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.

Cryptic Star Wars message appears over SDCC [UPDATE]

Cryptic Star Wars message appears over SDCC [UPDATE]

This morning fans found a cryptic Star Wars message written in Galactic Basic Standard font Aurebesh at SDCC. Comic-con (SDCC) is known for releasing big news in all sectors, and as it was the very first place where the original "The Star Wars" film was revealed, we wouldn't put it past Lucasfilm and Disney to bring the big guns to the last SDCC before the new trilogy begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As it happens, we've go the translation for this bit of script handy.

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WITNESS CONAN drive to SDCC in the Mad Max DOOF Wagon

WITNESS CONAN drive to SDCC in the Mad Max DOOF Wagon

It's time to head to Comic-con - Conan O’Brien has already begun his journey in a MAD MAX vehicle. Those of you that've already seen the newest Mad Max movie will recognize this as the DOOF Wagon. That's the vehicle that plays music for the war party in the 2-hour chase sequence that spans the entire film. While Conan might not have his eyes gouged out like the real Doof guitar player, he's got the head bandages, the red jumpsuit, and the fire guitar to make the part his own.

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Dr Who joins LEGO Dimensions at SDCC

Dr Who joins LEGO Dimensions at SDCC

Dr Who is the latest addition to the upcoming multi-universe LEGO game LEGO Dimensions. Unveiled at SDCC (Comic-Con) - also starting this morning - this addition to the LEGO Dimensions world is not the first brand to arrive before physical LEGO bricks have been made by the company. Earlier this month we also saw LEGO Portal - from Valve. This game will also dip in to the LEGO Movie, DC Comics with Batman, Back to the Future, and Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.

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ThinkGeek SDCC ’15 collection brings Star Wars, Tesla, GOTG

ThinkGeek SDCC ’15 collection brings Star Wars, Tesla, GOTG

It's that time again - time to start diving in deep with the wide variety of product releases by device and accessory companies aiming to capitalize on the biggest comic book convention of the year. Today ThinkGeek is joining in on the fun with accessories from comic and cult-classic titles like Guardians of the Galaxy, Knight Rider, the Avengers, and Star Wars. You've already seen the Star Trek entry earlier this month. You'll also find an action figure beach towel to turn yourself into a Legend with big muscles and a trim bod.

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iOS 9, Watch OS 2, OS X 10.11 El Capitan updated to Beta 3 for developers

iOS 9, Watch OS 2, OS X 10.11 El Capitan updated to Beta 3 for developers

Apple's third beta software has been delivered to developers for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac computers with iOS 9, Watch OS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. This is the third wave of software updates to developers working with the software suite for all Apple developers before full release later this year. This update brings the iOS 9 to software build 13A4293f, El Capitan to software build 15A216g, and WatchOS 2 to software build 13S5293e. Developers will get these updates as early as this afternoon - ie immediately over the air.

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Periscope updated to version 1.1.2 with Android/iOS/Web live

Periscope updated to version 1.1.2 with Android/iOS/Web live

Periscope updates their live video app to include Android, iOS, and Web live views as well as Android and Web replays. This version will be delivered to iOS users as early as this afternoon with iOS replays as well. Version 1.1.2 allows users to edit full name as well as description and photo from their profile for the first time. Users will also be able to take advantage of a whole new featured users section and a "broadcast share sheet" for the masses.

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Fleksy: another Android Keyboard moves to the free bin

Fleksy: another Android Keyboard moves to the free bin

Several months after SwiftKey decided to move to a "free" model for Android devices, the keyboard known as Fleksy has decided to flip the switch as well. This is the first time - outside of promos - that the 3rd party keyboard will be free. Users will be able to download the Fleksy keyboard for any and all compatible Android devices as early as this afternoon. From there, in-app purchases like keyboard themes will be available. It's likely Fleksy felt the pressure from the wide variety of other keyboards on the market today with similar models.

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NY Stock Exchange shuts down for 3 hours due to “technical issue”

NY Stock Exchange shuts down for 3 hours due to “technical issue”

The New York Stock Exchange shuts down entirely as a "technical issue" bogs the system. While it's been suggested by the NYSE that this is not due to any sort of malicious attack, no definitive answer has yet been given for what the technical bug could be. Word from the chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White says "We are in contact with N.Y.S.E. and are closely monitoring the situation and trading in N.Y.S.E.-listed stocks." This is the second of two issues today, the first having been announced as resolved at 9:37 AM Eastern Standard Time.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop update comes to Motorola, HTC, LG phones

Android 5.1 Lollipop update comes to Motorola, HTC, LG phones

The Android update to version 5.1 Lollipop has been launched for several smartphones over the past week, and two more today for Motorola. As of this week the original Motorola Moto X has been cleared for early landing with a "soak test" for the software on AT&T. We'll be expecting Android 5.1 Lollipop for the original Moto X on other carriers soon - AT&T appears to be the first to be bringing this software to the masses for the first Moto X this week.

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Alcatel OneTouch Watch launches in White

Alcatel OneTouch Watch launches in White

The software-agnostic Alcatel OneTouch Watch has launched a new color this week - bringing white to the table where before there was black. This is the color we saw the watch in earlier this year, while the Black option was released to pre-orders just a few weeks ago. This smartwatch is different from the rest. It doesn't run Android Wear, it's not running Tizen - and it's certainly not an Apple Watch. This is a unique offering from Alcatel, and it's prepared to connect with your Android or iOS smartphone right out of the box.

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