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.

Mobile carriers finally ditching voice calls

Mobile carriers finally ditching voice calls

It would appear that T-Mobile is leading the charge with a number of data-only smartphone plans starting later this month. While a massive number of smartphone users use very little or no portion of their allotted voice call minutes here in the present, T-Mobile may be the first carrier to realize this, and act. With a plan. A Simple Choice mobile internet plan. The future is here - voice calling is only a little-used app, after all.

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Google Wallet Debit Card going away [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Google Wallet Debit Card going away [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Google's physical card version of Google Wallet will no longer be supported by the company as of the 30th of June. This information comes from an app teardown performed by Android Police, where they've found the mention within the Google Wallet app itself. Like so many projects that didn't gain traction in the public for a wide variety of reasons, this project is headed out. The good news is - you'll not have to worry about transferring your money out.

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Samsung researching fix to VR’s solitary problem

Samsung researching fix to VR’s solitary problem

When you're wearing a virtual reality headset, you're alone. Unless you're in an app where your friends appear via the web as avatars, you're all by your lonesome. This week a set of images have been delivered to SlashGear which suggest that Samsung is working on multiple methods for allowing a VR headset wearer's VR experience to be more social - physically social, allowing those in the wearer's immediate vicinity to be seen and participate in the VR experience.

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Batman v Superman Review: A Triumph

Batman v Superman Review: A Triumph

I don't believe in the conspiracy theories that say critics have a vendetta against DC Comics and/or Zack Snyder. I also don't believe that a movie with both Batman and Superman in it needs any help to succeed in the box office. That's not what we're here for. What I'm here for is to explain what you're in for when you eventually see this film. I'm here to suggest that, while this film is not good in the same way The Dark Knight was good, it's a fantastic base for the future of the DC Comics film universe.

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Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones hit USA

Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones hit USA

This week the folks at Marshall Headphones have brought their slick looking MAJOR II Bluetooth headphones to the United States. This pair of headphones keeps the look of the Marshall headphone line consistent whilst bringing the added convenience of wirelessness with Bluetooth to the mix. This pair of headphones works with Bluetooth APTX for digital audio data reduction - that's there for as little latency as possible between the device projecting the audio and the headphones receiving them.

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Oculus Rift Review round-up: so awesome, so new

Oculus Rift Review round-up: so awesome, so new

If you've tried an Oculus Rift in the past several years, you've experienced the most important bit of the final product: immersion. Today the first reviews of the final product are out, and they all agree: it's the magic that counts. As Kyle Orland of Ars Technica suggests, "Similar to the first the first iPhone, which launched nearly 10 years ago with a crappy camera and no app store, the Oculus Rift is as revolutionary as it is still limited."

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Android “microG” aims to cut out Google (sort of)

Android “microG” aims to cut out Google (sort of)

A group of freedom-fighters wishes to bring a truly open Android to the masses without Google apps. While the average Android user might assume that Google's ownership of Android precludes Google apps appearing on all Android devices, that's just not the case. Google partners go through a certification process that allows devices to run Google Play - that process makes devices "Google Certified." What the microG team suggests is that Google's original AOSP (Android Open Source Project) promise should ring true today. For anyone who wants it.

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Google is building a better Android camera that can search what it sees

Google is building a better Android camera that can search what it sees

Integration of Google's "Visual Search" and the standard Android camera app may not be far off. You can download Google Goggles on its own - searching for images and their sources using your camera. You can also download the company's own "Google Camera" - the same as you'd find on a Nexus device. That may soon change. You may soon be able to search any item you can see with your camera on your Android device right out of the box.

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Why does the iPhone SE exist?

Why does the iPhone SE exist?

This week Apple revealed a new smartphone that looks just like one of their old smartphones - why would they do such a thing? This is the iPhone SE, a device that uses the design of the iPhone 5 (or 5S, if you prefer) but bumps up its internal capabilities with the power of the iPhone 6S. The dimensions of this device are exactly the same as the iPhone 5s - the display is exactly the same, too - but it has a better processor and a better set of cameras. But why?

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Google hosts Android competition for trips to I/O

Google hosts Android competition for trips to I/O

This week the folks at Google have sent out an invite to Android developers, asking them to contribute to their Android Experiments gallery. They're calling it a competition, suggesting that the best of the best will not only have their creations shown off at Google I/O 2016, they'll be invited to the event themselves to present what they've made. Developers will begin to be able to submit Android Experiments to the official gallery starting today.

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Every HTC One 10 leak so far

Every HTC One 10 leak so far

Today we're having a peek at not just the latest HTC One (or HTC One M10, or HTC 10) leak, but the full collection from the past several weeks. The latest addition to this collection is a supposed device-in-hand photo with a "HTC 10" listing at the top of an AnTuTu Benchmark app. In this app, its' shown that the HTC 10 is right up at the top of the pack, ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the Xiaomi MI 5 by a significant margin.

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Google Health may join (or battle) Apple’s HealthKit after all

Google Health may join (or battle) Apple’s HealthKit after all

A pair of trademarked healthcare-related images have appeared in the USPTO registered by Google this week. Both of these images suggest that the long-abandoned Google Health may make a resurgence, coming back now thanks (at least in part) due to Apple's efforts with HealthKit and CareKit. Now that Apple has all but convinced the tech-savvy of the positivity of monitoring their own health with their mobile devices, Google can join in (or return to, rather), this smarter, healthier future.

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