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.

Motorola exec heads out

Motorola exec heads out

Today it's become apparent that Motorola Mobility has had another loss of executive in Jim Wicks. This is Wicks, design lead for Motorola Mobility for "a dozen years" as Chicago Business says, heading to Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering next month. Normally I'd say Motorola was losing an executive because of bad reasons but, in this case, it's far more likely that Wicks is heading out because Northwestern University is a place he wants to be after working the same job for over a decade.

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iPhone 7’s big change isn’t what you’re expecting

iPhone 7’s big change isn’t what you’re expecting

For the iPhone 7 this morning several revelations were made by a couple of well-known news sources. Traditional news sources, that is to say: CNBC and the Wall Street Journal. According to CNBC, the big change is that there won't really be all that much of a change at all for the iPhone 7. The big change is that Apple will break with tradition, not giving this year's "tick" in their normal "tick tock" scheme a major overhaul.

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Twitter and Vine videos just got a whole lot longer

Twitter and Vine videos just got a whole lot longer

This morning Twitter turned up the juice. In addition to allowing certain celebrities know what followers to follow back, they released some limits on video posting. Posting, that is, videos that are far longer than they used to be, both on Twitter itself and through Vine. Users of all sorts will be able to upload videos with a maximum file size of 512MB and a length of 2-minutes and 20 seconds.

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First Galaxy Note 6 detail spilled by Samsung

First Galaxy Note 6 detail spilled by Samsung

In what must be the smallest detail leak in the history of Samsung that remains significant to super-fans, the Galaxy Note 6 has been named. Named on Samsung's Agent (AA) Profile page, that is. In comes SM-N930F, the "F" version of what's certainly the next smartphone in the Note series. It goes like this: Galaxy Note 4 is SM-N910, Note 5 is SM-N920, and we can safely assume that the Note 6 (or Note 7, as it may be called), is SM-N930.

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Twitter Engage Review : watching your followers closely

Twitter Engage Review : watching your followers closely

This morning you'll find an app in the app store by the name of Twitter Engage. This app works with "creators", as Twitter calls them, making it easier for them to "interact with their fans and grow and retain an audience." Twitter Engage's release uses terms like "popular creators" and "influential creators" to suggest that this app is not just for your everyday Joe Schmo. This is about the big guns. The people that want to make a difference. The people that make trends happen.

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Here comes iPhone 7’s massive OLED display release

Here comes iPhone 7’s massive OLED display release

This week insider sources in China have revealed that Samsung is ramping up supply of OLED panels to make way for the next iPhone. This comes as little surprise to the masses following leaks and rumors surrounding the iPhone 7, as an OLED panel for an iPhone has been expected since last year at this time. It's according to Nikkei that Samsung intends to spend approximately KRW 8 trillion (or $6.8 billion) to bring OLED panel production sky-high.

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Titanfall 2 : “life-sized model behind the scenes” Boogaloo

Titanfall 2 : “life-sized model behind the scenes” Boogaloo

We've gone up close and personal with the folks that make the full-sized Titans for the game Titanfall 2 for events like E3 2016. Today we've got a collection of photos of the making-of process, showing what these mechs are made of. As it was the last time we brought you inside the cockpit, so to speak, these Titans are made mostly of high quality foam. Also involved, of course, is a bunch of skillfully applied paint - and metal too.

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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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