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.

Fitbit Blaze hands-on: should you believe the hype?

Fitbit Blaze hands-on: should you believe the hype?

Our first up close and personal look at the Fitbit Blaze takes place during CES 2016, where the reveal of this device had some ill effects. Fitbit's stock price took a little bit of a dive yesterday as this device was revealed - though it may have been a bit premature. While the watch does look quite similar to the Fitbit Surge - or perhaps a mix between a Surge and an Apple Watch - the end product is unique.

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PhotoFast MemoriesCable 1M saves data on a cord

PhotoFast MemoriesCable 1M saves data on a cord

Today the folks at PhotoFast have revealed a 1-meter USB/Lightning cable for iPhone that also acts as a flash drive. Storage is located on the cord itself (in one end or the other) at 128GB, locally. This cord and its companion app have the ability to be locked using USB lock, App Lock, and Lightning lock - with Touch ID support included.

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Razer Lenovo Y900 hands-on: rainbow gaming with Chroma spectrum lighting

Razer Lenovo Y900 hands-on: rainbow gaming with Chroma spectrum lighting

This upcoming pre-built gaming desktop season is going to be an exciting one if Lenovo and Razer have anything to say about it. This week they're showing off a collection of devices that utilize the building power of Lenovo and the gaming smarts of Razer - the best of both worlds, as it were. The main attraction here is the Lenovo Ideacenter Y900, now outfitted with Chroma Full Spectrum Lighting. This means millions of colors ready to roll with customizable changing of colors and reactive formulas - all inside a machine that's built for gaming from the bottom to the top.

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Nextbit Robin shipping date to backers in weeks

Nextbit Robin shipping date to backers in weeks

It would appear that it's time to ship the Nextbit Robin cloud-based smartphone - at last. After weeks and months after the device was first backed on KickStarter, the creators of the device have made the call for first shipments to be sent out. This first wave will be for KickStarter backers only, tending first to the first users that made the effort to lend their support - in the form of money - to get this company, and this device, off the ground in the first place.

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Netflix total world coverage nearly complete

Netflix total world coverage nearly complete

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings flipped the switch on 130 new countries for availability of their streaming service, taking effect immediately. This brings the number of countries up from 60 to 190 in total - India, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, and Indonesia amongst them. Netflix is now officially ready to roll and live in what Hastings described as "nearly every country in the world." Except China. They're working on China. Netflix is currently working on the rest of the world with LG to make total coverage a reality.

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The Crown trailer and the Netflix button secret sauce

The Crown trailer and the Netflix button secret sauce

This week the folks at Netflix are speaking at CES 2016 about how their success is based in gadgets and remote controls. Believe it or not, Netflix suggests that they've had "extensive success" with Netflix buttons on remotes. Imagine how much easier it makes searching for a streaming service on your smart device when there's literally a Netflix button - a hardware button with the word NETFLIX on it - staring you in the face. "Our consumer electronic company partners have been critical to our success," said company CEO Reed Hastings.

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Sennheiser HD 800 S headphones release boosts the classic

Sennheiser HD 800 S headphones release boosts the classic

The audio company Sennheiser has revealed their newest headphones: the Sennheiser HD 800 S, the next step after the classic HD 800. This pair of phones works with the same ear cup design and transducer technology as before, this time coming with a further optimized set of sound images in the medium and low frequency range. This pair of phones is being released with a new symmetrical XLR4 cable, and this newest model has an ever-so-slight color change - now you'll find the ear cups in a premium matte-black finish.

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MC10 “BioStamp” connects to your body, shares data

MC10 “BioStamp” connects to your body, shares data

Amid waves of wearables at CES 2016, MC10 have revealed the BioStamp Research Connect System. This system works with a sort of soft stamp, or sticker, that sticks to your body and shares physiological data with computers. These flexible body-worn sensors allow the wearer to operate entirely normally as they bend and move with the body, rather than hindering it. This system reduces observation error at the same time as it improves data capture, so says MC10.

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Razer Core release: full-size GPU for your gaming notebook

Razer Core release: full-size GPU for your gaming notebook

With the Razer Core, the age of the overpowered gaming notebook can begin. Razer has revealed a device here that essentially contains a full-sized graphics card for your notebook, connecting that device to this one with a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable. This single cable supplies both data and power, connecting - for example - the also-newly-revealed Razer Blade Stealth gaming notebook to the graphics power of a full-sized NVIDIA or AMD GPU. This device is also essentially plug-and-play, able to allow you to swap cards with a single screw.

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Oculus Rift pre-orders open now, pricing and release date revealed [UPDATE]

Oculus Rift pre-orders open now, pricing and release date revealed [UPDATE]

This morning Oculus Rift pre-orders went on sale with the promise of full on first-run consumer-ready virtual reality headset goodness. This pre-order was joined by the promise of a pre-order ticket for the hand controllers that'd be on sale later this year - every person that pre-ordered an Oculus Rift was to be given their same spot in line for the controllers, if they did so choose. This is the first full release of the Oculus Rift VR headset, while all previous releases were aimed at developers of VR content.

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Razer Blade Stealth gaming laptop aims for MacBook head-on

Razer Blade Stealth gaming laptop aims for MacBook head-on

The Razer Blade Stealth is been revealed as a companion to the Razer Blade gaming laptop, set to be released with a direct-to-consumer model to cut down on prices for the end user. Similar to what Apple does with their Apple Stores, Razer plans on selling this model straight through their Razer Store physical locations and Razer Store online. This device is an Ultrabook, rolling with the latest Intel Core i7 processor and a 4K, 12.5-inch, touchscreen display. Two versions of this device will be available, one with a 4K display, the other with a Quad HD display.

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Razer webcam “Stargazer” release to take on streaming industry

Razer webcam “Stargazer” release to take on streaming industry

Razer Stargazer revealed at CES 2016 to take the video game streaming industry out a whole new door. Much in the same way Razer aimed to provide the game streaming environment with a hero microphone with the Seiren and the Razer Seiren Pro, the Razer Stargazer is what the company calls "the world's most advanced webcam." As such, this camera is able to capture and stream video at 720p at 60 frames per second. This camera is tops - if only because it has basically no competition whatsoever.

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