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.

Google lists all of your devices, location included

Google lists all of your devices, location included

This week Google is doubling down on security, making it easy for you to get an idea of how many devices you've used with Google services, showing you these devices in one simple list. For a user like myself, this list is massive. Even just going back to the tail end of 2013, Google lists 43 devices I've logged in on. Not just devices I've ever logged in on, but devices I'm STILL logged in on. This means I really, truly need to be better at remembering to log out.

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Verizon’s Moto X Android Lollipop release Benchmarked

Verizon’s Moto X Android Lollipop release Benchmarked

This morning the 4G LTE Verizon version of the Motorola Moto X from 2014 has an update rolling out across the United States. This update is for the system software, bringing this unit's OS up to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Users have seen this update appearing as early as noon here in the midwest - if you don't have it yet, you will very, very soon. Whatever you do, though, don't expect this download to be loaded quickly - some downloads are taking upwards of an hour.

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Regin malware: three things you need to know

Regin malware: three things you need to know

Today the folks at Symantec have reported their discovery of the malware known as Regin. This software is detected by Symantec and Norton products as "Backdoor.Regin", and it seems clear that given the complexity of the hack, a nation state is likely responsible for its creation. This software is extremely "low key", meaning it can remain undetected for several years in a system, and even if it IS detected, it's not always possible to find out what its been up to.

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Star Wars 7 trailer released this week: here’s where [UPDATED: More theaters!]

Star Wars 7 trailer released this week: here’s where [UPDATED: More theaters!]

This "holiday week-end" you'll be able to see a trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens, aka Star Wars 7, in select theaters throughout the United States. A limited number of theaters are said to be participating in this "preview" for the film - though we're not entirely sure why our source uses that word. One worker for a theater chain suggests that an internal email has been sent notifying employees that the preview will be coming. We must assume it'll be coming in a steel truck with armed guards, but no confirmation on that bit yet.

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Craigslist was down: a short interview with the hacker blamed for it

Craigslist was down: a short interview with the hacker blamed for it

Overnight Craigslist experienced some down time in the form of a hacker redirect. Today we've had a short chat with one of the hackers blamed for the mess, along with word on his most recent project as a musician called YTCracker - a project we've also covered very recently. It would seem that it's no coincidence that one event happened right on top of the other - it might also be no coincidence that 15 years ago today, YTCracker broke into NASA's webpage for the Goddard Flight Center, vandalizing it with a warning for US government to beef up security.

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T-Mobile makes Google Music free to stream with 26 other services

T-Mobile makes Google Music free to stream with 26 other services

This week T-Mobile is bringing the heat with an extension on their Music Freedom service which allows users to stream music without added data costs. That means that the music service you use to stream music - the app that probably uses the MOST data on your device - will no longer be counted against your data costs for the month with T-Mobile. This is a service that no other mobile carrier offers at this time - not on the ground, that is to say.

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Galaxy S6 details: turning Samsung’s mobile fortunes

Galaxy S6 details: turning Samsung’s mobile fortunes

If today's report on the sales of the Galaxy S5 are true, Samsung's next release will need to be a doozy. We previously had a chat on what Samsung was potentially getting into with the Galaxy S6 - how they may be working on a "Project Zero", a reboot of the entire series, a re-imagining of the smartphone monster they've created. Now with the Galaxy S5 said to have been selling 40% less than its predecessor, there's no better time for Samsung to bring the heat.

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Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV eyes-on

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV eyes-on

With the Mitsubishi Motors Concept XR-PHEV, the LA Auto Show 2014 sees a slick plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle drivetrain paired with high-end, bold styling - in bright red, of course. Mitsubishi brought this vehicle to LA not only reaffirm their commitment to the US market, but to show how future vehicles will look and run. As this vehicle is a concept, Mitsubishi says it'll never reach the road in its current form. On the other hand, the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV does play host to not only futuristic aesthetics for next-gen cars, but futuristic technologies as well.

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Super Smash Bros Wii U debut: watch real gameplay now

Super Smash Bros Wii U debut: watch real gameplay now

Today Nintendo released Super Smash Bros for Wii U, the fifth installment in the series and close companion to Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS. While the video game streaming service Twitch is not native to the Wii U, several means of transmission allow the game to be streamed by 3rd parties. As such, supposing the reviews you've read so far weren't enough to convince you to check this game out, today we're tapping in to some of the most active streams available to the public. Watch as the Smash action unfolds right this instant.

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2015 Nissan Murano eyes-on

2015 Nissan Murano eyes-on

This year at the 2014 LA Auto Show we've been given a good look at the 2015 Nossan Murano. This is a vehicle that was originally showed off (in its earlier form) as the Nissan Resonance Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto show. Back then we crossed our fingers that this vehicle would eventually see the real showroom floor as a next-generation crossover. This week we've seen what the 2015 Nissan Murano has become. With its V-Motion grille, signature headlines and a collection of futuristic technological advances, this vehicle is set to hit the road.

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