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 Pro feature may give Galaxy Note 6 users a wake-up call

iPhone 7 Pro feature may give Galaxy Note 6 users a wake-up call

The release of the iPhone 7 Pro - or iPhone 7 Plus, whatever they end up calling it - could be a wake-up call for Android-loving Samsung users worldwide. Why? Because Apple could be invading one of the areas the Samsung Galaxy Note still holds sway over in the smart device universe. The iPhone 7 Pro's ability to work with the Apple Pencil, for example, could be Apple's inroad to taking command of the Android phablet userbase.

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Works With Nest reveals a load of new connections

Works With Nest reveals a load of new connections

The folks that work on software with Nest have revealed a whole lot of new collaborators in their "Works with Nest" initiative. This includes the Nest Cam, the Nest Learning Thermostat, and Nest Protect, the lot of which have found new bits of software and hardware to work with over the past few weeks. This is part of a new API sent to developers this month, giving developers new abilities and potential for feature integrations.

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Moto G4 vs Plus vs Play release date and specs impressions

Moto G4 vs Plus vs Play release date and specs impressions

This morning we're having a peek at the full collection of new Motorola smartphones, each of which have a new role to play in the mid-range dominance game. The Moto G4 and its slightly more beefy sibling, the Moto G4 Plus, both work with 5.5-inch displays with 1080p resolution. The least of this new collection of phones is the Moto G4 Play, a device with a 5-inch display with 720p resolution. What could Motorola be thinking with such displays? They're thinking they're about to make a lot of money, that's what.

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iPhone gets YouTube VR with “Cardboard” update

iPhone gets YouTube VR with “Cardboard” update

Google has brought on virtual reality-like viewing to the YouTube for iOS app at last, weeks and months after adding such functionality to the Android version of the app. This functionality for the YouTube app for iPhone and iPad is very similar to that of the Android version, adding a "Cardboard" icon to the app's user interface when a video is 360-degree-enabled and the device that's playing it is turned to its side (landscape mode, that is). This move extends VR functionality to iOS just days before Google's big yearly developer conference.

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Android Experiment app turns your phone into a 3D controller

Android Experiment app turns your phone into a 3D controller

The full collection of "best" Android Experiments for the 2016 season have been released by Google, and amongst them is this "3D Controller" for your smartphone. What you'll see here is your Android smartphone being converted into a controller not unlike what you might know as a Wii-mote, but without the need of a sensor at the top of your display. This control scheme will open the doors to great things in the Android universe.

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Google’s Lens Launcher app changes the way you use Android

Google’s Lens Launcher app changes the way you use Android

Over the weekend the winners of the 2016 Android Experiments event were announced, and one of them is a next-level launcher. This is the sort of app that replaces the way in which you interact with your apps up front of your phone - instead of just flat trays of apps, you'll have something completely different. This developer changed the way you see your apps, using a sort of "Graphical Fisheye Lens" to make seeking out apps easier in some cases, and far more entertaining in others.

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Acer VR headset made real: StarVR’s rebirth continues

Acer VR headset made real: StarVR’s rebirth continues

This morning the folks at Starbreeze and Acer announced that they'd joined forces to bring their own virtual reality headset to the world. This headset goes by the name StarVR, and there is a chance that you've heard of it before. Starbreeze Studios revealed this headset in an early iteration at E3 2015 (this June), and now with Acer onboard, they'll have a joint venture ready to design, manufacture, promote, market, and sell the StarVR head-mounted-display (VR headset) "to the professional and location-based entertainment market."

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Galaxy Note 6 may be biggest (Note) release ever

Galaxy Note 6 may be biggest (Note) release ever

This Autumn it would appear that Samsung is keeping their full attention on the Galaxy Note 6 - and not just in the USA. While last year's release of the Galaxy Note 5 ended up being less-than-pleasing for certain members of the European Union (who didn't see a local release at all), this year Samsung's bringing heat to the Note for the whole world. Or so we're to understand. Sources suggest that instead of splitting attention between multiple devices, it'll be one phone, one release, worldwide.

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What’s new in the iOS 9.3.2 update: Night Shift update, Power, Bluetooth

What’s new in the iOS 9.3.2 update: Night Shift update, Power, Bluetooth

Updates to the iPhone and iPads aplenty out in the wild today will have iOS 9.3.2 coming to your pockets imminently. This update will bring improvements and feature additions to several iPhone and iPad models, starting with a fix for the iPhone SE. This update brings a fix to Bluetooth pairing issues with the iPhone SE for audio quality. There's also a fix for MDM servers as they were unable to install Custom B2B apps. Then there's the Night Shift update - and what an update it is!

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Google Spaces released as teamwork app for Android, iOS, and desktop

Google Spaces released as teamwork app for Android, iOS, and desktop

Today Google has released a brand new teamwork app and ecosystem by the name of "Spaces." Users of Google's accounts - signed up with a Gmail account, that is - will be able to take part in Google's new Spaces app. This app has the ability to create rooms or "spaces" on topics. You'll create a space based on a topic then invite users via messaging, email, social network, or "whatever way you like." We can imagine this will be used in ways both intended and beyond what Google intended in short order.

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What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

This morning we're running down our wants for Google's next developers conference, starting with what's already been asked for and ending with what we'd be surprised by. Two of the most discussed bits thus far that we've seen thanks to Reddit and The Verge are a real iMessage competitor and a new camera app. A decent camera app. One that's not just general for the masses. And what about an iMessage competitor? Don't we already have enough message apps?

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SlashGear’s adventures in Mixed Reality (Episode 2)

SlashGear’s adventures in Mixed Reality (Episode 2)

This week we're getting a bit deeper into what looks good when it comes to capturing Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and the mix - Mixed Reality. We're doing this because we don't JUST want to capture content for those of you that have a VR headset and want to see reviews of games and such. We want to capture content that anyone can enjoy and find value in. Today we're at an important point in history - two big groups have announced 360-degree in-game capture: NVIDIA and Epic Games.

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