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.

Pokemon GO Beta begins today in USA

Pokemon GO Beta begins today in USA

Today the Pokemon Company have opened the floodgates - just a TINY bit - for US Beta Testers of the augmented reality game Pokemon GO. This game will allow gamers around the world to find and collect and battle Pokemon as they appear in the real (augmented) world. This is a sort of Mixed Reality game in that part is played on the phone, part in augmented reality, and eventually part in virtual reality. We've yet to see the last of these, but the first begins today!

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Xiaomi Mi Drone released with two editions to battle DJI

Xiaomi Mi Drone released with two editions to battle DJI

This morning the folks at Xiaomi have released their long-awaited "Mi Drone" to the masses in two editions. You'll find one version coming with a camera capable of capturing 1080p video, and one with a camera ready for full 4K. Mi Drone's more high-end version costs just a bit more than the lower end, and the lower end version will be "crowdfunded on the Mi Home app" starting on the 26th of May, 2016. And yes, that is very weird.

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E Ink’s Color ePaper up close

E Ink’s Color ePaper up close

Today we've gotten up close and personal with the newest innovation in E Ink display technology - Advanced Color ePaper. Also ACeP for short, this Advanced Color ePaper technology allows an electrophoretic display (EPD) to produce full color "at every pixel" without the use of a color filter array (CFA). That's big news for those of you that love to use your ereader without having to charge more than a couple times a year. Now you'll be able to do the same in full color.

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Nexus Player is dead – what’s next for Android TV?

Nexus Player is dead – what’s next for Android TV?

This week the folks at Google have ended their tenure with the first "Nexus" Android TV product, Nexus Player. They've taken the device down from the Google Store online and retailers - retailers we've seen, anyway - haven't had the device available for quite some time. Now comes the age of the 3rd-party manufactured Android TV products. Wait, you might be saying. Wait - didn't NVIDIA already make an Android TV device? Yes. Yes they did. They made the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, a device that eclipsed any efforts any other manufacturer had or had planned on in the past year.

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Gululu revives that Tamagotchi life in a smart water bottle

Gululu revives that Tamagotchi life in a smart water bottle

There's a virtual pet living inside the water bottle we've been using over the past week. Made for children, they say, and "playful adults", Gululu contains your water and encourages you to drink said water. You'll interact with a digital cartoon pet via two touch-sensitive strips on the bottle's sides while the bottle reports how much water is being consumed to whichever smartphone or tablet it's wirelessly attached to. This water bottle connects to the internet.

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Twitter’s new “140” rules made simple

Twitter’s new “140” rules made simple

Today Twitter updated rules on which bits of your tweet count towards the service's 140-character limit - there are new rules. This isn't like your old Twitter. This is a brand new dawn, a place where up is down and down is counted towards your limit - unless it has an @ symbol in front of it and was tweeted as a reply to another tweet. These rules and a whole lot more can be simple - we've gone ahead and made a list of rules for you.

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Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Why would Apple consider adopting a hardware and software model similar to Google's ChromeOS for an Apple Chromebook? Would that be absolute madness? Or would Apple be smart to make use of the ecosystems of apps it already has in place in new and interesting ways? We've not yet seen Google's newest move with ChromeOS take shape in the wild, it's clear that there's some real interest in adopting - nay, accepting - apps made for Android coming to a desktop environment. Now is the time when Apple should open the path from mobile to laptop.

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Galaxy Note 6 needs to be a LOT more magical than this

Galaxy Note 6 needs to be a LOT more magical than this

Today we've come across a patent for a new version of a device that you may have heard of before. It's the Apple Pencil. What's that got to do with the Samsung Galaxy Note 6? One very key element - the S Pen. What it can do, what it can't do, and what we're going to expect it to do now that Apple has (finally) presented a stylus of their own. The patent we're seeing makes the Samsung Galaxy Note's S Pen look like no more than a decent first attempt at a higher-level stylus device. Can they both write and draw? Sure. That's where similarities end. See our Samsung portal for the most updated word on this device.

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Xiaomi drone teased in brief, revealing video

Xiaomi drone teased in brief, revealing video

The folks at Xiaomi are set to reveal their first drone - at last. We've seen teasers for this device for what seems like months, having suspected that the device might come out as early as late last year. Now the company has all but confirmed the appearance of this device at their event this week. It's been tipped that several models will be introduced, the most of expensive of which will be in line with some of the more reasonably priced high-end personal drones - right around $600 USD.

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Facebook acquires TBE, makes VR audio apps free

Facebook acquires TBE, makes VR audio apps free

Two Big Ears has been acquired by Facebook, making the entire "Spacial Workstation" for Cinematic VR and 360 audio free for all users. Facebook has made this software suite part of their own, offering the public a download which includes tools for three audio apps as well as their Facebook 360 encoder app and stand-alone video player. While Facebook has yet to release a VR video editor, this gets them a whole lot closer.

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OnePlus 3 to be released in VR, thousands of VR viewers given for event

OnePlus 3 to be released in VR, thousands of VR viewers given for event

This week the OnePlus 3 is being teased by the folks at OnePlus, a group that previously gave away thousands of "Cardboard" viewers with Google's spec. Now they're bringing the idea back, giving away thousands of an accessory they call the Loop VR. They've also gone so far as to show the OnePlus 3 off in the video by sliding it in to the headset. You won't get any additional specs here, unfortunately.

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Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 leaks with curved display

Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 leaks with curved display

This week we're having a peek at what's being called the Gear Fit 2, or Gear Fit2, if you prefer Samsung's spelling. This is the second edition of what was introduced a couple years ago - a wearable fitness band with a portrait-style display. Full color, touchscreen control, and a couple of hardware buttons. So what's this all about, a second edition of the same thing? Maybe we'll get a few new colors and some new connections this time!

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