Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

Apple’s iPad Pro slapped by Microsoft Surface for claiming PC chops

Apple’s iPad Pro slapped by Microsoft Surface for claiming PC chops

This morning another entry in the "lets call out Apple for their claims" series has been released by Microsoft. This video spot shows the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 speaking with Cortana to Apple's iPad Pro with its Siri. "I just got a keyboard," says Siri on the iPad Pro to the Surface Pro 4, "I'm a computer now, just like you." The viewer can see where this is going immediately. The iPad Pro is made fun of mercilessly.

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NVIDIA GTX 10 notebook first impressions with Gears of War 4

NVIDIA GTX 10 notebook first impressions with Gears of War 4

This week we've been given the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the game Gears of War 4 : The Coalition. This is the newest entry in an epic series of 3rd-person shooter games, one where the adventure is as concentrated on smart gameplay as it is made to satisfy lovers of the gruesome. Our experience was on an MSI GT73 gaming notebook with with an NVIDIA GTX 1070 processor inside.

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NVIDIA GTX 10 Notebooks revealed: not just “M” anymore

NVIDIA GTX 10 Notebooks revealed: not just “M” anymore

Today NVIDIA revealed their next-generation graphics processing technology - the GTX 10 series - hitting notebooks. The full GTX 10 graphics card series is coming to notebooks - no "M" included. "This is something we've wanted to do for years," said Mark Aevermann, Product Lead, NVIDIA Notebooks. "If you take the very same notebook that was available in Maxwell and you compare it to the same notebook with Pascal, you see a 70% increase in performance."

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Google Fuchsia dev team: Android, Palm, WebOS, Native Client, iOS

Google Fuchsia dev team: Android, Palm, WebOS, Native Client, iOS

Today we're having a look at the software team responsible for Google Fuchsia, a new operating system from Google. The initial commit file for this set of codes was made "6 weeks ago" by developer Petr Hosek. That first commit reads as follows: "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)". That's it! This operating system's code and its developers have a wide variety of connections to operating systems you may have had some experience with in the past - everything from iOS to the software run by the original Sidekick phone.

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Pokemon GO permanent ban : new soft rules and reasons why

Pokemon GO permanent ban : new soft rules and reasons why

Am I banned from Pokemon GO? It's a question many gamers that've been playing in ways not quite "on the level" have been asking lately. Niantic has begun taking grander measures to destroy attempts to bypass their listed intentions with the game - especially those that include not actually playing the game on foot. Users that move around the Pokemon GO universe without moving their feet are subject to ban. Niantic is finding new and more innovative ways to find these people out before they move on to new techniques themselves. We've worked with several developers to find a variety of reasons why a person might be banned, how they'll have been detected, and what their punishment will end up being.

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Minecraft for Oculus Rift download available now

Minecraft for Oculus Rift download available now

Minecraft has been released for the virtual universe - it's now out for play on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as "Minecraft for Rift" through the Oculus Store. For users that already have the Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta, the update and upgrade to Minecraft for Rift is free - otherwise the game will cost users a cool $10 USD. This game is now available to explore "simultaneously, cross platform" on a wide variety of platforms: Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android, and Windows 10.

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Nexus 2016 release date photos put function over form

Nexus 2016 release date photos put function over form

Google's 2016 Nexus smartphone set seems to follow the same rules as previous launches - in which Google is aiming for a top quality phone, not so much a phone that looks pretty. Google seems - in the photos we're seeing today - to be making sure this as-yet-unreleased smartphone is able to do two things: feel good to hold and function especially well. Why else would the bottom of the back of the phone be metal while the top 1/3rd of the back of the device is an unsightly reflective glass?

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Pokemon GO Reddit cheats, IV calculators, and egg chart news

Pokemon GO Reddit cheats, IV calculators, and egg chart news

This morning we're running down the current still-active Pokemon GO cheats, maps, IV calculators, and everything in-between. Before we go any further, it's important to point out that we're not encouraging anyone - especially legit Pokemon GO gamers - to go out and use these cheats, hacks, and/or guide points for the game. We're reporting their existence so that everyone knows that they exist - and that it's inevitable that gamers around the world are making use of them.

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Pokemon GO iOSEmus and other Pokevision alternatives

Pokemon GO iOSEmus and other Pokevision alternatives

Developers have created another batch of Pokemon GO maps and scanners to locate Pokemon in the wild on a grand scale. SlashGear does not condone the use of these or other programs which may go against Niantic's Terms of Service for Pokemon GO - we seek only to inform the public of their existence. This software is actively being used - a lot - and those Pokemon GO users that are spending massive amounts of time (and sometimes money) on the game deserve to be aware of what their friends (and adversaries) are making use of around them.

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New Pokemon Go update : Sightings brings back footprints… sort of

New Pokemon Go update : Sightings brings back footprints… sort of

This morning Niantic released an update to Pokemon GO which changed several very important elements in the game. This update was for both Android and iOS for iPhone and iPad, and users should expect to see footprints returning to the game soon. Not the same footprints as they saw when the game was launched - not a number of steps according to how close to or far away from a Pokemon the user was. This new update for Pokemon GO has two sections - Sightings and Nearby.

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New iPhone 7 release date feature promises a giant launch

New iPhone 7 release date feature promises a giant launch

The new iPhone 7 coming later this year will likely be one of Apple's biggest launches ever. Not just because the "tick" year of Apple's tick-tock releases is generally the bigger year in sales, but because this version of the iPhone looks and acts different from the last one. While the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were bigger than the iPhone 5s, and the iPhone 5 was bigger than the iPhone 4s, functionality has been largely the same since the beginning of the device line. Today a new feature rumor has been reinforced.

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Getac S410 laptop gets semi-hardcore with hot-swap battery

Getac S410 laptop gets semi-hardcore with hot-swap battery

The Getac S410 is a laptop classified as "semi-rugged" - not because it's not ready to take on an unhealthy bashing, but because it's also made for performance. This is the sort of laptop hikers bring with on an adventure. This is a notebook made for getting dirty and wet. Getac makes the sort of notebooks that look exactly like they act - able to withstand damage and made to perform.

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