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.

WhatsApp Call invites active now [and a warning]

WhatsApp Call invites active now [and a warning]

Users hoping to join the WhatsApp call service in the near future can do so today by receiving a call from an already-initiated user. This means that you're going to either need to know someone who already has calls active OR you're going to have to head to a Google+ group (or something similar) to get someone to call you. This invite program has had its ON switched flipped off and on several times over the past couple of weeks - at this moment, it's up and running.

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Freebox mini 4K brings Android TV international

Freebox mini 4K brings Android TV international

This week the Freebox mini 4K has been revealed with Android TV. This is a device that's not much of a looker on the outside - it's meant to be hidden to the side or below your TV - but inside, a fully-functional 4K TV box resides. This device is the start of something big - it's not ready for the USA yet, but it could be soon. For now you'll be renting this device for 29.99 Euro a month - that includes internet, as well.

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Moto G 2015 4G released internationally

Moto G 2015 4G released internationally

The Motorola Moto G 4G (the 2015 edition) has been released into the wild this week. This device remains the same in most ways - the same software and hardware, save the 4G-capable modem. It'll be released in the United States in the near future, but for now it's out in stores in the UK. In addition to being listed on Motorola's direct sales site, it's been prepped for sale through carriers and stores like Tesco, Amazon, Argos, Asda, Sainsbury's, and Carphone Warehouse starting on the 16th of March as well.

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Verizon Nexus 6 released this week

Verizon Nexus 6 released this week

This week the folks at Verizon have revealed release time and pricing for their version of the Nexus 6. This version of the Nexus 6 will come with Android 5.x Lollipop and will be rolling with the same 6-inch Quad-HD display and dual front-facing speakers that the first version of the Nexus 6 did. It's the same, but different. At this time it's not entirely clear how Verizon will get their apps onboard the Nexus 6. Likely it'll happen much like it was described when Lollipop was launched - downloads happen when the phone is activated.

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LG Phablet hits FCC for LG G4 partner launch

LG Phablet hits FCC for LG G4 partner launch

There's a new LG smartphone in town, and it goes by the code-name LG LS770. This device appeared in the FCC this week with scant details - but just enough to let us know that it's coming with a display that'll be big enough for a "Note" sort of size. Chances are this device will launch right alongside the LG G4, a device that's been long awaited - after the LG G Flex 2, which was first revealed this February at MWC 2015 in Barcelona.

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Chameleon color changing abilities unlocked by science

Chameleon color changing abilities unlocked by science

A paper has been published this week in Nature Communications which shows how chameleons are able to swiftly and radically alter their exterior colors. Believe it or not, this study is brand new - science did not know how a creature like the Panther Chameleon was able to change colors based on emotion or surroundings. In addition to uncovering the secrets of miniature nanocrystals for color change, these scientists also uncovered another reason for their existence: passive thermal protection (made to keep cool).

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Android Wear apps try to replicate Apple Watch launcher

Android Wear apps try to replicate Apple Watch launcher

Today we're having a look at apps like Bubble Cloud Widgets and "Pear" by UhrArt. We've covered UhrArt in brief before - today we're going to show how well a comparable looking - yet slightly more capable - launcher does at replicating Apple's UI. With Bubble Cloud Widgets, users are able to create an array of shortcuts to their favorite apps and settings - very similar to what Apple's UI does on the Apple Watch. Here we're still messing with a slightly less capable bit of animation, unfortunately.

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Das Keyboard 4 Professional: the new MacBook antithesis

Das Keyboard 4 Professional: the new MacBook antithesis

This week the newest in the classic "Das Keyboard" line has arrived with Mac-specific keys and aim. This model is the "most significant keyboard for Mac users" with Das Keyboard since their original Model S. This unit is just like what you see in our release back in March of last year, with all the power and reliability of the unit we reviewed this January. This newest unit works with mechanical key switches with gold contacts - just like each of the other most recent Das Keyboard units, and works with dedicated media controls with an oversized volume knob, for good measure.

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Nova Launcher undergoes major Material Redesign

Nova Launcher undergoes major Material Redesign

Developer Kevin Barry has re-released Nova Launcher this week with an update that brings heat with Material Design cues galore. This update brings new animations, Google Search from the search bar appearing as an overlay, and - perhaps best of all - a new icon! My goodness there's a new icon - it's glorious! Also this update comes on top of Nova Launcher 3 - so the update will be coming sooner than later to those that already use the app on the regular. It's coming for YOU.

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HTC One M9 heads to the UK first, pricing identical to M8

HTC One M9 heads to the UK first, pricing identical to M8

While it's not certain whether the HTC One M9 will literally be delivered to UK carriers before the USA, pre-orders certainly have arrived first. The HTC One M9 is the next in a line of successful hero devices for the brand, coming with a design that closely mirrors last year's M8. This device works with a 5-inch Full HD 1080p display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octacore processor (SoC) with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There's also a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

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