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.

IDC Smartphone Shipments 2016: Q1 slowest ever, Apple falls, Huawei rises

IDC Smartphone Shipments 2016: Q1 slowest ever, Apple falls, Huawei rises

IDC says this quarter is the smallest year-over-year growth in smartphone shipments since smartphones were invented. This doesn't mean that shipments are going down - not exactly, anyway. Vendors shipped 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16). This is slightly more than what they shipped this same time one year ago - 334.3 million units. Less than a million unit shipments difference year-over-year. That is, indeed, unprecedented. It would seem that everyone already has a smartphone. Everyone that would have bought one in the last three months otherwise, anyway.

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iPhone 7 Pro details appear in release blueprints

iPhone 7 Pro details appear in release blueprints

While the magazine we're looking at right now suggests this might be the iPhone 7 Pro, we're leaning a bit more towards the dropping of the number altogether. Like we described in a demonstrative presentation article last week, today we're seeing a device that's far more powerful than the iPhone 6S, coming with features that will exemplify the mobile processing power of Apple's own "A" series. This device also has pogo-pins like the iPad Pro and a space for two camera lenses instead of just one.

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Minecraft GearVR released in Oculus Store now – Galaxy downloads aplenty

Minecraft GearVR released in Oculus Store now – Galaxy downloads aplenty

Today Minecraft VR has been launched for the Samsung Gear VR. This is the first time the game has been available officially as a public build in the virtual reality realm, and it'll be coming to your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or 5 or Galaxy S6 or S7 - or S6 Edge or S7 Edge. Just so long as you have a Gear VR virtual reality headset and a modern Samsung smartphone in the S or Note or Edge family, you'll be set. The app is available in the Oculus store now.

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Galaxy Note 6 details 2x phones, 5.8-inch screen, massive battery

Galaxy Note 6 details 2x phones, 5.8-inch screen, massive battery

It's just a few months now before the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 ends up being revealed by the company, just in time to battle the next iPhone. Just as it was the past several years with release timing, it shall be again - we have no indication at this time to the contrary. But what has been and was stopped may end up being brought back - more than one Samsung Galaxy Note in a year. Blasphemous? Maybe. Curved? Almost certainly.

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Smartisan T2 Review : an Android/iPhone cross-breed

Smartisan T2 Review : an Android/iPhone cross-breed

The smartphone you see here is neither an iPhone nor a Google Certified Android device. It's somewhere in the middle and a bit off to one side. What we've got here is the Smartisan T2, a device that looks like an iPhone, runs a bit like an Android, and costs about what you'd pay for a high-end device that's a couple of years old. But this Smartisan T2 is brand new. What we have here is a unique proposition - a daring release in a market that relies so heavily on iOS and Android that we were shocked to find it in production.

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Let’s Not use Dolphin Browser as it records us in incognito mode

Let’s Not use Dolphin Browser as it records us in incognito mode

It would appear that Dolphin Browser has been caught - again - sharing information about what you're browsing on the web with servers in China. Back in 2011, Dolphin Browser was caught sharing every link you clicked, every search term you enter, and every page that you end up loading. They responded after being caught sharing this information with a sort of "opt-in" feature for what they suggested was a feature. Here in 2016, there's a similar "feature" in place that makes us feel like we're not going to be able to trust Dolphin ever again.

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Down, down, down: iPhone, iPad and Mac sales all dive in Q2 2016

Down, down, down: iPhone, iPad and Mac sales all dive in Q2 2016

This afternoon Apple reported their financial Q2 2016 earnings report for investors, and with it, falling sales in devices of all sorts. It's not as if this is the worst quarter Apple has ever had - far from it. Instead, it would appear that Apple's device sales have reached a saturation point. Many consumers that would be buying an iPhone, iPad, or Mac have already got one. As such, even Apple's astronomical sales numbers don't seem as spectacular as they have in the past.

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Exploding Kittens app Review : exactly what you wanted

Exploding Kittens app Review : exactly what you wanted

The app we're looking at today is the app-ification of one of the most successful Kickstarters of all time. That was Exploding Kittens the card game, made with the artwork of the man behind The Oatmeal. This game was made to be super simple and work with the attention spans of you and I - super short though those are. This game is exceedingly entertaining and makes for a brisk Sunday afternoon battle between you and yours. The app is pretty much the perfect translation of that to your smartphone.

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Google MODE made to snap-and-swap for Android (Wear)

Google MODE made to snap-and-swap for Android (Wear)

It would appear that Google would like to get out ahead of the masses when it comes to "plug and play" for hardware. Not just for smartphones. They've got a program in the works for that, too - no, this "MODE" they speak of is for hardware only. Not electronics. Made to attach to electronics, of course, but hardware in and of itself. The first wave of Google's MODE brand is made for Android Wear devices. A series of straps have been made to snap in and out with extreme ease.

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HTC VIVE X launched to accelerate VR universe

HTC VIVE X launched to accelerate VR universe

This morning the folks at HTC have launched Vive X, a program which will invest $100-million, expertise, and mentorship for VR developers around the world. This program will be targeted at start-up groups, primarily, and will aim to not only cultivate the VR development environment, but foster it as well. "We are very excited." said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC, "about gathering the brightest and the most creative minds to join Vive X."

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Chernobyl VR is a tour of fallout and educational devastation

Chernobyl VR is a tour of fallout and educational devastation

The folks at The Farm 51 Group have decided to allow you to visit the site of one of the most devastating human errors in modern history. Chernobyl - a place you might LIKE to visit, but really shouldn't, ever, really go to. This is an educational experience - much like we saw with Everest VR, this time bringing you to a place that's a lot closer to sea level - and a little less dangerous, depending on which part you're exploring.

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HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation Review

HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation Review

The HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation is as handsome as it is prepared to do the work you're going to need it to do. Unlike workstation laptops of the past, this unit does not dispense with the thinness or the weight, either. This machine is an Ultrabook - what HP calls the world's first quad core workstation Ultrabook, in fact. It has a 15.6-inch display up front and your choice of a bunch of different innards under the hood.

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