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.

WWDC 2015’s pre-event Black Banners dropped early: no secrets here

WWDC 2015’s pre-event Black Banners dropped early: no secrets here

While past years' Apple developer conferences have had black covers over banners before the week's main event, no such covers are necessary this time around. This year isn't about secrets. It's not about big reveals. This year Apple is up front about what it's bringing to the table - assistance and support for developers. Perfectly understandable since WWDC 2015 is a developer conference - a conference which is supposed to be aimed at giving developers a leg up in the software development environment for Apple products.

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Tracking Bill Nye’s Solar Sailer LightSail

Tracking Bill Nye’s Solar Sailer LightSail

LightSail has deployed, and with it, a Mission Control Center with the ability to predict where the solar sailer will be moving above the Earth as it makes its important journey. The good news is that this solar sailer will be passing over the United States. The bad news is - it's probably already passed over you for the first time if you're reading this article in the late afternoon. This won't be the only opportunity you get to be close to a solar sailer, on the other hand, as development will continue well into the future with The Planetary Society.

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Valve’s VR headset unboxing and super cute illustrated manual

Valve’s VR headset unboxing and super cute illustrated manual

It has begun - Valve and HTC have shipped the first round of Vive VR headsets to developers of all sorts. What you're about to see is a series of photos of the Vive Dev Kit manual, the box, and the headset itself, as shipped to users across the United States, Canada, and abroad. As Valve's Chet Faliszek suggests, "this first wave includes a wide range of developers from major movie studios, triple A developers, to small indie teams working on their first title."

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Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

This week Facebook launches Facebook Lite, a version of their social networking app made for low-speed data networks around the world. This app is aimed at nations with little or severely limited data on smartphone, pushing the line between functionality and operability. This app isn't made for everyone - it's made for those that want to connect in remote areas, and don't mind giving up a few flourishes in an app to do so. Facebook Lite functions very similar to the standard Facebook app - can it keep up?

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Five things we’re expecting from WWDC 2015

Five things we’re expecting from WWDC 2015

Just days before Apple's WWDC 2015 - their yearly developer conference - we're having another close-as-possible look at what'll be shown by the company. Here we're highlighting the most important bits, running down the software that'll be shown off in San Francisco. While there's a possibility that Apple COULD reveal some new hardware, we'd suggest you didn't bet on it. This year's developer conference will be all about developers, as it was always meant to be. This list includes iOS 9, OS X 10.11, HomeKit, Beats Streaming Music, and the Apple Watch Native SDK.

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Samsung battles Galaxy S6 Edge vs iPhone 6

Samsung battles Galaxy S6 Edge vs iPhone 6

Samsung makes the Galaxy S6 Edge look more futuristic than the iPhone 6 in a simple video presentation. The following spot has a bit of information about the iPhone 6 and a bit of information about the Galaxy S6. What it serves to do is not just compare specifications, but to compare the feel - and the intent - of the devices. Since it's made by Samsung, it should be clear that it's skewed in that direction, but still - it's interesting without a doubt. Experience this edge and decide for yourself.

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SteamOS 2-years later: why you don’t want it

SteamOS 2-years later: why you don’t want it

Back in September of 2013, Valve revealed SteamOS - now it's time for action. Here in June of 2015, just a bit under two years later, Valve's revealed the final iteration of the Steam Controller, the key to the system - the one component you can't buy anywhere else. Every other piece of this gaming environment can be had elsewhere, or run on a PC you've got at home. After months and months of preparation, Valve's presented a system they hope will take over your living room. Is it too late? Has the company lost all momentum? Is SteamOS dead in the water before it launches in ernest?

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Upload your photos to Microsoft’s TwinsOrNot website, find the truth

Upload your photos to Microsoft’s TwinsOrNot website, find the truth

After the relatively massive success of the Microsoft website "How Old", creator Mat Velloso decided to return with another. This release goes by the name TwinsOrNot - Twins or Not - and it'll help you decide whether or not you and a friend are actually secret twins. Velloso is a Microsoft man, developing this website for the greater good of Microsoft's Face API, showing developers how easy it is to make it work for them. Velloso knows what the people want. They want creepy photo uploaders.

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Oculus Mobile VR Jam 2015 winners: apps to keep your eyes on

Oculus Mobile VR Jam 2015 winners: apps to keep your eyes on

Ahead of the release of the full consumer-edition Oculus Rift in early 2016, Oculus continues to hold their Mobile VR Jam event here in June of 2015. Announced this week were a collection of hand-picked and judged winning apps and games from the event, showing off some of the most promising pieces of software this years' developers had to show. What you're about to see are the best of the best - some awesome stuff here you're going to want to keep a tab open to.

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Lifetime Full House re-cast photo revealed, we make cut-outs

Lifetime Full House re-cast photo revealed, we make cut-outs

This afternoon the first cast photo from the unauthorized Full House bio-pic has been released by Lifetime. "The Unauthorized Full House Story" is being written by the same person who wrote the other unauthorized Lifetime show you didn't know existed: "The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story." This news comes not long after the Netflix news that the original Full House would be given a bit of a bonus with a set of 12 episodes - with the original cast - called Fuller House.

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