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.

Gleaning information from the Oculus Rift CV1 “leak”

Gleaning information from the Oculus Rift CV1 “leak”

This morning a set of images of the final version of the Oculus Rift consumer version (CV1) were leaked. While at first it appeared that these images were finalized photos of the headset set to be released next year and revealed in full tomorrow, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey took to Reddit to confirm the "placeholder" nature of the images. In short - they look radical, they look great, but they're not what you're going to be buying in 2016. They're close, but no cigar.

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Stuxnet malware child hits Kaspersky with “zero-day trampoline”

Stuxnet malware child hits Kaspersky with “zero-day trampoline”

While you don't hear the words "trampoline" and "malware" in the same sentence very often, today it's entirely warranted. Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, a research organization that concentrates on hackers and hacking activity, have discovered a second state-sponsored group of hackers that've created malware derived from Stuxnet. A second, that is, after the USA and Isreali group discovered in 2012, creators of the Stuxnet malware used for hacking international groups, the same malware this new group used to create their own sophisticated worm.

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Ratchet & Clank PS4 release joins the reboot party

Ratchet & Clank PS4 release joins the reboot party

Though E3 2015 has yet to begin, games like Ratchet & Clank can't wait to start the party off right. This game, they suggest, has you "play the game, based on the movie, based on the game!" In this case, that means the game is based on the original Ratchet & Clank, the PlayStation 2 game. This game will be coming to PlayStation 4 exclusively. Have a peek at the first trailer and you'll see why this is no previous-gen piece of work. It's all three dimensional and crazy and whatnot.

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Holus promises Princess Leia holograms from your phone

Holus promises Princess Leia holograms from your phone

Holographic tabletop platform Holus connects to smartphones, tablets, and PCs to turn 2D content to 3D holograms. This machine uses projection in a pyramid-like structure inside a table-like box that allows you to display and interact with 3D content. Users are able to connect with the machine using full-sized HDMI and/or USB, and connections are supported through several types of smart devices. This is a crowdfunded project for now, but in the first 20 minutes of being on Kickstarter, it's both reached and surpassed it's goal by over 150%.

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SlashGear 101: What is Apple Music?

SlashGear 101: What is Apple Music?

Apple Music is to streaming music what the iPhone was to smartphones - or at least that's what Apple would like you to believe. When introducing this service this week, former head of Beats, now Apple man Jimmy Iovine referenced the original Steve Jobs keynote reveal of the iPhone, here suggesting, "Apple Music is three things, a revolutionary music service... the first ever live, 24-hour, worldwide radio station... [and] Connect, a fantastic way for new and even unsigned artists to connect directly with music lovers anywhere."

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TiVo Online brings the TV recording solution to the web

TiVo Online brings the TV recording solution to the web

Subscribers to TiVo will soon find themselves able to connect via the web to recorded TV content with TiVo Online. DVR recordings of live TV streams will be given some wider breadth for viewing with TiVo Online, while the brand will also give users the option to connect to the shows they enjoy through alternate services. Click on the Simpsons, for example, and find links to Hulu and Fox. UPDATE: This service is up and running now, and provides services to both TiVo subscribers and those in search of an internet-based TV show and movie portal extraordinaire.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release for PS3, Xbox 360 confirmed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release for PS3, Xbox 360 confirmed

Activision has confirms the release of the next Call of Duty game for not only PC and current-gen systems, but PlayStation 3 and Xbox One as well. This is good news for owners of the previous-generation consoles who will increasingly see high-end games released with requirements above their older systems. PCs are safe, of course, just so long as they've got graphics cards able to take the power. These Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game will be ever-so-slightly different from their bigger siblings.

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Barclays likely next on Apple Pay’s to-do list

Barclays likely next on Apple Pay’s to-do list

While Apple's keynote at WWDC 2015 included an expansion to the UK for Apple Pay, one omission was a bit more glaring than most: Barclays. Not long after the keynote was complete, Barclays UK took to Twitter to rectify the situation. Not with confirmation that they'd be coming forward with Apple Pay, but with word that they were, indeed, in talks with Apple. Of particular interest is the fact that while Barclays does support a mobile payment service on smartphones with phone numbers, they do not yet support NFC-based connections as of yet.

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Scientists break dinosaur bones, find red blood cells

Scientists break dinosaur bones, find red blood cells

Dinosaur bones in London contain traces of what appear to be red blood cells and collagen. These scientists have pulled up results from dinosaur bones they'd only otherwise called "crap" - bones so fragmented and shotty they'd been put into storage. Because of this, material scientist Sergio Bertazzo asked paleontologist Susannah Maidment (both of them from Imperial College in London) whether the bones might be OK to break open and study. One morning Bertazzo "turned on the microscope... and thought 'wait - that looks like blood!'"

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Facebook Bluetooth beacons released free for small businesses

Facebook Bluetooth beacons released free for small businesses

Facebook for Business has revealed their next play in the small (and potentially large) business world - free bluetooth beacons. Facebook Bluetooth beacons send information to smartphones and tablets that come in range with them. Inside Facebook, users will see "place tips," including greetings and links to pages for locations they're exploring. At launch, Facebook Bluetooth beacons work only with iPhones - Android will just have to wait until the Facebook for Android app is ready to roll. Users will need an iPhone 4S or later with Bluetooth turned on to work with Facebook's bluetooth beacons.

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