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.

HTC Vive detailed: Valve’s VR headset team-up begins

HTC Vive detailed: Valve’s VR headset team-up begins

There's a Valve-centric VR headset coming from HTC this year, and it goes by the name Vive. That's HTC Vive, a new take on the virtual reality universe. A headset that works with what HTC and Valve describe as Full Room Scale. This device combines the massive gaming knowledge of Valve, the user base of Steam, and the manufacturing knowhow and high-end craftsmanship of HTC. Just like HTC was early to the game with smartphones with Android, they want to be in on Virtual Reality right this minute.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 teaser trailers: dragons at last

Game of Thrones Season 5 teaser trailers: dragons at last

Here be dragons, they said, there'll be dragons coming to the mainland soon, they kept saying. But there haven't been dragons where I've wanted them in Game of Thrones on TV yet. That's what I said. I want to see dragons where it matters most, I said. Lo! And behold - the latest Game of Thrones TV show poster teases the oncoming wrath of these dragons, right in front of everyone's favorite main character Tyrion Lannister - whom, if you'll remember from the end of last season, might not be in a great place right this minute.

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Titans of Space: see our Solar System in VR

Titans of Space: see our Solar System in VR

Google Cardboard has a new app by the name of Titans of Space, an experience which pushes the user through our galaxy in Virtual Reality. This app is available for Oculus Rift, if you do so please, but has become available for mobile devices for the first time this week. This app is free, but also has a Narration Add-On which you can purchase inside the app once you've seen what our system is made of, planet to planet, place to place.

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Huawei Nexus 8 – is this Google’s future?

Huawei Nexus 8 – is this Google’s future?

The next Nexus device is being rumored this week to be taking on a decidedly more Chinese origin than hardware of the past. Suggestions from sources inside China say Huawei may be in a good spot to take on the Google-centric Android line of devices that've been central to the software-makers plan for Android total world domination. This rumor suggests that Huawei could be ready to announce a brand new Nexus phone late in the year 2015. What you're seeing here could be the near future.

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Aereo assets sold for a measly $2 million

Aereo assets sold for a measly $2 million

The TV streaming company that's been battling their way to real release over the past several years is now dead. Aereo just went through an auction to sell off their assets, which they expected to be sold for between $4 million and $31 million USD. Unfortunately for the company, they just can't catch a break - their entire portfolio of assets has just sold for right around $2 million - total. This auction attracted a whopping 10 bidders and a statement has been released by Aereo's lawyer William Baldiga, who suggests that they were "very disappointed" by the results.

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Lenovo makes promise for “Cleaner, Safer PC”

Lenovo makes promise for “Cleaner, Safer PC”

This week Lenovo has released commentary regarding their future in clean, safe PCs. They recently ran into some trouble with their pre-loaded software Superfish, a visual discovery system which aimed to help users find helpful results in searches for items for purchase. Unfortunately for users and for Lenovo, that software wasn't entirely secure, and now Lenovo is working to remove Superfish from all computers, top to bottom. To do this, they've begun offering a free 6-month subscription to McAfee LiveSafe service to those affected by Superfish in the wild.

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Mortal Kombat X trailer: here’s the story

Mortal Kombat X trailer: here’s the story

It's time for Sub-Zero to tell you what's going on in the Mortal Kombat X universe. Weeks from release, Mortal Kombat X has nearly revealed "all" of its secrets. Of course there'll be no spilling of the guts of this entire game until its released - and all of its updates are released as well. For now you'll get a good look at what it means to participate in the 1-player mode. 25 years after the events of Mortal Kombat (2011), a new generation of fighters joins in on the battle to save Earth Realm.

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House of Cards Season 3 released on Netflix – for real this time

House of Cards Season 3 released on Netflix – for real this time

Today the 3rd season of House of Cards is out on Netflix - and we won't be liveblogging it because that'd be a complete waste of resources on our part. We'll spare you. This season of the presidential Netflix-only show was released a bit earlier - by a couple of weeks - and was quickly returned to the archive. This took place on the 11th of February, 2015, and here on the 27th of February we're back in action. All 13 episodes of action, all ready to roll right this minute.

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NVIDIA HairWorks shown off in Far Cry 4

NVIDIA HairWorks shown off in Far Cry 4

This week the folks behind development for Far Cry 4 have made a point to show off the wilder aspects of their environment Kyrat. To make their universe one that looks especially realistic, they worked with NVIDIA and one of the more radical elements in NVIDIA's collection of graphics-intensive programs: NVIDIA HairWorks. We've spoken about this before - here we're getting the opportunity to see HairWorks work in a real deal working game that's out in the wild right this minute.

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Supermassive black hole’s quasar is fastest ever formed

Supermassive black hole’s quasar is fastest ever formed

Scientists lead by Xue-Bing Wu from Peking University have spotted a quasar that dates back nearly to the beginning of time. This beast goes by the name of SDSSJ010013.021280225.8 - or if you want to be short about it, just SDSS J0100+2802. What makes this monstrous heavenly body so important is its age and its size. While it's not the largest black hole ever detected, it's still 12 billion times our own Sun's mass - and it's sitting in the center of a quasar that's very, very bright.

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