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.

Tumblr launching live video, too

Tumblr launching live video, too

Not to be left out of the Live Video trend in social networks everywhere, Tumblr has given hint of their launch of the service starting tomorrow. Reports suggest that while Tumblr hasn't released anything official (press releases or the like), they have begun some viral marketing - which is odd, given they are a platform and not a service to be marketed... so to speak. A set of "Live Video on Tumblr" posts have been made on Tumblr via what may or may not be an official Tumblr-made account*. Time will tell. For now, there's Live Video, likely coming this week.

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Google Health symptoms search about to get much smarter

Google Health symptoms search about to get much smarter

Google is about to take over "am I sick" searches. They're going to do this with smart parsing of the terms you search - sussing out the ones they're able to tell you more about. If, for example, you search for "why does the left side of my head hurt", Google will tell you about the sort of headache you likely have. And why? Why would Google take the time to do this? Because "roughly 1 percent of searches on Google (think: millions!) are symptom related," according to Google's Veronica Pinchin, Product Manager.

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Slow internet problems today? It’s not just you

Slow internet problems today? It’s not just you

The internet's having a bit of a problem today. It would seem that TeliaSonera's translatlantic network is having an issue which is slowing - or straight up stopping - information flow between Europe and the United States. TeliaSonera's translatlantic network assists in connecting the USA to larger Europe with a series of cables that run through tubes under the ocean. Yes, if you weren't already aware, the internet is sometimes literally fitting inside and traveling through tubes.

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Road to the next Nexus Android : HTC, Daydream, Tango, Valve

Road to the next Nexus Android : HTC, Daydream, Tango, Valve

Our understanding of the next generation in Google's Nexus smartphone line has become a bit more clear over the weekend. HTC's newfound experience with virtual reality may be playing a big role in Google's approach with the next several generations in Nexus smartphones. Word back in March could end up proving entirely truthful, coming in two forms, at least one per cycle, all made with Android's Daydream technology built-in. Of course Daydream requires only minimal specifications, and HTC's already got them on a device elsewhere.

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LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS Review

LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS Review

Over the past week we've been building the LEGO Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a masterpiece in top-level building-blocks construction. This set is 2,704 pieces large, and it's going to take you a few hours to construct, regardless of your skill level. This is the sort of set you put together in your spare moments - or something you spend an entire weekend on. Either way, you'll find this vehicle ending up filling up your desk at 6” (17cm) high, 22” (57cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide.

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OnePlus 3 Review Part 4: Answering your Questions (Q&A)

OnePlus 3 Review Part 4: Answering your Questions (Q&A)

This week we've been answering your questions on social media about the OnePlus 3 in our extended review series. Today we're publishing a number of questions - especially the ones that've come up more than once - in an effort to make our answers more easily accessibly for everyone. This is part 4 of our ongoing review series with the OnePlus 3, the third generation device from the folks at OnePlus, a group of people obsessed with delivering a smartphone that's both inexpensive (sort of) and able to compete with the top-tier smartphones on the market today.

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ADW Launcher 2.0 official: time for Android fun

ADW Launcher 2.0 official: time for Android fun

The excess of settings available with ADW Launcher 2.0 is absolutely insane. It's as if the creators of this app decided to take everything Google recommends about keeping in line with their Material Design language and threw it directly out the window. You can do basically anything you want with this launcher, up to and including making your Android smartphone or tablet look like a masterpiece - or an absolute mess. That's on you.

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Android N Quick Settings ditch toggles

Android N Quick Settings ditch toggles

This week the newest version of Android N has arrived for Android Beta users, and with it, a relatively small change. Or a big change, depending on how often you use Quick Settings. Pulled down from the top of your Android device's screen, just above notifications, there's a grid of Quick Settings. Before, for items like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you were able to tap once to toggle between settings state. Now, not so much.

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Apple’s glass “Galaxy” path to an iPhone 7 successor

Apple’s glass “Galaxy” path to an iPhone 7 successor

Signs pointing toward 2017 suggest the iPhone 7 will be a modest upgrade in comparison to its successor. Rumors today alongside word from investor notes suggest that, like last year, the iPhone 7 will be closer to an "S" upgrade than previous jumps to full numbers. The iPhone 8, on the other hand - or iPhone X, or iPhone 10, whatever you want to call it - is said to be taking Apple out a whole new door. It begins with glass...

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Apple may ditch ink for laser-marked fabric

Apple may ditch ink for laser-marked fabric

This week a new way to print on Apple products has come to our attention. It'll be coming to your attention in just a minute, just as soon as you have a peek at the images and listen up: laser-marked fabric is what's coming up next. Apple's patent for their technique, filed this past November and released by the USPTO today, shows how Apple is working on a way to make extra-detailed printing happen on fabric.

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You don’t want iMessage on Android, anyway

You don’t want iMessage on Android, anyway

After rumors of iPhone's epitomes communications app iMessage coming to Android turned up false at WWDC, we take a peek at why non-Apple devices wouldn't want it anyway. Not that they were asking for it. We've heard the horror stories of iMessage/Android group texting, of incompatible image transfers, and the like, but would putting every mobile user on the same platform really solve everyone's problems? Not even close.

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There may be no “flat” Galaxy Note 6

There may be no “flat” Galaxy Note 6

While the Galaxy Note 6 may be coming with an "Edge" version right out the gate, it's possible that no flat version will come at all. NOTE: Before we go any further, make certain you understand that we're working with pre-official information here, not confirmed data from Samsung. What we're to understand as of this week is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 - likely coming with the name Galaxy Note 7 (skipping the "6" to match the Galaxy S line releases), will come with a curved-edge display. And that there may be no traditional release.

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