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.

The most absurd Apple concept ever

The most absurd Apple concept ever

The following images were made by Martin Hajek, an illustrator you likely know well by now if you follow SlashGear closely. If you follow SlashGear's Apple leaks and tips, that is to say. Hajek is the sort of person who has access to blueprints for iPhones well before they're released, taking the data he's got on hand and making what end up being spot-on renderings of Apple devices before they're revealed. Today he's made a row of keys that fit on your MacBook. Why in the world would I need these keys, you might ask.

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Project Scorpio official: Xbox One with better everything (and Oculus Rift)

Project Scorpio official: Xbox One with better everything (and Oculus Rift)

This morning Microsoft introduced us to Project Scorpio, an Xbox console that they suggest will be more powerful than any console that's come before it. Of course, you might be saying, why would it not be more powerful than any console before it? That's true - but they're making a pretty big deal of the fact that they're making a machine that far exceeds the specs of the previous model - and the device they revealed in the interim - the Xbox One S.

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iOS 10 release begins today (for developers)

iOS 10 release begins today (for developers)

After introducing iOS 10 to the world this morning at WWDC 2016, Apple let it be known that the operating system would be delivered to developers this afternoon. Once this Developer Preview is launched, later this year there'll be a Public Beta. That's the release you, the reader, will most likely want to be getting in on. Unless you don't like it when software has a big likelihood of not working precisely how you expect it to work. Hence the Beta.

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Apple Home app puts homekit control at system level for iPhone

Apple Home app puts homekit control at system level for iPhone

Apple Home was introduced this morning in app form, making Apple's smart home initiative "HomeKit" look a lot more pleasing to the end user. Users will be able to launch their "Home" app from their iPhone and control all HomeKit devices with relative ease. This will include garage doors, thermostats, locks, sensors, and fans. It'll include humidifiers, air purifiers, doorbells, cameras, and air conditioners.

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iOS 10 official as Siri opens to developers

iOS 10 official as Siri opens to developers

Apple introduced iOS 10 for iPhone and iPad this week at WWDC 2016, suggesting 10 new big features would come with it - at least 10, that is. The first of these was, obviously, user experience. This update would be the "biggest iOS release ever for our users," they said, and it'd begin with a redesigned lock screen. This update would expand on 3D touch, quick interaction with apps, and rich notifications through this screen as well.

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Apple Pay on the web official: aimed to take on Paypal

Apple Pay on the web official: aimed to take on Paypal

This morning Apple confirmed that they'd be releasing Apple Pay to the web. This system will work with stores across the web, allowing users to bypass systems like Paypal for handling their online cash. They began this proposition at WWDC 2016 with an absurd picture of a woman holding an iMac up to pay for a coffee at a coffee shop - which makes the most sense. Of course Apple Pay on the web will only work with Safari.

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Apple TV updated with iPhone remote, Siri upgrade, YouTube search

Apple TV updated with iPhone remote, Siri upgrade, YouTube search

The smart TV platform Apple TV has had a kick in the pants this morning as Apple prepares WWDC 2016 for the next generation in TV-based apps. The first big update is in an app for the iPhone - a remote control with the ability to interact with touch, to move through programs, and generally play content in all the ways the Siri remote can - and more. There's motion controls for games and Siri control as well.

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Sling TV is coming to Apple TV

Sling TV is coming to Apple TV

This morning it was announced that Sling TV will finally be coming to Apple TV devices. This announcement was made official at WWDC 2016, Apple's developer conference in San Francisco. This comes after Sling's "When will Sling TV be on Apple TV?" help page read the following: "We are always looking to add to Sling TV’s supported devices. Unfortunately, our service is not currently available on Apple TV." That changes immediately if not soon.

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watchOS 3 official, total redesign includes Instant Launch, Activity Sharing

watchOS 3 official, total redesign includes Instant Launch, Activity Sharing

This morning Apple introduced the newest version of Apple Watch's software: watchOS 3. This newest version of the operating system works with a number of new features, starting with performance updates and what they call "Instant Launch." As you can imagine, this feature makes for a much quicker experience on the Apple Watch - right alongside Refreshed Information, Background Updates, and the ability to keep favorite apps in the Apple Watch's memory.

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iPhone 7 (and iPhone Pro) in dark blue before WWDC

iPhone 7 (and iPhone Pro) in dark blue before WWDC

This morning a couple of images have popped up showing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro in a fancy new Dark Blue color. These are renderings, of course - not that that in and of itself would discount them from being real. They're made by Martin Hajek, illustrator and 3D modeler, and artist notorious for making devices look real using schematics leaked before product launches. These dark blue-colored iPhones show basically what this same illustrator has shown before - but they're just so smokey smooth now.

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OSVR enters consumer VR market with $400 headset

OSVR enters consumer VR market with $400 headset

Taking on E3 2016 on the dawn of the first full day, OSVR have revealed their Hacker Development Kit 2. That's not just a developer device, but a full- blown consumer-ready virtual reality headset that's ALSO made for developers (and hackers), that'll cost users $399 right out the box. There aren't any controllers in the box, and you'll have to do some hacking to make it work with room-scale tracking, but it's basically all there - if you know what you're doing.

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OLED MacBook looks like something Razer would make

OLED MacBook looks like something Razer would make

The flatness is here - a set of images of what could some day end up being a glorious new generation in MacBook aesthetics. This is a concept by Martin Hajek, who you might most recently remember for his renderings of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 "Pro". Here you'll see keys that are a lot closer to the surface of the keyboard. Here you'll see a display bar above the rim. Here you'll see a new way to interact with a machine that - to be entirely honest - didn't need much to change in the first place.

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