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.

Nexus 7, 4, 10 may yet get an Android L update

Nexus 7, 4, 10 may yet get an Android L update

This week the folks at Google responsible for sending binaries for Android to Nexus devices have done so for five devices, showing the Android L spread for the near future. When a binary is sent out across a range of devices like is has been today, it means that the same - or a very similar - build will be send to the collection. Android L is out as a Developer Preview for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013), and this week it’s been confirmed (not released, just confirmed) for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), and Nexus 10.

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Quickoffice alternatives as Google pulls the plug

Quickoffice alternatives as Google pulls the plug

As it turns out, Google’s stopping of updates to Quickoffice for the future for iOS and Android isn’t the worst news in the world. When we first heard that Quickoffice would be chopped out of Google’s suite of apps for devices on the regular, it seemed like a time for change. Instead, Google has already snuck the abilities of the Quickoffice collection in to another app you should already have downloaded: Drive.

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Download and simulate Android TV now

Download and simulate Android TV now

This week Google has activated the SDK (Software Development Kit) for Android TV for developers. While you’ll likely be a developer wanting to activate this build, anyone can choose to take a peek at Android TV at their leisure, developer or not.

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Galaxy S5 Mini tipped launching with Core II, Ace 4, Young 2, and Star 2

Galaxy S5 Mini tipped launching with Core II, Ace 4, Young 2, and Star 2

Samsung has opened the floodgates for tiny versions of the Galaxy S5 this week with a number of smartphones that replicate this generation’s abilities. With the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini we’ll have what replicates the full-sized S5 the most in a 720p 4.5-inch display, Samsung Exynos 3 Quad (3470) processor, and an 8-megapixel camera. This tinier device will look extremely similar to its larger cousin, and will be launching around the world near the middle of July.

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Google shuts down Orkut social network

Google shuts down Orkut social network

Do you know what Orkut is? Back in 2004, Orkut was created by Google as a social network before "social networking" was a prevalent term. In it, users were able to connect with others, converse, and play games. Ten years later, Google has decided that in light of their other, more popular social networks taking off, Orkut will be cut.

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Windows 8 update brings back the desktop

Windows 8 update brings back the desktop

There’s a new Windows 8 update coming your way this year which is said to bring a real return back to a more "classic" desktop environment. With Windows 8, the launch of the "Modern UI" was made ready for touch screens, appearing to many to ditch the original work environment. Microsoft has clearly seen the light and felt the complaints of workers around the world - Threshold will alleviate.

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Thousands of Steam codes revoked after digital theft

Thousands of Steam codes revoked after digital theft

A wave of thefts has occurred with the game Sniper Elite 3, one that’s prompted Steam to revoke a whopping 7,050 game keys. Having been stolen earlier this year through an unnamed game distributor, Sniper Elite 3 was then sent off to multiple reputable gaming sales sites. Unbeknownst to thousands of purchasers therein, the game has had all access cut off.

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BlackBerry: we “continue to be a leader in mobile”

BlackBerry: we “continue to be a leader in mobile”

This week BlackBerry is suggesting that they "must fight back" against their competitors using an offense constructed entirely of facts. No, they’re not attempting to recreate the "Bears, Beats, Battlestar Galactica" battle between Dwight and Jim on The Office - they’re creating a "Fact Check" portal in which they attempt to cut down web-based articles and comments "trying to incite fear, uncertainty and doubt about BlackBerry."

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