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.

iPhone 7 tip: Clock Alarm might not work

iPhone 7 tip: Clock Alarm might not work

Apple's release of the iPhone 7 (with iOS 10 onboard) this week has one tiny mix-up that most users new to the software might miss. This has to do with the new feature within the Clock app called "Bedtime." This Bedtime feature is an alarm that sounds two times - one time when the user should go to sleep, and another time when they should wake up. This feature is what Apple suggests will help with healthy sleeping habits: "Going to be and waking up at the same times every day are keys to healthy sleep."

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iPhone 7 Release Day reports clash

iPhone 7 Release Day reports clash

This morning Apple Stores around the world opened their doors to let in lines of potential iPhone 7 buyers galore. Or that's what would have happened if the internet somehow didn't exist and users hadn't already pre-ordered their devices over the past week. As it is, reports are coming in from the UK, NYC, and etcetera, as Apple Stores let in users that can't help but wait for the UPS or FedEx truck to arrive, picking their devices up in-person instead. In places long Hong Kong, Australia, and NYC, lines remain.

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Return your Galaxy Note 7 NOW, immediately, post-haste

Return your Galaxy Note 7 NOW, immediately, post-haste

Over the past couple of weeks, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 has been the subject of some controversy regarding its potential to burst into flames. The defect responsible for this blunder seems to be rare - sort of. Not rare enough that all Galaxy Note 7 units have been banned from public use, but rare enough. Rare enough that we were shocked when we found, just this week, that not every Samsung Galaxy Note 7 user had taken the time to turn their first-run device in for a new one.

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LEGO Caterham Seven 620R super-accurate car model release set

LEGO Caterham Seven 620R super-accurate car model release set

This week LEGO revealed the final build of the LEGO Ideas model based on the Caterham Seven 620R sports car. This vehicle is just about as authentic a replica of an automobile ever made (on this scale) in LEGO brick. Inside the box are (over) 770 bricks, several of which are extremely rare and/or unique to this set. Much like previous heavy-hitter LEGO Ideas releases like the Back to the Future LEGO Delorean, this model comes with its own booklet that includes information about the LEGO fan/designer and the Seven 620R - and there'll be instructions for the model too, of course.

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Watch as Obama designates Atlantic’s first Marine National Monument

Watch as Obama designates Atlantic’s first Marine National Monument

The first ever Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean has been established today by the President of the United States, Barack Obama. This new monument joins two already-established Marine National Monuments. One of these monuments is the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument off the coast of the Samoan Islands, established by President Bush in 2009. The other is the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, also proclaimed by President Bush in 2006.

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PokeVision for Pokemon GO returns : New Alternatives

PokeVision for Pokemon GO returns : New Alternatives

Today we've got a collection of Pokemon GO forks and alternatives to PokeVision, the first big name in 3rd-party mapping in the game. This set of items includes a few online maps with Pokemon spotting as well as an app or two. While Pokemon GO 3rd-party development continues to be mitigated by Niantic, developers continue to rally to create apps that both interact with and influence the flow of the game. Until bug bounties are offered up, this will very likely continue.

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Moto G4 Play Review : Another Entry-Level Hit

Moto G4 Play Review : Another Entry-Level Hit

The latest in Lenovo's Moto G collection of devices is the "Play" of the G4 (2016) generation. This means the Moto G4 Play is the least of the pack, least impressive and least costly, too. Today we're going to judge whether this device is worth the cash it costs - and for whom this device would be ideal. This device looks and feels extremely similar to its closest relatives, the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus.

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How to present a Google Pixel phone (to beat the iPhone 7)

How to present a Google Pixel phone (to beat the iPhone 7)

The following is a presentation of the Google Pixel phone and the Google Pixel XL, two devices that will seal Google's destiny in hardware. To be entirely clear up front, this presentation is a suggestion for Google - a mock-up of how I imagine Google might present their first set of true iPhone competitor devices. With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus having already been revealed with some easy-to-pick-on features and Samsung's biggest-fiasco-ever currently fresh in users' minds, Google has a BIG opportunity right here and now.

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Estimote Mirror beacon will make smart screens personal

Estimote Mirror beacon will make smart screens personal

The Estimote Mirror is a new product in a line of Bluetooth beacons that react to smartphones around them. This device uses similar technology to that of the rest of the Estimote Beacon line, but here makes a display - a TV screen, poster-sized billboard display, anything with am HDMI-input - show content based on a user being within proximity. This device may well bring about the age of Minority Report shopping at last.

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Pokemon GO Buddy Chart, GO Plus DIY, iPhone 7

Pokemon GO Buddy Chart, GO Plus DIY, iPhone 7

We've got a fully chart of Buddy Pokemon ins and outs - distances and connections - ready for the masses this morning. The Pokemon GO "Buddy Pokemon" update goes live this week for all users - iOS and Android included. With this, everything beyond the obvious will need a bit of a kick in easy-to-read instructions from the likes of us, the Pokemon GO crew at SlashGear. Below we've got a full collection of Buddy Pokemon notes, tips, and a little information about how everyday users can make their own Pokemon GO Plus device.

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Mophie Power Capsule is a wireless earbuds charger and safe-case

Mophie Power Capsule is a wireless earbuds charger and safe-case

Mophie seems to have seen the oncoming rush of wireless earbuds as an issue with forgetful device-users. As such, they've created a combination case and external battery called the Power Capsule. This device is like many of Mophie's other devices, acting as a basic protector of a device while it charges said device with its own battery. The case itself can be charged with a micro-USB cord, also included with the device.

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iPhone 7 Review Round-up: 7 Plus Cameras, Jacks, and Jet Black

iPhone 7 Review Round-up: 7 Plus Cameras, Jacks, and Jet Black

One collection of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Reviews have been dropped this morning, and they appear - for the most part - to be positive. While it would appear that the tech review industry isn't entirely sold on the idea that they'll have to change habits to accommodate the lack of a headphone jack, and the Jet Black finish seems to be a bit more "scratchy" than they'd hoped, both devices seem to deliver on Apple's promise of a top-quality smartphone.

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