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.

Here’s how Google Play scans your Android phone

Here’s how Google Play scans your Android phone

Google has a system enacted through Google Play for Android devices called Verify Apps. Google's latest Android Security State of the Union (for the year 2014) includes clarification on what the company is scanning on your phone - both inside Google Play-downloaded apps and in apps you've downloaded elsewhere. Verify Apps scans your phone's apps for security risks in Google Play apps, and Safety Net provides protection for (and from) apps outside of Google Play. Yes, Google Play is scanning your phone - no, it's not something to freak out about.

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Google’s 2014 Android Security State of the Union

Google’s 2014 Android Security State of the Union

This week Google has released their 2014 Android Security Year in Review, also known as their Android Security State of the Union. The year 2014 was big for Android in that there were two major updates to the ecosystem in a 12 month period, both Android 4.4 KitKat and a preview for Android L, what would eventually become Android 5.0 Lollipop. In this year, Google gave security a kick in the pants. Full disk encryption improvements, secure multi-user support, and improved authentication are just three of the collection of locks Google has snapped on their open mobile operating system Android.

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HTC One M9 Plus coming April 8th

HTC One M9 Plus coming April 8th

In just under a week, HTC will be holding an event in Beijing called "More than One." This event will likely reveal the fullness of the HTC One M9 Plus, a smartphone that takes the specifications of the HTC One M9 up a notch with a larger display and a physical home button. Also unlike the HTC One M9, this device has a dual-lens camera, just like the HTC One M8. This smartphone will likely launch in Asia first, followed by a (smaller) launch internationally.

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Diablo III becomes MMORPG with a camera angle change

Diablo III becomes MMORPG with a camera angle change

Behold, the one way in which you're going to come back to the Diablo franchise without hating yourself for dropping all those SOJs in a huff. A new camera angle! A demonstration of a new camera angle has been released to the public by innovator Monstrousd3, one in which you'll find yourself face to face with your enemies, in a way you've only ever once experienced before - back when you dropped D3 for the first time and went back to World of Warcraft.

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Slate by Adobe for iPad: web-based presentation creation with style

Slate by Adobe for iPad: web-based presentation creation with style

This week Adobe is showing off their newest iPad app: Slate. This app is an editor, made to show off photos, video, and written works for a wide variety of purposes. Adobe Voice, Adobe TypeKit, and Slate - all working together will be available to iPad users for free. Not just for Creative Suite users, but everyone, at no cost. Adobe Voice is available now - and has been for some time, while Slate will be available immediately if not very soon for iPad users.

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Google Cardboard art show turns platform into canvas

Google Cardboard art show turns platform into canvas

Not only does Google Cardboard provide a platform for Android smartphones to enter virtual reality, they're a fabulous platform for art as well. Using the original Google Cardboard unit as canvas, artists from across the country were asked to design, modify, and decorate. The "Dreams Incarnated" show took place on April 1st (no jokes, no pranks) at SERVICE in Portland Oregon. These viewfinders will be put up for sale on the 2nd of April to raise cash for the nonprofit known as p:ear.

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April Fools Day 2015 round-up: Brand Pranks Aplenty

April Fools Day 2015 round-up: Brand Pranks Aplenty

Congratulations internet, you've been pranked. Or you came here first and your April Fools' Day 2015 is about to be busted. Either way, the day is about to get terrible for you. Welcome to heck. This is a rundown and rap-up of all the best and worst and in-between pranks from all around the web, which you're going to read, because here it is. This year the collection made by the biggest names in tech is just horrible, so I hope you're happy with yourself.

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus Review

Huawei Honor 6 Plus Review

After a few weeks of use, one thing is clear: with the Honor 6 Plus, Huawei isn't messing around. While this device will not be released internationally - nor will it be coming to the United States - Huawei has delivered a smartphone that's worthy of your attention. In the future, we hope, Huawei will be able to continue their path to highest quality as they reach the United States with devices in the near future. For now - here's what they've got brewing in the Honor line of smartphones with the 6 Plus.

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Acer’s first Chromebase all-in-one is no joke

Acer’s first Chromebase all-in-one is no joke

This morning Acer announced what they suggest is the industry's first Chromebase All-In-One Desktop with Touch Display. We know good and well that this isn't the first Chromebase device in the world - there's an LG Chromebase as well, for example - but it IS the first Chromebase All-In-One machine with a touchscreen monitor. This bit trumps the LG Chromebase we saw about a year ago, of course. And just so you're aware - this is one of the few product announcements you'll see today, April 1st, April Fools' Day, that isn't a prank.

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John Carmack’s “Dawn of Mobile VR” from GDC 2015 is now public

John Carmack’s “Dawn of Mobile VR” from GDC 2015 is now public

Today you can watch the entirety of the super-packed massive session "The Dawn of Mobile VR" as presented by Oculus VR's John Carmack at GDC 2015. This VR headset talk was a whopping one hour and 30 minutes long, including a question and answer session - and it really jammed in deep with the virtual reality ecosphere, especially in mobile applications. Developers jammed themselves in person-to-person for this talk during GDC 2015 in a hall that was capped to capacity - now you can watch it all from the comfort of your own home.

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