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.

WebGL plants game in Oculus Rift with one line of code

WebGL plants game in Oculus Rift with one line of code

It’s not every day that you see an internet-based 3D engine pushing a game to virtual reality with one line of code. That’s what’s been demoed this week as HTML5 loomed over the crowd at Microsoft’s BUILD 2014 developers convention. It’s just one line of code with the Babylon.js 3D engine and a game is converted from 2D to fully Oculus Rift-ready.

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Google Mobile Phone Service tipped in Fiber bid

Google Mobile Phone Service tipped in Fiber bid

In a roll-out similar to Google’s Fiber internet release, the company is suggested this week to be bringing their own mobile device business to the United States. One rumor is that Google will be competing with the likes of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, the company would release their own coverage areas throughout North America. Another angle suggests that Google will ride with a company like Verizon as an MVNO.

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Google Maps Pokemon adventure extended: Mew locations listed

Google Maps Pokemon adventure extended: Mew locations listed

It should come as no surprise that once the Pokemon Adventure April Fools’ Day joke created by Google Maps creators was "finished", enough interest had been generated to inspire an extension. Thanks to Google’s own non-official version of Professor Oak, every user who’d caught 5 or more Pokemon will be given the chance to continue to hunt.

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On-set with X-MEN: Days of Future Past (video spoilers included)

On-set with X-MEN: Days of Future Past (video spoilers included)

There’s no lack of footage to be had this week of the upcoming X-MEN movie, that’s for certain. In the videos you’re about to witness, the team responsible for promoting the film have decided to let several key details loose in hopes that it’ll bring in audiences in a style more akin to that of a Shakespearean play. If you know the plot, and you know the ending, will you still see the film?

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Titanfall Matchmaking v2 released as BUILD 2014 sings Azure praises

Titanfall Matchmaking v2 released as BUILD 2014 sings Azure praises

This week at BUILD 2014, representatives of Microsoft’s cloud computing technology Azure spoke up on the launch and continued serving of Titanfall. The game’s sessions are all hosted on the cloud - over 100,000 Azure virtual machines were being used on launch day. Also hosted in the cloud - as the entire game is there, as it were - is matchmaking, now hitting its second version, live today.

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Elgato Thunderbolt Dock arrives to be Apple’s one hub

Elgato Thunderbolt Dock arrives to be Apple’s one hub

There’s a new Elgato device being released this month with the ways and means to connect several of your devices in an above-average easy way. This is the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock, and it’s made with an aluminum that’s extremely similar to that of several Apple products. It’ll be carried, too, by Apple stores later this month.

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Jaunt Cinematic VR: Virtual Reality leaves gaming

Jaunt Cinematic VR: Virtual Reality leaves gaming

There’s a lot more to the world of virtual reality than gaming has let on over the past year or so. Enamored with the gaming universe with projects like Oculus VR’s "Oculus Rift" and Sony’s new "Project Morpheus", the public seems to have forgotten the idea that virtual reality doesn’t just have to be about gaming. The folks at Jaunt have convinced a number of investors that this is true, securing a cool $6.8 million funding round for their Cinematic VR experience.

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