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.

Android Marshmallow update hits Galaxy S5 (and other flagship smartphones)

Android Marshmallow update hits Galaxy S5 (and other flagship smartphones)

This week the Android update to Marshmallow has continued, hitting the Samsung Galaxy S5 internationally. Does this mean your Galaxy S5 will be getting an update to Android Marshmallow tomorrow? Not so fast. It just means that the Galaxy S5 will, indeed, be getting the update eventually. That's good news for you. As for the rest of the flagship universe - let's go have a peek, shall we?

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Let’s Listen: Google’s new Search voice (Galaxy S7 vs S6)

Let’s Listen: Google’s new Search voice (Galaxy S7 vs S6)

So you like subtleties, yes? Let's have a listen to the ever-so-slight differences in the voice of the newest version of Android's Google Search compared to Lollipop. What we've got here is a set of phones, one a Samsung Galaxy S6 running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The other device is a Samsung Galaxy S7 running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The voice may very well have become just a TINY bit more natural. Certainly slightly different.

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Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Now that we've got the first consumer-level VR headsets out in the wild, it's only a matter of time before we see full motion capture immersion. What I mean is when you see someone inside the virtual world, you'll see their whole body. Their face will reflect what's actually being shown on their actual head in real time. Their body will be represented by a reasonably reconstructed virtual version of their real form. All we need is faster internet and the world's best GPUs.

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Pokemon GO first impressions will “Snap” into AR (and maybe VR, too)

Pokemon GO first impressions will “Snap” into AR (and maybe VR, too)

This week we're pouring over the Pokemon GO details revealed by its creators at SXSW, including a video clip showing gameplay. This game was revealed last year in part, having spawned from Google's world of interactive map-friendly gameplay - Ingress. Created by the same people that made Ingress, Pokemon GO will be released to smartphones and tablets, coming around the world to iPhones, iPads, and Android devices of all sorts very soon.

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Google teams with VIZIO SmartCast P-Series TVs to Cast

Google teams with VIZIO SmartCast P-Series TVs to Cast

This week the folks at VIZIO have announced that they've teamed up with Google to bring Google Cast capabilities to their newest line of TV sets. This is the first time that Google Cast has been integrated directly in to a monitor, and is the first time that any company has released a TV set with its own Android tablet in the box. Each of these VIZIO SmartCast televisions will come with its own tablet capable of running all the Android apps you've got on your phone right now, as well as the VIZIO SmartCast app to control the TV.

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HTC One M10 event revealed: release imminent

HTC One M10 event revealed: release imminent

This morning invitations for the next HTC One smartphone event have been sent out - and it's an interesting proposition. We're expecting the smartphone known as HTC One M10. That'd be the next phone after the first HTC One - originally just called HTC One, later re-named HTC One M7, then the M8, then the M9. Now it's time for the next device. This event will, believe it or not, be taking place online only.

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Let’s ask: Are city birds smarter than country birds?

Let’s ask: Are city birds smarter than country birds?

A study has shown that not only are birds living in major cities smarter than their rural counterparts, they're more immune to diseases. While our dominance of land here on Earth has created a far smaller natural environment for birds over the past several thousand years, Jean-Nicolas Audet, a Ph.D student in the Department of Biology, says that urban birds have done more than just adapt to us, they've become more advanced amongst humans than out in the country on their own.

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Galaxy S7 water tested in an wash machine

Galaxy S7 water tested in an wash machine

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is far more water-resistant than any standard Galaxy smartphone before it. It takes the abilities of what was relegated to the "Active" line of Galaxy smartphones and places those resistances in their hero line. As such, some publications have decided it'll be a great time - here and now - to test just how much action in water this smartphone can take - starting with a wash machine. That's what YouTuber Max Lee has done. That's what you're about to see.

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Apple Watch’s Nylon bands and price kick: first impressions aim to spark new interest

Apple Watch’s Nylon bands and price kick: first impressions aim to spark new interest

Today we got up close and personal with Apple's newest bands for the Apple Watch. These are the Woven Nylon bands in a variety of colors - they'll have Gold/Red, Gold/Royal Blue, Royal Blue, Pink, Pearl, Scuba Blue, and Black available at Apple Stores soon. They've reduced the base price of the Apple Watch this week as well. What we're asking our readers here is - do these bits and pieces make you interested in having an Apple Watch again? Maybe even interested for the first time?

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iOS 9.3 release notes: update now for “Night Shift”

iOS 9.3 release notes: update now for “Night Shift”

This afternoon Apple released iOS 9.3. Assuming you're all about hitting the download button as soon as possible, now's the time. Today we'll be going over the features you should expect in a very brief sort of manner. These bits and pieces will come to your device dependent on the newness of your device, considering especially the power of the processor inside said device. What you'll want to see first is Night Shift.

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iPhone SE first impressions and hands-on – quite familiar

iPhone SE first impressions and hands-on – quite familiar

This afternoon we're getting our hands on the iPhone SE, a device that looks like the iPhone 5s but acts like a newer device. This is the first time Apple has effectively skipped a generation with smartphone design, keeping the innards of a device that's more than two years old, packing in hardware that's brand new. As such, we're expecting this iPhone SE to run a lot quicker than its predecessor, the iPhone 5s, but to feel just as classic. Surprise! It does both of these things.

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iPad Pro’s new True Tone display adjusts to ambient light

iPad Pro’s new True Tone display adjusts to ambient light

Introduced for the newest iPad Pro - the 9.7-inch version - Apple has shown a new True Tone display. This is the first time such a technology has been delivered on a tablet, says Apple, and it's going to change the way your eyes react to the tablet's display. This technology uses the tablet's light sensors to see ambient light and color temperature and adjusts the display to compensate. No more headaches.

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