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.

Dear analysts: Microsoft did not “beat” the Apple Watch

Dear analysts: Microsoft did not “beat” the Apple Watch

This morning USA Today compared sales of the Apple Watch to sales of Microsoft smartphones. As if they were the same sort of device. They've suggested that the Apple Watch was "beaten by Microsoft's phone." USA Today, do you know that these are different products? Do you not realize that Apple also has a smartphone, and that the Apple Watch is not a smartphone? Let's compare apples to apples instead of apples to orange here, for a moment. Let's compare smartwatches to smartwatches and phones to phones.

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Will the iPhone 7 return to its “4” design roots?

Will the iPhone 7 return to its “4” design roots?

This afternoon we're having a peek at a few images of what the iPhone 7 might look like next year. While this year we're almost certainly set to have another "s" release with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, with similar designs to last year's hardware, next year we'll have a seven, and an opportunity for revival. Industrial designer and CAD artist Ivo Maric has a few images he's shared to shed some light on to this potential retro revision, complete with flat edges.

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Ronald McDonald to direct Minecraft movie

Ronald McDonald to direct Minecraft movie

Wait a second, you might be saying, did the new Minecraft movie get the head of a fast-food franchise to direct? Not really. Sort of - but not really. Instead, they got the character Ronald McDonald, otherwise known as "Mac" from the TV show "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" to direct their film. More accurately, they got the creator of the series, who is also that same actor, Rob McElhenney, to direct the Minecraft movie. This is big news, guys, this is huuuge news.

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Vertical YouTube videos at long last

Vertical YouTube videos at long last

The YouTube app for Android - first, not only - has been updated to allow portrait-style videos. This is the first time YouTube has not smashed videos to their smaller, horizontal size when smartphones are held in portrait mode. It's also the first time YouTube has even really acknowledged vertical videos beyond pushing them in at the sides in a horizontal box. Now you can view all the videos your aunt and uncle filmed with their smartphones the wrong way because they can't turn their phones on their sides.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ tiniest detail revealed

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ tiniest detail revealed

The next Star Wars film has had a detail revealed by the strangest source imaginable. Mythbusters' Adam Savage spoke up during SDCC in an interview just published this week by io9, speaking about the show, movies, and specifically a detail about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He let it be known that he's a friend of Phil Tippet, master animator and puppetry legend, and that he was allowed to watch the filming of a sequence Tippet was working on. A sequence with old-school effects and the return of an awesome piece of Star Wars history.

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iPad sales drop below Mac – is the tablet dying?

iPad sales drop below Mac – is the tablet dying?

This afternoon Apple's earnings call for their fiscal Q3 2015 suggested that sales of the iPad continue to fall. What's odd about this particular reveal is the fact that revenue is beginning to be quite obviously lower than the Mac. Where this past quarter was the first quarter in several years that iPad revenue was lower than the Mac, it was by less than a couple hundred million dollars. Now the difference is by nearly $1.5 billion. Meanwhile UNITS of the iPad continue to outsell the Mac, for what its worth.

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Apple earnings crush it in China again

Apple earnings crush it in China again

Apple's Q3 2015 earnings report this afternoon suggested that a revenue of $49.6 billion was lead by sales in China and the iPhone. While the Apple Watch was also on the docket, Apple did not reveal any sort of sales numbers on the device. Instead the company suggests that sales of the Apple Watch surpassed their "Other" category, which isn't saying a whole lot. This earnings report was mostly reserved for the 35 percent year over year growth in sales of the iPhone.

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Galaxy S6 Edge Plus specs appear in release diagrams

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus specs appear in release diagrams

The latest Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus specifications have appeared in a set of case-maker images passed to SlashGear today. These images show the very basics in height and width and give some details as to how the device's curves and edges will line up with its predecessor. As you can see, this device takes what the Galaxy S6 Edge was and is and amps it up. Makes it just a bit bigger. This device will be a mix of the best elements in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

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Jeep hacking done on willing participant

Jeep hacking done on willing participant

Today's big news about a Jeep being "hacked" from a remote location was done on a willing test-dummy of sorts. The man - Andy Greenberg - writes for Wired magazine, and agreed to be part of this hacking experiment over the past year. Their work - these hackers, that is to say - was indeed a test, and not entirely malicious, but that's no reason to stop the panic. The hack they performed was real, and it really COULD send signals to this vehicle's dashboard via the internet.

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Apple Store down, Music down: social network freak out

Apple Store down, Music down: social network freak out

Online services including the Apple Store and iTunes experience outages across all app and media sales outlets. This outage approximately 9:00 AM Central Time and ramped up over the next several hours. Downed service checkers have seen troubles appearing mainly in the United States and in central Europe as well as Japan. Service troubles have been acknowledged by Apple System Status ticker as well, with a general "some users are affected" status appearing this morning. Meanwhile, the general iPhone-owning public has either not noticed or went and jumped headfirst into a tizzy.

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