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.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Review

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Review

What if you have a game that's so incredibly popular, your company schedules a new iteration every year - and in some cases, more than once a year? Assassin's Creed Unity happens. A massive game - a giant scope. Huge amounts of land to explore, a beautiful aesthetic throughout. But why can't I open this chest? Why am I being asked to sign up for UPlay in order to get special bonuses in a console game? You might be asking yourself the same questions about 45 minutes into the game.

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Chromecast opens to more games, Showtime, Starz

Chromecast opens to more games, Showtime, Starz

The tiniest of Google devices, Chromecast, has opened its doors to a number of new apps for official connectivity this holiday season. Starting with games like Connect Four Quads, Simon Swipe, and Scrabble Blitz, Chromecast is growing incrementally with big names like Hasbro. Hasbro's Monopoly Dash is another of the new games coming to Chromecast, alongside Wheel of Fortune, Just Dance Now, and Big Web Quiz. And if that wasn't enough in the quiz department, there's also the Emoji Party for questions like Google's suggestion: "how many goats tall is Taylor Swift?"

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Nintendo easing up: it’s time to go mobile

Nintendo easing up: it’s time to go mobile

It may finally be time that Nintendo loosens its iron-tight grip on regions and accessibility for their many ultra-popular titles, characters, and games. The first baby step in this process is the opening up of regions for Amiibo. These tiny figurines are not region locked, as was previously suspected. Now if the ultra-popularity of Activision's similar gaming enterprise, Skylanders, is any indication, we can hope, pray, cross our fingers and toes, for mobile applications of Nintendo power next - Android, iOS, Windows Phone, the works.

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Nexus 6 release for AT&T detailed

Nexus 6 release for AT&T detailed

This week the folks at AT&T have detailed their release of the Motorola-made Google-carried Nexus 6. This device will be essentially the same as the version sold direct by Google, with Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box. Pre-orders for this device will be beginning on the 12th of November, 2014, while in-store availability has not yet been mentioned in a solid manner. According to Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Mobile Devices, AT&T, "the Nexus 6 with Android 5.0 Lollipop is the first Nexus device to join AT&T’s leading device portfolio."

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Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Review

Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Review

The team at Creative have made something special in the Sound Blaster Roar SR20. This isn't just a Bluetooth speaker. It's not just an alarm clock. It's not just a collection of wireless and wired sound-centric features in a single package. It's part of the future - one in which multiple abilities doesn't mean lower quality in any one of those abilities. The Creative team have made a masterpiece of personal, portable sound. Multiple connections, multiple uses - a real do-everything-well machine.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 joins LG G Watch R on Google Play

Sony SmartWatch 3 joins LG G Watch R on Google Play

Joining a whole collection of Android Wear devices in the Google Play market this week is the Sony SmartWatch 3, the first Sony SmartWatch to be offered direct by Google. This is also only the second time Google Play has sold a Sony device from their online store, the first being the massive Sony X Ultra Google Play Edition. Sony comes with their third-generation smartwatch with Android Wear while previous editions used a unique version of a slightly less wearables-aimed Android, before Google jumped in.

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How Call of Duty beat Titanfall, Destiny, and Wolfenstein combined

How Call of Duty beat Titanfall, Destiny, and Wolfenstein combined

As what may very well be a sign of things to come for Activision's latest Call of Duty title, Advanced Warfare has out-sold Ghosts in its first week of sales in the UK. Additionally, according to GfK Chart Track numbers, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare also beat out the three biggest week-1 titles of the year: Titanfall, Destiny, and Wolfenstein. Not only did Call of Duty beat all three of these titles in the UK in week 1 of sales, it beat all three combined "by almost 14%."

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Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Back in August, Facebook messenger became obligatory. I ran a column called Yes, you DO want Facebook Messenger that many Facebook users were shockingly opposed to. But it's been barely 3 months and Facebook has already announced it: they've reached a tipping point. They already have 500 million users using - not just having downloaded - using Messenger each month. They're aiming to prove that because you do not pay money to use Facebook, you are the product - you don't have a choice in the matter. You need to download that app.

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iOS 8 Jailbreak Pangu expands to Mac

iOS 8 Jailbreak Pangu expands to Mac

This week the folks at Pangu have expanded their jailbreaking software for iOS 8 to Mac. Before now, their jailbreaking solution worked just fine - just so long as you had a Windows PC to use it. Now you'll be able to use your Apple computer which, if you're a die-hard Mac user like most iPhone owners are, you'll have been waiting for. All of this hacking action is at your own risk, of course. You'll need to use all caution and understand the risks before you do anything.

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Google Ebola campaign doubles citizen donations

Google Ebola campaign doubles citizen donations

Google has announced that they're bringing more than $10 million in donations to foundations in Africa set to fight Ebola. Google's will give the first $10 million to a variety of nonprofit organizations fighting Ebola and taking care of affected citizens, followed by whatever amount of cash adds up in their donation campaign. For every one dollar donated by the public, Google will donate two. In addition to this donation campaign, Google will be giving $15 million through their family foundation. This comes not long after a similar campaign run by Facebook last week (on into this week, as well.)

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