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.

Your Samsung SmartTV isn’t spying on you

Your Samsung SmartTV isn’t spying on you

Over the weekend a scary article was written about Samsung SmartTV sets that suggested they were listening to your every word. That these TV sets were collecting information about you - that was the news - that they were taking down everything you said in your living room, sharing that information with 3rd-party systems. This information comes from Samsung's privacy policy, and one single sentence that seems to be a "smoking gun" that lets everyone know how evil Samsung is. Be sure you read the rest of the paragraph before you have a heart attack.

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OnePlus drops invite system, sort of

OnePlus drops invite system, sort of

Though the strategy seems to have worked great for the OnePlus team thus far, they've begun letting their guard down, just a bit. The invite system will be stoppered for just a few Tuesdays, that is to say. Starting on February 10th, the OnePlus One will be offered up for sale in two editions. Two rather specific editions, one with 64GB of internal storage and a Sandstone Black exterior, the other with 16GB of internal storage space and a "Silk White" exterior.

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Corning promises sapphire-like scratch resistance in new product

Corning promises sapphire-like scratch resistance in new product

While it's not like Corning hasn't promised extra-tough glass for devices in the past, this year might be different. In Corning's quarterly call with investors this week, Corning suggested that they had more than one product up their sleeve for the coming year. One of these products will be (and already is) Gorilla Glass 4 - the next in line for improved scratch-resistance, 3D shaping, and "several other surface capabilities." The other works with "sapphire-like scratch resistance" - a feat not easily accomplished without actually working with sapphire in the mix.

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Netflix live-action Zelda show: “Game of Thrones” for kids

Netflix live-action Zelda show: “Game of Thrones” for kids

It's not like we've never seen Nintendo's Zelda produced as a TV show before - but here in 2015, the possibility that a live action Zelda show could be made has become very real. Word has it that Netflix is in the works to develop a live action Zelda series of webisodes - TV episodes without the pesky waiting a week between releases - all set to come to Netflix exclusively. Can you imagine such magic? Could the greatness of the 80's cartoon return full-powered?

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Raspberry Pi 2 hands-on: first boot on 2nd-gen

Raspberry Pi 2 hands-on: first boot on 2nd-gen

Today we took the Raspberry Pi 2 out of the box and the static shielding bag to give it a first start-up and go. As you'd expect, loading software to an SD card is much the same as it was in the past - except here you're using a much smaller microSD card instead. After that, you've got a more powerful processor and 1GB of RAM to work, so it's time to get quick. Today we're checking in on the basics - getting an operating system running and heading to boot.

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Gear VR demo stations headed to Best Buy

Gear VR demo stations headed to Best Buy

To make the public get a little bit better understanding of what it'll be like to live in a Virtual Reality environment in the near future, Samsung is teaming up with Best Buy. At a number of Best Buy locations across the United States, Samsung will be bringing the Samsung Gear VR to their Samsung Experience Shops. This hands-on opportunity will begin on the 8th of February and will last an unspecified amount of time. There's also a site made by Best Buy to locate the closest participating location near you.

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Galaxy S6 Edge details arrive in cases

Galaxy S6 Edge details arrive in cases

Today the Samsung Galaxy S Edge seems to have been re-confirmed alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6. In an image of a selection of cases from little-known brand Verus, both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge (or just S Edge) can be seen. Here you'll notice that the Samsung device's edge is not just all by its lonesome, it's joined by some volume keys as well. This is different from the Galaxy Note Edge which keeps all of its buttons to the top or the opposite side of the device.

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Ubuntu Phone release: Apps out, Scopes in

Ubuntu Phone release: Apps out, Scopes in

The Ubuntu device you're about to see goes by the name Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu edition, and it isn't going to be like your average iPhone or Android. Instead, so it's being presented by Canonical as, this device will make quick work of your day-to-day needs with "Scopes" - also known as cards. The first Ubuntu phone for the public will make use of this first market-ready version of Ubuntu for mobile devices and will pose the following question to the public: Do you really need apps in the first place?

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Google Music may soon play YouTube videos natively

Google Music may soon play YouTube videos natively

Recently the folks at Google's Play Music Chrome "Mini Player" extension released an update with a whole bunch of new permissions. While this would normally be a non-news sort of situation, it just so happens that the answer to the question "why does Play Music require all these permissions now?" turned out to be truly interesting. This question was answered by the Google Chrome extension developer team that created the Chrome app in a Reddit thread for Google on the subject at hand.

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This Evangelion short looks terribly realistic

This Evangelion short looks terribly realistic

This week the folks behind the Evangelion CG short collection have created a masterpiece. We're at that point, apparently, where even small-time productions like what you're about to see are able to be produced with such fantastic flare that they look real. Think about what it looked like when you first saw the young Flynn in TRON, completely made up with computer graphics. Now imagine what we'll see when it comes time to release the next Pacific Rim. Now watch this CG short and be amazed.

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