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.

Apple Watch Friday: 3 things you should know

Apple Watch Friday: 3 things you should know

This Friday - that's tomorrow, the 10th of April - the Apple Watch will launch in Apple Stores around the world. Apple fans and general consumers will be heading in to Apple Stores in several different countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, the UK, France, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong / China, and Japan. It'll be there that Apple will be tested - bringing not only a new product to their lineup, but a whole new method for in-store sales, pre-order sales, and in-store presentation of their devices.

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LEGO Dimensions: many worlds, one platform, one game

LEGO Dimensions: many worlds, one platform, one game

At last, all LEGO brands can play in harmony in a digital video game. Joel McHale is here to deliver a message to the masses on what it'll mean to take LEGO characters like Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle, and jam them all into a single video game called LEGO Dimensions. This game works with a single starter game, a portal, and expansions that'll span well into the future. Place your LEGO character or creation on the platform and it'll be pushed into they trusted universe that is Dimensions.

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Google expands online museum with 3D objects

Google expands online museum with 3D objects

The Google Art Project expands online today with a collection of more than 200 objects displayed in full 3D. These objects are available - to the public - to be rotated and zoomed in on, allowing users to get up close and personal with them in ways never before possible, online or off. Oddities and rare pieces of artwork can now be turned around and inspected from all angles, all thanks to 3D scanning technology Google is now making available to museums around the world for free.

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YouTube monthly fee will rid users of ads

YouTube monthly fee will rid users of ads

A new paid offering will be made for users of YouTube this month. YouTube has sent out an email to Partners which suggests that they'll be building on the momentum they've got with YouTube Music Key Beta and YouTube Kids working with over 2 million installs in less than one month. All three of these initiatives are part of what Google suggests is a series of "bold new steps to bring these experiences* to life." *These experiences, this YouTube message explains, include watching what users want, whenever they want, anywhere, and on any device they choose.

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Apple Watch reviving iOS vs Android device war

Apple Watch reviving iOS vs Android device war

Reviews like the collection that were posted earlier today, the first wave of Apple Watch reviews, remind us that there's still some confusion about how iOS compares to Android. While neither the Apple Watch nor Android Wear devices run a smartphone or tablet version of their makers' software, the treatment of these devices is similar to that of their smartphone and tablet companions. Should the smartwatch be treated with the same expectations as its larger, pocket or purse-carried companions? Absolutely not.

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Android Wear battles Apple Watch hype with straps and faces

Android Wear battles Apple Watch hype with straps and faces

This afternoon, Google unveiled a newly expanded collection of hand-picked watch faces for Android Wear. Android Wear, if you weren't aware, is Google's wearable operating system, made (at the moment) specifically for smartwatches. Google also announced that there are now more than 1,000 watch faces available through the Google Play app store for Android Wear devices. For the rest of your wrist, Google also added a collection of hand-picked watch straps made specifically for Android Wear devices in many different wild colors - and some classics, too.

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Canon EOS C300 Mark II revealed with 4K video

Canon EOS C300 Mark II revealed with 4K video

The successor to the original Canon EOS C300 has been revealed by the company with 4K video and dual DIGIC DV5 processors inside. The Canon C300 Mark II works with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, up to 410Mbps recording in 4K, and 10-bit 4:2:2 in 4K recording (UHD 3840 x 2160 & DCI cinematic (4096 x 2160 pixels) as well. Users will find this appearing in camera stores throughout the United States in and around September, while some retailers have begun taking pre-orders now. This camera will effectively replace the original C300 in Canon's video lineup.

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LG isn’t just giving away 4,000 LG G4s

LG isn’t just giving away 4,000 LG G4s

The LG G4 "Consumer Experience Campaign" isn't what the headlines suggest. You aren't going to get an LG G4 to love and to hold and to keep forever. It's a testing program. While most news sites suggest that LG is giving out 4,000 smartphones to those "lucky" enough to receive one, they push the bit about a time limit to a paragraph later in the article. Far further down than some readers choose to read, well further than their excitement would carry them, as it were.

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Brontosaurus is back! (in 60 years or so)

Brontosaurus is back! (in 60 years or so)

This week there's word going round that Brontosaurus is back. In fact, though, the name is only back according to one study. One study does not make the entire scientific community change its mind. The timeline you'll see below shows when the Brontosaurus was first discovered, when the name Brontosaurus was retired, and how long it took for the entire scientific community to accept the realities therein. It's not as simple as most news stories on this subject this week would have you believe.

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DJI Phantom 3 drone revealed with newly chopped price points

DJI Phantom 3 drone revealed with newly chopped price points

This morning in New York City, DJI announced the third generation of their popular Phantom line. This will be the DJI Phantom 3, and it'll be all about hype. They've shown quite a few things being filmed with pre-production units including skiing on massive mountains, out in the wilderness, and over an active volcano. This device will be delivered with a new app for mobile devices, one that comes with accurate tracking, video adjustments, and live flagging for automatic video editing on-the-go.

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