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.

You don’t want a Facebook Dislike button

You don’t want a Facebook Dislike button

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a Q&A session last night in which he spoke about Facebook's missing "Dislike" button. We've got the thumbs up, but we don't have the thumbs down. He took a stab at a question about this feature this week because it the Like button is "an important way to sympathize or empathize with someone in an important moment that someone put themselves out there to share." The Dislike button, on the other hand, wouldn't exactly be an addition made without risks.

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Nexus 9 LTE arrives at Google Play

Nexus 9 LTE arrives at Google Play

Just after T-Mobile brought their LTE version of the Nexus 9 tablet to the masses, Google Play released theirs as well. These two devices will be effectively the same, the only difference being - perhaps - that the T-Mobile USA version might end up loading some (deletable) T-Mobile apps once the LTE SIM card is activated. Both devices are on sale this afternoon, both online - it would also appear that both devices will share essentially the same price point at just under 600 dollars for a 32GB internal storage size unit.

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How Google Cardboard takes you on the VR stage with Paul McCartney

How Google Cardboard takes you on the VR stage with Paul McCartney

This week we've had a chat with Jens Christensen, CEO of Jaunt, the company that's bringing everyday Google Cardboard users to the concert stage with artists like Jack White and Paul McCartney. Jaunt deals in Virtual Reality experiences, collecting events and locations with their unique camera setups, turning that media into video. With Paul McCartney, this journey began with Award-Winning Film Director Mark Romanek. This fellow Romanek is associated with both Paul McCartney and Jaunt, working in the role of one of their advisors. Once McCartney saw Jaunt's technology in action, he invited the crew to his next concert.

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Audi Q7 features Virtual Cockpit in premium SUV

Audi Q7 features Virtual Cockpit in premium SUV

Inside the newly announced Audi Q7, the newest version of Audi virtual cockpit will run the show. Users will be working with a new MMI all-in touch control unit, and both Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also able to be run to connect to users' iPhone or Android smartphone. This vehicle makes its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, bringing on a vehicle that emphasizes Audi's abilities to deliver a vehicle with lightweight construction, efficiency, and smart assistance systems inside.

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Facebook Dislike “a force for bad” says Zuckerberg

Facebook Dislike “a force for bad” says Zuckerberg

The social network known as Facebook is such a force in our modern culture that we're discussing the ins and outs of comments on comments. Not even comments, but acknowledgements of comments - the "thumbs up" button on a comment inside the social network, the button you press when you don't want to take the time to type words, but you feel obligated to let the person know that you've read their comment. To them, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says, good job, keep doing what you're doing.

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Galaxy S6 details tipped with prototype appearance

Galaxy S6 details tipped with prototype appearance

What you're about to see might very well be the first appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S6. This device has been tipped to be the new "project zero" for the company, meaning they're attempting to bring their top-selling line through a new door to re-bolster sales. What this prototype image suggests is that they will indeed be releasing such a device - not exactly in looks, but with functionality. And with just about as close to an "edge-to-edge" screen as the company has ever produced.

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Oculus VR acquisition breaking another wall: hand tracking

Oculus VR acquisition breaking another wall: hand tracking

This week the folks at Oculus VR - creators of the Oculus Rift VR headset - have announced that they've acquired three "key" names in "computer vision." The first two are groups of creators, and the thirds a man by the name of Chris Bregler - so it's more like they hired him than acquired him, but still. It's Nimble VR you'll want to focus on first. They specialize on skeletal hand tracking. This will allow use to take another big step into the virtual reality landscape.

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Star Wars 7 heroes named officially

Star Wars 7 heroes named officially

This afternoon the folks at Lucasfilm have decided to reveal the names of the characters that'll be heading the next three Star Wars movies. They've done this with a set of vintage Star Wars trading cards, the likes of which you'll recognize if you were alive when the original trilogy was released - or if you're just a very big fan with eyes on the classics. Here you'll see every hero from the first teaser trailer released this year - all at once, in official fashion!

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Amazon app kicked from Google Play

Amazon app kicked from Google Play

The app you may have used for the past several years to access Amazon (outside of your web browser) has been axed from Google Play's app store. As was found earlier this year, Amazon updated their app to include app and game purchases and downloads - effectively making their app an app store within an app store. Google did not like that, and since have brought up a bit of a rule tweak on what should have otherwise banned the sales of apps within apps listed on Google Play.

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Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

The acquisition team at Microsoft have made known their purchase of HockeyApp, a group that creates a testing grounds for apps. Mobile developers are able to launch HockeyApp in iOS, Android, or Windows Phone then launch their app, testing out its flaws in the process. Microsoft will be taking HockeyApp as it exists today offline, integrating this simple system into Visual Studio, their suite of tools for development of content for all manner of devices, mobile or otherwise. Financial terms have not been discussed.

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