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.

Google’s Expeditions app is now open to all Androids

Google’s Expeditions app is now open to all Androids

Google's most awesome VR experience for Android has been released to the public. This is Expeditions, an app originally intended for classroom use, now available for the masses - everyone who ever wanted to go on a trip to a strange place without having to pack their bags. You'll be able to select from a "growing list" of over 200 Expeditions, all available for free to Android users right this minute. You might want a Cardboard headset to go along with this app, but you could always try it out without one first.

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iPhone 7 Space Grey to be transformed into something darker

iPhone 7 Space Grey to be transformed into something darker

A new color for the iPhone will likely be introduced this year to match that of the Apple Watch tone with no companion. As it has been in the past, so too shall it be in the future: Apple's many device lines will match. Today's tip suggests that the color "Space Gray" will no longer be in operation with the iPhone 7, instead being updated or "transformed" into a darker tone, something like Space Black.

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Project Bloks is Google’s DIY anything platform for aspiring creators

Project Bloks is Google’s DIY anything platform for aspiring creators

Google reveals a DIY set of computer parts that connect together to create learning experiences for young coders. Of course you don't have to be a programmer to use these blocks - you can be whoever you'd like to be. Google suggests that Project Bloks is a research project whose aim is "to create an open hardware platform to help developers, designers, and researchers build the next generation of tangible programming experiences for kids."

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Twitter Stickers coming to Snapchat your Tweet photos

Twitter Stickers coming to Snapchat your Tweet photos

Twitter is introducing Stickers to the world of Tweet photos for you and yours - sort of like Snapchat. Not that you'll be able to place these stickers on shortened videos that explode after a short period of time, but still - the connection is there. What's radical about this update to Twitter isn't that you'll be putting cartoon glasses on your images, but that these stickers work like hashtag links. Each sticker is a link, each link on a sticker leads to a collection of Tweets with those stickers attached to images.

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Headphone jack axe wont send iPhone 7 users to Android

Headphone jack axe wont send iPhone 7 users to Android

Apple's next iPhone might not have a headphone jack, and it would appear that you're not excited about that. Not excited about that one bit. We've run a couple of polls on the subject this afternoon on Twitter, coming away with results that suggest two things. The first thing we've found is that those of you that have smartphones overwhelmingly find use for the headphone jacks therein, at least some of the time, but for many of you, using that jack is more than just a "not often" sort of situation.

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Brexit voters Googling “What is the EU?” after voting Leave

Brexit voters Googling “What is the EU?” after voting Leave

Google says top searches in UK following Brexit vote inquire what the European Union actually is. What better time to find information on the EU, the subject that you JUST voted on, than right after the vote has been cast? It's like interviewing someone after you've hired them with a lifelong contract. It's like drinking a glass of liquid, asking what was inside only after you've swallowed.

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Mr Zuckerberg, tear down this wall

Mr Zuckerberg, tear down this wall

Today we need to cut the crap. This nonsense has gone too far. I'm speaking of the Echo Chamber. The search engine optimization, and the filtering of the content I see on the internet. Not only me, but my family and my friends, as well. This point was driven home to me this morning by a fellow by the name of Tom Steinberg who, earlier today, attempted to find any people on Facebook who were expressing happiness with the results of the "Brexit" vote for which results have come in overnight. He couldn't find any. That's not real. At least it's not realistic. At most, it's extremely dangerous.

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Steam Summer Sale begins: look upon it and despair

Steam Summer Sale begins: look upon it and despair

The Steam Summer Sale, as it's called by those who don't know its true name, has begun. Therein you'll find a set of games with their prices kicked in and smashed with hammers, and there they'll continue to be bashed until the 4th of July, 2016, at 10AM PDT. If you can last that long, I applaud you. On the other hand, you could find "Learn Japanese to Survive! Hiragana Battle", an educational RPG, for less than it costs to purchase a cheeseburger.

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Wu-Tang’s RZA to produce ATARI album [UPDATE: CEO comments]

Wu-Tang’s RZA to produce ATARI album [UPDATE: CEO comments]

Wu-Tang co-founder and original beat abbot The RZA has teamed up with ATARI to co-produce an album "based on music from iconic ATARI games. This album will consist of "original tracks inspired by sounds and music from iconic ATARI games" - and RZA wont be alone. "I’m so excited to work on these iconic games to deliver what I believe will be one of my best albums," said RZA, "I am going to invite some of my friends to join me and it will be Game On with the first beat!"

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Independence Day Resurgence Director believes in aliens, hopes they never visit

Independence Day Resurgence Director believes in aliens, hopes they never visit

Independence Day director Roland Emmerich had the idea for the original ID4 film when fielding a question about his belief in the existence of alien life in 1994. Back then he was promoting Stargate, and the idea that alien invasion films generally focused on a race of alien beings that traveled long distances to Earth only to remain mysterious and hidden once they arrive. Here in 2016 at the premiere of Independence Day Resurgence, we thought it pertinent to ask Emmerich again whether or not his beliefs had changed in the past couple of decades.

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OnePlus 3 Teardown Part I: Battery Replacement

OnePlus 3 Teardown Part I: Battery Replacement

Today we're aiming to give you a glimpse inside the OnePlus 3 in the first of a couple of teardown articles for the device. In the past we've done teardowns of odd devices such as the first version of the Samsung Gear VR. Now, with so many of our readers asking for a simple look at the insides of the OnePlus 3, it's time we did it again! As such, we asked our good friend Anonymous Contributor to work with us on some teardown action.

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Android HTC Nexus phone detailed in leak

Android HTC Nexus phone detailed in leak

The next Google Nexus smartphone has been leaked, somewhat, in the form of a set of specifications. These specs show an HTC-made device with modest abilities - not what we'd expect from the hero of the collection. This device would more than likely replace the Nexus 5X, the smaller of the two smartphones in Google's stores. It'd be the most basic of the devices you could purchase direct from Google.

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