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.

Razer OUYA acquisition is all about games

Razer OUYA acquisition is all about games

Here's why being acquired by a company like Razer is great: not only will OUYA continue to be made in hardware form, the software will be expanding. According to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, Razer has acquired the software assets of OUYA and will start this party off right - by integrating OUYA games and their store into the Razer Forge TV - that's their Android TV device revealed earlier this year at CES 2015. Not only that, but the OUYA gaming console will continue to live on, and maybe even grow!

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OnePlus 2 released in controlled leak

OnePlus 2 released in controlled leak

This morning several images of what we must assume is the final model OnePlus 2 have "leaked" via microbloggers. This device is supposed to be revealed in its entirety later today via a virtual reality launch as outlined earlier this year and pushed with a set of Google Cardboard units earlier this month. These images come with such high quality photography skills apparent that we must assume they've been leaked by OnePlus themselves - though with just a few hours to go before the final reveal, it's not like it matters all that much.

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Why the Apple Watch is heading to Best Buy, not Target

Why the Apple Watch is heading to Best Buy, not Target

Why did Apple choose Best Buy to carry their Apple Watch when so many other stores would jump at the chance? This is the question many electronics stores - many of whom also carry Apple products - will be asking at board meetings this afternoon. Why, Apple, would you choose the one retailer for the Apple Watch, one that allows people to literally take working model smartphones and smartwatches off the rack to test them? Why indeed. The proof is in the pudding - stores like Target and Walmart are making a mockery of the point-of-sale mobile device business.

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Microsoft just released an awesome Android launcher

Microsoft just released an awesome Android launcher

Microsoft's Arrow Launcher is out today in Beta, creating for the Google-made software an environment in which quickness is key. While the app may be in a "private beta" for now, Microsoft has also released the APK to the public - no need to participate in the troubleshooting involved in a Beta if you do not want. Inside this launcher is a reorganization of efforts for the Android universe, making three screens the center of the software: apps, contacts, and reminders. From here you'll find yourself cramped in - in a good way.

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67-year old Schwarzenegger recreates iconic Terminator 2 bar scene

67-year old Schwarzenegger recreates iconic Terminator 2 bar scene

In an effort to promote his special appearance in a wrestling video game (WWE 2K16), Arnold Schwarzenegger has recreated his role as the Terminator from T2: Judgement Day. It is here that he re-enters the biker bar in the nude, demanding of a biker: "I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle." Of course this biker and the rest of the patrons of the bar are all wrestlers - but that's not going to change anything, really. He'll still get the cigar jammed into his chest, and we can assume the rest of the carnage will follow.

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Gogoro Smartscooter pre-orders begin shipping tomorrow

Gogoro Smartscooter pre-orders begin shipping tomorrow

The company behind the Gogoro Smartscooter announces their intent to ship pre-orders as of this week. Customers that ordered the Gogoro Smartscooter earlier this year on pre-order can expect their shipments to begin as early as tomorrow. Just so long as they live in Taipei. As for the rest of the world - not just yet. First cities will need official "GoStation" recharging points, complete with plug-ins to service the machines. Then we can be on our way to fully electric scooter cities!

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Chromecast birthday means Google delivers presents to Android TV

Chromecast birthday means Google delivers presents to Android TV

Happy Birthday, Chromecast! It's been two years since the tiny HDMI-based TV dongle launched at Google, and Google wants to celebrate. To do so, they've delivered a collection of freebies or otherwise interesting trial-offer sorts of gifts to the public. To those that already have Chromecast or Android TV devices, that is to say. These tiny bits include everything from 90 days of Google Play Music Unlimited to a week of Hulu. Meanwhile Chromecast itself is at just about the lowest price it's ever been, sale or no, with deals for doubling down.

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Acer’s bringing gaming PCs and tablets to IFA

Acer’s bringing gaming PCs and tablets to IFA

This week invites are going out to Acer's big event series at IFA 2015 in Berlin, complete with a teaser image. The image you see here has a big ol' power button amid some Batman-looking black swooping lines. The power button and the lines belong to one of Acer's gaming PCs, a "Predator" machine revealed at a small event earlier this year amid a few other early-view pieces of hardware, all in the gaming space. All with sharp angles and an aim for a place in your extravagant gaming PC and Android tablet-loving heart.

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Fallout Shelter Android release this August with Mr. Handy

Fallout Shelter Android release this August with Mr. Handy

Smash hit mobile app Fallout Shelter, from the folks that brought you Fallout, is coming to Android. This app launched soon after the next Fallout game (Fallout 4) was announced earlier this year, launching only on the Apple App Store. That was June - almost immediately after launching, Fallout Shelter became the number one most downloaded game in 48 countries and the most downloaded app of ANY KIND in 25 countries. Needless to say, it's hyped up - and of course a very fine game in its own right.

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Uber Ice Cream delivery: no music, only tasty treats

Uber Ice Cream delivery: no music, only tasty treats

This isn't the first time Uber vehicles have ever delivered ice cream. It is the first time Uber Denver specifically planned out an elaborate way to bring the entire city their fix on a 90-degree day in both Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. While you'd expect that having ice cream hand-delivered to wherever you happen to be in a city wouldn't be cheap, this delivery comes at a mint. Uber is delivering "Little Man Ice Cream" only, a kind of hand-made ice cream that costs $20 per 4-ounce serving.

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Dark side of the Pluto captured by New Horizons

Dark side of the Pluto captured by New Horizons

Today NASA reveals an image of Pluto that captures the night side of the dwarf planet. Unlike our own moon, the dark side of Pluto isn't quite such a prevailing "mystery" as it rotates. We've essentially seem at least blurry images of all parts of Pluto. This image captures the dwarf planet's atmosphere. From the side of the spherical space body that's facing away from the sun at the time of image capture, this photo was taken after NASA's New Horizons mission had already completed its closest pass.

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Why I won’t be buying a new Moto X or G

Why I won’t be buying a new Moto X or G

Next week Motorola will likely reveal the next Moto X, a flagship phone that'll be better than any they've made before. What we're exploring today is the idea that Motorola already made a device so good that there's no reason to upgrade. What I'm suggesting here is that Motorola's 2014 Moto X is so good in basically every way a smartphone should be, that users might be better off buying that phone than whatever Motorola reveals this year. As we've said before, this is also true of the original Moto G.

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