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.

iPhone SE first impressions and hands-on – quite familiar

iPhone SE first impressions and hands-on – quite familiar

This afternoon we're getting our hands on the iPhone SE, a device that looks like the iPhone 5s but acts like a newer device. This is the first time Apple has effectively skipped a generation with smartphone design, keeping the innards of a device that's more than two years old, packing in hardware that's brand new. As such, we're expecting this iPhone SE to run a lot quicker than its predecessor, the iPhone 5s, but to feel just as classic. Surprise! It does both of these things.

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iPad Pro’s new True Tone display adjusts to ambient light

iPad Pro’s new True Tone display adjusts to ambient light

Introduced for the newest iPad Pro - the 9.7-inch version - Apple has shown a new True Tone display. This is the first time such a technology has been delivered on a tablet, says Apple, and it's going to change the way your eyes react to the tablet's display. This technology uses the tablet's light sensors to see ambient light and color temperature and adjusts the display to compensate. No more headaches.

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iPhone SE puts iPhone 6s heart in 4-inch phone

iPhone SE puts iPhone 6s heart in 4-inch phone

"We're here today to talk about a smaller iPhone," said Apple's Greg Joswiak. "As you may have heard, we're calling it the iPhone SE." According to Joswiak, the company sold 30-million 4-inch iPhones just this past year. That's no number to scoff at. They've decided to continue the 4-inch display legacy with another model. This is the 4-inch iPhone called iPhone SE, and it works with the same graphics processing power as the iPhone 6s.

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Apple Watch price changed, Nylon Bands introduced

Apple Watch price changed, Nylon Bands introduced

Apple Watch is the best selling smartwatch in the world - so says Tim Cook. "But most importantly to us," said Cook, "customers love it." To this point, Cook has introduced a number of new bands for the Apple Watch - why? Because "about a third of our Apple Watch wearers regularly change the bands." The newest band in the Apple-made collection is the Woven Nylon band. Oh, and they've lowered the price of the Apple Watch, too.

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Google Maps stickers released for Android, Timeline updated

Google Maps stickers released for Android, Timeline updated

Stickers for your home and stickers for your work are now available for Google Maps for Android devices. This means that, whenever you're viewing a map on your phone, you'll see that both your home and your work are marked by the digital sticker you've placed there. Your home can be a tee-pee, a farm house, an igloo, a shoe, or a pirate ship. You could also place a lighthouse or a couch or a dragon. All of these are reasonable.

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Let’s fix this Android Rooting vulnerability

Let’s fix this Android Rooting vulnerability

If you have a Nexus device, chances are you're going to want to update your software today. An exploit has been found in Linux - the base bones of Android - in which an app can be used to root your device. Not just root your device, but create a vulnerability that could spill the innards. A Local Permanent Device Compromise is what this could all lead to, if you're super unlucky. The way to fix this is easy. Just update your device.

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Galaxy S7 edge camera is best says DxOMark

Galaxy S7 edge camera is best says DxOMark

Today DxOMark de-throned the topmost placed smartphone on their mobile smartphone camera ranking ladder. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge now reigns supreme. Beating the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Sony Xperia Z5 both by a single ranking point, The Galaxy S7 edge has the highest-yet score on this mobile phone camera ranking chart. OF IMPORTANT NOTE: This by default also means the Galaxy S7 (non-edge) should be on top of this chart, as both the non-Edge and the Edge both use the same camera hardware, processor, and software inside.

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Galaxy S7 Settings: Let’s Fix this Android flagship smartphone

Galaxy S7 Settings: Let’s Fix this Android flagship smartphone

Now that the Galaxy S7 is out in the wild, it's time we had a look at the settings and features you'll want to keep an eye on when you get the device. The Samsung Galaxy S7, first of all, has been released on many different carriers with several different prices. Once you've got this device in-hand, you'll want to head to your Settings right out the gate. Right away.

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Motorola CEO exits Lenovo

Motorola CEO exits Lenovo

Lenovo is reorganizing its innards a bit, and with the mix-up goes Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh. This change has Osterloh out as President and CEO barely 2-years after it was announced that he would be taking the president role ahead of Lenovo's acquisition of Motorola. Back then, former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside had left the company to become the COO of Dropbox - where he remains today. This news comes about a month after Lenovo announced they'd be de-emphasizing the Motorola brand.

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HoloLens teams with Lowes for holographic home mods

HoloLens teams with Lowes for holographic home mods

Microsoft's HoloLens holographic headset will soon be working with Lowes to visualize the future of their home repairs and modifications. While the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition is the only version of the device available now - or soon, rather, as it's on pre-order - Lowes appears to be ready and willing to jump in on the experience without delay. Now we'll see what that fridge REALLY looks like when it's crammed into a space that you know good and well is too small for it, Janet.

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Meta AR headset TED Talk: augmented details

Meta AR headset TED Talk: augmented details

Meta is a company that's created an augmented reality headset that - at this moment - is available for sale to developers at large. Today is the day that TED Talks releases the first major address made by Meta CEO Meron Gribetz to the public. It is in this TED Talk that Gribetz lays the groundwork for the public to not only see, but experience and understand the world of augmented reality through a headset that does not rely on either extra-tiny or extra-close-to-one's-face displays.

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iPhone SE may look more like 5s than 6

iPhone SE may look more like 5s than 6

Back in July of 2015 we showed you an Apple patent for a metal cutting method which would lend itself to a flat-edged iPhone. Today we're to understand that Apple may well be using this method to shape the sides of the iPhone SE. For those of you unfamiliar with the iPhone SE, it's a not-yet-official device that may well appear very soon (maybe even at next week's Apple event) with specifications that'll have it replacing the lowest-tier iPhone available on the market. And it won't likely be changing shape from the iPhone 5s - not much at all.

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