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.

Don’t update your Galaxy phone (yet)

Don’t update your Galaxy phone (yet)

Before you jump in on the next update for your Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Note 5, or Note 4, pay heed: there's an issue. Users with a variety of Samsung smartphone updating to the first release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow have been experiencing a unique issue. Passwords on the device - be they text based or fingerprint based - seem to be lost or distorted as the newest update is installed. But what about you? Will you see the same issue? Should you be fully freaking out at the moment, or is there something you might do to avoid this mess?

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T-Mobile is trading stock for new customers – with these rules

T-Mobile is trading stock for new customers – with these rules

Today T-Mobile USA has revealed a plan to give users single stocks in exchange for bringing new customers into the fold. In the prospectus for this plan, T-Mobile suggests that these stocks can be given to T-Mobile customers "who are individuals" (not businesses) for one of three different reasons. Stocks can be given for being customers, becoming customers, or referring new customers. It seems relatively simple. T-Mobile USA also suggests that redemptions of "Stock Up Rewards" will be "fulfulfilled through open market purchases of Shares by LOYAL3 Securities, Inc. ("LOYAL3 Securities")."

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The Galaxy S7 Active’s one key feature (it’s not just rugged)

The Galaxy S7 Active’s one key feature (it’s not just rugged)

Today we're having a peek at the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. Spoiler alert - there aren't many of them. The big differences lie in the look of the casing for the devices, the ruggedness therein, and the battery. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Active model has a battery that's so extremely large, it'd be difficult to use it all up in a single day. Really difficult. Tablet battery-sized difficult.

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HP Deskjet 3755 is “world’s smallest all-in-one” and super cute

HP Deskjet 3755 is “world’s smallest all-in-one” and super cute

It's not often that we describe a printer as "super cute," but the printer HP is announcing today is just that. The DeskJet 3720 is white and aqua - also known as cyan, also known as HP's own "Electric Blue." This device is aiming to be compact as possible while remaining capable of printing full-sized (letter) size paper. It also works with HP Instant Ink, an ink replacement subscription plan that'll cost users £1.99 per month - or $3 a month once the printer arrives in the USA. UPDATE: Here with a different name.

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AT&T 5G testing hits 10 Gbps with Nokia

AT&T 5G testing hits 10 Gbps with Nokia

AT&T Labs announce reaching 10 Gbps in 5G trials as they make their team-up with Nokia an official hardware partner. Testing has exceeded 10 Gbps speeds - this will "pave the way toward future international 5G standards and allow us to deliver these fast 5G speeds and network performance across the U.S.," so says AT&T. The company has begun speaking about latency trials as well - imperative for the next generation of connected devices, and vehicles.

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Galaxy S7 Active released and detailed in full

Galaxy S7 Active released and detailed in full

This week the folks at Samsung and AT&T have revealed the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, a slightly more rugged edition of the smartphone line. This version of the device comes in three colors: Sandy Gold, Titanium Gray, and Camo Green. You'll be able to find this device in the United States at AT&T exclusively, starting on the 10th of this June, 2016 - that's just a few days from now.

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Kingspray Graffiti Simulator in VR is magical (with SG Mixed Reality)

Kingspray Graffiti Simulator in VR is magical (with SG Mixed Reality)

Kingspray Graffiti Simulator is the sort of app that will make people buy a VR headset. With the HTC Vive, a user is able to step into a very real-looking virtual space. The user is given a can of spray paint and an open canvas. Not a traditional canvas, mind you - a wall on a rooftop. Or a train car. Or a billboard. You, the user, play the part of a street artist, and you've got free reign over your virtual - real - world. You're gonna be a belieVR.

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Nest CEO switch: Fadell steps out, Moto exec steps in

Nest CEO switch: Fadell steps out, Moto exec steps in

This afternoon Alphabet and Nest announced that they'd be switching up CEOs - Fadell is out and Fawaz is in. That's Tony Fadell who, after six years working on Nest, will be moving into an advisor role with Alphabet, working directly with Larry Page. In his place will be Marwan Fawaz, former executive vice president of Motorola Mobility. There, Fawaz served as CEO of Motorola Home, "overseeing vision, strategy, and operations.

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2017 Nexus phone leak spills Huawei’s involvement

2017 Nexus phone leak spills Huawei’s involvement

The next Google Nexus Android device may well be made by Huawei, as rumored - so says an interview with Huawei. The real oddity comes in the Gearburn chat writer Hadlee Simons has had with Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei’s Consumer Business Group in South Africa. There, Gearburn suggests, Munilall offered up word that Huawei is "doing the Nexus again this year, by the way." Whether or not that confirms the device itself is still up for debate - what's a bit more solid is the details of the device that's already - sort of - on the market.

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Vysor now lets Android mirror remotely, and it’s awesome

Vysor now lets Android mirror remotely, and it’s awesome

Chrome app Vysor now allows users to build their own Android device farm - remotely. Just what you've always wanted. That is assuming you're the sort of person who has a whole bunch of Android phones and tablets and whatnot. Even if you're not, the newest feature on this app allows you to access your Android phone's fully interactive screen via your PC or Mac or Chromebook both through a USB cord remotely and through any computer connected via a shared link. Easy peasy.

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LG 360 CAM celebrates World Environment Day

LG 360 CAM celebrates World Environment Day

This week the folks at LG have decided to celebrate World Environment Day with a spherical video hosted by YouTube. As such, users will be able to view the video in 360 vision using the YouTube app, or view the scene with the ability to move and adjust their view in their web browser - just so long as it's Chrome. While the real World Environment Day is this Sunday, June 5th, the video is rolling out today - have a peek at it right this minute.

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Galaxy Note 6 key details appear in leaked blueprints

Galaxy Note 6 key details appear in leaked blueprints

Renderings based on blueprints of the Galaxy Note 6 (or 7, whatever Samsung ends up calling it) have appeared, showing key details for the large smartphone. This device will have the S Pen - as expected - but according to the details we have today, it'll also have a set of curved edges. Whats that? It'll be an Edge? Not necessarily. Not necessarily in name, that is to say. This is going to be a real oddity.

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