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.

Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Play – released today in the USA

Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Play – released today in the USA

This week the folks at Motorola have released the "Play" version of their Moto G4 for the USA. Our Moto G4 Review and Moto G4 Plus Review (2 in 1) should give you, the viewer, a good idea of what's in store. This new "Play" set has prompted Android users to ask whether Lenovo believes that it was Motorola's original strategy to release as many smartphones as possible all within as short a span as possible that made the Moto G popular in the first place. Regardless, every one of the Moto phones that've been revealed over the past several weeks are good, in their own unique ways, and we'll be delivering a closer look at the lot before they're in users' hands here on SlashGear.

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Intel acquiring Movidius – may be their “in” for Android over Qualcomm

Intel acquiring Movidius – may be their “in” for Android over Qualcomm

This week begins with an acquisition of Movidius by Intel, the sort of acquisition that might go unnoticed by the average user. What's important about this acquisition is Movidius' work with drone obstacle avoidance sensors for DJI, heat sensor technology with FLIR, deep learning with a variety of companies - and, perhaps most importantly, the brains (the chip) that makes Google's Project Tango possible. Now Intel has announced that they're acquiring Movidius, and big things are happening behind the scenes.

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iPhone 7 release details VS Google Pixel (Nexus) phone camera

iPhone 7 release details VS Google Pixel (Nexus) phone camera

While we're not about to say that Google would ever attempt to take on Apple's iPhone business directly, it's always interesting to see how closely each successive generation of smartphone add up against one another. Google began commissioning Nexus smartphones all the way back in the beginning of Android (as it was run by Google). Now they're rumored to start calling their phones "Pixel" - not unlike their Chromebook Pixel and tablet lines.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: What you need to know

Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: What you need to know

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall is official, with Samsung making clear that all models of the Galaxy Note 7 should not be used from this point forward. Users that own the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 should take care not to charge their devices nor, if possible, even use the devices at all until replacements can be distributed. Samsung has issued an official statement on the subject and all major carriers of the device in the United States have issued instructions for early buyers.

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Sony UST Projector and Glass Sound Speaker hands-on

Sony UST Projector and Glass Sound Speaker hands-on

Sony's Life Space UX*2 (or Life Space UX2) is a name which many home entertainment and living devices reside. We got to know the last generation last year at IFA 2016 - now it's time to get delicate. In the Sony room we got to experience, the Sony Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector was in full swing bringing multiple layers of digital homemaking and entertainment at once. Also present was the Sony Glass Sound Speaker - another new reveal for Sony this quarter.

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IFA 2016 Round-up: hands-on with the best

IFA 2016 Round-up: hands-on with the best

Over the past week we've seen everything from car technology to smartphones, cameras to notebooks at IFA 2016 in Berlin. This week revealed what might have been the most diverse mix of newsworthy devices in recent memory, not least of all because so few companies are delivering truly new, different, innovative products. We've scoured the full lot to look for the best of the best - below you'll see what's been delivered in Europe for the whole world.

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Razer dishes devices: mouse, camera, headphones, OSVR

Razer dishes devices: mouse, camera, headphones, OSVR

As of today Razer has a whole new batch of devices to share with the gaming world. In addition to a refresh on the company's two most impressive notebooks, Razer is bringing on a ManO'War 7.1, updating availability for the Firefly Cloth Mouse Mat, and they've got an update for the Stargazer Webcam, too. Just in time for PAX, Razer seems to have been chomping at the bit to dish a set of devices in black, green, and rainbow Chroma.

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Razer Blade Stealth refresh gets big battery boost

Razer Blade Stealth refresh gets big battery boost

Razer has given a boot to the pants of their most impressive gaming notebooks this week at PAX, coming correct with both a refreshed Razer Blade and a refreshed Razer Blade Stealth. This notebook's new features include a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor, twice as much memory as the most recent release, and increased battery life. Razer suggests that this notebook will get "up to 9 hours battery life," in fact. The look of this notebooks remains largely the same - much like the Razer Blade (without the Stealth) being announced today.

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Razer Blade 14-inch late-2016 refresh first impressions

Razer Blade 14-inch late-2016 refresh first impressions

Razer has revealed their newest iteration of their hero gaming laptop, the Razer Blade, this time with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics inside. As we detailed in mid-August, NVIDIA's GTX 10 line of GPUs aren't coming to laptops like Blade with "M" versions (read: lesser) of GPUs made for desktops - they're made with the same chips. This new Razer Blade is so powerful - in a big way due to the GTX 1060 - that it's able to run a full-powered virtual reality headset like Oculus Rift and/or HTC VIVE.

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Pokemon GO update news: Eevee, IV calculator, egg chart, Reddit cheats

Pokemon GO update news: Eevee, IV calculator, egg chart, Reddit cheats

Today hacking Pokemon GO has set a number of next-generation updates free for the public, including but not limited to a Buddy Pokemon system, a new IV calculator, and a remixed Egg Chart. What more could a hardcore Pokemon GO user ask for? I say user because I've accepted the reality of the situation when it comes to developers of desktop app for the game (some of them hackers as such), and people who follow those trends (like me), are digital users - addicts with a need to see how far this global game can go. Not to cheat, of course, but to compete in a global software modification race! With Pokemon, of course.

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Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

Yuneec Breeze 4K selfie drone first-impressions

The Yuneec Breeze isn't something we necessarily expected to see flying around Berlin this week at IFA 2016. But here it is, a drone made for taking photos of and video recording us out and about, the photos ringing in at 13-megapixels large and the video able to be recorded at 4K. The drone itself doesn't look like the safest for us to, for example, get our fingers jammed up into - but the Yuneec representatives here assure us that their "Safe Flying" measures will keep flight safer than most.

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Tile Slim tracker hands-on: more than thin enough

Tile Slim tracker hands-on: more than thin enough

This week the folks behind the original Tile bluetooth tracker have introduced another unit - Tile Slim. This bluetooth tracker is as thin as two credit cards pasted together, allowing the user to keep it comfortably inside their wallet - or basically wherever else they might need to slide it. This Tile's thinness does not do away with the functionality of the original Tile - there's still a button to tap and connectivity for smartphones of all sorts.

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