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.

SlashGear’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

SlashGear’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

The holidays are almost here, but picking the perfect tech gift for the important people in your life needn't be difficult. We've dug through all the best devices from 2014 to figure out what you should be wrapping up to put a smile on someone's face, from stocking stuffers through to the flagship gadgets we rate the most. And, since knowing what to ask for can be just as tough as knowing what to buy, we can even help you decide what should be on your own wish-list. Read on for SlashGear's picks for the 2014 holidays!

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Game of Thrones returns in Trailer for PS4, Xbox One

Game of Thrones returns in Trailer for PS4, Xbox One

This week the folks behind the Telltale Games release of Game of Thrones have decided to unveil their first trailer. This is an episodic series of games, starting with "A Song of Ice and Fire", and will follow similar formatting to other episodic games from the same developer: The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands, and The Wolf Among Us included. This release has George R.R. Martin working as story consultant and has characters from the HBO series doing the voices of the characters they represent in the TV series.

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Poo Bus aims to improve urban air quality

Poo Bus aims to improve urban air quality

This week the first ever bus powered on human food waste was released into the wild in the UK. This is the Bio-Bus, a green vehicle which is literally, truly powered by poo. This bus was created by GENeco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water, a company proud to product a bus that's able to travel 300km (or 186mi) on a full tank of gas produced by Bristol sewage treatment works. So you don't actually poo ON the bus, but you are on the bus running because of your poo, if you live in the area it's running.

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Motrr Galileo gets GoPro, iPhone 6, iPad upgrade

Motrr Galileo gets GoPro, iPhone 6, iPad upgrade

This week the folks at Motrr are letting it be known that their motorize device stand - Galileo - now has the ability to work with GoPro, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the iPad. With GoPro compatibility, this device continues to be one of the most interesting stands for a camera on the market today, having originally appeared all the way back in the year 2012 preparing to be shipped with iPhone 4 compatibility. Fast forward to 2014 and this device is nearly ready to work with basically any iPhone you might have in your pocket - and the iPad as well.

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Apple Watch doubted like iPhone: launch may be massive

Apple Watch doubted like iPhone: launch may be massive

Morgan Stanley isn't pulling any shots with their investor notes on the release of the Apple Watch in 2015. The industry view is cautious, they say, cautious just like they were before the launch of the iPhone in 2007. Cautious, they say, just like the industry was before the launch of the iPad in 2010. With the "wearables" industry ramping up a lot quicker than the smartphone or tablet industry ever did, Morgan Stanley says Apple will be able to sell an Apple Watch to 1 out of every 10 iPhone users.

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Skylanders Trap Team given Apple Store blessing

Skylanders Trap Team given Apple Store blessing

This winter you're going to be seeing a rather sizable box at Apple Stores with the word SKYLANDERS plastered across its face. This box is the Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Pack, and it'll be hitting Apple Stores across the United States as of this week. This Skylanders Trap Team game will be one of the very few 3rd-party games showcased at Apple Stores by Apple, and certainly the only tablet-focused game setup ready to bring console-level gameplay to the iPad Air and iPad mini.

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Chevrolet Gran Turismo Chaparral 2X Vision concept car revealed

Chevrolet Gran Turismo Chaparral 2X Vision concept car revealed

This week Chevrolet has revealed the Chaparral 2X VGT concept car, a vehicle designed specifically for the Vision Gran Turismo project. This vehicle was developed exclusively for fans of the PlayStation racing game Gran Turismo 6, and is indeed a fully working vehicle. It's certainly not made for the production lines in the long term - instead, it's made to be a one of a kind beast never to be replicated outside of the digital landscape - inside the Gran Turismo video game, that is to say.

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YouTube Music Key Beta released: here’s how to get it

YouTube Music Key Beta released: here’s how to get it

This week Google released YouTube Music Key Beta, and this afternoon, Beta invites are being sent to users in the United States and in several European countries. Though it was originally assumed that only Google Music Subscribers would receive invitations to join the party at first, we've seen invites sent to several non-Google Music Subscribers as well. If you're invited, you'll know it - what you might not know is what the difference is between standard YouTube Music and the subscriber model. It's not exactly obvious right off the bat.

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Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

The folks at Relative Wave are creators. They're making it easier for software developers to see what their apps will look and act like before they create a final design. With their tools, creators can visualize what they're making for a smartphone ON the smartphone, rather than on a PC. When you edit something in their system, "Flow", you see it change in real-time on the smartphone you're prototyping on. Google just acquired this company, and they've made their software free for download for Mac users in the process.

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BitTorrent Sync Beta Review: we’re ready for 2.0

BitTorrent Sync Beta Review: we’re ready for 2.0

The basic premise for BitTorrent Sync is sound: send a folder to a friend or colleague from your device to theirs in as simple a fashion as possible. You can keep that connection open indefinitely, or your can close it after a short period of time. It doesn't rely on cloud servers to do the work, it relies on your computer and the computer you're sharing with. Next year, BitTorrent will be releasing Sync 2.0 and a Pro edition for those users that wish to roll with premium features.

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