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.

ASUS heads to watch shops with VivoWatch

ASUS heads to watch shops with VivoWatch

The device you're about to see does not run Android Wear. This is the ASUS VivoWatch, and it's bucking the trend set by its competitors by running its own unique operating system. Inside you'll find 10-day battery life and software that lends itself to health and fitness tracking for its wearer. This watch isn't headed to smartphone stores, like so many other wearable devices released recently. Instead, the ASUS VivoWatch is headed to Goldsmith stores, Watches of Switzerland, and WatchShop dot com.

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Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 hits Best Buy

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 hits Best Buy

This week the folks at Samsung are pushing the details on the release of their next Virtual Reality headset, the Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6. This is the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge's version of the Gear VR, bringing a slightly more dense display to the virtual reality arena than the Galaxy Note of the first wave. This headset will be brought to Best Buy online and in physical store locations and to Samsung online starting on the 15th of May.

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Mad Max launch trailer eats dog food, hits Thunderdome

Mad Max launch trailer eats dog food, hits Thunderdome

So you're a big fan of the original Max, the Road Warrior, the nameless stranger, yes? Mad Max is a game based on a movie, a movie that resurrects the original Mad Max trilogy of films with a new lead actor and an alternate take on the post-apocalyptic wasteland. Have a peek at the latest trailer, the last trailer before launch, we hope, for Mad Max. This game will be coming out well after the movie, and it'll include Dinki-Di dog food, just like it should. Just as Australian God intended.

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Misfit Minute launches as Apple Watch exclusive

Misfit Minute launches as Apple Watch exclusive

This week Misfit is launching the newest exclusive Apple Watch app, bringing more fitness-friendly functionality to the wearable world. This software will allow the user to select a time interval of 1, 4, or 7 minutes, receiving then a recommendation of a total body workout that'll be best suited for them at that time. This workout will include body-weight exercises, and "high intensity circuit training" that'll aim to burn calories and build strength for the user. Misfit Minute also provides the Apple Watch user with a collection of encouraging and inspirational messages during their workout.

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Box aims for developers with Dev Toolkit, SDK

Box aims for developers with Dev Toolkit, SDK

This week the folks at Box have presented their first Box Developer Edition, making a play for the creators amongst us. This system will work to provide developers with all the tools they need to build apps around and in the Box file sharing and cloud management system. This system was shown for the first time at the BoxDev developer conference this week. This system aims to bring in developers to work on Box with Box for users of Box in the wild - and the whole Box world is about to get a whole lot more diverse.

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The 3 big drawbacks to using Google Project Fi

The 3 big drawbacks to using Google Project Fi

Google's wireless carrier is out in the open, and along with a number of fairly solid positive points, there are - as with any industry-moving plan - some drawbacks. This Google wireless carrier business has been a long time coming, after all, and it's no perfect first swipe. Today we're having a peek at what you need to know about Google Project Fi if you plan on subscribing in the near future in both the positive and the negative. The article you're about to dive into right here and now is aimed at showing you what you might consider drawbacks.

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Twitter abuse now requires your phone number

Twitter abuse now requires your phone number

As one of several new means of combating abuse on their social network, Twitter is bringing on phone number verification for users. This system will not require that every Twitter verify their account using a phone number, but would potentially have some users required to verify their account or risk having said account destroyed entirely. Twitter is also enacting a feature which hides abusive Tweets from those that abused users do not follow. Abuse, Twitter hopes, will soon be a thing of the past - or it'll be hidden from view, at least.

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Why I do not plan on buying an Apple Watch

Why I do not plan on buying an Apple Watch

I don't own an iPhone. I really could end this train of thought with that, but here's what's more: study after study has shown that most people planning on purchasing an Apple Watch also have an iPhone. Many of those people also wear a watch on a regular basis. Apple is in a pretty good position to displace the watches on the wrists of iPhone users over the next few weeks, as it were. But for me - there're really no way I'd end up with an Apple Watch on my wrist.

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iPhone 7 and an Apple Watch: a monstrous creation

iPhone 7 and an Apple Watch: a monstrous creation

Today a new concept has arisen showing what the iPhone 7 could be if Apple absolutely lost its mind and decided to retrofit Apple Watch features to it. What you're about to see is a monster. A Dr. Frankenstein's creation made with the most iconic pieces of the iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch. What reason would there be for a digital crown to be on a smartphone? Who cares? Let's just make it a reality with absolute wild abandon for all things sleek and useful!

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Google Carrier? It’s about time!

Google Carrier? It’s about time!

After years of speculation, rumor, and chatter from Google itself, it would appear that the company is preparing itself to be its own mobile carrier. This would mean that, if you purchase a Nexus 6, for example, from Google, you could potentially also be paying Google for the data you use on the device, with data being served by the same towers as serve T-Mobile USA. This service could be appearing through Google's newly separated Google Store online as early as this month, announced as early as this afternoon.

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