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.

Ducati gets smart systems and an inflatable jacket

Ducati gets smart systems and an inflatable jacket

Three new innovations have been revealed by Ducati this week. Two of them are new motorcycles, the third is a jacket. The most powerful of these is the Ducati 1299 Panigale, the slightly more "pedestrian" model is the Multistrada 1200, and the Ducati D|air Street Jacket/Vest. While you might be all about speed and power, Ducati is making a big-time push for safety, starting with the Panigale - dynamic suspension that adjusts based on your position - no more flips for you. Just so long as you know what you're doing, of course.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Lollipop release by November’s end

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Lollipop release by November’s end

This week NVIDIA has shared the good news - the NVIDIA SHIELD will be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop by the end of November 2014. That'll make it amongst the first devices on the market to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop - almost certainly just the second tablet to work with Lollipop. The first would be the Nexus 9, also powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. NVIDIA SHIELD's update to Lollipop will also include updates to the NVIDIA SHIELD Hub app and the NVIDIA Dabbler app - lots and lots of tiny features.

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Amazon Prime photos unlimited storage’s big caveat

Amazon Prime photos unlimited storage’s big caveat

So you're considering picking up an Amazon Prime account because you heard you get unlimited storage space for photos, yes? There's a reason you might not want to do that. When you get an Amazon Fire Phone or Fire tablet or Kindle device, you may get Amazon Prime as well. Once it expires - if you allow it to expire, that is - you might have a tough time looking at those photos you've been saving for months and months. Those photos will start disappearing.

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Grand Theft Auto V FPS release coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One

Grand Theft Auto V FPS release coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One

There's little doubt now that the creators of Grand Theft Auto 5 were influenced by the early versions of the first person shooter mode modification to their game released earlier this year. What better way to experience the madness than from behind the drivers seat - while walking around? Each of the three main players of the game are given their own first-person perspective, making this a... transforming FPS? All will be revealed soon, and very soon - just as soon as RockStar deems the world worthy, it would seem.

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NVIDIA Ubisoft team-up: Crew, Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity optimized

NVIDIA Ubisoft team-up: Crew, Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity optimized

This week we're having more of a look at what NVIDIA and Ubisoft are doing to bring you the biggest next-gen games with the most optimized graphics in the business. In addition to bringing systems like HBAO+ for shadows, TXAA for super smoothness, and full-on 4K support for the lot of these games, they're giving them a boost with a "Pick Your Path" promotion that brings you one of the three for free. Just so long as you need a new graphics card, too.

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Google voting push helps you find your polling location

Google voting push helps you find your polling location

This morning you may have noticed technology giants like Google and Facebook making the push to get you out to vote. This move does not appear to be put in place to get votes for any particular subject matter or candidate - that wouldn't be right, anyway. Instead it would seem that Google, Facebook and companies like Amazon, Pew, and AOL just want you to get out and do your civic duty. Google's "Google Civic Information API" specifically helps power Get to the Polls, a place where you can find out specifically where you're going to need to go to vote.

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Nexus 9 stock stays strong after launch day

Nexus 9 stock stays strong after launch day

While the Nexus 6 suffered some relatively major hiccups during launch day, the Nexus 9 appears to be keeping stock a whole lot longer. Be it because tablets simply don't turn over well or because the Nexus 6 is simply a more enticing machine, the HTC-made Nexus 9 remains in stock. Just so long as you're willing to skip the "Sand" color, that is to say. Lunar White and Indigo Black are still available in 16 or 32GB editions - but not in LTE, just Wi-fi only.

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Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

It would appear that Starwood hotels are jumping aboard the keyless entry train for their hotel rooms starting this Autumn. Check in, pull out your smartphone, get it activated, and you'll be on your way to walking in your hotel room without a key. Starwood hotels aren't the first company to create such an entry system, nor have they simply jumped aboard a fast-moving fad. They've had this system in the works since January of this year - and it's all ready to go!

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Nixie personal drone wins with Intel: coming your way soon

Nixie personal drone wins with Intel: coming your way soon

There's nothing impersonal about a little drone that attaches to your wrist then releases, flying, following you whenever you like. It's like having a personal assistant whose one purpose is watching everything you do. And streaming it. Capturing it for the whole world to see, followed by a return to your wrist to rest. We think it's an improbable device, but one that'd be amazing if realized - Intel thinks so too.

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Microsoft Ventures founder exits, forms gaming group: Unikrn

Microsoft Ventures founder exits, forms gaming group: Unikrn

We've spoken about Rahul Sood before. He joined Microsoft back in 2010, making it official in 2011. Back then this man was asked, as he puts it, "to join Microsoft with the mission to create or be part of something amazing." He did that, it's done, and he's leaving the company now a little under four years later. And what'll have left behind at Microsoft? A massive undertaking - something that wasn't there before he arrived. Now he heads to a whole new company entirely.

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