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.

Blackmagic Design brings Intensity Pro 4K PCIe card for Ultra HD

Blackmagic Design brings Intensity Pro 4K PCIe card for Ultra HD

While 4K is the new wave - for the time being - not all computers have the processing power to play it. Videos captured and processed at 4K resolution, also known as Ultra HD, are going to waste worldwide. Manufacturers like Blackmagic Design are aiming to remedy this situation by creating devices like the Intensity Pro 4K PCIe card. This card allows capture and playback of "extremely high quality" SD, HD, and Ultra HD video on systems like Windows, Mac, and Linux PCI Express computers.

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Marshall Major II returns in Brown, Pitch Black, and White

Marshall Major II returns in Brown, Pitch Black, and White

Back in 2012 we had our first listen on the Marshall headphones line with the original Major. Now comes not only the Major II, but the Major II in several new colors. This collection of headphones is bringing on a Pitch Black color - like the original, as well as one in Brown, and another in White. These headphones aim to take the already-impressive sounds delivered with the 2012 model up a notch with a number of improvements in physical shape and high-definition audio.

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Equation group creates “The Death Star of Malware”

Equation group creates “The Death Star of Malware”

According to the Kaspersy Labs Global Research and Analysis Team (GREAT), one piece of malware has infected thousands of victims throughout the world. The team suggests that it may be possible that tens of thousands of victims have been infected with malware made by Equation APT, or The Equation Group, through a number of "implants" - otherwise known as Trojans. These infection points are called upon by Kaspersy to identify the spread. Kaspersy calls this team of hackers The Equation group - their real identities remain a mystery.

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TweetDeck Teams lets you share Twitter accounts without sharing passwords

TweetDeck Teams lets you share Twitter accounts without sharing passwords

This week the folks at Twitter - who own TweetDeck - have introduced a feature for the platform called Teams. You and your associates will all need TweetDeck for this feature to work, but once they do, it makes sharing one Twitter account super easy. This system allows you to share access to a Twitter account instead of sharing your password for said account. You can give contributor access or admin access, and deny access to this one main leader account at any time.

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Rosetta comet photos: up close and personal with 67P

Rosetta comet photos: up close and personal with 67P

Less than 9 kilometers from the surface of a comet, Rosetta is taking photos for us humans to see. While we've yet to hear from Philae since shortly after it landed, Rosetta's still in full operation. Taking photos from just about as close to the surface as the craft is going to get, our first glimpses from above the surface of this comet are coming in now. These aren't the first views we've gotten of the rock - we got some photos from Philae, after all - but they are the largest and most impressive.

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Neptune Duo: an even stranger wearable

Neptune Duo: an even stranger wearable

The first wearable device by Neptune was a phone for your wrist. The second wearable from Neptune, called Neptune Duo, will be a phone for your wrist AND a device - like a smartphone - that uses your smartwatch as a base. So it's as if the team at Neptune decided that it didn't make enough sense for the smartphone to be the key device - like it is now - and decided to switch places with the smartwatch. How strange, you might say - how weird it is that they'd do such a thing!

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Xbox One apps incoming

Xbox One apps incoming

Apparently the Xbox One doesn't have enough software yet. It would appear that the next wave for the platform is to open the doors in a big way for developers, reaching out to these developers to get them to bring all manner of software to the device. Developers are said to be able to run beta apps for the Xbox One community in the near future, and Microsoft will bring a Software Developer Kit (SDK) to developers in May in preview mode.

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Police test “less lethal” bullet alternative

Police test “less lethal” bullet alternative

In light of recent events in which lethal force was used by police (in several incidents across the United States), a new "less-lethal" alternative is being tested. Created by the company "Alternative Ballistics," this "bullet attachment" hooks on to the front of the police officer's handgun and provides a sort of airbag-like system for the first shot. Once the first shot is fired, every subsequent shot is lethal as ever. This is "The Alternative", and according to the company that makes it, it was invented by a "retired sheriff police officer who did not like that people were being shot when the officers do have time."

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Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

This week Pebble is taking on Google's wearable universe by updating with PlexFit and Android Wear notifications. To gain access to Google Fit - a Google-made and Google-handled fitness system for Android devices - Pebble now works with the PlexFit app. To take on Android Wear, Pebble's latest update integrates Android Wear notifications right at the source. This Android Wear system has been in Beta for several weeks and is now being released to the public in the latest Pebble Android app update.

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Elsa’s Sparking Ice Castle LEGO Review

Elsa’s Sparking Ice Castle LEGO Review

At long last, LEGO's mini-dolls collection of brick sets gets its day in the sun with Frozen. Here we're having a peek at Elsa's Sparking Ice Castle, a set you're only going to find in the pink-colored aisle of your local department store's toy section. While this environment is generally limited to hair salons, restaurants, gardens, houses, and pools, this set brings the heat with a tower made of ice. It comes with unique pieces, shiny stickers, and Olaf the snowman.

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