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.

Intel’s Google Tango phone released for sale

Intel’s Google Tango phone released for sale

Intel has decided that this week, amid the masses of information being released on all manner of CES 2016 devices, they'd release a phone too. This device isn't just any phone, of course, it's a developer-aimed device - which means they aren't aiming to sell them in droves, by any means. Instead, Intel's device is meant to be sold to developers who will then use the capabilities of the device to create their own unique applications for the near future, complete with Google Tango action.

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Casio Android Wear watch hands-on: rugged and huge

Casio Android Wear watch hands-on: rugged and huge

A Smart Outdoor Watch from Casio has arrived, ready to roll in three colors with rugged exteriors and Android Wear inside. This device goes by the name WSD-F10, and a 1.32-inch dual layer display. Much like the Moto 360 Sport, this device has the ability to shine brightly with TFT LCD display technology when you're using it indoors, as well as work in the sunlight (in a relative low-power mode) with its monochrome LCD.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Who is TR-8R?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Who is TR-8R?

This morning Star Wars officially made public the identity of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens character TR-8R. "Traitor!" He's a mad one. As suspected, this stormtrooper goes by the name FN-2199, one of three troopers revealed in the book "Before the Awakening", a set of short stories giving background on the three main characters in the film. That story was about FN-2187, aka Finn. This character knew Finn well before the awakening, hence the knowledge of his being a traitor when he finds him on Takodana, near Maz's castle.

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Apple acquires Emotient for AI emotion detection

Apple acquires Emotient for AI emotion detection

This morning it became apparent that Apple had acquired Emotient, an artificial intelligence startup. This startup works with emotion KPIs, meaning they're in the business of watching your face and body to decide how you feel. With that information, Emotient aims to detect attention, engagement, and sentiment. Implications from their public presentation of business suggests that they've been aiming their business at advertisers - as well as other odd product creators on mobile platforms.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Review for NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Review for NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

Today you're going to be able to play Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on your NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV machine. You, too, can live the glory days of the PlayStation 3 and chopping up your enemies with two-button combinations and ninja running. This game looks pretty gosh-darned good, and not just for a so-called "mobile game", as it's still called. That's just silly - this is a full-fledged release of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and you're about to chop it up.

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Why Oculus Rift costs six hundred dollars

Why Oculus Rift costs six hundred dollars

Yesterday the Oculus Rift VR headset was made available for pre-order for the first time in its final, consumer-ready form. The device cost is a cool $599 USD, a couple hundred more than the most recent developer unit. This is in contrast, it's now clear, with what many people assumed Oculus founder Luckey Palmer meant when he said the final consumer unit would cost somewhere in the "ballpark" of the cost of the dev kit.

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Fitbit Blaze hands-on: should you believe the hype?

Fitbit Blaze hands-on: should you believe the hype?

Our first up close and personal look at the Fitbit Blaze takes place during CES 2016, where the reveal of this device had some ill effects. Fitbit's stock price took a little bit of a dive yesterday as this device was revealed - though it may have been a bit premature. While the watch does look quite similar to the Fitbit Surge - or perhaps a mix between a Surge and an Apple Watch - the end product is unique.

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PhotoFast MemoriesCable 1M saves data on a cord

PhotoFast MemoriesCable 1M saves data on a cord

Today the folks at PhotoFast have revealed a 1-meter USB/Lightning cable for iPhone that also acts as a flash drive. Storage is located on the cord itself (in one end or the other) at 128GB, locally. This cord and its companion app have the ability to be locked using USB lock, App Lock, and Lightning lock - with Touch ID support included.

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Razer Lenovo Y900 hands-on: rainbow gaming with Chroma spectrum lighting

Razer Lenovo Y900 hands-on: rainbow gaming with Chroma spectrum lighting

This upcoming pre-built gaming desktop season is going to be an exciting one if Lenovo and Razer have anything to say about it. This week they're showing off a collection of devices that utilize the building power of Lenovo and the gaming smarts of Razer - the best of both worlds, as it were. The main attraction here is the Lenovo Ideacenter Y900, now outfitted with Chroma Full Spectrum Lighting. This means millions of colors ready to roll with customizable changing of colors and reactive formulas - all inside a machine that's built for gaming from the bottom to the top.

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Nextbit Robin shipping date to backers in weeks

Nextbit Robin shipping date to backers in weeks

It would appear that it's time to ship the Nextbit Robin cloud-based smartphone - at last. After weeks and months after the device was first backed on KickStarter, the creators of the device have made the call for first shipments to be sent out. This first wave will be for KickStarter backers only, tending first to the first users that made the effort to lend their support - in the form of money - to get this company, and this device, off the ground in the first place.

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Netflix total world coverage nearly complete

Netflix total world coverage nearly complete

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings flipped the switch on 130 new countries for availability of their streaming service, taking effect immediately. This brings the number of countries up from 60 to 190 in total - India, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, and Indonesia amongst them. Netflix is now officially ready to roll and live in what Hastings described as "nearly every country in the world." Except China. They're working on China. Netflix is currently working on the rest of the world with LG to make total coverage a reality.

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The Crown trailer and the Netflix button secret sauce

The Crown trailer and the Netflix button secret sauce

This week the folks at Netflix are speaking at CES 2016 about how their success is based in gadgets and remote controls. Believe it or not, Netflix suggests that they've had "extensive success" with Netflix buttons on remotes. Imagine how much easier it makes searching for a streaming service on your smart device when there's literally a Netflix button - a hardware button with the word NETFLIX on it - staring you in the face. "Our consumer electronic company partners have been critical to our success," said company CEO Reed Hastings.

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