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.

Mark Zuckerberg teases 360 VR video in Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg teases 360 VR video in Facebook

"Soon we're going to start supporting spherical video in newsfeed," said Zuckerberg, "and soon we're going to be supporting spherical video in VR, in your VR headset." Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed interest in VR several years ago - well before the company purchased Oculus VR. Here in 2015, it's clear that the future of Facebook includes more than just sharing text, and more than just sharing photos. Facebook will soon be sharing spherical video - not just video, but video that allows you to look around in all directions.

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Kano OS made free for Raspberry Pi 2

Kano OS made free for Raspberry Pi 2

To quicken the development of Kano OS and its innards, the team behind the creation of the "fast, fun, friendly OS" have made it free to Raspberry Pi 2. This software works with games, web browsing, a video app, and lots of tools for software development. This system comes with a toolset of utilities for Raspberry Pi and the OS itself and is aimed at developers - though you could very well make your own tiny console with it if you do so wish.

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Leap Motion’s Open Source Virtual Reality support gets real

Leap Motion’s Open Source Virtual Reality support gets real

Right up front - attached at the faceplate - that's where you'll find the Leap Motion tracker on the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit later this year. An announcement has been made by the Open Source Virtual Reality group that suggests Leap Motion is fully onboard - supporting the initiative and preparing their motion tracking equipment to ship with the first developer-aimed hardware later this year. This would make the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit the first VR headset to ship with Leap Motion attached - supposing Oculus VR doesn't get there first.

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You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

You don’t want a TV box, you want a Laptop

Now that Apple is rumored to be releasing a new Apple TV box later this year, citizens of the mobile smart device universe have their respective TV-loving ears perked up once again. Do I need a new Apple TV? Maybe an Amazon Fire TV Stick instead? Perhaps I need to get something like a Roku, or maybe a Chromecast! Or - better yet - I could just use the old laptop that's sitting in, on, or under my desk. The one I replaced years ago, but still works just fine.

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Tie Fighter Anime whets your appetite for Star Wars 7

Tie Fighter Anime whets your appetite for Star Wars 7

What's that - a TIE-fighter anime series? Not quite. More like a taste of what's possible made by a single artist. The artist known as MightyOtaking has created the full-sized version of the demo 2-minute picture he'd been working on earlier this year, this piece of work simply called "TIE Fighter (short film)". "Drawn and animated by yours truly," he says, "over 4 years worth of weekends." You'll notice several sound effects from the original TIE Fighter video game for PC - that's the inspiration for this whole project, after all.

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Super Troopers 2 may start filming this summer

Super Troopers 2 may start filming this summer

Apparently it seems like a fabulous idea right meow for the folks at Broken Lizard Industries to hinge their next movie on a crowdfunding campaign. Working with Indigogo, the five-man group has summoned a singular campaign to fund the second Super Troopers. This film would be a direct descendant of the first Super Troopers movie, also written by, directed by, and starring the five comedians in Broken Lizard back in 2001. This time the movie is bypassing collaborative studios and going straight for the money shot.

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X-Files 2015 guide: catching up with Mulder and Scully

X-Files 2015 guide: catching up with Mulder and Scully

This week it's been confirmed by Fox and the original creator of the X-Files that a new series is about to be made. This new X-Files has tapped the original Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) to return for a 6-episode mini-season. For those of you ashamed at having never watched the original series or similarly ashamed that you've forgotten the details, the following miniature guide with gifs is made just for the likes of you.

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X-Files return official for 6 episodes

X-Files return official for 6 episodes

This week the folks at Fox have made official the return of the X-Files TV show. A run of 6 episodes will be airing soon - though the exact release date has been withheld as yet. The production of this series will begin in the Summer of 2015 - very soon. "I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," said creator/executive producer Chris Carter, "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories." Six individual stories, that is to say, not one long-running episode split into six.

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HP teams up with Bang & Olufsen for audio tuning

HP teams up with Bang & Olufsen for audio tuning

No longer teamed up heartily with Beats by Dre, HP has sought out a new audio partnership for PCs of the future. With Bang & Olufsen, HP has the partnership they're prepared to present for the foreseeable future. Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY will be brought to HP’s PCs, tablets, and accessories in the near future, pushing an "exceptional sound experiences for customers." This means Bang & Olufsen will go ahead and "custom tune" every notebook, desktop, tablet, and accessory HP attaches them to in the future.

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Samsung tipped to make foldable smartphones in 2016

Samsung tipped to make foldable smartphones in 2016

Wait a second, you might be saying, didn't they already make flip-phones in the early 2000s? Didn't I own a Motorola RAZR back in the day? What's the big deal here, Samsung? And what does LG have to do with any of this? The future, says this Samsung and LG rumor, includes displays that fold - not just hinges. These phones would go one step beyond bending, they'd be able to fold in on themselves without cracking. LG has also been tipped to be coming in to the next level in curved display tech - bent, then folded.

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