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.

Oculus Rift consumer model “spec” spilled

Oculus Rift consumer model “spec” spilled

Oculus VR recommends spec for their first consumer model PC-based Oculus Rift headset. These are the bits and pieces of PC power you'll need to run the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset - or what's recommended to run the machine, at least. If you've got a PC with less processing power than what you're about to see here, turn back now. Or forever hold your pixels. The image you see here is also the newest render (or very, VERY clean photo) of the consumer-model Rift.

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Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge official: incoming internationally

Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge official: incoming internationally

There's a real-deal Iron Man Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge coming, and it's coming soon. While Samsung has not confirmed a USA-based release of this device, an international (likely GSM) version will be appearing soon. This is part of Samsung's brand team-up with Marvel Comics for the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. At this time it would appear that the Galaxy S6 Edge will get an Iron Man edition, while the normal Samsung Galaxy S6 may not - we'll be waiting for that answer too.

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CRISPR-Cas9 modifies your DNA, under legal fire

CRISPR-Cas9 modifies your DNA, under legal fire

A revolutionary method of editing the human genome has this week become the subject of a patent war. Back in April of 2014, patents were awarded by the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) to the Broad Institutes’ Dr. Feng Zhang, MIT, and Harvard to develop the technology behind "CRISPR-Cas9". This April, the UC Board of Regents’ legal team spoke with the USPTO about reconsidering their action, suggesting they award the patent to the inventor of the original method, UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna. One way or another, this radical DNA modifier must be made.

We need X-Men, after all.

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Smartwatches are for rich people, and you don’t need one

Smartwatches are for rich people, and you don’t need one

If you're worried about whether or not you're going to need a smartwatch in the near future, turn that frown upside-down. It's time to understand what this smartwatch craze is all about. It's not about picking up on the next trend before it replaces the smartphone. It's not about jumping on the bandwagon before it leaves without you. It's about cashing in on the wants and desires of those with cash to burn. For now. At the present. Things may change, but for now, you do not need a smartwatch to continue living your life.

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Twitch gets faster as it heads to Roku

Twitch gets faster as it heads to Roku

Immediately following an announcement about Roku functionality, Twitch revealed today they'd be reducing delays on feeds. Twitch's newest feature is an on/off switch that reduces delay on average by 33%, a full third, allowing streams to hit your eyes far quicker than ever before. As of yet, there's no drawback to the system Twitch has put in place, only positive. Why you'd NOT want to switch this on is a question we leave up to Twitch. Meanwhile we'll be plugging in the ol' Roku to bring back the gaming heat we've been missing for so long.

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Kim Dotcom just called out Clinton with Assange’s untold secrets

Kim Dotcom just called out Clinton with Assange’s untold secrets

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom speaks up about the 2016 Presidential Elections in the United States, suggesting that Julian Assange will call out Hillary Clinton with some "potential roadblocks." In an interview about a wide range of internet-related topics, Dotcom spoke with Bloomberg's Emily Chang this week on "Studio 1.0." This interview called upon Dotcom's earlier suggestion that he would be "Hillary's worst nightmare in 2016," while Dotcom suggested further that he'd "have to say it's probably more Julian," but that he was "aware of some of the things" that will inhibit Clinton's road to the White House.

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Bee aware: “unheard of” honey bee death rates in action

Bee aware: “unheard of” honey bee death rates in action

For the first time ever, summer losses of Honey Bee populations in the United States have outweighed the winter. While the Winter Season loss of Honey Bee populations has done down compared to last year, annual losses are up, in the second-largest loss of population in five years and one of the biggest losses in recorded Bee Keeping history. Why does this matter to you? Because approximately 1 out of every 3 mouthfuls of food you digest benefits directly or indirectly from honey bee pollination.

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The Chemical Brothers are back, and so is Michael Gondry

The Chemical Brothers are back, and so is Michael Gondry

The first single from The Chemical Brothers' upcoming album "Born in the Echoes" is released with a music video by Michael Gondry. This is the same fellow that brought you the videos for Around the World by Daft Punk and Fell in Love with a Girl by the White Stripes - now he's gone positively metaphorical. Graphically, anyway. This video shines the light in the newest in a long, long list of supremely awesome and memorable Chemical Brothers music videos from generations past.

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HTC J Butterfly: HTC’s most powerful phone you can’t have

HTC J Butterfly: HTC’s most powerful phone you can’t have

HTC reveals the HTC J Butterfly, a large-screened smartphone destined for carriers inside Japan. This smartphone works with many of the same specifications at the HTC One M9, but here works with a 5.2-inch WQHD display (that's 1440 x 2560), also known as 2K. This device also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor under the hood alongside 3GB of RAM, more than enough to get you through your biggest and best apps and games. In Japan, of course. Not the United States as such.

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Microsoft Hyperlapse: making long videos digestible

Microsoft Hyperlapse: making long videos digestible

Microsoft reveals Hyperlapse, a desktop app, mobile app, and cloud tools suite made to make long videos shorter and smoother. This system is made primarily for video like what you might capture on a long bike ride. Or a skiing trip. Or on a tour through a museum. Speeding up a first-person walk through an environment can often result in a very bumpy, unwatchable video - Hyperlapse makes it all smooth. Microsoft is betting on this system for mobile devices, on a Pro version video editor for desktop, and on web tools presented with Windows Azure.

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