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.

FLIR ONE Thermal camera for Android hands-on

FLIR ONE Thermal camera for Android hands-on

Today we've gotten the opportunity to work with the Android version of FLIR ONE, a mobile device thermal imager accessory. This device is effectively a camera in and of itself, requiring only that you use your smartphone as its display. It even has its own power source, with a micro-USB port for charging up its own internal battery. What we've seen here opens up our eyes and our minds to a whole new way of seeing the world - like a Predator, of course.

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iPhone 6s details leaked with hardware images

iPhone 6s details leaked with hardware images

The next iPhone has appeared in a number of hardware images said to come from the manufacturing plant where they were made. These images show an iPhone 6s that looks extremely similar to its predecessor, showing only minor chances inside the machine's bust. This device has been rumored to be coming with a new Force Touch feature which ads a dimension of functionality to the machine's user interface with a longer push on its display. Similar processor and camera specifications are expected.

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Reveal Ask Me Anything: an app for teens to ask questions

Reveal Ask Me Anything: an app for teens to ask questions

The app Reveal - Ask Me Anything is an app where people can create profiles, share short videos, and take photos of themselves. With these bits of media, they share with one another. They share information about one another and they ask questions about one another. As you can imagine, the app has quickly turned into an alternative for apps such as Snapchat and Instagram, making way for teens to communicate with one another and fulfill their wishes to be seen and heard.

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Rare space event: catch Venus and Jupiter crossing tonight

Rare space event: catch Venus and Jupiter crossing tonight

Throughout the month of June, Venus and Jupiter have been moving closer and closer to one another. Or at least they've been appearing to move closer to one another. They've been moving in directions that'll eventually have them within one degrees of one another in our night sky, making it appear as those they're very nearly aligned with one another. Starting at the beginning of June at around 21 degrees from one another, these two planets will reach 0.33 degrees, or 20 arc minutes from one another.

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Deciding on Apple Music: what you need to know

Deciding on Apple Music: what you need to know

This morning we're having a peek at Apple Music in the wild for the first time. While we've gotten an opportunity to use the service earlier this year at Apple's developer conference WWDC, this is the first we're getting to use the service just like everybody else. Our first question is undoubtedly yours, as well: does it make sense for me to give up the streaming music service I already use to start subscribing to Apple Music instead? Deciding whether or not to use the music service built-in to your device as made by its creator is a decision most high-end smartphone users have to make at some point in their lives - why not now?

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How to cancel Apple Music auto-renewal

How to cancel Apple Music auto-renewal

Apple Music's free trial period begins today, at the launch of the service at large. Today also begins the reminder for users of free subscription plans on all services that, as this subscription period ends, so too does the free service. The services continue, but the "free" part does not. Artists will be payed. Once the trial ends, you'll be the one paying them. As it is with all services like this, once the free period of play on Apple Music is over, you'll begin to pay the standard fee automatically. This includes a $9.99 a month fee for individuals or a $14.99 a month fee for a family up to 6-members large.

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Apple Music released with iOS 8.4

Apple Music released with iOS 8.4

This morning an updated version of iOS was release for iPhone and iPad, bringing on Apple Music for the masses. Apple Music is being released with 24/7 global radio, what Apple describes as "a way for fans to connect with their favorite artists, and a streaming music service. This is all coming in a redesigned Music app. This release also includes improvements for a number of apps already included in the system. Owners of the newest several generations of iPhone and iPad can expect this software to be pushed to their device starting this afternoon.

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Minecraft in Education launched to help teachers build with students

Minecraft in Education launched to help teachers build with students

Inside the game Minecraft, users are able to very easily create 3D models using square blocks. It's the perfect point between entertaining and educating, creative and mathematical. Microsoft recently acquired the company that made Minecraft - now they're aiming to make a more concentrated effort in education. Inside this video game environment, inside the computer, teachers are able to have students "practicing collaboration, problem solving, digital citizenship, and leadership skills through creative thinking and innovative design." It's about taking the vast potential built-in to Minecraft and making it work for education, in a big way.

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Google Hangouts updated for iOS with Material Design

Google Hangouts updated for iOS with Material Design

Google's design ethos does not end at Android. Releasing their newest version of Google Hangouts for iOS this week, the company's "Material Design" specifications have taken over. This version of the app is not a bordered affair. No longer will you be drowning in non-Material-friendly bits and pieces. This version of the app is made for the future. It's also made to allow you the ability to send multiple photos in one, singular Hangouts message from you to your best buddy.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 details leaked: GS6 eclipsed

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 details leaked: GS6 eclipsed

Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 has been revealed in early images depicting the device as a very close hardware relative of the Galaxy S6. This means glass back, a rounded metal rim, and a very high quality camera. In the images of cases as posted (likely out of embargo) to auction sites internationally and passed on to SlashGear anonymously, we see that this device is just as similar to the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 4 was to the Galaxy S5. One mirrors and out-does the other.

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