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.

Xperia Z3 likely headed for USA event: Oct 9th

Xperia Z3 likely headed for USA event: Oct 9th

What’s that, a Sony mobile device event set for one day after HTC’s similar event - in the same city? Not too massive a coincidence, but still: there’s no way they didn’t at least guess at one another. What we’re guessing here is that Sony will bring their full collection of Xperia Z3 devices to the United States in style.

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Surprise: females play video games too

Surprise: females play video games too

This morning we’re having a peek at a study conducted by the folks at The ESA on gaming culture in North America over the past year. While viral stories surrounded videos like the Jonathan McIntosh-made video (seen below) of a male-dominated E3, the world’s largest gaming conference, this study shows nearly as many females play video games as males. In the United States, at least.

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RIP Nokia Sync

RIP Nokia Sync

This December 5th, 2014, the age of Nokia Sync will be over. This affects the Nokia Series 40, Nokia N9, and a number of Nokia Symbian phones. I know you’re sad, and I know you’ll miss it. Today we show respect for the system that kept your Nokia device connected to your PC - love and respect.

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INSTEON home automation adds Cortana: Jarvis for all

INSTEON home automation adds Cortana: Jarvis for all

Ever wonder what it’d be like to be Tony Stark, Iron Man with a home automation system that speaks with you when you speak to it? Lucky you, the folks at INSTEON have begun releasing their app for Windows Phone 8.1 for full home automation action - complete with Cortana. This means you’ll be able to interact with your home automation system the same way you’d speak with Windows Phone 8.1’s own friendly voice assistant.

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Turn off a piece of your display to save battery

Turn off a piece of your display to save battery

It’s not a brand new concept, but there certainly aren’t very many people who’ve taken advantage of the ability: turning off pixels on your Android smartphone. Suppose you’ve got a massively dense display, full of thousands of pixels, and you’re just about to run out of battery. Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn off a piece of your screen and run a whole lot longer?

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