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.

The Universe is dying – across all wavelengths

The Universe is dying – across all wavelengths

While it's been widely accepted that the Universe is slowly fading since the late 1990s, a study published today shows the great extent to which its death is occurring. "The Universe has basically sat down on the soft, pulled up a blanket, and is about to nod off for an eternal doze," suggested Simon Driver of ICRAR, lead author on the study. Measurements of energy output of each of 200,000 galaxies has been done at 21 wavelengths, from far infrared back down to ultraviolet. As broad a wavelength range as possible was studied by researchers who've now concluded that, yes, the Universe is indeed fading out.

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Satechi Aluminum Power Strip heads up USB movement with IC smart tech

Satechi Aluminum Power Strip heads up USB movement with IC smart tech

Inside the Satechi Aluminum Power Strip is a piece of technology that'll be most appreciated by those that want to save every bit of precious electricity. Instead of jamming out the volts needed to charge up a tablet when you only need to charge up your tiny iPod, this device uses IC smart technology to automatically adjust the amount of power being used to the amount of power needed. Each device has a different power requirement - this power strip knows it.

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Google did not just turn into Alphabet

Google did not just turn into Alphabet

In the past half-day since Google announced Alphabet, there's been just as much confusion as there has been understanding. What Google didn't do was turn themselves into a different company. What Google DID do was to create an umbrella company that's able to better handle all the strange or otherwise non-Googley projects they've found themselves creating over the past few years. Google isn't done, and you're not going to be "Alphabetting" anything when you need to search the internet.

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Galaxy Note 5 detail run-down released: every single photo

Galaxy Note 5 detail run-down released: every single photo

With only a few more days left before the final Unpacked event, Samsung hype for the Galaxy Note 5 reaches a fever pitch. Today we're having a near-final look at what the device will bring to the world of hard-working smartphones in a large-screen fashion. Expect the S Pen to make a glorious return with new features that trump previous releases while the king of large smartphones holds sway over the rest of the Android world here in the USA and internationally.

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Alphabet: everything you need to know

Alphabet: everything you need to know

Alphabet is a company created by the founders of Google. At its inception, Alphabet will have Larry Page as CEO and Sergey Brin as President. As Alphabet is created, Google will be slimmed down, and Sundar Pichai will become CEO. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., and several companies that were previously subsidiaries of Google will instead come under the Alphabet umbrella. Alphabet is "mostly a collection of companies." The largest of these companies is Google.

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Butterflies face extinction in face of climate change

Butterflies face extinction in face of climate change

A new study shows that butterfly populations do not thrive in warm, arid environments when climate change is quick. Using records from the last big heat wave in the UK, scientists predict extinction for butterflies in the near future. Climatic extremes are what matter here. Using the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS), researchers have assessed 28 species decline in an extreme drought event in the year 1995. If heat should rise this way again, many butterflies won't be long for this world.

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Space lettuce: astronauts eat first-ever off-world veggies

Space lettuce: astronauts eat first-ever off-world veggies

The first fresh food grown in a microgravity environment - off of the planet Earth - have been consumed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station this week. Members of Expedition 44 shared video of their harvest and consumption of the lettuce they grew, part of an experiment called Veg-01. Before samples of the lettuce are sent back to the surface of our planet, astronauts took their first bites. This experiment was started by Expedition 39's flight engineer Steve Swanson back in May of 2014.

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Picpal takes Snapchat-like sharing to a new, more interesting place

Picpal takes Snapchat-like sharing to a new, more interesting place

The app Picpal takes real-time selfie-collages with an app that amps up the entertainment and ease of use presented in Snapchat. With this app, users take a snap of themselves with their phone and send it off to one or more friends. Those friends have a limited time to respond. When they do respond, they take a photo with their device that is then added to the collage. What results is an awesome piece of media that's unique to this new social networking experience.

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Study shows why goat eyes have horizontal pupils

Study shows why goat eyes have horizontal pupils

This week a study has been published which shows why 214 land animals have certain types of eyes. Goats, for example, have horizontal pupils, while cats have pupils that are largely vertical. It would seem that the biggest trends are in whether a creature is a meat-eating predator or not. While vertical and circular pupils belong largely to those creatures that hunt, horizontal pupils tend to sit inside the sockets of plant-eaters.

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Star Wars TV trailer’s new First Order scene analyzed

Star Wars TV trailer’s new First Order scene analyzed

Earlier today a new view of the ice planet that hosts Star Wars: The Force Awakens' "First Order" crew has arrived in trailer form. The vast majority of this trailer - so short it's still called a "teaser", is filled with images you've seen before. But the most important bit, the first few seconds of the teaser, shows something spectacular. Something so awe-inspiring, you're going to flip. This is the First Order from the other direction. The first image here has been blurred for your protection. If you wish to avoid spoilers, read no further.

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Android Vulkan will actually make use of newer, more powerful phones

Android Vulkan will actually make use of newer, more powerful phones

This week the folks at Google behind developer support for Android have pushed for a much more optimized environment for 3D rendering. Not 3D printing - not anything having to do with creating real world objects - but 3D graphics. Inside Android, developers will now have access to a system called Vulkan, a method which lowers overhead and makes the graphics workload move to the graphics processor, where it should be. This opens up the CPU for quicker loads and better optimization of apps on the whole.

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Huawei Nexus 8: this is (probably) it

Huawei Nexus 8: this is (probably) it

This past month we saw case leaks for the next Nexus smartphone, today we see the full back of the device. Earlier this year we first heard rumors that Huawei was up next for the Google Nexus smartphone crown. Today we hear those rumors again. This device has been rumored to be coming later this year with a quad-HD 6-inch display (that's 2K) that may well end up replacing the Nexus 6. With a fingerprint sensor, of course.

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