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.

Is Xbox One’s Kinect dead?

Is Xbox One’s Kinect dead?

Earlier this year Microsoft revealed their response to the $100-cheaper PlayStation 4 in the form of an Xbox One without the Kinect. Previous to this reveal of the $399 Kinect-less Xbox One, there’d only been the Xbox One with Kinect, now called a "bundle", that was $499. Microsoft reported in July that their June Xbox One console sales had "more than doubled" due to the new standard sans-Kinect release. Fast-forward to October of 2014 - right now, that is - and that Kinect "bundle" might be on its way out the door completely.

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Microsoft Xim lets you share photos to any phone

Microsoft Xim lets you share photos to any phone

Microsoft Research Fuse Labs have created an app that’ll allow you to share galleries of photos between devices with great ease. Instead of focusing on a social network like Facebook, or an old technology like email, they’ve created Xim, an app that does not require every user to download. This app works on Windows Phone (of course), as well as iOS for iPhone / iPad, and Android. It’s cross-device and super simple to use - and it’ll be out immediately if not soon.

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iPad Air 2 detailed in leaked photos

iPad Air 2 detailed in leaked photos

This morning the iPad Air 2 seems to have leaked in full - visually, anyway. this version of the iPad Air looks to have a Touch ID fingerprint reader, a thinner chassis, and a complete absence of a mute switch. This would be the first iPad released without said switch, each previous iPad keeping the switch for the instant muting of audio or rotation lock. This device is shown in white with the lighter aluminum backing in Silver - not quite Space Gray yet.

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Keep your Nexus 6, I’ll stick with Moto X

Keep your Nexus 6, I’ll stick with Moto X

There’s really no good reason why you should wait for a 6-inch smartphone. Apple’s created a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, there are more than enough Samsung Galaxy Note devices in the world. What more could you possibly want? I tell you what I want - Motorola’s expertise in creating a smartphone that delivers well and above expectations. I want a Moto X with a wooden backside.

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Watch: Slow-motion skateboard trick videos by Adam Shomsky

Watch: Slow-motion skateboard trick videos by Adam Shomsky

This afternoon we’re kicking back wishing Summer wasn’t over, preparing for the oncoming spring with a pack of slow-mo skateboard tricks. These are part of a series of videos called "Skateology", aiming to be informative about ground-level skating. For everyone that’s ever done any one of these tricks on their own board, this is your chance to see what you’ve done in detail. For everyone else - even when you see these tricks done moment-by-moment, they still might seem impossible. There’s a reason why skateboarding tricks are so rewarding.

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FPS1000: 10,000 frames per second camera for £299

FPS1000: 10,000 frames per second camera for £299

Designer Graham Rowan has a camera he’d like to show you. This camera goes by the name FPS1000 and it’s apparently able to capture video at up to 10,000 frames per second. Even the newest smartphones on the market are only able to capture video at a maximum of 120 frames per second, and most are able to capture video at only 30 frames per second. This device is being positioned as a Portable, Low Cost, High Frame Rate camera and it’s on its way to real-deal consumer production in the near future.

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Jeff Goldblum tips Independence Day 2, gets fancy with GE

Jeff Goldblum tips Independence Day 2, gets fancy with GE

When you think about Jeff Goldblum, you likely think about one of three roles. He was in The Fly, he was in Jurassic Park, and he was in Independence Day. If you’re a really big fan, you’ll also think about how he promoted Apple Computers when the iMac first became colorful. Now he’s whipping out two masterpieces. One is Independence Day 2 - a script is just being written now, so we won’t see that for a while. The other is an advertisement for a General Electric lightbulb.

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Facebook Anonymous: tip says privacy may be their next goal

Facebook Anonymous: tip says privacy may be their next goal

No matter how often Facebook suggests they’re all about privacy, there’s one undeniable fact about the social network. You pay. Whether it be by cash (not in Facebook’s case) or with your presence, you pay. That’s how Facebook stays in business. They sell advertisement space to businesses for you to see. They recently released an initiative called Facebook Atlas. A tip this week suggests that they may change their traditional model completely, releasing an app that turns the real-name conventions of Facebook on its head.

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Nexus 6 details and a DROID for Verizon

Nexus 6 details and a DROID for Verizon

This morning we dug into the FCC documents for Motorola’s next big release. Really big, as it were - a full 6-inches of display to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus. We’ve heard rumors that Google would pick up Motorola’s next big release as a "Nexus 6", working with 6-inches of display. We’ve also heard that Verizon would be getting the device on their carrier. What we hadn’t heard so far - but what we can basically (nearly) confirm without Motorola saying so is that Verizon’s model will be the same, but with DROID branding.

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Smash Bros Wii U release set for November 21st

Smash Bros Wii U release set for November 21st

Timed right on top of the holiday season this year is Super Smash Bros for Wii U on November 21st, 2014. This release comes weeks after Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS, a game that was released on the 3rd of October. Despite having only been released this past weekend, Nintendo reports that they’ve already sold more than 2.8 million units of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS worldwide. Nintendo also suggests that - in no small part due to Smash Bros - they’re set to have a strong holiday season.

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