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.

The Falcon Backpack mini-Review

The Falcon Backpack mini-Review

When we reviewed the Falcon Northwest TLX gaming laptop, with it came a backpack. Not just any backpack - a custom-made Falcon Northwest backpack designed by the founder of the company Kelt Reeves. This backpack cannot be purchased on its own - it only comes with a TLX or DLX notebook from Falcon Northwest. But that doesn't mean we can't count it amongst the finest tech backpacks we've seen over the past several years.

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Mattel’s Google View-Master project set for ToyFair 2015

Mattel’s Google View-Master project set for ToyFair 2015

Invites have just been sent out to the press inviting them to a showing of Google's first team-up project with the toymakers at Mattel. This event will take place on the 14th of February, the first official day of NYC Toy Fair. While Toy Fair will be held by the Toy Industry Association, Inc at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center, this Google / Mattel event will be held off-site - just about 2 miles away, as it were, but still off-site and not officially associated.

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Eye-tracking hits AAA gaming with Assassin’s Creed

Eye-tracking hits AAA gaming with Assassin’s Creed

This week the folks at SteelSeries have announced that their Tobii eye-tracking system will be used to track the eyes of gamers playing Assassin's Creed Rogue on the PC. Released last year for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (at the same time as Assassin's Creed Unity, Assassin's Creed Rogue will employ eye-tracking technology to allow the user to work with an "infinite screen." Your view will center wherever your eyes do so gaze - left, right, up, down, or anywhere you peek in-between.

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Hubble captures 3x Jupiter moon transit

Hubble captures 3x Jupiter moon transit

The event that the Hubble space telescope captured this week only happens once or twice every ten years. What we're seeing here is three of the four Galilean satellites - moons, that is - moving around Jupiter's gaseous surface, all within the same frame at the same time. Their shadows are all in the frame at the same time, at least. Here you'll see the moons "Io", "Callisto", and our good friend "Europa." That last one we'll be visiting in the next 9 years if we're lucky.

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Henn na: Japan’s first robot hotel

Henn na: Japan’s first robot hotel

Located within Huis Ten Bosch theme park, Henn na Hotel will be staffed by robots. Not entirely by robots - not at first - but at least in past by what the company calls "Actroids". These actroids come from the Kokoro, the animatronics division of Sanrio (better known for their brand Hello Kitty!) The actroid has been developed over the course of the past 11 years, having first been developed by Osaka University in 2003. These androids will greet you, carry your luggage, and make you a lovely cup of coffee.

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NASA Pluto photos arrive after 9 year mission

NASA Pluto photos arrive after 9 year mission

The New Horizons mission has sent back its first photos here after 9 years and 1 month since launch. Onboard the LORRI craft, an 8.2-inch (20.8-centimeter) aperture focuses visible light to a charge-coupled device - a digital camera, that is to say, works with a telescope aimed directly at one of our furthest cousins in the Solar System: Pluto. February 4th (yesterday) also marks what would've been Clyde Tombaugh's 109th birthday - Tombaugh is credited with first discovering Pluto all the way back in 1930.

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Samsung NX500 tops NX1 with 4K release

Samsung NX500 tops NX1 with 4K release

Today Samsung returns to the high-powered camera arena for 2015 with their NX500, a new-age successor to last year's NX1. This year the NX500 comes with upgraded processor - a brand new DRIMeV - on top of the 4K recording ability brought on with the NX1. This camera works with a 28MP BSI APS-C image sensor, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity. This device works with Samsung's NX AF system III, Samsung Auto Shot technology, and a 3-inch touchscreen on its backside to capture images and video with a wide variety of ways and means - this screen also flips out, down, and up.

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Amiibo Gold and Silver edition Mario starts new wave

Amiibo Gold and Silver edition Mario starts new wave

Two new editions of the first wave of Nintendo Amiibo figurines have appeared: Mario Gold Edition and Mario Silver Edition. While no details have been shared by Nintendo officially, both editions were found on Nintendo's webpage - so they're on their way! Both editions are very likely set to function the same as their predecessors, tapping in to functionality with the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS for cross-platform play. And don't expect the Gold and Silver re-paints to stop here, either.

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One-ton rodent used tusks like elephant

One-ton rodent used tusks like elephant

A paper has been produced by three researchers in which they predict the bite force of the largest rodent to have ever been discovered. Philip G. Cox, Andrés Rinderknecht, and Ernesto Blanco collaborated on a paper in which they suggest that the rodent called Josephoartigasia monesi used its incisors like tusks, "processing tough vegetation with large bite forces at the cheek teeth." Hows that for a horrifying image for you? A 2,205-pound (1000 kg) (over a ton) rodent with tusks, ready to eat your shrubberies at a moment's notice!

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Snapchat is down: double-check your snaps

Snapchat is down: double-check your snaps

Since about 3PM Eastern Time today, the social network Snapchat has been down for the count for users across the United States. and in various places in Western Europe. This service appears knocked out for a wide variety of users though the official Snapchat Support Snapchat Status suggests "All systems normal." Don't panic - you're not alone. There's always the internet, and there ARE other social networks out there where you're going to be able to seek support. You're going to just have to stay strong.

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