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.

Adidas accessories revealed for smartphones, tablets, laptops

Adidas accessories revealed for smartphones, tablets, laptops

This near-end of 2014 has a surprise release from the company that generally outfits your feet: Adidas. They've come out swinging this week with accessories - cases, mostly - for Apple and Samsung devices of all kinds. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are covered, as is the Samsung Galaxy s5, the iPad Air, iPad mini, both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks, and a bunch of other devices with general sleeves. And if you're all about outfitting your Motorola Razr, BlackBerry Z10, or Lumia device, Adidas has you covered too.

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SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive made for iPhone and iPad

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive made for iPhone and iPad

This week the folks at SanDisk have revealed their newest Lightening port-ready flash drive, made specifically for the newest iPhones and iPads on the market today. This device is aimed directly at iPhone and iPad users who have trouble moving photos and video from their smartphone or tablet to their computer. To do this, it works with an iXpand sync app with the ability to instantly transfer photos and video to the drive without hassle. One plug, sync, transfer, and the user is done.

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Pokemon ORAS trailer details “Legion of Legendary Pokemon”

Pokemon ORAS trailer details “Legion of Legendary Pokemon”

This week we're getting the most detail-heavy - yet short - trailer in the Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire collection since the game was first revealed. In this trailer you'll see how you can transfer Glalie from the special demo version of the game. You'll see a note on the Delta Episode. You'll see Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf. You'll see so many Legendary Pokemon your head will spin! It's time for you Hoenn fans to "prepare to embark on an incredible journey," so says the Pokemon company.

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Half-Life 2 Episode 1 hits new “Green Box” for SHIELD

Half-Life 2 Episode 1 hits new “Green Box” for SHIELD

NVIDIA has hit the Valve once again with the first mobile release of Half-Life 2: Episode One. This game will be released exclusively (at first) for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and optimized for the table's NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. Half-Life 2 Episode 1 will be part of a "Green Box" - a reference to the original "Orange Box" from Valve. This Green Box includes Half-Life 2 and Portal as well, all coming to the 32GB/LTE version of the SHIELD tablet, free when you purchase the tablet this Autumn.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity issues: Ubisoft blames AMD [UPDATE: Ubisoft recants]

Assassin’s Creed Unity issues: Ubisoft blames AMD [UPDATE: Ubisoft recants]

It's not been a great couple of days for Ubisoft. Assassin's Creed Unity was put on sale a full 12 hours before the review embargo was lifted, reviews were less than positive, and there've been several reports of graphics glitches in-game for both the console (PS4, Xbox One), and PC versions of the game. Today Ubisoft has responded to a couple of complaints, suggesting in one case that "graphics performance" could be "adversely affected by certain AMD CPU and GPU configurations." Ubisoft appears to be suggesting this performance hit is only present on PCs, not necessarily Xbox One or PS4.

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Gears of War 2015: reveal or release

Gears of War 2015: reveal or release

Earlier this year Microsoft made an announcement: they'd acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise in full. Acquiring said rights from Epic Games meant they'd be able to push the game to an Awesome-pocalypse degree as they did with Sunset Overdrive. Microsoft Studios will be involved, and Black Tusk would be developing. But as of January 29th, 2014, this development team had only been on the project for a week. That's not nearly long enough for a full release even one year later, is it?

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Facebook Say Thanks: prepare yourself

Facebook Say Thanks: prepare yourself

So you're all about the newest thing in the Facebook universe, right? You want to get in on all the newest software in the social networking globosphere as fast as possible, correct? You're in luck - we're got news for you. This is Facebook Say Thanks. It's a system in which you'll use Facebook to send a video to your best friend, thanking them for whatever you need to thank them for. Thank them for the Say Thanks video they just sent you, if you really want.

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YouTube Music Key released: not just Play All Access

YouTube Music Key released: not just Play All Access

This morning YouTube Music Key became official for the first time. It'll be released in Beta mode for a monthly fee, appearing at first to come up against Google Play Music's All Access system. Instead, subscribers to Google Music will be included in the subscription cost of YouTube Music Key - all one package. As for those of you that already subscribe to Google Music - we're waiting to hear back from Google on that. For now, gotta catch em all - music style.

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Samsung Proximity brings beacons beyond iPhone

Samsung Proximity brings beacons beyond iPhone

Before today, Samsung had been relatively mum on the subject of "beacons." Apple started talking about their program - "iBeacon" - some time ago. We saw a Qualcomm Gimbal-made system for Apple Store in action back in February - ready to roll. Here near the end of the year, Samsung's developer conference has led the way to the company's own software solution for beacon technology. It all begins with Bluetooth LE.

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Gear S smartwatch to load traffic-powered apps

Gear S smartwatch to load traffic-powered apps

Samsung has announced that they'll be teaming with Inrix to bring a variety of traffic-powered apps and functionality to the Gear S smartwatch this Autumn and Winter. With Inrix real-time traffic updates, the Gear S will be able to send the user traffic time insight, telling them when the best time of day will be to take a trip, head to the store, or head home from work. This will work with the INRIX XD Traffic app specially aimed at Gear S users.

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