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.

Windows 10 update available for download now for Insiders

Windows 10 update available for download now for Insiders

Those of you waiting to roll with Cortana's desktop bits in Windows 10 won't have to wait much longer. In fact - if you're up for it - you're going to be able to update your PC right this minute. Supposing you're a member of the Windows Insider Program. To make this happen with Build 9926, all you'll need to do is either be signed up for Windows Insider now or begin signing up now. From there, there's just a few button clicks to tap.

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Watch: 4chan’s moot retirement Q&A session livestream

Watch: 4chan’s moot retirement Q&A session livestream

The originator and sole owner of the imageboard/messageboard 4chan has announced this week that he's about to retire. Chris Poole, otherwise known as moot, suggests that this changing of the guard will not make a big difference to the millions of users of 4chan, one of the world's largest online communities. Today a Q&A session will be taking place for the 4chan community - and the rest of the inquisitive internet - to take part in. This session begins at 1PM Central Time, January 23rd, 2015.

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Opportunity abound: walking on Mars virtually with NASA

Opportunity abound: walking on Mars virtually with NASA

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover has been rolling around the surface of the red planet for 11 years. To celebrate, the craft has sent back a panorama image viewable by you in full definition right this minute. To get up close and personal with the surface of Mars, NASA has also been collaborating with Microsoft over the past few weeks and months, having an early peek at their new Windows Holographic system with Microsoft HoloLens - making walking on the planet's surface much more of a "real" experience than ever before.

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Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Review

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Review

If you're a fan of the Saints Row game series, Gat out of Hell is going to feel a lot like coming home. If you've just played Saints Row IV this past weekend - while it was free on Steam - you're going to feel like you're playing the next chapter in the same game. That's what Gat out of Hell is, after all - not a brand new title, but the second part of a saga started back when Earth was invaded by Zinyak in the year 2013. Now it's time to turn those computer-generated superpowers in on themselves and head down to Satan's pits, a place where instead of digital nonsense, you'll be working with good ol' analog killing goodness: blood, lava, and heavenly (or hellbound) magic.

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SONOS identity remixed by Bruce Mau Design for sound blasting

SONOS identity remixed by Bruce Mau Design for sound blasting

Graphic design group Bruce Mau Design have been commissioned to recreate the Sonos brand. Not just the logo - they've decided to keep that largely the same, after all - but the whole look and feel of the way Sonos projects itself. Instead of changing the way the letters in the Sonos logo are arranged, flipping up the font or putting speakers inside the letters, like chumps, they've decided to be smart. Instead of all that, the Bruce Mau Design team have "determined that we needed to push harder to signal Sonos' leadership, relevance, and dedication to the music experience."

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Here’s why rain smells, presented in slow-mo

Here’s why rain smells, presented in slow-mo

There's a word for the scent that comes with the rain after a long, warm period of dry weather - it's called Petrichor. This week, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have published a study - and a rather fascinating video - that shows how rain gives off this scent. Rain releases a smell much in the same way champagne releases its scent through bubbles - with tiny bursts of aerosols. Like miniature spray bottles aiming for your nose, raindrops are able to smell just like rain.

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Frill Shark “living fossil” found alive in Australia

Frill Shark “living fossil” found alive in Australia

It's time again to cover your kids' eyes and make certain you don't have a heart condition, because the animal you're about to see is terrifying. This is the Chlamydoselachus anguineus, or "Frilled Shark", so named for its six pairs of "frill like gills." One of these beasts was found earlier this month near Lakes Entrance in Gippsland, Australia. This animal is one of two living species from a genus of shark that's nearly extinct. This family of sharks has existed since the Cretaceous epoch, 72-million years ago.

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KORG synthesizer collection brings audio heat to NAMM

KORG synthesizer collection brings audio heat to NAMM

The team at KORG aren't holding anything back this week at NAMM 2015. They've revealed multiple devices, including the KAOSS DJ - a USB DJ controller and audio interface, the kaossilator 2S - an enhanced version of the original palm-sized synth, KRONOS - their most powerful synth yet, and the ARP Odyssey - a new look at the original legendary analog synth. This full music-making collection of devices is coming your way this year, and they're being shown for the first time all at once this week, in full detail.

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Oomi Cube wants to make your smart home automated

Oomi Cube wants to make your smart home automated

There's a group out there that hopes to redefine what it means to create a Smart Home. Still here in the Smart Home's infancy, the group behind this brand Oomi hopes to take the definition of Smart Home - "a home equipped with lighting, heating, and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by a phone or computer," and throw that all in the trash. Or at least make a more automated system of it all. No more of this "smartphone control makes everything super amazing" nonsense.

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Spotify Touch Preview reveals new way to discover music

Spotify Touch Preview reveals new way to discover music

The newest version of Spotify makes full use of the high-powered nature of your touchscreen device. With this feature in play, you're able to drag your thumb around the screen, moving through songs as you do so. Previewing each song, album, or artist as you like, all on a grid of images that make discovering music a visual experience, as well. This newest feature is only available - at first - on iOS devices. That means iPad and iPhone, and just the latest couple of generations.

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