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.

Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

If you've got the ability to install a stereo system in your vehicle, there's a good chance you'll be able to roll with Parrot's new system aiming to make every vehicle smart. The Parrot RNB6 is an in-car infotainment system that's made to be sent to market on its own. While most infotainment systems sell the vehicle, this system sells itself. Based on Android 5.0 and rolling with a 7-inch touchscreen, this device is ready to push your vehicle into the future.

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Brio Family-safe Smart Power Outlet hands-on

Brio Family-safe Smart Power Outlet hands-on

Successfully funded through Kickstarted on the 18th of December and already ready to show off here in January at CES 2015, that's the Brio smart electrical outlet. What you're seeing here is a replacement for your old outlets, taking up no more power - and in most cases LESS power - than you've used before. This plug-in system activates only when a real cord requiring power is plugged in, removing the danger of a human shock in the process. No more zaps for little Billy - not even with a fork.

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Ring wearable gesture device hands-on

Ring wearable gesture device hands-on

Ring is a wearable smart device that connects to your smartphone with Bluetooth. It wirelessly allows you to make gestures in the face of your phone to launch apps and perform certain functions. At CES 2015, we've seen this device do several things - take a photo, launch a basic music app, and even Tweet. Users are invited to work with the gestures already built in to the Ring controller app or to create their own and connect to apps like Facebook, Evernote, and Yo. And you know what that means - IFTTT connectivity as well.

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The one CES Apple might not win

The one CES Apple might not win

In just a few days we begin again with the year's biggest US-based technology conference: CES 2015. Over the past several years, it's been almost a tradition for news outlets to suggest that Apple was either alive and well at CES or in some way or another "winning" the crowd over without actually, physically being at the event series to represent themselves. As far as we know. This year is a little different. This year is the first in which Apple has a new product announced before CES but won't be releasing it until later this year.

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Back to the Future delivers in 2015 with Nike, VR, Tony Hawk, and Pepsi

Back to the Future delivers in 2015 with Nike, VR, Tony Hawk, and Pepsi

Easily one of the most iconic sets of scenes in a film about the future appears in the epic comedy Back to the Future II. In this film we travel forward to the year 2015 to the day November 5th. In the year 2011, Nike blasted everyone's faces off with the first release of the Nike MAG - that's the pair of shoes that appear in BTTF2 - without the Power Laces. Fast-forward to February of 2014 and the designer of the MAG shoes confirmed power laces for 2015. These are just one of a set of products inspired by BTTF2 and prepped for release this year, the year they're supposed to have been on the market.

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Aliens sequel visualized by director of District 9, Elysium [UPDATE]

Aliens sequel visualized by director of District 9, Elysium [UPDATE]

We don't really know what to believe when it comes to this proposed sequel to Aliens. Images posted by Director and Visual Effects artist Neill Blomkamp have sparked our interest, that's for certain - but whether or not he'd actually been attached to a film is unconfirmed. What we do know is that we'd certainly have loved to see a dark, alternate universe in the eye of Blomkamp, especially after seeing these illustrations. Blomkamp previously directed Elysium and District 9 - his next film is Chappie.

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Wii U 2 in the works: just as it should be

Wii U 2 in the works: just as it should be

Today you're going to see more than a few stories on how Nintendo is working on their next console release. This would appear at first to be big news - wow, another Wii, coming your way soon! But in fact, the source of this news is none other than a relatively tiny mention by Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata. In an interview earlier this month, Iwata speaks about the next console in line for Nintendo and some features he's hoping it'll have. Nothing too massive - and nothing that'll be released in the immediate future.

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Alcatel Watch aims to low-end their smartwatch competition

Alcatel Watch aims to low-end their smartwatch competition

Wearable smart devices have not yet been known for extreme ease in ownership here in their early days on the market. Alcatel hopes to change the equation for cash exchanged for smart devices worn on your body with the Alcatel OneTouch Watch series. This series of devices works with very, very few details from the start - besides fancy hardware and the promise that you'll be able to connect to your Android device to make all the necessary readings and take photos, of course.

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Alcatel Pixi 3 smartphone runs three operating systems

Alcatel Pixi 3 smartphone runs three operating systems

Inside the newest Alcatel device to be revealed by the manufacturer this week, you'll find the ability to run Android, Firefox OS, and Windows Phone. You'll find four different variations of the device, each with its own display size: 3.5-inch, 4-inch, 4.5-inch, and 5-inch. The smallest of these devices works with 3G internet data connectivity, while the three larger models are made to run 4G LTE. These devices will probably be released outside of the USA at first - but cross your fingers for the future.

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Mizuu 3.0 media explorer for Android goes free as dev gets job

Mizuu 3.0 media explorer for Android goes free as dev gets job

A feel-good story doesn't often come out of the halls of app developers - every once in a while someone gets lucky and creates a Flappy Bird, but generally it's all hard work and small reward. This is not the case for the developer known as Michell Bak. This man worked hard on a media server app by the name of Mizuu for several years, releasing it for Android and creating the best software he could to make his way in the world.

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