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.

LG G3 Google Cardboard VR headset Review mini

LG G3 Google Cardboard VR headset Review mini

The first thing I said to myself when I placed the "VR for G3" against my face was "ouch."* This piece of equipment is made of hard plastic, and is the beginning of something much bigger for LG and the Virtual Reality universe. They say so, in fact. "This is just the beginning," they print on a card in the box - "Want to be the first to hear about what's next from LG," they ask, "sign up now" to find out more. Meanwhile we're fairly sure we're a bit early to the game as the URL we're direct to launches a VR for G3 first announcement sort of presentation.

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Harman x Quirky: inventor-made headphones of the future

Harman x Quirky: inventor-made headphones of the future

The creator outreach company known as Quirky is the latest to collaborate with Harman on audio products, this time coming to the public with an interesting proposition. The program they're creating and going on to curate goes by the name "The Headphones Of Tomorrow," and like Quirky's normal M.O., they're seeking out inventors from the general public. With Harman onboard for this project starting soon, the final product will have Quirky "work with Harman to make it the next big thing in audio."

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People care about privacy when John Oliver sells it to them

People care about privacy when John Oliver sells it to them

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver just did a bang-up job showing off the newest in government surveillance law in the United States. Such a bang-up job, in fact, that the YouTube release of the 33-minute segment has garnered nearly 3-million views in less than two days. As Oliver explains, no one cared about the government surveillance program known as the Patriot Act for the first decade it was active, authorized, and re-authorized after it was enacted following September 11, 2001. Fast forward to June of 2013 and Edward Snowden infamously revealed the goings-on of the NSA - fast forward to 2015 and John Oliver is interviewing Edward Snowden.

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Brontosaurus is back from the dead (in name at least)

Brontosaurus is back from the dead (in name at least)

Back when you were a kid and you were first learning about dinosaurs - almost no matter what age you are today - you probably learned about a dinosaur named Brontosaurus. As one of the first dinosaurs to be reconstructed with fossil fragments and shown to the public as a quintessential "thunder lizard," Brontosaurus remained a popular name for a certain kind of long dinosaur for many years after it was formally retired. In 1903, paleontologist Elmer Riggs suggested that traits that separated the Brontosaurus and the Apatosaurus suggested that the former was just a shorter or younger version of the latter. This week that changes.

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Amazon’s tipped Crytek deal and the big screen entertainment therein

Amazon’s tipped Crytek deal and the big screen entertainment therein

The future of movies is here - it's in video game engines. I came to this realization when I took part in the Thief in the Shadows VR experience at GDC 2015 with Epic Games. Word today is that Amazon recently struck a deal with Crytek to do something or other - license their gaming engine, perhaps - in a deal that we can't help but think has something to do with video entertainment. Movies, even. While Amazon does not give up on projects, even when they fail, tapping in to CryEngine's potential more than likely means Amazon is about to go big with a big-screen production (on their own small screens, of course).

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Apple Watch docking station busts crowdfunding goal on first day

Apple Watch docking station busts crowdfunding goal on first day

The Apple Watch & iPhone Docking Station - also known as "NuStand", has appeared on IndieGogo and has gone over its goal in less than a day. While the stand requires that you use your own charging pad from the box in which you get the Apple Watch and/or iPhone, the rest of the dock is ready to roll. While most of this campaign is centered on the charging power of the "MiTagg" portable charger, the aluminum shape and execution of the project is something that's clearly turned up desirable to a lot of people.

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Bent Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge? You brought this on yourself

Bent Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge? You brought this on yourself

Remember back in September of 2014, right when the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus' "Bendgate" was happening? Remember how much of an "end of world" type situation that was? Fast forward to April of 2015 and we're having an apocalyptic realization the likes of which we've... already discussed. Apparently when you bend a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, it doesn't stay rigid! Like every other amalgamation of aluminum, glass, and plastic in the world, Samsung's newest phones will become deformed if you bend them hard enough.

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Every Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer to date

Every Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer to date

The final Avengers Age of Ultron trailer has been released. Just a week away from the first release to general audiences - in Los Angeles, that is - we're prepared to analyze the full collection of released video clips. Below you'll see the full set of trailers and specials released by Marvel Entertainment and Disney, preparing for the May 1st, 2015 release across the United States and abroad. Every single Avengers Age of Ultron LEGO set is out in stores now as well, if you're interested in some REAL spoilers.

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Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center gets slick

The Acer Revo One RL85 Entertainment Center is a relatively small computer meant to sit out in the open - up near your television where you can see it. Inside you'll put your movies, your internet-connected video and music, and the ability to sync with devices like your smartphone or tablet. This machine works with HDMI and Mini DisplayPort for dual-display support, and the ability to power 4K2K ultra high-definition monitors as well as 4K televisions - just so long as you've got enough processing power inside.

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Xbox One Update April 2015: the rundown

Xbox One Update April 2015: the rundown

This month Microsoft is bringing a number of updates to Xbox One - as they do every month - with spots on Party chat, Game Hub, and Achievements. Users are also able to work with What's On, just so long as they're inside the United States, Canada, or the UK. What's on Works with OneGuide to bring suggestions for users for videos, games, movies, TV shows, game broadcasts, and Trending TV based on region. This update will be coming this week to an Xbox One near you.

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