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.

Wi-Fi Aware: your router knows you’re near

Wi-Fi Aware: your router knows you’re near

The Wi-Fi Alliance reveals their next Wi-Fi CERTIFIED service - Wi-Fi Aware. This certification program from the Wi-Fi Alliance is for a technology that works with your smartphone's built-in Wi-Fi sensing capabilities, allowing Wi-Fi Aware devices to discover one-another before they even make a Wi-Fi connection. In one sense this technology is similar to Bluetooth Beacons, sending your smartphone information when you get close enough to them to speak with them wirelessly. While Bluetooth beacons have been in testing for several years, Wi-fi Aware is brand new.

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ZTE Axon brings high-end metal smartphone to the USA

ZTE Axon brings high-end metal smartphone to the USA

Not heavy metal, but a full metal body comes with the ZTE Axon, the newest smartphone from the China-based company. This device is aimed squarely at the United States, being the next big step in the company moving in on the top guns in North America. This device isn't a budget machine, like most of ZTE's efforts in the states thus far. Instead, it's a premium smartphone, coming with a set of of cameras at its back for super-quick focus and high-end video capture.

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We’ve passed Pluto – where are the photos?

We’ve passed Pluto – where are the photos?

Now that we've passed Pluto, you might be wondering why we're not looking at brand new up-close photos of all sorts. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has an antenna that must remain stationary at all times - it's not attached to a robotic arm or anything. Because of this, and because the craft was only passing extremely close to Pluto for a short period of time, the team wisely decided to utilize the time collecting data from our spacey cousin rather than sending back data as fast as they could. In short - photos and data are coming inside this week, just not right this minute.

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ZEISS VR ONE trays up with Galaxy S6

ZEISS VR ONE trays up with Galaxy S6

The optics masters at Zeiss have revealed that they're expanding compatibility of their ZEISS VR ONE virtual reality headset to include the Samsung Galaxy S6. This means the Samsung GearVR won't be the only device to work with the Galaxy S6 for virtual reality with more than the bare minimum VR action - Google Cardboard, that is. The availability of Galaxy S6 compatibility is added here with a new tray that slides in to the VR ONE from the side. This is just the latest in a tray line that allows compatibility for a number of devices for the ZEISS VR ONE.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 is basically a pre-Note 5

Samsung Galaxy A8 is basically a pre-Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy A8 is here with a number of official press photos and details aplenty. What we're seeing here is the latest in Samsung design philosophy and a perfect example of how the company is evolving their sensibilities to bridge the gap between "budget phone" and "high end delivery." What you're going to see here is a herald of the coming of the king, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Take notes on your Note 4, this device is going to tell you all about the next release.

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Boost Mobile launches no-contract WiFi mobile hotspot

Boost Mobile launches no-contract WiFi mobile hotspot

The 3rd-party brands are bringing heat this week - right in the face of companies like T-Mobile USA, Boost Mobile is bringing no-contract WiFi Hotspot plans starting at $25 a month. Of course these plans aren't all that beefy. For $25 a month you're going to get 1.5GB - that'll probably last you a few days, maybe. Those users looking for higher amounts of data can go with a 50-dollar a month plan for 10GB of data - that's excluding taxes and surcharges. These plans are for low data, on-the-go users.

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T-Mobile’s new data plan frays the ends of Unlimited Data [UPDATE]

T-Mobile’s new data plan frays the ends of Unlimited Data [UPDATE]

The end might be near for Unlimited Data with T-Mobile USA. What today's newest plan does is introduce a $100 two-person plan that gives each person 10GB of data on 4G LTE. Each additional line after the first two is $20 per month, and each additional line added gives that person 10GB of data. You can also add an additional 20GB of data to a person's plan for $10. Once your data per month is used up, your speed decreases - the plus side is you still have "unlimited data" to use.

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Suicide Squad trailer released

Suicide Squad trailer released

The trailer you're about to see shows the villains of the DC Comics universe rallying together in a film called Suicide Squad. This film is based on the comic series of the same name. Here you're going to see characters like The Joker and Harley Quinn working for the government in discreet operations the likes of which would never otherwise be executed. This is Suicide Squad. This movie is going to be really strange. It's going to mix up what's right and wrong. It's going to ask questions that'll go completely unanswered.

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B&O HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is HP’s hero for Windows 10 [UPDATE: not so fast…]

B&O HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is HP’s hero for Windows 10 [UPDATE: not so fast…]

As Windows 10 launches, HP presents a Bang & Olufsen limited edition HP EliteBook Folio 1020. This notebook computer is extremely light and thin and works with Bang & Olufsen certified audio output. It works with dual-array microphones, noise-canceling software, and an HD webcam to make your whole audio-visual experience as elite as the company suggests. HP is also making an effort to assert that their HP Pro Tablet 608 is a headliner for the spot of tablet hero in the Windows 10 universe this autumn.

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As New Horizons passes Pluto, 22-hours of silence

As New Horizons passes Pluto, 22-hours of silence

NASA won't see any images or get any data from Pluto flyby mission New Horizons for 22 hours after it begins its closest flyby of the dwarf planet. There are two reasons for what's effectively a radio silence. The first reason is the applicable power. Every single resource the craft passing Pluto is capable of using will be going toward capturing imagery and data on and around Pluto. That should be obvious. We've waited years - we can wait a few more hours.

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