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.

Panasonic C6850 4K TV comes with Firefox OS UPDATE: Eyes-on

Panasonic C6850 4K TV comes with Firefox OS UPDATE: Eyes-on

President of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Julie Bauer stepped on stage at the Panasonic keynote at CES 2015 to speak about the future in HDTVs - as well as their wide variety of products from their various hardware groups. She showed off how they'd been pushing products in locations in which they'd be used. They're sponsoring the New York City Triathlon, for example. It all comes down to the experience - and with the Panasonic C6850 TV, a 4K experience will be what's coming to your living room.

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Audi Prologue bringing NVIDIA DRIVE CX to the streets

Audi Prologue bringing NVIDIA DRIVE CX to the streets

At NVIDIA 2015, Audi's VP of electronics development Ricky Hudy joined Jen-Hsun Huang onstage. There he spoke on how Audi was at the forefront of in-car computing 10 years ago, aligning themselves with the future by realizing the potential for in-car supercomputing. It was the way of the future. Here in 2015, it is the present. They key to this present was - and remains - bringing the refresh and development cycle for vehicles up to speed with the consumer electronics world. This, of course, wasn't easy.

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NVIDIA DRIVE CX brings a digital cockpit computer to your car

NVIDIA DRIVE CX brings a digital cockpit computer to your car

This week NVIDIA is bringing the heat to the car industry with the NVIDIA DRIVE CX. This is a digital cockpit computer made with the NVIDIA Tegra X1. It's able to roll with 16.6 million pixels maximum resolution - more than one display - extremely dense displays, that is. With Drive CX, NVIDIA will be powering the future of mapping, creating a digital cockpit, and making the smart infotainment system in your vehicle all the more smarter in the near future - in a wide variety of vehicles.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Stack hands-on

Lenovo ThinkPad Stack hands-on

It would appear that Lenovo is aiming to change the way they present accessories with the ThinkPad Stack. A series of interlocking units that are all the same width and length, each of the first four ThinkPad Stack devices are all made to make your notebook and/or tablet more powerful. The Lenovo ThinkPad Stack's first collection of devices includes a Bluetooth Speaker, a Power Bank, a wireless Access Point, and a 1TB USB 3.0 HDD. Each will be available individually and each will interlock with the other.

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Parrot Zik Sport headset hands-on: made for sensing

Parrot Zik Sport headset hands-on: made for sensing

This week the folks at Parrot have revealed their newest in smart sensing wearable devices, bringing on a strange-looking concoction in the Zik Sport. The Parrot Zik Sport is a smart wireless headset, using Bluetooth for audio and a number of sensors to send data to your phone while your phone sends audio back. This headset includes biometric sensors to make sure you've got the data you need to track your activities while you run around the city, jamming out to tunes.

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Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

If you've got the ability to install a stereo system in your vehicle, there's a good chance you'll be able to roll with Parrot's new system aiming to make every vehicle smart. The Parrot RNB6 is an in-car infotainment system that's made to be sent to market on its own. While most infotainment systems sell the vehicle, this system sells itself. Based on Android 5.0 and rolling with a 7-inch touchscreen, this device is ready to push your vehicle into the future.

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Brio Family-safe Smart Power Outlet hands-on

Brio Family-safe Smart Power Outlet hands-on

Successfully funded through Kickstarted on the 18th of December and already ready to show off here in January at CES 2015, that's the Brio smart electrical outlet. What you're seeing here is a replacement for your old outlets, taking up no more power - and in most cases LESS power - than you've used before. This plug-in system activates only when a real cord requiring power is plugged in, removing the danger of a human shock in the process. No more zaps for little Billy - not even with a fork.

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Ring wearable gesture device hands-on

Ring wearable gesture device hands-on

Ring is a wearable smart device that connects to your smartphone with Bluetooth. It wirelessly allows you to make gestures in the face of your phone to launch apps and perform certain functions. At CES 2015, we've seen this device do several things - take a photo, launch a basic music app, and even Tweet. Users are invited to work with the gestures already built in to the Ring controller app or to create their own and connect to apps like Facebook, Evernote, and Yo. And you know what that means - IFTTT connectivity as well.

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The one CES Apple might not win

The one CES Apple might not win

In just a few days we begin again with the year's biggest US-based technology conference: CES 2015. Over the past several years, it's been almost a tradition for news outlets to suggest that Apple was either alive and well at CES or in some way or another "winning" the crowd over without actually, physically being at the event series to represent themselves. As far as we know. This year is a little different. This year is the first in which Apple has a new product announced before CES but won't be releasing it until later this year.

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Back to the Future delivers in 2015 with Nike, VR, Tony Hawk, and Pepsi

Back to the Future delivers in 2015 with Nike, VR, Tony Hawk, and Pepsi

Easily one of the most iconic sets of scenes in a film about the future appears in the epic comedy Back to the Future II. In this film we travel forward to the year 2015 to the day November 5th. In the year 2011, Nike blasted everyone's faces off with the first release of the Nike MAG - that's the pair of shoes that appear in BTTF2 - without the Power Laces. Fast-forward to February of 2014 and the designer of the MAG shoes confirmed power laces for 2015. These are just one of a set of products inspired by BTTF2 and prepped for release this year, the year they're supposed to have been on the market.

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