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.

Suicide Squad trailer released

Suicide Squad trailer released

The trailer you're about to see shows the villains of the DC Comics universe rallying together in a film called Suicide Squad. This film is based on the comic series of the same name. Here you're going to see characters like The Joker and Harley Quinn working for the government in discreet operations the likes of which would never otherwise be executed. This is Suicide Squad. This movie is going to be really strange. It's going to mix up what's right and wrong. It's going to ask questions that'll go completely unanswered.

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B&O HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is HP’s hero for Windows 10 [UPDATE: not so fast…]

B&O HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is HP’s hero for Windows 10 [UPDATE: not so fast…]

As Windows 10 launches, HP presents a Bang & Olufsen limited edition HP EliteBook Folio 1020. This notebook computer is extremely light and thin and works with Bang & Olufsen certified audio output. It works with dual-array microphones, noise-canceling software, and an HD webcam to make your whole audio-visual experience as elite as the company suggests. HP is also making an effort to assert that their HP Pro Tablet 608 is a headliner for the spot of tablet hero in the Windows 10 universe this autumn.

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As New Horizons passes Pluto, 22-hours of silence

As New Horizons passes Pluto, 22-hours of silence

NASA won't see any images or get any data from Pluto flyby mission New Horizons for 22 hours after it begins its closest flyby of the dwarf planet. There are two reasons for what's effectively a radio silence. The first reason is the applicable power. Every single resource the craft passing Pluto is capable of using will be going toward capturing imagery and data on and around Pluto. That should be obvious. We've waited years - we can wait a few more hours.

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Dear Topps: fix your Star Wars app or give it to someone else

Dear Topps: fix your Star Wars app or give it to someone else

The following is an opinion piece - asserting here with thousands of Star Wars Card Trader app users that this brand deserves better. While it's true that the Star Wars brand has been licensed to countless new companies over the past couple of years due to the Disney deal, Topps is not one of them. Topps has been working with Lucasfilm since "The Star Wars" was released back in 1977. Now something has gone wrong. Someone is dropping the ball. We're living in an age where the Star Wars franchise is open for the best developers and manufacturers to work on it - and this sort of thing is no longer acceptable.

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Google Glass 2 coming in 2016, but not for you

Google Glass 2 coming in 2016, but not for you

The second big release for Google Glass is on its way, but not in the way the remaining "Glass for Fun" enthusiasts might've hoped. Instead it would seem that those pushing for an enterprise angle for the headset have gotten their wish. This second-generation Google Glass won't be built for the public. It'll be built for businesses. While the possibility remains that Glass for Fun could pop up, for now it's more of a pipe dream for the average citizen and lover of leisure.

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Surface will be Windows 10’s big star

Surface will be Windows 10’s big star

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that the Surface line of tablet/convertible computers would be expanding at Windows 10's launch. They'll be the company's hero. Believe it or not! With the global rollout of Windows 10 on the way, the Surface tablet line will be expanding distribution channels and appearing in more stores. We’ve had a somewhat limited business channel for Surface," said Brian Hall, General Manager of Microsoft Surface said in a statement, "we’ve heard from a lot of customers that they’d like to see more partners offering Surface."

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Man arrested for charging iPhone on train

Man arrested for charging iPhone on train

A man was arrested this week for charging his iPhone on a train. This happened in London, and the man has since been "de-arrested" for the charges. The charges included "abstracting electricity" - which essentially means he was taking electricity from the train without paying for it. Electricity sockets aboard this train were meant for cleaners only, not for the public. As such, this man was captured by the police, handcuffed, and brought in to the nearest police precinct, where he was processed.

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Pluto approaching: New Horizons’ scientist answers 4 questions

Pluto approaching: New Horizons’ scientist answers 4 questions

New Horizons' Ralph Instrument Scientist Dennis Reuter speaks up today about th eminent approach of the mission to Pluto. Also speaking on his position with the Goddard Space observatory, Reuter tapped into Pluto and the exploration of the Kuiper Belt - our solar system's "last frontier." Reuter spoke up about the data collection this mission will execute, seeking out information on Pluto's chemical and atmospheric makeup using the Ralph spectrometer. This mission's apex will be reached tomorrow at 11:50 UTC - that's 4:50 AM Pacific Time, 7:50 AM Eastern Time.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens SDCC trailer: 15 things you may have missed

Star Wars: The Force Awakens SDCC trailer: 15 things you may have missed

The following is an in-depth analysis of the tiniest of details in the newest Star Wars teaser video. This analysis runs over the odder bits and pieces. It pre-supposes that you've been keeping up just a tiny bit with the news on this film, and assumes you've seen the other teasers - all two of them. Let us know if you find anything other than what we've found here, or if you find something interesting or completely contradictory to what we're presenting. We'd love to chat! This is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens "Making Of" teaser from SDCC 2015.

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JJ Abrams has a cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens already

JJ Abrams has a cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens already

There's a cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens out there, ladies of gentlemen. It exists. Not that we didn't know this would eventually happen, but it's so close, we can taste it. Abrams confirmed that he had a cut - not even necessarily the first cut of the film - for preview. This isn't the sort of cut that just anyone will be able to see - it's an indicator that we're in or near the Post Production stages of the movie.

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