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.

Suicide Squad join Marvel Comics in accessory skins aplenty

Suicide Squad join Marvel Comics in accessory skins aplenty

The devices we've got in our pockets right this minute have a choice that needs to be made - be they Marvel Comics fans, or be they DC Comics fans? At a time when we're essentially in a Golden Age for comic book movies, how does one choose which side to take? We've been sent a few SkinIt skins and cases and whatnot to have a peek at their newest collections from both sides of the arena - Suicide Squad to Spider-Man.

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AT&T wireless plan “Mobile Share Advantage” will throttle your data

AT&T wireless plan “Mobile Share Advantage” will throttle your data

This week the folks at AT&T have introduced another data plan for the masses, one we're about to run down and tear apart for you right now. This new data plan's name is very similar to the other plans AT&T has available. While this new plan offers data without overage charges, users will find their data speeds throttled to a much slower rate once they've run through their allotted data for the month. Pricing is also extremely similar to previous plans.

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Kobo Aura One eReader detailed as “best reading experience, period”

Kobo Aura One eReader detailed as “best reading experience, period”

This week the folks at Kobo have announced the Kobo Aura One, a device they suggest is "crafted to deliver the absolute best reading experience, period." This device looks super simple from the outside - just a touch-friendly display up front with enough bezel to be able to comfortably hold on from any side and a textured backside with a single physical button (the power button.) This device does not look extravagant - but that's sort of the point.

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Galaxy S7 dual-SIM accessory hacks your hardware (in a good way)

Galaxy S7 dual-SIM accessory hacks your hardware (in a good way)

This week the folks at Simore have created an interesting accessory for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. This device uses a thin strip of wiring (basically the same as you'd find inside a phone normally) to connect both a SIM-card-sized faux-card to a dual-SIM card tray. One rests inside the SIM card tray of the Galaxy S7, the other rests outside the device entirely. NOTE: This device doesn't "HACK" hardware in any malicious sense - it just gives the device additional functionality that wouldn't otherwise be possible.

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This Hidden Figures trailer is a preview of a true story from NASA

This Hidden Figures trailer is a preview of a true story from NASA

This week the first trailer for Hidden Figures was released, showing a preview of a movie based on a book based on a true story. This movie is about three African American women who broke stereotypical barriers to not only work at NASA in the late 1960s, but play key roles in the United States' efforts to catch Russia in the original Space Race. The original book "Hidden Figures" was written by Margot Lee Shetterly and the screenplay for this film was written by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi.

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Eevee evolution Pokemon GO guide: all 5 forms (for now)

Eevee evolution Pokemon GO guide: all 5 forms (for now)

This morning the expanded set of Eevee evolutions has been passed to us by an anonymous source familiar with the development of Pokemon GO. This source suggests that the first big update to Pokemon GO (with regards to Pokemon availability) will be the "Gen II" update, very likely set for early 2017. In this update, we can expect many of our favorite Pokemon Gen II monsters from the games, including two very important evolved forms of Eevee. What'll be interesting is how the user will be able to direct Eevee's evolution to one of these new forms.

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NVIDIA GTX 10 laptop details open doors to VR

NVIDIA GTX 10 laptop details open doors to VR

NVIDIA's manufacturing partners will be ready to roll with GTX 10 processing power for laptop PCs very soon. NVIDIA's GTX 10 series graphics chips have been brought to notebooks in their original form - not just with lesser "M" iterations as they had in the past. These NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 notebooks are ready to run AAA games with high end graphics right out the box.

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Apple’s iPad Pro slapped by Microsoft Surface for claiming PC chops

Apple’s iPad Pro slapped by Microsoft Surface for claiming PC chops

This morning another entry in the "lets call out Apple for their claims" series has been released by Microsoft. This video spot shows the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 speaking with Cortana to Apple's iPad Pro with its Siri. "I just got a keyboard," says Siri on the iPad Pro to the Surface Pro 4, "I'm a computer now, just like you." The viewer can see where this is going immediately. The iPad Pro is made fun of mercilessly.

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NVIDIA GTX 10 notebook first impressions with Gears of War 4

NVIDIA GTX 10 notebook first impressions with Gears of War 4

This week we've been given the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the game Gears of War 4 : The Coalition. This is the newest entry in an epic series of 3rd-person shooter games, one where the adventure is as concentrated on smart gameplay as it is made to satisfy lovers of the gruesome. Our experience was on an MSI GT73 gaming notebook with with an NVIDIA GTX 1070 processor inside.

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NVIDIA GTX 10 Notebooks revealed: not just “M” anymore

NVIDIA GTX 10 Notebooks revealed: not just “M” anymore

Today NVIDIA revealed their next-generation graphics processing technology - the GTX 10 series - hitting notebooks. The full GTX 10 graphics card series is coming to notebooks - no "M" included. "This is something we've wanted to do for years," said Mark Aevermann, Product Lead, NVIDIA Notebooks. "If you take the very same notebook that was available in Maxwell and you compare it to the same notebook with Pascal, you see a 70% increase in performance."

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Google Fuchsia dev team: Android, Palm, WebOS, Native Client, iOS

Google Fuchsia dev team: Android, Palm, WebOS, Native Client, iOS

Today we're having a look at the software team responsible for Google Fuchsia, a new operating system from Google. The initial commit file for this set of codes was made "6 weeks ago" by developer Petr Hosek. That first commit reads as follows: "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)". That's it! This operating system's code and its developers have a wide variety of connections to operating systems you may have had some experience with in the past - everything from iOS to the software run by the original Sidekick phone.

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Pokemon GO permanent ban : new soft rules and reasons why

Pokemon GO permanent ban : new soft rules and reasons why

Am I banned from Pokemon GO? It's a question many gamers that've been playing in ways not quite "on the level" have been asking lately. Niantic has begun taking grander measures to destroy attempts to bypass their listed intentions with the game - especially those that include not actually playing the game on foot. Users that move around the Pokemon GO universe without moving their feet are subject to ban. Niantic is finding new and more innovative ways to find these people out before they move on to new techniques themselves. We've worked with several developers to find a variety of reasons why a person might be banned, how they'll have been detected, and what their punishment will end up being.

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