also includes improved Wi-fi connectivity. In this case, that'll also mean the addition of Smart MIMO technology.

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VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

Today we're going to talk briefly about what we're doing in virtual reality - specifically in attempting to capture what it's like to be IN the virtual realm. It's not enough, we think, to just show the flat feed - though we've had to do that already several times. It's also not enough just to show two screens - flat feed and a real view of the user with a VR headset on. That shows what's going on, certainly, but it doesn't go far enough in showing what the user is seeing, hearing, and experiencing.

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Galaxy Marshmallow update incoming: AT&T latest this month

Galaxy Marshmallow update incoming: AT&T latest this month

The Samsung Galaxy S6 for AT&T is just the latest in a line of Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates to the Galaxy smartphone line. The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been updated in basically all iterations - as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. All of the Samsung Galaxy S and Note smartphones released in the past could of years should be getting updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow before the end of this year - unless you're very, very unlucky.

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Verizon HTC 10 release imminent (pre-order up)

Verizon HTC 10 release imminent (pre-order up)

This morning the folks at Verizon announced that the HTC 10 would indeed be coming to their stores on pre-order soon. That's as promised, as it were. They've also posted their own unboxing video, as they often do, and have made clear that the HTC Ice View Phone Case will be available through them as well. How dare you assume you'd be able to get by without it? The very nerve!

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Windows 10 cuts Google Search and Chrome from Cortana

Windows 10 cuts Google Search and Chrome from Cortana

Cortona's web search abilities no longer include Google in a move Microsoft calls its "Personalized Search Experience in Windows 10." According to Ryan Gavin, Microsoft GM of Search and Cortana, "with Windows 10, we have invested in delivering comprehensive, end-to-end search capabilities that make Windows more personal, intuitive and helpful." It's become apparent that users who've put Google's Search into that mix are no longer welcome.

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McLaren F1 put up for sale by company – just one

McLaren F1 put up for sale by company – just one

One of if not the most highly regarded original supercars, the McLaren F1, has been brought back to sale by McLaren itself. This vehicle is chassis #069, what the company suggests was "one of the very last produced", and this one is coming in "Concours Condition." The vehicle has less than 2,800 miles on it (from new) and will be sold with the watch this line of vehicles was originally presented with as well as "the correct numbered McLaren F1 book" - that's the LM Edition of the book "Driving Ambition". Just 64 roadcar examples of this vehicle were ever produced - 106 F1 vehicles total. This vehicle is set to fetch a pretty penny.

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BBM Video released in Beta for Android

BBM Video released in Beta for Android

Thank goodness, BBM Video has arrived (as a public Beta) in the United States this week. I, personally, was beginning to think it'd never arrive. Because I forgot that it existed, to be entirely honest. But now that it's here, BBM Video from Blackberry will be good to test against the masses of video messaging services that may have become complacent in the absence of any real massive competition. OR it'll be fun to speak with your one friend with a BlackBerry phone with video, at last.

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VR for tiny children (by Samsung)

VR for tiny children (by Samsung)

There's an app called Samsung Bedtime VR Stories that'll connect you with your small child in a remote location - and it's amazing. This app has you wearing your Samsung Gear VR and your child wearing either another Gear VR or any smartphone with a Google Cardboard headset. Both of you join in on a single story at the same time in virtual reality. You'll be able to see them (sort of) and they'll be able to see you (so to speak).

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Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

We have a smartphone here that exists in the space between the top two mobile device makers in the world: Samsung and Apple. This is the Meizu PRO 6, a device whose hardware and software find themselves at a point near smartphone singularity - where all of the most high-end smartphone details meet. This is a cross-breed if ever we have seen one. At the same time, the PRO 6 is indeed a pretty great phone in its own right.

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Anime Steam Sale is super kawaii desu ne

Anime Steam Sale is super kawaii desu ne

Today Valve launches their next Steam Sale, one that'll have all your SUPER KAWAII plans set for the whole weekend. That is, another Anime Weekend sort of event in which all sorts of games and movies and such. You'll find a total of 226 titles in this particular price knock-down - one that appears at the same time as Sony's Golden Week sale. That event is in place to celebrate the series of Japanese holidays about to happen in the video game capital of the universe.

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BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

This morning a set of photos of the next couple of BlackBerry handsets have been leaked - both with Android onboard. This bit of information should not come as a complete shock, as it's been all but confirmed that BlackBerry will no longer be making smartphones with their own BlackBerry OS. But the size and shape of these Android-based smartphones are new. They certainly don't look entirely new - they've got designs very closely related to the BlackBerry Priv - but they're newish nonetheless.

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5 Reasons Wolverine 3 will RULE with a capital R (Rating!)

5 Reasons Wolverine 3 will RULE with a capital R (Rating!)

This week it's been revealed that Stephen Merchant will be taking a role with Hugh Jackman in the third Wolverine movie. That'll be called something like "The Wolverine 2", as it were, since the first "The Wolverine" was followed by a prequel featuring the origins of Wolverine - in one timeline, of course. Today we're going to give you a quick run-down of what we're guessing this final epic adventure for the most famous actor to ever take on Old Man Logan.

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