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.

Project Tango hits whitelist for consumers

Project Tango hits whitelist for consumers

This week Google has begun opening the buy-gates for Project Tango, bringing in new availability for users around the world. While the device went up on Google Play early this November and began arriving for developers late this November, here in early December (already!) we're seeing the device being made available to those that've showed interest with Google - even if they aren't developers, that is to say.

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Your next iPhone could employ tiny gas thrusters

Your next iPhone could employ tiny gas thrusters

Apple Patents aren't always a clear indication of where the company is going in the near future. Most patents listed in the public are done so well after the product has hit the market - not before. Keeping that in mind, Apple's latest listing has some very, very strange implications for the next iPhone - or an iPhone in the distant future, including tiny thrusters and gas canisters inside the smartphone's body that shoot out when the device is in danger of hitting the ground after a long drop.

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Amazon Fire Phone 2 on the way

Amazon Fire Phone 2 on the way

Amazon CEO Fire Phone Jeff Bezos has indicated that another Fire Phone is on the way. At a Business Insider conference in New York, Bezos spoke with Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider. There in reference to what he thought about the state of the Fire Phone, Bezos suggested "ask me in some number of years." He added, "it's going to take several iterations." This after of Amazon via Senior VP of Devices David Limp told Fortune earlier this year: "we're also willing to say, 'we missed.' And so we corrected."

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AirDroid 3 mini-Review

AirDroid 3 mini-Review

Blurring the lines between desktop and mobile devices for years now, the development team at Sand Studio have released AirDroid 3. AirDroid 3 is the biggest update to the AirDroid ecosystem since the beginning, this system allows you to have pop-up notifications from your phone appear on your desktop computer's home screen. SMS messages appear and are able to be replied to with a tap, and you'll be able to take and make calls from your desktop as well.

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FXX-K Ferrari kinetic-hybrid runs 1036bhp – track-only

FXX-K Ferrari kinetic-hybrid runs 1036bhp – track-only

Ferrari's research and development program vehicle FXX-K was made based on the company's first hybrid, and it's being shown off this week as a "completely uncompromising" design. They suggest that this vehicle is "unfettered by homologation requirements and regulations" as it will never be used in competition. Because of this, a super-exclusive group of "Client-Test-Driver" will be working in a special test program over the next couple of years. And it'll come in red, of course, with bright stripes and the number 10 across its sides, so you know it's a beast.

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Hashtag Gloves, the first Tweeting clothing

Hashtag Gloves, the first Tweeting clothing

You might need your iPhone or an Android smartphone to make them work with Bluetooth, but these Hashtag Gloves remain the most mobile, strangest way to Tweet in the world today. Connected to the web direct through a PC for now, and with Bluetooth wirelessly in the future, Hashtag Gloves have been invented Mount Holyoke College - they're real, and they're coming your way soon. All you need to do is make the hashtag hand gesture and speak, and you'll have a Tweet with ease.

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Galaxy S6 details in the wings as A7 appears for certification

Galaxy S6 details in the wings as A7 appears for certification

Tenna strikes again, releasing information about the Galaxy A7 before Samsung can officially announce the device on its own. This is Samsung's thinnest smartphone - the thinnest phone they've ever made, that is to say - and it may be pushing clues as to what the Samsung Galaxy S6 might have in store. Metal, for starters - metal-rimmed, not unlike the Galaxy Note 4 - and a body that's 6.3mm thin. Are these the sort of features that'd bring you back into the Samsung fold for 2015?

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Bluetooth 4.2 will get faster, more private [UPDATE]

Bluetooth 4.2 will get faster, more private [UPDATE]

One of the most-used connections between your smart devices is about to get a whole lot faster and more secure. The folks at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted a new standard of Bluetooth technology, Bluetooth 4.2. Bluetooth is now in nearly every smartphone and tablet on the market, and with this new specification, the technology can expand before devices are even at the point at which developers have found use-cases. The next generation of Bluetooth devices - coming as soon as this Spring, in some cases, will have more secure connections, faster connections, and a more diverse portfolio of connectivity options.

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SmartHome Ventures adds Nest and Philips hue to PEQ

SmartHome Ventures adds Nest and Philips hue to PEQ

The team at SmartHome Ventures have expanded their PEQ smart home service to include Nest Learning Thermostat and Philips hue devices. This system will be able to work with Nest and Philips hue devices immediately if not soon, with a PEQ app update letting interaction happen with a tap. The PEQ app is available for both iOS and Android devices and PEQ devices in stores should all work with this newly integrated system as soon as the app update arrives for smartphones and tablets.

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Assassin’s Creed: Victory – 2015’s AC heads to London

Assassin’s Creed: Victory – 2015’s AC heads to London

Victorian Era London has been leaked as the next big location for Ubisoft's yearly Assassin's Creed release. This game will be sent out to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and is currently code-named - or perhaps named in the end - Assassin's Creed Victory. Assassin's Creed Unity was originally code-named Unity, so we could very well see the same sort of situation take hold here. Screenshots of this game have leaked alongside the name and location, showing how far along this game is in development - or at least in presentation.

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