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.

Five great IAP-proof kids games for iOS and Android

Five great IAP-proof kids games for iOS and Android

There's a big gap between a young child's love of smart devices and most parents' grasp of what games are good enough - or appropriate - for them to play with. While devices like the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition made some headway into the guidance business for children, we've got a lot of work to do! What follows is a relatively SHORT guide to get you started in the world of apps and games made for very young children - all of them without the threat of your child buying massive amounts of "coins" without your knowledge. One cost or free, then done - that's it.

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How to use CarPlay on your iPad with one app tap

How to use CarPlay on your iPad with one app tap

There's an app out there this week called Ignition - created by developer Adam Bell and made to enable the CarPlay user interface already built in to your iPad. Normally you'd need a vehicle that'd activate this user interface by coming in contact with it - that solution isn't especially cheap. With Ignition, you'll have only to tap the app to open. The only difficult part will be deciding whether or not you want to jailbreak your device to enable CarPlay in the first place.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet updates nails Android 5.0.1

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet updates nails Android 5.0.1

As it has been with the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet experience thus far and as we expect it to continue through the future, updates are happening with all speed. Before the VAST majority of modern tablets get their update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet is already being updated to Android 5.0.1. This update includes a number of system performance enhancements as well as the return of a feature axed in the update previous to this. Memory optimizations have also been implemented "for memory intensive apps."

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Ocean current energy system in the works by Toshiba and IHI

Ocean current energy system in the works by Toshiba and IHI

The teams as IHI Corporation and Toshiba Corporation have begun work on an ocean energy power generation system. They've been selected by Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) as co-researchers in their new system for "Research and Development ("R&D") of Ocean Energy Technology - Demonstration Research of Ocean Energy Power Generation". The team have been working on research and development since 2011 on a Next-Generation Ocean Energy Power Generation (Underwater Floating Type Ocean Current Turbine System) - demonstration research is coming up next.

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Fastest Internet Ever hits Minneapolis first

Fastest Internet Ever hits Minneapolis first

Global internet and data services provider US Internet has let it be known this week that they're bringing the fastest internet connection in the history of the world to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company, founded in 1995, will be bringing on "the same broadband as Fortune 100 companies" and beyond to small business owners and residential customers. According to Joe Caldwell, Co-CEO of US Internet, "With our new fiber network, we have redefined what is considered broadband Internet and taken our speed capabilities to next-gen levels, resulting in the fastest Internet service the world has ever seen for home users."

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Aviate Android launcher: the Yahoo experience

Aviate Android launcher: the Yahoo experience

This week we've had a chat with Mark Daiss, Product Manager for Yahoo Aviate & Aviate Co-founder on the successful launch and continued updates to the Aviate Android launcher app. With the addition of Yahoo search to the app this week, the full replacement of your standard smartphone user interface is primed for action. Just in time for Christmas, just in time to change the way your brand new Android smartphone looks from the inside out. Supposing you want the Yahoo experience, that is to say.

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The Kanye Christmas Album that wasn’t

The Kanye Christmas Album that wasn’t

Kanye West has not at this time created a Christmas album, but that doesn't mean you can't listen to what it'd sound like if he had. Summoning an alternate dimension in which Kanye has decided he is Santa Claus and is prepared to unleash his "Yeezus" album all over again, this new edition presents "Kreezus." That's Kris Kringle, if ever there were a way for Kanye to be such a thing. You can listen to the full album right this minute, in all its parody-filled glory.

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John Carmack endorses Google Cardboard – sort of

John Carmack endorses Google Cardboard – sort of

The Chief Technology Officer of Oculus VR - and Facebook employee - John Carmack has made clear that he's all about Google Cardboard. It wasn't long after Facebook acquired Oculus VR that Google I/O 2014 took place and Google slyly released Cardboard. Google Cardboard product manager Andrew Nartker suggested earlier this month that it was "the first Cardboard prototype" that inspired Google's interest in VR as a whole - not necessarily the Oculus Rift VR headset. Carmack suggests he doesn't mind one way or the other - he's just glad the VR environment is expanding, so to speak.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 update on the way with Note 2

Samsung Galaxy S4 update on the way with Note 2

As a bit of a holiday gift from the likes of Samsung, it would seem, both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 have been added to lists of devices which will be getting an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This update was NOT expected as previous lists shared by Samsung suggested that the cutoff point would be the Galaxy Note 3 from last year. Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4 will be getting an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop as well.

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Star Trek 3 to switch directors

Star Trek 3 to switch directors

The third Star Trek movie in our modern alternate-dimension collection of big screen releases has collected a new director. J.J. Abrams directed both Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) - now it's time to hand the reigns over to none other than Justin Lin. This is the same director that brought you the last four Fast and Furious films, the highest-earning releases in the series. He's also the producer and the director on the next Bourne movie set to be released inside 2016.

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