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.

Jeff Goldblum tips Independence Day 2, gets fancy with GE

Jeff Goldblum tips Independence Day 2, gets fancy with GE

When you think about Jeff Goldblum, you likely think about one of three roles. He was in The Fly, he was in Jurassic Park, and he was in Independence Day. If you’re a really big fan, you’ll also think about how he promoted Apple Computers when the iMac first became colorful. Now he’s whipping out two masterpieces. One is Independence Day 2 - a script is just being written now, so we won’t see that for a while. The other is an advertisement for a General Electric lightbulb.

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Facebook Anonymous: tip says privacy may be their next goal

Facebook Anonymous: tip says privacy may be their next goal

No matter how often Facebook suggests they’re all about privacy, there’s one undeniable fact about the social network. You pay. Whether it be by cash (not in Facebook’s case) or with your presence, you pay. That’s how Facebook stays in business. They sell advertisement space to businesses for you to see. They recently released an initiative called Facebook Atlas. A tip this week suggests that they may change their traditional model completely, releasing an app that turns the real-name conventions of Facebook on its head.

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Nexus 6 details and a DROID for Verizon

Nexus 6 details and a DROID for Verizon

This morning we dug into the FCC documents for Motorola’s next big release. Really big, as it were - a full 6-inches of display to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus. We’ve heard rumors that Google would pick up Motorola’s next big release as a "Nexus 6", working with 6-inches of display. We’ve also heard that Verizon would be getting the device on their carrier. What we hadn’t heard so far - but what we can basically (nearly) confirm without Motorola saying so is that Verizon’s model will be the same, but with DROID branding.

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Smash Bros Wii U release set for November 21st

Smash Bros Wii U release set for November 21st

Timed right on top of the holiday season this year is Super Smash Bros for Wii U on November 21st, 2014. This release comes weeks after Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS, a game that was released on the 3rd of October. Despite having only been released this past weekend, Nintendo reports that they’ve already sold more than 2.8 million units of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS worldwide. Nintendo also suggests that - in no small part due to Smash Bros - they’re set to have a strong holiday season.

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Adobe Creative Cloud optimized for Surface Pro 3

Adobe Creative Cloud optimized for Surface Pro 3

This week the folks at Microsoft are making clear their intentions to create a top-level experience for the Surface Pro 3. Not that they weren’t doing so before, but now with the help of Adobe, things will become a whole lot more visual. With Adobe Creative Cloud specifically, users will be able to make the most gorgeous work they’ve ever done come to life with touch - all on the Surface Pro 3. Meanwhile Microsoft gave every Adobe MAX event attendee this week a free Surface Pro 3 - handy of them!

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Spotify streams John Lennon’s entire collection, Beatles still MIA

Spotify streams John Lennon’s entire collection, Beatles still MIA

Not his entire record collection - if he had one - but every one of the records John Lennon created will be streamed by Spotify starting today. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr also have albums streaming on Spotify, while The Beatles as a collective have none. Remember when it was a big deal when The Beatles were released to iTunes? Remember also when Led Zeppelin and Metallica were released to Spotify? The wave is coming - and some might believe that it’s already here. Streaming all the albums, all the artists - but The Beatles, of course.

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Digital Storm notebooks grab NVIDIA GTX 980M, 970M, 900M GPUs

Digital Storm notebooks grab NVIDIA GTX 980M, 970M, 900M GPUs

Prepare to light up your gaming on-the-go lifestyle with Digital Storm’s contribution to the next wave of gaming laptops. They’ll be charged up with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX cards to the tun of 900M, 970M and 980M, each of them bringing on Maxwell-age features. That includes extra-long battery life through optimizations galore. It includes graphics power that allows you to play the world’s finest AAA games. It includes "beyond 1080p graphics" with reliable power under the hood - which is good, since laptops DO have more than 1080p displays on the regular at this point in history.

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NVIDIA GTX 980M/970M unplug the gaming notebook

NVIDIA GTX 980M/970M unplug the gaming notebook

This week the folks at NVIDIA have revealed the next generation of graphics processors for gaming notebooks. With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M, you’ll find the first above-1080p desktop-level performance on a gaming notebook. That’s what NVIDIA suggests - and that’s what they’re aiming to deliver with a series of 5 notebooks launching with the GTX 980M and 970M, both with Maxwell architecture under the hood.

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Alien: Isolation Review

Alien: Isolation Review

Either you’re going to love this game or you’re going to hate it. There’s a lot riding on elements of fandom, terror, and gameplay here. You really have to ask yourself a few questions before you take the plunge. We really should make a flowchart for you in deciding whether or not to allow yourself to experience this game, starting with the key - have you seen the original ALIEN film?

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Android Wear watchface maker “Face for Wear” exits Beta

Android Wear watchface maker “Face for Wear” exits Beta

This week the folks behind Face for Wear have released their Android Wear smartwatch face-maker to the public. This app allows you to create your own unique face for Android Wear devices, opening the doors for creators everywhere. This will likely be a situation that’s less-than-necessary in the future whenever Google opens their official API to developers and the public, but for now you can go ahead and go with Face. The app costs a fee and some of the watch faces inside the app cost a fee as well - but at what cost fashion?

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