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.

Sunset Overdrive launch done with real, actual explosions

Sunset Overdrive launch done with real, actual explosions

If you’re one of the lucky few (like us) to be playing Sunset Overdrive in advance of the game’s launch, you’ll know that there are lots and lots of explosions. So very many explosions. You literally cannot play the game without making explosions happen extremely frequently. In celebration of this, Xbox and Insomniac Games are bringing on a week of explosions in the real world, and you get to see them right this minute - below, that is to say. You'll need to press play, too.

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Camp Pokemon app goes mobile for iPhone and iPad

Camp Pokemon app goes mobile for iPhone and iPad

The new Camp Pokemon app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch isn’t the full Pokemon experience. It’ll do an amazing job of bringing you back to the glory days of Pokemon Snap, if that’s your brand of Poke-entertainment, but it’s not quite the full Poke-experience. It does show, on the other hand, how far The Pokemon Company International has gotten from their hard-bar ban on releasing any apps outside the Nintendo ecosphere. It shows that some day we might very well get the real deal.

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Google Music integrates Songza suggestions to crush Beats

Google Music integrates Songza suggestions to crush Beats

This week the folks behind Google Music’s acquisition of Songza have let it be known that Songza has officially joined the party. They’ve been a part of the Google company for a while now, but just this week they’re appearing in the Google Music app for the first time. Just like Rdio did with TastemakerX, Google did with Songza, adding a new layer of interest to their music service. With this boost comes Songza’s "concierge" music feature, the piece of the puzzle that tells you what’s best to listen to at what time of the day.

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Android TV ported to Ouya gaming console

Android TV ported to Ouya gaming console

Those of you that roll with the Ouya will be glad to see its newest software build coming from a 3rd party contributor. With Android TV coming to the Nexus Player, out came the SDK for Android 5.0 Lollipop and the means to bring said software to devices across the Android spectrum. One of those devices is Ouya. Today, if you do so desire, you can bring Android TV to your Ouya - and subsequently your television - with a tiny bit of back-end work.

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Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

Google teams with FIDO’s U2F USB Security Key

The Security Key is not something you probably have in your pocket right this minute. It’s a newer sort of verification system made in partnership with the FIDO Alliance, now working with Google and Google Chrome for an added layer of security for Google websites. With this system you’ll never need worry about being scammed by a website pretending to be Google - not even once. You will need an official U2F Security Key to make it all work to Google's satisfaction.

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Toshiba Satellite Radius 11: converting the low end

Toshiba Satellite Radius 11: converting the low end

To the naked eye, the Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 might look like any other new converting notebook/tablet device here in the age of touchscreen-friendly Windows 8.1. At $329.99 MSRP, though, there’s something to be said about Toshiba’s ability to keep their cost/value ration high. Under an 11.6-inch touchscreen display you’ll find a 360-degree two-axis and "flip-and-fold" hinge design for the next generation of converters. Laptop, Tablet, Tabletop, Presentation, and Audience modes are all included in the mix with this silently-interesting device from Toshiba, coming your way very, very soon.

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HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

What once was only a Nokia joint in HERE maps comes now to Samsung smartphones, then to Android devices in general. Back in the day Nokia purchased Navteq, then they created their own HERE mapping division, then they became one of the most radical map-making groups outside of Google. Now they’ve gone bigger than they’ve ever been before. With a newfound freedom beyond Windows Phone devices, the Android spread can begin. You device can more than likely run this mapping software right this minute.

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Nabi Big Tab HD Review: the world’s biggest Android tablet

Nabi Big Tab HD Review: the world’s biggest Android tablet

Supposing you’ve seen our previous massive tablet reviews, you know SlashGear isn’t about to dismiss a device just because it seems absurd from the outset. Take a look at our Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27 Table PC Review, for example - it runs Windows, so Nabi keeps the crown in Android. Here in 2014 we’re seeing not just one, but two massive tablets from the folks at Fuhu, two tablets with the same title: Nabi Big Tab HD.

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Apple Q4 earnings jump at biggest iPhone launch ever

Apple Q4 earnings jump at biggest iPhone launch ever

This afternoon Apple announced their latest earnings, those for their own fiscal Q4 2014, for the three months that ended on September 27th, 2014. These earnings included a cool quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion USD while with $1.42 per diluted share, Apple raked in a quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion. This quarter includes the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company's "biggest iPhone launch ever," according to CEO Tim Cook. Apple also drove a record $13.3 billion in cash flow from operations in this fiscal Q4 2014 quarter.

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Marshall Acton amps up your smartphone with Hi-fi sound

Marshall Acton amps up your smartphone with Hi-fi sound

This week the folks at Marshall - a team known for guitar amps, mostly - have let it be known that they’ve created a new speaker for the mobile universe. This is the Marshall Acton Speaker, the most compact speaker Marshall Headphones crew have made outside of a pair of… well… headphones. And it’s not made for your guitar. Unless you play guitar on your smartphone or tablet, of course.

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