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.

Star Wars Uprising gameplay shows age after “Jedi”

Star Wars Uprising gameplay shows age after “Jedi”

Earlier this year Lucasfilm and Disney revealed that "Star Wars: Uprising" would be one of several games that'd forge the future of the film franchise. In-game players would take on the role of a rebel rising up against the Empire immediately following the destruction of the second Death Star. That means this game takes place immediately following Return of the Jedi. Now we get our first brief glimpse of gameplay. Just keep telling yourself that just because it's mobile, it doesn't have to be meaningless - this game is going to have real consequences.

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Airbus patents even more massive double-decker airplane

Airbus patents even more massive double-decker airplane

A new patent shows the Airbus company may be making an aircraft larger than its already largest air-ready vehicle. This patent application suggests that a double-decker airplane is once again in order, making way for more fuel economy as it carries just as many passengers, luggage, and otherwise "profitable cargo" across the planet. This airplane aims to improve upon the A380, the most talked-about Airbus airplane in the world today. Foldable seats that slide together and possible requirements for still-oversized jetways remain included.

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Jolla and Sailfish OS to split in two, go Nokia’s way

Jolla and Sailfish OS to split in two, go Nokia’s way

Jolla announces that they'll be pushing for two separate companies in the near future, one focusing on software, the other on hardware. While they suggest this morning that "the new Jolla devices company will be announced separately after the summer," they assure those anxiously awaiting the Jolla Tablet that they'll have the device they payed for. Eventually. As soon as possible, they say. Meanwhile those of you hoping for a wider distribution of Sailfish OS have good news coming your way.

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LG G4 drone footage released in full HD

LG G4 drone footage released in full HD

This morning LG released footage of the LG G4 working with a mount on a high-powered drone. If you're the sort of person to pick up a drone and fly it around Los Angeles, you'll know exactly what it's like to have to deal with less-than-fantastic camera action on built-in units with the lesser of the drones on the market today. This solution looks to be just about the best there is. You'll also notice that this drone owner uses the leather-clad LG G4, of course.

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Withings Activite watch adds swim tracking

Withings Activite watch adds swim tracking

Smartwatch Withings Activite ads the ability to detect when its user goes swimming. This new bit of functionality is built in to the device that's already on the wrists of users, needing only a software update to activate. This system will automatically recognize when its user is swimming so its user does not need to do anything special - not even tapping a button - before diving in. The watch sends information to the users smartphone for health tracking - both on dry land and in the water.

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NuSTAR uncovers five new black holes and a galaxy full of potential

NuSTAR uncovers five new black holes and a galaxy full of potential

Using NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), researchers have uncovered five new supermassive black holes and the potential for many more. This research, led by astronomers at Durham University, United Kingdom, suggests that not only are there five supermassive black holes that'd been previously undiscovered. They also suggest that there's a whole galaxy of black holes that are just lying in wait, clouded by dust, awaiting the eye of NuSTAR to de-dust or otherwise see through their guise to uncover them.

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This is Motorola’s new “Kinzie” phone

This is Motorola’s new “Kinzie” phone

Details for the next Motorola flagship device have leaked in two different iterations, one internationally, one domestic. The domestic version goes by codename "Kinzie" and is almost certainly headed for Verizon as a DROID device. Verizon will not release this device until later this year for more than one reason. The first reason is - they've just released new editions of the DROID Turbo right under our noses. The devices aren't all that different - they've just been given new paint jobs, so to speak.

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What you need to know about GoPro’s HERO4 Session

What you need to know about GoPro’s HERO4 Session

GoPro HERO4 Session launches in tiny form factor with drawbacks to match. What you're going to want to know about the GoPro HERO4 Session is what it does and what it doesn't do - because though it has the GoPro name attached, it's not going to be bringing you the same abilities as you're used do with a full-sized GoPro HERO. This device is more akin to the new Polaroid Cube+, complete with one form factor you'd easily mistake for the other. This one's not quite as cute.

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Watch Predator’s Mortal Kombat X release with Carl Weathers

Watch Predator’s Mortal Kombat X release with Carl Weathers

Watch the Predator tear Jason apart in Mortal Kombat X - because there's no better way to spend your afternoon. What you're about to see is not only the release of the Predator character for Mortal Kombat X on all platforms, but the reveal of Carl Weathers as Jax. Weathers took the role of beefy fighter in the first Predator film - now he's back to do damage as everyone's favorite metallic basher. Here you'll see the fight you've been waiting for - unless you'd rather Jesse "The Body" Ventura be released. We'll keep crossing our fingers for that one.

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Reddit CEO apologizes for surprises, bad management

Reddit CEO apologizes for surprises, bad management

Ellen Pao responds to the community with an apology for not handling moderator concerns in a timely and helpful manner. Pao, interim CEO at Reddit, recently found herself at the receiving end of a bit of fervor over the past week due to a seemingly sudden firing of one Admin for the site by the name of Victoria Taylor. Taylor was also Reddit's director of talent and communications. Pao has suggested that she couldn't speak about one individual employee - but she had plenty of comments on other matters.

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