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.

Facebook Messenger has ANOTHER hidden inbox you’ve likely never seen

Facebook Messenger has ANOTHER hidden inbox you’ve likely never seen

The messenger system built in to the world's most used social network, Facebook, has a couple of "hidden" inboxes. You may have messages that you've never seen - believe it or not. Hidden relatively deep within your Messenger inbox system, you'll find two boxes, one marked "Requests", the other marked "Filtered". There's also a THIRD sort-of-secret inbox, depending on how you've used Facebook Messenger in the past, one called "Archived." You'll want to see the whole lot if you've noticed friends disappearing over the past several years.

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Leap Motion just updated to meet the HTC Vive head-on

Leap Motion just updated to meet the HTC Vive head-on

This afternoon the folks at Leap Motion have delivered an update to their VR headset mount hardware - and the software therein. They've made it possible to use the Leap Motion motion tracking device to put your hands in the virtual reality universe. This - you might be thinking - isn't strictly new. You're right. What IS new is the ability to see your hands and work with your hands at the same time as you're using the HTC Vive's wireless controllers.

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Whats new in Android Studio 2.0?

Whats new in Android Studio 2.0?

This morning Google released* Android Studio 2.0 for developers, and with it, a litany of upgrades and feature changes. This version of the place where developers make the most of their Android apps works with a new Instant Run feature, an Android Emulator that they suggest runs 3x as fast as the previous release, and a brand new GPU Debugger Preview. Users will be able to work with Cloud Test Lab Integration - right out the gate, and they'll have both App Indexing Code Generation and Test abilities immediately - install and go!

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Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Those of you worried about being left unaware when you receive a phone call or a text in virtual reality should worry no more. The HTC Vive Phone Companion app has launched - and we've given it a try. What you're about to see is how simple the app is and how effective it's going to be when it comes to giving you a heads-up when your friends are about to barge in your room right after they've given you a call.

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Windows 10 adopts Android Continuum (sort of)

Windows 10 adopts Android Continuum (sort of)

While you will not be able to get the full desktop experience you'll get with a Lumia device, Windows 10's newest build includes a brand new feature for Android devices. Just so long as you've got a device that's able to mirror its display with Google Cast, you'll be well on your way to mirroring to Windows machines without the aid of a Miracast adapter or dock. This is the first time Microsoft has enabled this ability natively - and it'll be working on all Windows 10 devices soon, thanks to an app by the name of "Connect".

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BMW picks HTC Vive for mixed reality car development

BMW picks HTC Vive for mixed reality car development

BMW has chosen to incorporate the HTC Vive into their development process - opting for mixed reality experiences rather than costly prototyping for each new vehicle. What these folks will be doing is creating vehicles in the computer - as they would have anyway - and instead of creating each new iteration as a metal and plastic prototype, they'll step inside in virtual reality. Mixed reality is the term we're using here because they'll also be able to see where they actually sit in the real world.

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Rogue One trailer: every frame from the Star Wars story (so far)

Rogue One trailer: every frame from the Star Wars story (so far)

The first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is here, and we've gone ahead and begun the breakdown. This isn't like the analysis-filled thinkpieces you've seen 10 minutes ago. This is a data post. In this post, you'll get almost every single frame from the trailer. Every frame. Every frame that isn't deep within a fade in or out. Every single frame would be madness - though we've got the ability to go that mad, too. Here we have everything important - suitable for whatever you might want to do to satiate your need for more Star Wars, all the time.

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Leave Google for MicroG on Android, receive two dollars

Leave Google for MicroG on Android, receive two dollars

It would appear that Google isn't about to lose potential digital customers to the MicroG experiment on Android devices. A user by the name of Majinferno - reporting in from Reddit - shows one way in which Google may be targeting users who had at one point used Google Play services, but decided to leave the Google universe for one slightly more AOSP-friendly. As it were, Google seems to have offered this user two whole dollars American for a return to their fold.

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Let’s Try Facebook Live Video

Let’s Try Facebook Live Video

This morning Facebook expanded "Facebook Live" to include the whole world and to include a litany of new features for all users. Originally launching the service for select brands and celebrities first, the social network has made the ability to share one's experience with the world on-the-spot available to the masses this morning. What we're going to do here is to make using or viewing Facebook Live very easy.

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Why you’ll want a Huawei P9 Plus in the USA

Why you’ll want a Huawei P9 Plus in the USA

The Huawei P9 Plus smartphone is headed for many countries in the world this Spring. The United States is not one of them. Why might citizens of the USA want to get their hands on this device, provided a version were made that were able to work with carriers that cover this country? There are plenty of reasons, really - we're going to discuss just one. That "one" reason is the pair of camera lenses at the back of the device, the lot of which were co-engineered by the folks at Leica.

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Whoops! WhatsApp isn’t all encrypted

Whoops! WhatsApp isn’t all encrypted

Wait just a second here - just yesterday WhatsApp announced they were completely encrypted, end-to-end, right? Apparently not. While messages and phone call content are, indeed, encrypted, some of the details surrounding these bits of communication are not. As it turns out, a deeper look at the terms and conditions included in this latest update for WhatsApp includes mention of what's not going to be hidden - and might indeed never be hidden should WhatsApp be called upon to share them with a legally-bound 3rd-party group.

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T-Mobile enhances voice with EVS as it pushes data-only plans

T-Mobile enhances voice with EVS as it pushes data-only plans

The folks at T-Mobile USA are aiming to out-do the industry on clarity of voice calling with a technology they call Enhanced Voice Services (EVS). According to the network that just began offering data plans with the option of skipping out on voice, EVS is a system which improves voice call reliability and creates "higher-fidelity calls" in the process. This service is already active on the LG G5 on T-Mobile, and will be active on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge soon.

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