Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

TrackR app tracks your iPad, iPhone with Crowd GPS

TrackR app tracks your iPad, iPhone with Crowd GPS

Without the need of an internet connection, the TrackR Tablet app is able to track down your tablet and make it ring. Why would I want to do that, you might ask? Why not just do the same sort of thing with Apple's own iCloud-based Find my iPhone or iPad? Because the TrackR system works with Crowd GPS, and does not require that your tablet be connected to the internet to be found. That's unique - and quite helpful when you're in a jam.

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ALIEN and ALIENS return to theaters this summer

ALIEN and ALIENS return to theaters this summer

This summer both ALIEN and ALIENS will be returning to the big screen, appearing in theaters in over 20 cities. On the 26th of April, "ALIEN DAY" both ALIEN and ALIENS will be shown as a double-feature in celebration of the return of the ALIEN series. The date this feature presentation comes to theaters corresponds with the original planet designation of the origin of the creatures seen in the first two films: LV-426.

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Google’s new landline: the Fiber Phone

Google’s new landline: the Fiber Phone

Today Google announces the Fiber Phone, a service that uses your home internet connection to act as a landline (and your mobile device, too). Just like you had when you were a kid, but VoIP. A phone that stays at home. Or it can go with you - whatever you want. The Fiber Phone "lives in the cloud" says Google, and it'll ring at home when you're at home, or in your pocket when you're out of the house.

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2nd-gen Amazon Dash Button bypasses Wi-fi

2nd-gen Amazon Dash Button bypasses Wi-fi

This week the folks at Amazon have had their second-generation Amazon Dash Button appear in the FCC. This device appears to be rolling with the same capabilities as its predecessor, able to connect to its web-based functions via 802.11 WiFi - but this time adds Bluetooth. What might a device like this need with Bluetooth? Why, to connect via your smartphone, of course. Or perhaps to go Echo on us all?

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Galaxy S7 Wi-fi problem fixed in update

Galaxy S7 Wi-fi problem fixed in update

This week the Samsung Galaxy S7 has been updated with an OTA software kick in the pants that rectifies several Wi-fi-related problems. This update is coming to the Verizon version of the device first, it seems, somehow, miraculously, and includes Wi-fi connectivity on Marshmallow OS first and foremost. This update also fixes reported problems connecting to the web both on and off Wi-fi, "frequent data disconnections", and "problems while loading files or webpages.

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Mobile carriers finally ditching voice calls

Mobile carriers finally ditching voice calls

It would appear that T-Mobile is leading the charge with a number of data-only smartphone plans starting later this month. While a massive number of smartphone users use very little or no portion of their allotted voice call minutes here in the present, T-Mobile may be the first carrier to realize this, and act. With a plan. A Simple Choice mobile internet plan. The future is here - voice calling is only a little-used app, after all.

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Google Wallet Debit Card going away [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Google Wallet Debit Card going away [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Google's physical card version of Google Wallet will no longer be supported by the company as of the 30th of June. This information comes from an app teardown performed by Android Police, where they've found the mention within the Google Wallet app itself. Like so many projects that didn't gain traction in the public for a wide variety of reasons, this project is headed out. The good news is - you'll not have to worry about transferring your money out.

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Samsung researching fix to VR’s solitary problem

Samsung researching fix to VR’s solitary problem

When you're wearing a virtual reality headset, you're alone. Unless you're in an app where your friends appear via the web as avatars, you're all by your lonesome. This week a set of images have been delivered to SlashGear which suggest that Samsung is working on multiple methods for allowing a VR headset wearer's VR experience to be more social - physically social, allowing those in the wearer's immediate vicinity to be seen and participate in the VR experience.

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Batman v Superman Review: A Triumph

Batman v Superman Review: A Triumph

I don't believe in the conspiracy theories that say critics have a vendetta against DC Comics and/or Zack Snyder. I also don't believe that a movie with both Batman and Superman in it needs any help to succeed in the box office. That's not what we're here for. What I'm here for is to explain what you're in for when you eventually see this film. I'm here to suggest that, while this film is not good in the same way The Dark Knight was good, it's a fantastic base for the future of the DC Comics film universe.

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Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones hit USA

Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones hit USA

This week the folks at Marshall Headphones have brought their slick looking MAJOR II Bluetooth headphones to the United States. This pair of headphones keeps the look of the Marshall headphone line consistent whilst bringing the added convenience of wirelessness with Bluetooth to the mix. This pair of headphones works with Bluetooth APTX for digital audio data reduction - that's there for as little latency as possible between the device projecting the audio and the headphones receiving them.

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Oculus Rift Review round-up: so awesome, so new

Oculus Rift Review round-up: so awesome, so new

If you've tried an Oculus Rift in the past several years, you've experienced the most important bit of the final product: immersion. Today the first reviews of the final product are out, and they all agree: it's the magic that counts. As Kyle Orland of Ars Technica suggests, "Similar to the first the first iPhone, which launched nearly 10 years ago with a crappy camera and no app store, the Oculus Rift is as revolutionary as it is still limited."

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Android “microG” aims to cut out Google (sort of)

Android “microG” aims to cut out Google (sort of)

A group of freedom-fighters wishes to bring a truly open Android to the masses without Google apps. While the average Android user might assume that Google's ownership of Android precludes Google apps appearing on all Android devices, that's just not the case. Google partners go through a certification process that allows devices to run Google Play - that process makes devices "Google Certified." What the microG team suggests is that Google's original AOSP (Android Open Source Project) promise should ring true today. For anyone who wants it.

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