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.

Sling TV is coming to Apple TV

Sling TV is coming to Apple TV

This morning it was announced that Sling TV will finally be coming to Apple TV devices. This announcement was made official at WWDC 2016, Apple's developer conference in San Francisco. This comes after Sling's "When will Sling TV be on Apple TV?" help page read the following: "We are always looking to add to Sling TV’s supported devices. Unfortunately, our service is not currently available on Apple TV." That changes immediately if not soon.

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watchOS 3 official, total redesign includes Instant Launch, Activity Sharing

watchOS 3 official, total redesign includes Instant Launch, Activity Sharing

This morning Apple introduced the newest version of Apple Watch's software: watchOS 3. This newest version of the operating system works with a number of new features, starting with performance updates and what they call "Instant Launch." As you can imagine, this feature makes for a much quicker experience on the Apple Watch - right alongside Refreshed Information, Background Updates, and the ability to keep favorite apps in the Apple Watch's memory.

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iPhone 7 (and iPhone Pro) in dark blue before WWDC

iPhone 7 (and iPhone Pro) in dark blue before WWDC

This morning a couple of images have popped up showing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro in a fancy new Dark Blue color. These are renderings, of course - not that that in and of itself would discount them from being real. They're made by Martin Hajek, illustrator and 3D modeler, and artist notorious for making devices look real using schematics leaked before product launches. These dark blue-colored iPhones show basically what this same illustrator has shown before - but they're just so smokey smooth now.

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OSVR enters consumer VR market with $400 headset

OSVR enters consumer VR market with $400 headset

Taking on E3 2016 on the dawn of the first full day, OSVR have revealed their Hacker Development Kit 2. That's not just a developer device, but a full- blown consumer-ready virtual reality headset that's ALSO made for developers (and hackers), that'll cost users $399 right out the box. There aren't any controllers in the box, and you'll have to do some hacking to make it work with room-scale tracking, but it's basically all there - if you know what you're doing.

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OLED MacBook looks like something Razer would make

OLED MacBook looks like something Razer would make

The flatness is here - a set of images of what could some day end up being a glorious new generation in MacBook aesthetics. This is a concept by Martin Hajek, who you might most recently remember for his renderings of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 "Pro". Here you'll see keys that are a lot closer to the surface of the keyboard. Here you'll see a display bar above the rim. Here you'll see a new way to interact with a machine that - to be entirely honest - didn't need much to change in the first place.

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Acer Predator G6 Review : War Machine

Acer Predator G6 Review : War Machine

The desktop Acer calls Predator G6 (G6-710 for this review) is a monster. It's not the largest and most all-inclusive PC they offer - it's not even the most massive Predator. Instead, it's a great combination of elements. It's powerful enough to run high-end games and virtual reality applications, acts like a custom-built rig (with plenty of bright lights and odd opening panels), and looks rather fine. There's room for expansion, but also rolls correct right out of the box.

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Twitter didn’t have a password breach, your uncle did

Twitter didn’t have a password breach, your uncle did

This week a leak to the dark web included the passwords of thousands if not millions of Twitter users. Through our first report on this leak, LeakedSource suggests that the bulk of the users affected by this data breach were and are in Russia. It was also reported earlier this week that it was not Twitter itself that was hacked, but a vast number of users that, via malware, were being monitored and, as they used Twitter, their Twitter passwords were recorded.

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Future Moto Z users: Beware free storage from Google

Future Moto Z users: Beware free storage from Google

Moto Z Droid Edition's free 2-year Original Quality Google Photos storage should come with a more apparent disclaimer. As we've spoken of on more than one occasion before, no free cloud storage-based gift is ever really free. There's always a reason why you'll want to take a second glance at what happens when your temporary free storage has expired. In this case, it has to do with Gmail, believe it or not.

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Withings Body Cardio Review : what no other scale has

Withings Body Cardio Review : what no other scale has

If you want to get so extremely serious about your body that your scale can tell you if you have heart problems, Withings Body Cardio is here for you. This piece of hardware works with the ability to tell you your pulse wave velocity - that's the measure of the stiffness of your arteries - aka the velocity at which your arteries pulse through your vessels. The measurement is non-invasive, and could very well show you that you're at cardiovascular risk when you'd otherwise have no idea. So far it seems we're not at risk - so that's good!

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iPhone 7 details “confirmed” by cases

iPhone 7 details “confirmed” by cases

Apple's next smartphone, the iPhone 7 (as it's likely called) has begun to leak. As a result, a completely predictable set of events is taking place in accessory-making circles around the world. Case-makers are attempting once again to make names for themselves - or at least garner some hype - by showing off phone cases and skins they've made for a device that's not yet been revealed to the public: the iPhone 7. And the iPhone 7 Plus, or iPhone 7 Pro, if you'd like to call it that.

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Moto Z first impressions and hands-on

Moto Z first impressions and hands-on

Today we've gotten our hands on the Moto Z Droid Edition and the Moto Z Droid Force Edition of Motorola's newest smartphone platform. The Moto Z family of devices works with what they call Moto Mods. These "Mods" are accessories that attach to the Moto Z smartphone and work in tandem with said smartphones in a variety of ways. Today we're having a look at the Verizon-centric smartphones from this lineup, both with DROID in their name.

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Facebook is deleting your synced photos, here’s how to keep them

Facebook is deleting your synced photos, here’s how to keep them

Today the folks at Facebook responsible for photo syncing within their system have announced that Moments will be taking over. What on earth is Moments, you might wonder. Moments is an app which organizes and "privately shares" your photos from your smartphone. What if you don't want Moments, but want to keep your synced photos? There's only one option - save and exit. The desktop viewing segment of Facebook's photo sync is about to go away forever.

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