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.

Amazon has cheap unlocked Android phones for you – but there’s a catch

Amazon has cheap unlocked Android phones for you – but there’s a catch

Amazon wants to lure you in to their trove of Android devices - and at first it would seem that they've got the right bait. They've got devices that are new. They've got devices that are unlocked. They've got devices that come from major name-brand companies like Motorola. These devices are discounted below where you'll probably find them anywhere else. But there's a catch. Not just anyone can partake in these machines.

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Nexus 6P Toast Review : Custom-cut Cover

Nexus 6P Toast Review : Custom-cut Cover

Today we're having a peek at the Nexus 6P with a custom-cut wood cover from the folks at Toast. What we've got here is an Ebony Wood cut with ash inlay with front and back cover for the Nexus 6P, both cut by the brand Toast. The custom design comes from yours truly and features a sort of "Ace of Spades" setup with a detailed skull. What we're reviewing here is both the detail the company was able to get and the fit of the cover on the device.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update release set for August

Windows 10 Anniversary Update release set for August

Today the folks at Microsoft have announced that the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 will be released in August 2nd, 2016. This means that everyone with Windows 10 by that time will be send a massive update for the operating system for free, as all updates are once Windows 10 is accepted by the user. If you've not accepted the inevitable yet, consider Microsoft to be the Borg, because resistance is futile. Your update will come. Oh yes, it will come to you soon.

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AMD RX 480 Review

AMD RX 480 Review

Today we're having a peek at the AMD RX 480, a graphics card that's right ready to roll users in on the VR market without breaking the bank. This card roll out with Polaris and AMD LiquidVR ready to go, pushed with Direct X 12 and Vulkan to bring the latest in AMD power on FinFET 14 process technology. This card works with 4th-Generation GCN architecture, 36 compute units, and 2304 stream processors to round out the mix.

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Dinosaur-age bird wing discovered in amber jewelry market

Dinosaur-age bird wing discovered in amber jewelry market

Bird skin, claws, muscle, and feathers have been discovered in amber dated to nearly a hundred million years ago. Researchers suggest that these bits and pieces of birds show how coloring and arrangement of bird feathers has remained largely the same for a very, very long time. Wing tips is what they have. A very strange (but apparently not entirely uncommon) origin story is what they've got to tell.

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The Road to Google’s First “iPhone”

The Road to Google’s First “iPhone”

The rumors are ripe - Google is tipped to be designing their own iPhone competitor within the next year. Today we're going to explore how we got to this point and, perhaps more importantly, why Google won't actually release this non-Nexus device. Could it be that the company known for their wildly popular open-source mobile operating system would destroy everything they've worked for just to battle Apple directly? Hypothetically yes. Realistically, no.

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Pinterest update: Visual Search searches images with pics

Pinterest update: Visual Search searches images with pics

Pinterest has launched a new version of their app that'll make it far easier for you to find products based only on what you've seen. Put an image into this app and you'll find markers on said image, allowing you to find products like what you've Pinned. Today Pinterest launches not only "buyable Pins on web", they're also adding visual search, enabling you to search without typing.

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Watch Galaxy S7 gaming get WAY better with Vulcan API

Watch Galaxy S7 gaming get WAY better with Vulcan API

Earlier this year we spoke with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney about why Vulkan API was important to the Galaxy S7. It was a trailblazer, he said, saying that the graphics prowess this device was about to have would be mind-blowing. Today we get to see more about what it means to have the connection Sweeney speaks of. Moving from OpenGL, developed back in the 1980s, to Vulkan API. It's radical.

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OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

Today we're having another look at the insides of the OnePlus 3. Thanks to a helpful anonymous friend who's supplied photos, we've got a deep-dive look at the insides of the OnePlus 3 and some insight into how easy it will be for an at-home repair person such as yourself to go ahead and replace broken bits. Today we're looking at the motherboard and all the fun little parts attached to it. Behold how similar this device is to the rest of the battlefield.

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Android tipped to allow Custom Voice Actions in near future

Android tipped to allow Custom Voice Actions in near future

While previous versions of Android had custom voice actions available on a case-by-case basis for developers, the future may go a bit more public. If you head back to Google's listing of "Custom Voice Actions" in their Android developer portal, you'll find a note posted in December of 2015. There they suggest that they're not currently accepting requests for Custom Voice Actions. They suggest to stay tuned for product updates. Those updates may be coming very, very soon.

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There are 50 new Amazon Dash buttons and it’s getting ridiculous

There are 50 new Amazon Dash buttons and it’s getting ridiculous

This week the folks at Amazon have added 50 new Dash Buttons to their collection, bringing the full set up to over 150. This set of buttons works for Amazon Prime members, allowing them to press said button once to see products delivered to their home soon thereafter. What's more, this newest set includes such baffling buttons as NERF and PLAY-DOH, making certain you're fully stocked on soft arrow and doh for forming fake cookies.

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How to use Facebook Slideshow (for your mom)

How to use Facebook Slideshow (for your mom)

Facebook Slideshow is a new feature being made available to the everyday social network user this week. While brands and advertisers of many sorts have had a very simple version of this feature available to them for some weeks or months, the everyday Facebook user has just received access this week. As such, we're taking a look at how relatively simple it is to use for you and I. This feature is so extremely easy to use, you might end up seeing kitty videos popping up made of selfie photos captured by your cat - just you wait!

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