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.

Pebble update ups Health ante

Pebble update ups Health ante

Pebble have announced that their smartwatch line will have a big series of updates to its health software. That'll include a feature called Mobile Health Snapshot, for one - a system that allows you to see a picture of your activity and sleep data in a well organized manner. This Mobile Health Snapshot bit will be a whole new section within the official Pebble apps from Pebble on both iOS and Android. Of particular interest in this feature set is a new ability to auto-detect when you're headed out for a walk, recording your activity without additional effort on your part.

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Mass Effect Andromeda delayed because reasons

Mass Effect Andromeda delayed because reasons

The next MASS EFFECT game will be coming later than you expected - or later than you were last told, anyway. The folks behind the game have decided they need more time to develop. Developers gonna develop, and gamers gonna wait. Until then, they’ve provided a few points on what they’re doing to make the game better than it hypothetically would have been had they released said game on time.

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This iPhone 7 “photo” shows a smart connector, new camera, and adjusted antenna

This iPhone 7 “photo” shows a smart connector, new camera, and adjusted antenna

This week we’re having a closer look at what the next iPhone could be - considering especially the multiple leaks and tips we’ve seen over the past several weeks. In this, we’re able to see a smartphone that’s more powerful, has a better camera, and looks marginally different from the last iPhone Apple released. Can you even imagine? This is nuts! An iPhone 7 with a look and feel that’s very similar to the iPhone 6s? Crazy talk!

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Motorola Moto X Tango will let us “see” the future [UPDATE]

Motorola Moto X Tango will let us “see” the future [UPDATE]

It's not long now before Lenovo hosts their "Tech World" event, and with it, a Motorola smartphone reveal of major proportions. What we're to understand will be there is the final iteration - the release-ready version - of the Lenovo Google Tango phone. It'll be Motorola branded instead, says our anonymous source, or at least that's the plan at the moment - barring some last-minute change. We'd be surprised at such a change at this point, as the phone SHOULD be released not long after the event.

UPDATE: Another source close to the project suggests that the Lenovo Tango phone absolutely will NOT be branded Motorola. We might just have to wait for the Moto Tango for another time!

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Mercury Transit sets planet against our sun

Mercury Transit sets planet against our sun

This morning the planet Mercury passed between our planet and our Sun, allowing us to see its silhouette with clarity. This is one of about 13 times the planet passes between ours and the sun per century - the last time this happened, you probably didn't have a smartphone - back in 2006. The image you see above comes from NASA and was captured by Bill Ingalls. NASA has also provided a time-lapse video showing the passing of the planet across the face of our sun.

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Et tu, Meizu? Huawei P9, Meizu Pro 6 use pentalobes

Et tu, Meizu? Huawei P9, Meizu Pro 6 use pentalobes

What, you might be asking, is a pentalobe? It's a sort of screw head - a very annoyingly rare screw head, one that's generally only in place to make taking devices apart more difficult. The screwdriver you're going to need to use to get this screw out is available to the public - it's no secret - but why has Meizu begun using it? And why Huawei? Has the screw suddenly become less expensive to use, or is there a more obvious reason?

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DIY Captain America shield is truly electromagnetic

DIY Captain America shield is truly electromagnetic

Today we've seen an awesome project by The Hacksmith, one in which the Captain America electromagnetic metal shield is made real. This shield isn't yet made of Vibranium - since that, you know, doesn't actually exist (as far as we know) - but it does stick REAL nice. This demonstration is not meant to be a DIY for everyone - but it is meant to make you confident in the fact that if you did want to make it, you probably could.

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Spotify 2016 plans include original music, remixes, programming

Spotify 2016 plans include original music, remixes, programming

The folks at Spotify have announced their big 2016 lineup of original programming, this including a total of 12 "concepts." These concepts are "focused around three main themes" - those are music performance, music profiles, and music culture. What'll this mean for Spotify users? More content that won't be available anywhere outside of a Spotify subscription. What'll this mean for people that don't have Spotify, but want this content? It'll mean they don't have Spotify yet, the key word being yet.

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How Star Wars TFA tricked you into believing Rey’s vision

How Star Wars TFA tricked you into believing Rey’s vision

When The Force Awakens was released, viewers came away with the understanding that a key character was left on a key planet at a key time. That, it would seem, just wasn't true. What you're about to read might constitute as a SPOILER - but maybe not. It's not as if you're not going to learn the following if you're planning on continuing to watch the main Star Wars episodic story movies, and if you've already seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you should have nothing to fear at all!

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Battlefield 1 trailer revealed with WWI-style madness

Battlefield 1 trailer revealed with WWI-style madness

This morning the folks behind the Battlefield series have brought a trailer for what might be their most ambitious project yet. This is Battlefield 1, so called - sort of - because it takes place during World War 1. This isn't the same WWI you've been taught about in school, however, it's a sort of alternate dimension where oddities can happen. This is what they call the "Dawn of All-Out War". We're looking... a bit... forward to it.

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WhatsApp updated for Android and version “N”

WhatsApp updated for Android and version “N”

This week the folks behind WhatsApp have made the app far more compatible with the newest versions of Android. This newest iteration of the app brings on features for its newest camera, enabling new abilities - and a new look. There's a new bit of text formatting for all messages, and there's a new way to make replies happen quicker - with Android Wear, too. This update also allows you to reply from your Notifications panel - all in Quick Replies.

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Don’t tell anyone I prefer TouchWiz

Don’t tell anyone I prefer TouchWiz

Today I'm going to defend Samsung's TouchWiz software on the Samsung Galaxy S7. Not that Samsung needs my assistance, by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel like there is still some misunderstanding in the public about what goes on in a Samsung device. Why? Because of the past. Because of the reputation Samsung made for itself in the first few years it came slamming into the world of smartphones with its Galaxy S line of devices, candy-coated icons and big fat lines around menus and all. That's changed.

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