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.

PlayStation VR release date and pricing revealed

PlayStation VR release date and pricing revealed

Today the final consumer edition of the PlayStation VR headset has been revealed. They'll be releasing this device with a set of specifications that is both impressive and limited - prepared to meet the demands of the PlayStation 4 itself, including its hardware and software limitations therein. This device works with a single 5.7-inch display, rolling with 1920 x 1080 resolution - that's 960 x 1080 pixels per eye. Refresh rate is at 120 Hz, 90 Hz, and sensors include 9 LEDs/360-degree tracking.

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You’ll be happy with this Android update with Material Design

You’ll be happy with this Android update with Material Design

This week Google updated their spec guidance for bottom navigation for developers making Android apps - for the apps you use. What does this mean for you? It means that the apps you're working with tomorrow should look a whole lot more pleasing than they do today. ...If they're following Google's rules, that is. Google's Material Design library makes all apps look like they belong in the Google Android universe, and with this update, they'll be ready to tap through with extreme ease.

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Indiana Jones 5 greenlit, release in 2019

Indiana Jones 5 greenlit, release in 2019

The next Indiana Jones film is being prepared for release. It's a real deal, and Disney has confirmed it. This film will include Steven Spielberg as its director - as it was with all four previous Indiana Jones films. This film will include Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones - as it was with all four previous Indiana Jones films. This film will probably not include Shia LaBeouf as Mutt Williams - but... you never can tell, can you?

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Google wants you to name the new Android

Google wants you to name the new Android

A Google Opinion Rewards poll has been launched to find the next name for the company's next Android dessert. That'll be the next version of the mobile operating system - the naming of which appears to be falling on the user - you. This method of finding the next name for Android was hinted at back in December of 2015 when Sundar Pichai was in India. He also mentioned that it might be named after an Indian dessert specifically - but we'll see.

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Google webpage encryption made transparent

Google webpage encryption made transparent

This week Google has opened up a new section in their ever-changing, ever-updating Transparency Report for the public. In this new section, google delivers encryption for the masses. Not that they hadn't been moving toward encryption and data security in all things public before - now it's just that they're making more of an effort to show you, the user, how they're doing in their move to HTTPS. This new Transparency Report section is called - appropriately enough - HTTPS at Google.

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Unity engine 2016 demo is terrifyingly realistic (paving way for VR)

Unity engine 2016 demo is terrifyingly realistic (paving way for VR)

Today the folks at Unity have revealed a shirt film called "Adam" to demonstrate the abilities of their Unity engine. This clip is part of a longer film that'll be released (in full) by the Unity Demo team at Unite Europe 2016 in Amsterdam. Until then, you have this - a masterpiece in its own right. This demonstrates not only the power of Unity for games, but for the future of film, too. Unity announced this week the availability of both Unity 5.4 and Unity 5.3.4 (stable), as well as the availability of beta releases to personal edition users. In Unity 5.4 this means big things not only for flat, 2D rendering, but for virtual reality rendering as well.

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Does your MacBook Pro need more storage?

Does your MacBook Pro need more storage?

Kits created by OWC for expanding storage on a litany of legacy MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks have been revealed this week. These pieces of hardware allow most any MacBook Pro or Air unit released in the past several years (back to mid-2013) to upgrade their internal storage with relative ease. OWC brings this Aura SSD to the masses not just for the newest in new - no! They've made way for generations of Apple notebooks to take part.

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Razer Blade 2016 details released: lighter, more powerful, cheaper

Razer Blade 2016 details released: lighter, more powerful, cheaper

It would appear that Razer has found a sweet spot in its notebook lineup as they bring the hallmark of their collection, the Razer Blade, back with updated specs and pricing. We recently reviewed the Razer Blade Stealth, a very, very slim notebook with specs and build quality that surprised us to the point at which we've compared it directly to the best in the market. Razer's newest Razer Blade rolls with a newest-gen Intel Core i7 with 16GB of DDR4 as well as an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M GPU.

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Galaxy S7 costs $255 to make, so says IHS

Galaxy S7 costs $255 to make, so says IHS

This week the folks at research firm IHS have suggested that, after all components are put together and counted up, the Galaxy S7 costs about $255 to make. They suggest that Samsung is creating a device, therefore, that costs around the same amount as the Samsung Galaxy S5 was to make. You'll find that the Galaxy S7 will cost around $670, or more than twice what this research firm suggests it costs to make. Of course there's no real way of knowing the exact pricing without manufacturing receipts and Samsung's final official word.

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Galaxy S7 reveals handy new Wi-fi feature

Galaxy S7 reveals handy new Wi-fi feature

This week new users of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are finding that they've got an extra option in their Mobile HotSpot settings. Instead of just being able to share their mobile internet connection, they're now able to bounce their Wi-fi connection from their smartphone to their laptop - or any other Wi-fi-enable device. What's the use of this? Why would you want to share a Wi-fi connection to a device when that device already has the ability to see a Wi-fi connection? Funny you should ask!

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Xbox One Win10 cross-network play enabled for all online games

Xbox One Win10 cross-network play enabled for all online games

In the immediate future Microsoft will be opening the doors to cross-network cross-device multiplayer gaming action to for the masses. "In addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live," said Chris Charla, Director ID@Xbox, "we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well." The first title to make use of this update will be Rocket League - you'll be able to play on your Windows 10 PC while your buddies play on their Xbox One. Super fair for all parties involved, indeed!

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TomTom still wants you to pay for GPS navigation

TomTom still wants you to pay for GPS navigation

You probably have what you called a "GPS" in a drawer somewhere - a rather monstrous hunk of plastic with a resistive touchscreen that led you places. You were like Michael Scott from The Office allowing yourself to be led around the countryside with that beast. Now the folks at TomTom are attempting to invade your smartphone. Not for the first time - they've been here before - but this time with a service that's free for the first 75km every month. That's 46 miles. That's a very small amount of driving.

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