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.

Adidas Originals smartphone case Review

Adidas Originals smartphone case Review

Can the brand with the three stripes bring the same quality to their smart device accessories that they do their sneakers and active wear? That's what we wanted to know when we first heard Adidas Originals would be getting in to the smartphone case business. Our first couple of units are both sleeves made for a wide variety of smartphones and smartphone-like devices. White and black, as simple as they come, ready for everything from the Nexus 4 to the iPhone 6.

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Cicret puts Android on your skin

Cicret puts Android on your skin

Cicret is a bracelet, a smart wearable that allows you to work with a user interface we currently associate only with a smartphone or a tablet. Cicret is not a smartwatch. Nor is it a smartphone or a tablet. Instead, Cicret is a bracelet that works with a pico projector, 8 "long range sensors", and all the hardware required to run Android and the apps Android runs. Tap your wrist just as you would a smartphone, and play games on your arm on the go - no more smartphone necessary.

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Lumia 1030 leaks: bigger body, 50-megapixel camera

Lumia 1030 leaks: bigger body, 50-megapixel camera

There's nothing like a Lumia to get your brain excited about massive smartphone-based camera technology. This morning we're getting a look at the successor to the Lumia 1020. Nokia's first Windows Phone with a massive camera at its back, the Nokia Lumia 1020 was originally released with a 41-megapixel sensor. This new Lumia 1030 is said to run with a 50-megapixel sensor, taking the biggest photos any smartphone will have taken yet. By a large margin. And only really beating Nokia's previous release - now made by the same crew, but owned by Microsoft instead.

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Star Wars trailer details: a little short for a stormtrooper

Star Wars trailer details: a little short for a stormtrooper

Star Wars 7, also known as Star Wars The Force Awakens, has a single teaser trailer out - with only a bit over a minute of actual, non-blacked-out footage in it. Today we're going to continue our analyzation of that footage - this time from a Stormtrooper perspective. If you're not interested in knowing any SPOILERS based on intuition and/or leaked material, please, by all means, turn back now. This article uses sources which may or may not have insider data on the films as they're being made.

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Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they've acquired Acompli. This company is one that focuses on email, specifically in the mobile universe. They suggest that because "more than half" of the emails you read are read on mobile devices first, that they demand a better experience on the go. To make a better experience, Microsoft decided they needed a new team to add to their already accomplished team of email app-makers. This is Acompli, and it's coming to more platforms than one.

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Girl Scout Cookies online: invites required, limited nationwide roll-out

Girl Scout Cookies online: invites required, limited nationwide roll-out

The end-times for your wallet are near: Girl Scout Cookies will soon be allowed to be sold online. The Girl Scouts' Chief Digital Cookie Executive (that's a real title) Sarah Angel-Johnson has spoken. This is the first time Girl Scout Cookies will be available direct through the Girl Scouts online since the internet was first activated. Girl Scout Cookie sales generate "an estimated" $800 million in cookie sales a year - this online initiative could bring between 50-150% more in the next 12 months.

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Intel acquires PasswordBox, may include service with McAfee

Intel acquires PasswordBox, may include service with McAfee

Security for your Intel-toting PC may soon be getting a whole lot easer. Intel made clear this morning that they'd be acquiring PasswordBox, a service that will allow users to collect all of their webpage passwords in to one package, requiring that they only remember a single password instead. PasswordBox has been in service for about a year, having been downloaded by users over 14 million times in the past 12-18 months. Intel has not let it be known exactly how they'll be integrating PasswordBox into their own services yet, but they have suggested that the PasswordBox will be moved into their security software business.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens HD images released by Disney

Star Wars: The Force Awakens HD images released by Disney

Worthy of pasting upon your desktop or your cellular phone without a doubt, a small set of shots from the upcoming Star Wars film have been distributed today by Disney. These are from the same Star Wars: The Force Awakens collection we reported earlier today for the IMAX vs Standard Release of the film, here showing the Millennium Falcon and three of the films' major stars. Here you'll find John Boyega and Daisy Ridley - and likely a Driver - in all their high-definition, 2048-pixel-wide glory, ready for the theater.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: IMAX vs Standard release

Star Wars The Force Awakens: IMAX vs Standard release

One bit of detail has been cleared up in the wake of the release of the first Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer. That detail is in the IMAX filming of this movie. Earlier this year it was suggested by Bad Robot productions that massive IMAX cameras would be utilized in the filming of Star Wars 7. Images provided by Disney today make clear what that'll mean for those of you heading to theaters in December of 2015: you're going to need to head to an IMAX theater to get the full experience.

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Xperia Z3V vs Z3 Camera battle: the Quality Drop

Xperia Z3V vs Z3 Camera battle: the Quality Drop

The following is a brief exploration of the back-facing cameras on the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3V. While the hardware is supposed to be essentially identical in this area, we know for a fact that we're working with slightly different builds in the software department. The Z3V is Verizon's unique version of the Xperia Z3 from Sony, bringing a slightly thicker build and the built-in ability to wirelessly charge its battery. The Z3 we have is T-Mobile's model, the same model you'll find off-contract straight from Sony.

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