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.

Withings Activite watch adds swim tracking

Withings Activite watch adds swim tracking

Smartwatch Withings Activite ads the ability to detect when its user goes swimming. This new bit of functionality is built in to the device that's already on the wrists of users, needing only a software update to activate. This system will automatically recognize when its user is swimming so its user does not need to do anything special - not even tapping a button - before diving in. The watch sends information to the users smartphone for health tracking - both on dry land and in the water.

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NuSTAR uncovers five new black holes and a galaxy full of potential

NuSTAR uncovers five new black holes and a galaxy full of potential

Using NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), researchers have uncovered five new supermassive black holes and the potential for many more. This research, led by astronomers at Durham University, United Kingdom, suggests that not only are there five supermassive black holes that'd been previously undiscovered. They also suggest that there's a whole galaxy of black holes that are just lying in wait, clouded by dust, awaiting the eye of NuSTAR to de-dust or otherwise see through their guise to uncover them.

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This is Motorola’s new “Kinzie” phone

This is Motorola’s new “Kinzie” phone

Details for the next Motorola flagship device have leaked in two different iterations, one internationally, one domestic. The domestic version goes by codename "Kinzie" and is almost certainly headed for Verizon as a DROID device. Verizon will not release this device until later this year for more than one reason. The first reason is - they've just released new editions of the DROID Turbo right under our noses. The devices aren't all that different - they've just been given new paint jobs, so to speak.

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What you need to know about GoPro’s HERO4 Session

What you need to know about GoPro’s HERO4 Session

GoPro HERO4 Session launches in tiny form factor with drawbacks to match. What you're going to want to know about the GoPro HERO4 Session is what it does and what it doesn't do - because though it has the GoPro name attached, it's not going to be bringing you the same abilities as you're used do with a full-sized GoPro HERO. This device is more akin to the new Polaroid Cube+, complete with one form factor you'd easily mistake for the other. This one's not quite as cute.

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Watch Predator’s Mortal Kombat X release with Carl Weathers

Watch Predator’s Mortal Kombat X release with Carl Weathers

Watch the Predator tear Jason apart in Mortal Kombat X - because there's no better way to spend your afternoon. What you're about to see is not only the release of the Predator character for Mortal Kombat X on all platforms, but the reveal of Carl Weathers as Jax. Weathers took the role of beefy fighter in the first Predator film - now he's back to do damage as everyone's favorite metallic basher. Here you'll see the fight you've been waiting for - unless you'd rather Jesse "The Body" Ventura be released. We'll keep crossing our fingers for that one.

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Reddit CEO apologizes for surprises, bad management

Reddit CEO apologizes for surprises, bad management

Ellen Pao responds to the community with an apology for not handling moderator concerns in a timely and helpful manner. Pao, interim CEO at Reddit, recently found herself at the receiving end of a bit of fervor over the past week due to a seemingly sudden firing of one Admin for the site by the name of Victoria Taylor. Taylor was also Reddit's director of talent and communications. Pao has suggested that she couldn't speak about one individual employee - but she had plenty of comments on other matters.

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New Horizons Pluto mission blinks out just days from goal

New Horizons Pluto mission blinks out just days from goal

Before you start having a heart attack at the idea that we won't get any closer to Pluto, take heed - New Horizons is now back online. For just a short period of time - right around an hour - the craft blinked offline. This was a radio communications glitch that seemed to fix itself - somehow or another - by 3:15pm EDT on the 4th of July, when everyone was out at the beach sipping on brewskies. Except NASA engineers, of course, who were on the task at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, making certain this wasn't an error that'd have the craft offline just days before it reaches its closest point to Pluto.

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Minecraft: Story Mode coming to multiple platforms via Telltale Games

Minecraft: Story Mode coming to multiple platforms via Telltale Games

Minecraft to be published as a five-part story as developed by Telltale Games. This game isn't like other Minecraft releases - it's an adventure. It has a goal, it has dialog - and it's not online. It's made much in the same way the rest of the Telltale Games are made, set to tell you a story rather than sending you off on your own to find your own way. This is the first Minecraft game to be released this way officially - outside the 3rd party "make your own" universe.

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Another trip to the USSR’s space rocket graveyard

Another trip to the USSR’s space rocket graveyard

Photographer Ralph Mirebs once again enters off-limits Russian space launch facility ground in Kazakstan at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This time he's not at Site 112A with the USSR's versions of the space shuttle. Instead, he's just a hop, skip, and a jump away at the launch silo for Энергия-М, aka "Energy-M". In the image you see below, the tower we're entering here stands in front of the building we entered late last month with Mirebs at Site 112A with shuttles aplenty.

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iPhone 6s gets thick with features

iPhone 6s gets thick with features

First case specifications for the iPhone 6s have been released with height, width, and thickness of the next model. According to this spec sheet, case-makers might have to make some tiny adjustments to their molds. While the iPhone 6s will be the same width and height as its predecessor, it'll be just .2mm thicker. This means that the rubberiest of cases will be fine, while hard metal and plastic cases will need to be made anew. It also means there's more inside this device.

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