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.

Scribd Audiobooks: expanding beyond Amazon

Scribd Audiobooks: expanding beyond Amazon

The team behind Scribd want to make their service as accessible as possible. To do this, they've seen it necessary to expand beyond the Kindle - to move past the Amazon environment. To do this, they've decided, they'll need to open their platform to Audiobooks. According to Scribd, this $1 billion a year market is just ripe for expansion - 30,000 audiobooks are on the way to their service right this minute. This will be the single largest unlimited-access offering of e-books and audiobooks available in the world today.

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Tesla Model X pushed to latter half of 2015

Tesla Model X pushed to latter half of 2015

This week during Tesla Motors' Third Quarter 2014 shareholder announcements they made a push for their newest Model X. Alpha prototypes of the Model X are being tested. Initial Beta prototypes are being built. Making way for the production of the Model X in full, Tesla decided to built in significantly more validation testing time compared to tests of the Model S. According to Tesla, "In anticipation of this effort, we now expect Model X deliveries to start in Q3 of 2015, a few months later than previously expected."

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Google Inbox invites opened to public

Google Inbox invites opened to public

Want to know how you're going to get in on Google's alternative to Gmail with the app called Inbox? Wonder no more, fair citizens, Google is opening the flood gates this afternoon. Between the hours of 3PM and 4PM Pacific Time, you'll only have to send an mail to Google at inbox (at) google (dot) com requesting an invite. They seem to have an automated system set up to accept invites and grant them by 5PM, also Pacific Time - promised, as if by magic.

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Xbox Live down: Call of Duty in effect

Xbox Live down: Call of Duty in effect

Now that Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is out, the same outage that seems to happen after every major release is in full effect. Remember when the Alpha for Destiny was released? Same sort of situation. Or so it seems. There appears to be a relatively minor problem going on with some Call of Duty players attempting to play the offline campaign while Xbox Live is down. While it certainly should work just fine, it's appearing that even offline is offline, so to speak.

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Apple Watch pricing may range from $350 to over 10x that much

Apple Watch pricing may range from $350 to over 10x that much

At no surprise to anyone, the least expensive version of the Apple Watch has been tipped to be the "Sport" version. Based on what we've seen of the device range so far, the Sport edition of the Apple Watch will be akin to the lower tiers of the iPhone. The mid-range will of course be the steel models, while the highest-end "Edition" will be made with gold, coming with price tags reaching $5000 USD - unofficially, of course. This information comes well before Apple even taps an official release date.

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Introducing Neals: one Nerd Rapper’s aim for a multimedia retrofuture

Introducing Neals: one Nerd Rapper’s aim for a multimedia retrofuture

Introducing Neals - an hour-long musical animated movie based on a Nerd Rap musical experience. It launches today. It's the 5th of November, and this date hasn't been chosen randomly. Just like the real Guy Fawkes Day, and previous celebrations, today was chosen by YT Cracker to exemplify the outline of the story he's attempting to tell. Introducing Neals is a "retrofuture," says Bryce Case JR, aka YT Cracker, a place where you'll hear the story of "the open source movement, hacktivism, government surveillance, and net neutrality with familiar 1980s tropes and familiar 1980s corniness."

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Belkin WeMo teams with TCP for smart lighting

Belkin WeMo teams with TCP for smart lighting

The WeMo app will soon work with TCP lightbulbs, further widening the environment for smart things everywhere. TCP and WeMo have announced a partnership which will leverage the WeMo ecosystem. TCP, a leading manufacturer of lightbulbs, will incorporate WeMo connectivity in with a number of their LED bulbs, allowing them to work with the WeMo app. Both TCP and WeMo have promised combined products early 2015, and all products in this team-up will work with the one official WeMo app for mobile devices.

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Selfie toys post baby’s photo automatically

Selfie toys post baby’s photo automatically

Without the express permission of your child, are you allowed to post photos of your children on Facebook? Of course you do. But designer Laura Cornet wants you to ask - and wants you to discuss - whether or not permission is something you should attain from everyone, even your infant. To do this, she's created a set of toys that activate automatic shares of photos, sounds, and movements of the child that touches them. Automatically, and without the parents' permission.

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Droid Turbo officially Moto Maxx in international release

Droid Turbo officially Moto Maxx in international release

Motorola has made it official - beyond the blurred rumors - that the DROID Turbo will be released as the Moto Maxx around the world. Outside of the United States where the device is limited to Verizon's bands, the DROID Turbo, aka the Moto Maxx, will carry largely the same specifications. Without the Verizon apps, of course, but still carrying the same Motorola collection of apps for connections to devices of all kinds. We're nearly set to review the DROID Turbo here on SlashGear as well.

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Samsung Gear Circle release set for USA

Samsung Gear Circle release set for USA

There's a device called the Samsung Gear Circle out there in the wild today - have you heard of it? It's not gotten one whole heck of a lot of press thus far. Mostly because it's not a smartphone, it's not a smart watch, and it's not part of a category of devices that gets much innovation all that often. The Samsung Gear Circle is a pair of earbuds - sort of. This pair of earbuds is meant to be worn as a necklace, and at any time.

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