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.

Jolla launcher for Android launches… with Angry Birds

Jolla launcher for Android launches… with Angry Birds

There's a new Jolla-based Android launcher in town, and it has Stella to thank. Not the Stella you're thinking of - the Stella Angry Bird from the Rovio-made game series. And before you freak out and say "I will never, ever use an Angry Birds-based anything on my Android", take a look a bit closer at this piece of work. It's surprisingly well done, and might just shock you into controlling your Android smartphone in a whole new way - a whole new way, that is, if you've never used Jolla's Sailfish OS before.

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NOOK Audiobooks released to make Android speak

NOOK Audiobooks released to make Android speak

This morning Barnes & Noble's NOOK family expanded with an app that'll turn the audio on with books. The NOOK Audiobooks App is the first "no-commitment" app from Barnes & Noble to offer audiobooks for both Android smartphones and tablets - that means no subscription costs or anything - and it'll be released by the ned of this week. This release will not be limited to any one brand of Android smartphone or tablet, while Barnes & Noble will continue to offer their Samsung Galaxy Tab NOOK devices through the future.

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Lollipop update for HTC One set for Friday

Lollipop update for HTC One set for Friday

This Friday, the 21st of November, 2014, we'll be seeing updates to both the HTC One (M8) and the HTC One (M7) for Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is a bit of a delay compared to the original projected release date - early this week - but still jams in amongst the first in the industry to release such an update. At this time we're not entirely certain what the HTC One update to Android 5.0 Lollipop will entail, exactly, as it'll be the first in the industry to have more than just the basic Google-made Vanilla layout.

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Google Fit partners with Adidas, Polar, Withings for dev challenge

Google Fit partners with Adidas, Polar, Withings for dev challenge

This week the folks at Google have let it be known that they're ramping up efforts to embolden Google Fit. To do this, they're teaming up with Adidas, Polar, and Withings to create the Google Fit Developer Challengs. This challenge will have developers submitting smart wearable fitness apps to Google by the 17th of February, 2015 for a chance at fabulous features and prizes including all manner of Android Wear, Adidas, Polar, and Withings smart devices to continue development into the future.

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Watch Dogs released on Wii U at long last

Watch Dogs released on Wii U at long last

As of this week, Watch Dogs is available for Wii U. This is after the initial delay of the game for all platforms, word that the game would never get to Wii U, and a final - normal - release of the game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This release for Wii U may very well be Ubisoft's last port of an adult-aimed game for Nintendo systems as they've previously mentioned they'd not be bringing Assassin's Creed: Unity to the Wii U or any other Nintendo system through the future.

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The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The “Nutshell” Wearable Focus Pod: peak nonsense

The term "wearable" should summon several thoughts in your mind, right off the bat. "Apple Watch" or "iWatch" is probably one of them, followed by "smartwatch" and on to "another one of those devices I want, but don't know why." This week a device setup designed by a student from the School of Visual Arts has come to light, one called "Nutshell." This device consists of a a light material "shell," a headphone-enabled helmet, and an app. Together they create a relaxing experience for you in any environment.

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Nokia’s Future Explained Simply

Nokia’s Future Explained Simply

Does Microsoft own Nokia? Is Nokia ever going to make another smartphone? Will Nokia start making Android phones and tablets in the near future? What we're about to do is set the record straight on a few key points about the Nokia brand - where they are, what happened with Microsoft, and where they're going in the near future. It's from this point that you can move forward with Nokia, understanding all the basics. The software, the hardware, and the support as well.

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OS For The City wins Audi Urban Future Award 2014

OS For The City wins Audi Urban Future Award 2014

Mexico City has won this year's Audi Urban Future Award 2014 after 6 months of presentations and deliberation. The team of inventors and creators from Mexico City presented an "operating system for urban mobility", creating a data platform where cities can plan for traffic, congestion, and changing population centers through time. Mexico City was one of four interdisciplinary teams aimed at creating a better world to compete in this year's Audi Urban Future Award 2014 series and competition, including Berlin, Boston, and Seoul as well.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Review

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Review

This week we've had a look at what it means to be rolling with the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with a full Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. This isn't your everyday average upgrade - it's not like we're using the Nexus 9 that just happens to be branded by NVIDIA. Instead, this is the first non-Nexus tablet to receive the update, complete with NVIDIA's own apps under the hood. This is more than just a software update just for the sake of having the latest and greatest - this is a real-deal update of the abilities of the unit.

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AMC introduces the Unlimited Movie Ticket: Interstellar first

AMC introduces the Unlimited Movie Ticket: Interstellar first

Back when Star Wars was first released, it quickly became common - at least with a classic like that - to go to a film more than once in the theater. The trend was summoned once again with Titanic, then again with the Star Wars prequels. AMC Theaters and Paramount Pictures have caught on to the trend at last, revealing an "Unlimited Ticket." This is not like the subscription passes of the past for certain theaters or certain brands. Instead, this is a first-of-its-kind Interstellar-specific ticket.

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