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.

NASA photographs Pluto: watch New Horizons approach

NASA photographs Pluto: watch New Horizons approach

Today NASA's New Horizons spacecraft presented a series of images beamed back from space as it moves close to Pluto. Closer than we've ever been before. This mission's images - attained between May 29th and June 2nd, show Pluto as a "complex world with very bright and very dark terrain." NASA suggests that these images "afford the best views ever obtained of the Pluto system." Below you'll see these images in their full glory - and NASA's provided links to RAW images as well, if that's what you're all about.

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Star Wars VR experiences coming soon thanks to ILMxLAB

Star Wars VR experiences coming soon thanks to ILMxLAB

The folks at Industrial Light and Magic, the creators of the special effects and the entire look of Star Wars, have created a new experience lab. This effort is called ILMxLAB, and it's really made up of the efforts of ILM, Skywalker Sound, and Lucasfilm's story group. Together, the crew will create immersive experiences - augmented reality and virtual reality - for the first generation of market-ready VR devices. This means Oculus Rift, it means Valve's HTC VIVE, and it means everything in-between.

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The RZA interview: Boombotix and the future of physical-format music

The RZA interview: Boombotix and the future of physical-format music

This week SlashGear caught up with the music producer and artist Robert Diggs, also known to you as the RZA of the Wu-Tang clan. This season RZA takes a new role as a guide for content strategy with portable audio equipment leader Boombotix. He's the new "Head Abbot", a take on his role as The Abbot with legendary hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. While other legends in the music industry turn to streaming services to claim a spot in the next wave, RZA turns to the fans. To you. "To put music back in your hands."

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LG Smart Lighting joins the Apple HomeKit party to battle Hue

LG Smart Lighting joins the Apple HomeKit party to battle Hue

In the very near future, LG will release a number of smart lights and a hub which will be compatible with Apple HomeKit. This LG Smart Lighting solution is not LG's first - they also released a Bluetooth-friendly bulb called LG SmartLamp, allowing you to connect - one at a time - to each bulb within range. This new line of bulbs will all connect to a single device called a Scene Gateway, a hub that requires only power and a connection to your internet router.

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Apple Watch hacked to run “true” native apps

Apple Watch hacked to run “true” native apps

Developers hack the Apple Watch to allow apps to run on UIKit, the software bones of the smart wearable device. While Apple has provided the developer world with a software kit called "WatchKit", WatchKit itself remote-drives another bit of software called PepperUICore which lives on top of UIKit. Apple's own apps on the Watch, save the Weather app, do not use WatchKit. To show that it is possible - albeit not recommended for those hoping to get in to Apple's official app store - three developers have gotten both UIKit and SceneKit apps running on the Apple Watch.

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Why you’re going to want the 500GB SHIELD Pro

Why you’re going to want the 500GB SHIELD Pro

This week the SHIELD Pro - the larger internal storage size-toting version of the Android TV device - has begun shipping to users. In addition to rolling out with 500GB of internal storage space, says NVIDIA, this version of the device also comes bundled with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. This is the same device SlashGear took a close look at in our NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV review quite recently - both inside and out. This device is made to take over your living room entertainment, providing movies, music, and most of all games to your HD TV.

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Dyson’s desk light lasts for 37 years

Dyson’s desk light lasts for 37 years

Forget bulbs that burn out after a month of use. Heck, forget lights that burn out after one year. Jake Dyson of the Dyson electronics group just introduced the Jake Dyson Light, a lamp that uses LED light that lasts for 37 years. "Their lights are built to fail and don't seem to mind," said Dyson of his company's competitors, "We mind. So we've invented the first light that cools LEDs properly. As a result, it lasts for 37 years." Dyson then dropped the mic and walked off the stage.

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Oculus Touch: up close with the next-gen VR controller

Oculus Touch: up close with the next-gen VR controller

Today Oculus announced Oculus Touch, a set of wireless controllers that allow the user to see gestures and movement in virtual reality. While the latest software for Oculus Rift did include visions of virtual reality hands, Oculus suggested today that they needed to go a step further. Beginning their special Oculus Rift event out with word that the headset would ship with an Xbox One controller, they went on to show a couple of hand-held joysticks with halos around them. This is the controller setup that'll usher in the future, so they suggest.

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Up close with Oculus Rift 2016

Up close with Oculus Rift 2016

While we're not allowed to actually play with the Oculus Rift 2016, the first Oculus consumer product, we have gotten up close and personal with it. Not only that, we're having a peek at the newly revealed Oculus Touch, the new must-have virtual reality controller - or controllers, if you prefer. This headset is largely similar to that of the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype we got our hands-on earlier this year, but here it's a whole lot smoother. A whole lot more finalized than before.

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Oculus Touch: the new must-have VR input controller

Oculus Touch: the new must-have VR input controller

Today Oculus founder Palmer Luckey introduced Oculus Touch, a pair of controllers for the virtual reality environment. Made with the virtual reality universe in mind, Oculus Touch will be working in demos at E3 2015, but won't necessarily be available with the first release of the Oculus Rift consumer headset in Q1 2016. In this handset set - two controllers - are capacitive touch, gesture recognition, and a set of traditional inputs as well. Whether or not these controls will work with anything other than Oculus Rift is yet to be seen.

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