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.

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro Review

The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro does not have a sexy name, nor has it been the subject of extensive ad backing by the company that makes it. This computer isn't the epitome of mind-blowing uniqueness in its form or its function. There are a few problems with this notebook, but none of them have to do with the hardware. In fact, aside from the fact that this machine runs Windows 10, there's very little that I'd change in this device in order to call it the best notebook on the market today.

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Hotel Transylvania 2: behind the scenes with the film’s designers

Today we're going behind the scenes of Hotel Transylvania 2 to discover the insides of the stark contrast between the human world and the monster world. Production Design in this film runs deep, from initial construction of sets with digital pen and ink to set dressing before scenes are "filmed". The work that goes in to each scene in a top-notch digital film such as this is very, very easily lost on its intended audience - today we're going to see what a tragedy that is as we attempt to rectify.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 photos surface (or would appear to)

The Samsung Galaxy S7 appears in several images and a video which suggests that the final model specifications have leaked. While the Samsung Galaxy S7 release date is likely still weeks away, this video shows the Galaxy S7 in several colors, matching last year's release as well as adding Samsung's take on Rose Gold and another Silver. This would make the release of the Galaxy S7 the most colors initially offered with one single worldwide release. Of course, there are some caveats.

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2017 Infiniti Q60 Sports Coupe first look

This week the 2017 Infiniti Q60 Sports Coupe sees the light of day at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. This vehicle rolls with a brand new "VR30" 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine and what Infinity describes as an "exclusive VR powertrain family". This new VR30 engine comes in two power ratings with its 3.0-liter V6, 300 horsepower or 400 horsepower, and the vehicle will be going on sale in "selected markets" later this year.

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Audi Lunar Quattro moon rover first look: XPRIZE-bound

Easily the tiniest of the vehicles we've seen so far at the Detroit Auto show is here in the Audi Lunar Quattro. This vehicle is meant to head to the moon as part of Google's Lunar XPRIZE competition, aiming to launch a vehicle that'll be placed on the moon and explore a space of at least 500 meters. Equipped with an HD camera array, this tiny vehicle will send high-definition video and high-definition photos aplenty from our moon back to the planet Earth.

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2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro first look

Audi shows off their 2017 A4 Allroad Quattro this week at the Detroit Auto show, coming correct with a new rugged set of features. This machine is based on the A4 wagon, coming with a ride height that's up just over an inch (34 millimeters / 1.3 inch) over the previous model, also coming with its own "offroad" mode. This vehicle also rolls with quattro GmbH and 17-inch alloy wheels in a multi-spoke design.

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Audi H-Tron Quattro concept up close and personal

Audi reveals their newest concept vehicle, the Audi H-Tron Quattro, looking more like a production-level vehicle than the off-the-wall oddities we're used to seeing from other companies. What you're seeing here is the newest iteration of an E-Tron crossover study by the name of H-Tron, this time (E-Tron) coming with a fuel cell-powered build. The photos you're seeing here come from the Detroit motor show, captured this week as Audi reveals their full collection.

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Why Google’s Project Tango is a total game changer

Lenovo announces a Lenovo Tango device, using Google Tango software and cameras that understand space and motion to create a next-gen phone. Today we're going to have a peek at a variety of ways in which Google's Project Tango is both mind-blowing and revolutionary. Inside this software and hardware combo, you'll see how your smart device (smartphone or tablet) will soon allow you to map your whole world, from the inside to the outside. From there, the fun begins.

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Prizm may be the sleeper hit of CES 2016

There's a device out there called Prizm, one made to turn your music playing experience into something wholly unique. This device detects how many people are in the room, seeks out familiar signals, and plays music based on the room's occupants. This device knows what music you like, and it knows what music your significant other likes. It knows what music your best friends like, and it knows how to play that music, automatically, whenever you enter the room.

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LG G6 revealed with 4K OLED display

This week LG revealed the first look at their ultra-premium series of products by the name of LG Signature, and within this collection, the LG G6. The LG G6 is one of two 2016 4K OLED TVs the company is showing off with Dolby Vision inside and a picture-on-glass design. The LG G6 works with an extremely slim 2.57-mm OLED panel up front, attached to the glass sheet that sits in front of it. LG says that this attachment is being done here for the first time, made possible by OLED's "revolutionary" self-lighting technology, requiring (therefore) no backlight.

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This robot is furious and we don’t know why

This BUDDY robot we're about to tell you about was found at CES 2016 appearing to scurry around with a terrifying, sobbing face. That was when we first saw it. We later realized it was probably mad, maybe a little bit annoyed. He, if we're going to be so presumptuous as to give it a gender, seemed to be angered by the fact that he had to roll around the floor while his cohort, another robot, was allowed to sit on the table.

The one on the table was happy.

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Pioneer’s smart car concept system hands-on: smells nice

The folks at Pioneer know exactly what it takes to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to in-car personalization. Not just in the way of making your seat warm when it's winter time - that's kids stuff. Here, at CES 2016, we've gotten the opportunity to have a look and feel at and with Pioneer's full collection of in-car goodies, culminating in a smart car system that provides custom tuned sounds, sights, and even smells for you personally.

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