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.

Galaxy Note 5: a few important points

Galaxy Note 5: a few important points

Today Samsung revealed the Galaxy Note 5, and with it a new era of "Note" products - an era not exclusively devoted to work. Alongside the Note, Samsung showed off the larger version of their "Edge" line with the Galaxy S6 edge+, a device that has the features of the S6 Edge, but the size of the Note 5. What we're going to do here is run down a few important points for people considering owning a Galaxy Note 5 in the near future. What you're going to need to know isn't just what the basic specifications of this device are, but what the device's release means.

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Sesame Street gets “exclusive” with HBO

Sesame Street gets “exclusive” with HBO

Sesame Street is about to break standards for television shows that've been on for 45 seasons. Not that a lot of shows have been on for that long, of course. But here the Sesame Street show is prepared not to go off and fade away, but to grow. Signing a deal with HBO, Sesame Workshop has promised five seasons to HBO with "almost twice as much new content as previous seasons." This content will be "exclusive" to HBO for nine months after each episode is aired, after which PBS will be allowed to show reruns for free.

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Samsung Gear S2 revealed in teaser video at Note 5 event

Samsung Gear S2 revealed in teaser video at Note 5 event

This morning Samsung revealed the Samsung Gear S2, the company's first round-faced smartwatch. While the details on this device are scant, we can show you what it looks like. This device's specifications and release dates and pricing will be shown at IFA 2015 in Berlin at a Samsung event that'll take place on 9/3/2015. Until then we can have a peek at what's inside this device - software and some basic details on how the device will function.

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Galaxy Note 5 release dates and pricing hit US carriers

Galaxy Note 5 release dates and pricing hit US carriers

Today the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has been revealed with a launch date of August 21st, 2015. Preorders for this device will begin this afternoon, starting at 3PM EDT (here on August 13th, 2015). This device will be released at the same time as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (or Edge+ if you prefer) to retailers worldwide. Inside the USA, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Note 5 will both be available in "Black Sapphire", while the Edge Plus will come in Gold Platinum and the Note 5 will come in White Pearl.

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This is the OnePlus 2 (unboxing and hands-on)

This is the OnePlus 2 (unboxing and hands-on)

The second in a line of OnePlus smartphones is here, just aching to have its place in the sun alongside the top-tier devices from the world's top manufacturers. The OnePlus 2, says the company, is a "flagship killer". We'll see about that once the device is put through our review trials. For now we're having a peek at the basics. This device has just arrived at SlashGear headquarters in its final form. Final software and final hardware - and a camera we'll be battling against the top smartphone cameras in the field. Both in the dark and in the light.

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Nexus details leak with LG and Huawei releasing two phones

Nexus details leak with LG and Huawei releasing two phones

Two Nexus devices, not just one, have been tipped to be coming from Google later this year. One will be a more "standard" sized smartphone made by LG, coming with a body that's not extremely unlike the LG Nexus 5, this time coming with a 5.2-inch display, USB-C, and a fingerprint sensor. Like the LG device, a larger Huawei Nexus smartphone will have a fingerprint sensor, USB-C, and will work with a 5.7-inch display. These two devices will likely turn up within the next couple of months.

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Hateful Eight trailer released: watch Tarantino’s next epic

Hateful Eight trailer released: watch Tarantino’s next epic

Up front of this next trailer is Samuel L Jackson, set to light up The Hateful Eight the right way. Eight Strangers. One Deadly Connection. And one of them fellas is not what he says he is. And you're going to be able to see this film in "glorious" 70mm, Ultra Panavision 70, just like Quentin Tarantino wanted you to. Just so long as the theater you're going to has the capability of showing you that the way he wanted.

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Twitter 140-character limit lifted for DMs

Twitter 140-character limit lifted for DMs

Twitter lifts the character limit on direct messages while the standard Twitter Tweet limit sticks to 140. This update is coming in waves, so don't expect to be able to send a constitutional amendment to your best friend in a DM just yet. You might have to wait until the entire system is updated, which may take a few days. For those lucky enough to be allowed to send longer DMs, the world is now yours. Converse as long as you wish without having to limit yourself to the tyranny of 140 characters or less.

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Google launches “Android Experiments” for your phone, watch, and tablet

Google launches “Android Experiments” for your phone, watch, and tablet

This morning Google launched (officially, this time) Android Experiments, a collection of apps for Android smartphones and tablets. Google suggests that these "experiments" celebrate creativity and code on Android - and they've got the hand-picked collection credentials to prove it. Every app in the Android Experiments gallery has been chosen by Google specifically because they embody the aim of this project. Google wants developers to "push the limits of what's possible on phones, tablets, watches, and beyond."

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Nexus OTA updates for Stagefright appearing today

Nexus OTA updates for Stagefright appearing today

This morning OTA (over the air) updates for Android devices in Google's Nexus stable have begun to arrive for Stagefright. A vulnerability in the security bits of all Android devices was found earlier this month, a vulnerability in Stagefright that you really should get to know up close and personal. Google took action - as have many major manufacturers of smartphones - and updates are coming starting today.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens details spill with latest batch of photos

Star Wars The Force Awakens details spill with latest batch of photos

Today Star Wars: The Force Awakens has another big photo drop as Entertainment Weekly is given access to the film's set. What we're doing is taking a peek at the photos they've been given, one by one. These photos reveal bits and pieces of the new Star Wars film in a way that might be considered SPOILER ALERT-worthy. So keep that in mind when you begin the dive-in below. The first photo here is blurred so that you'll have ONE MORE CHANCE to get out before the spoilers begin.

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SteamBoy re-named “SMACH Zero”, detailed for release

SteamBoy re-named “SMACH Zero”, detailed for release

Before today the device now known as "SMACH Zero" was far more recognizably called the "SteamBoy". Of course the company Smach Zero more than likely ran into some early legal trouble (or sensed trouble on the horizon) with such a name, so it's been changed to SMACH Zero. This device is a handheld gaming device that runs Valve's SteamOS. That means games from your Steam account accessible on a handheld mobile device.

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