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.

Tesla update lets you name your car

Tesla update lets you name your car

The newest software update to the Tesla Model S, version 6.0, allows you to name your car. You can also get Commute Advice from the vehicle, work with a Beta release of Traffic-Based Navigation, and work with Remote Start. If you didn’t think your electric car was futuristic enough before, boy howdy it is now.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Review

NVIDIA's Maxwell age of graphics processing begins with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards. What you'll see below is a brief look at the higher-powered of these two cards, tracking the performance of the NVIDIA-made reference card.

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NVIDIA “fakes the Moon landing” with Maxwell

NVIDIA “fakes the Moon landing” with Maxwell

No worries, says NVIDIA, we did indeed land on the moon. This isn’t the first time we’ve debunked the debunkers, but it is the first time NVIDIA has been so kind as to recreate the moon landing to debunk the debunkers as visually clear as possible. It’s all simple, really - we could fake it all today, but there’s simply no way we could have beck when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the trip.

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HTC Glass “leak” Busted

HTC Glass “leak” Busted

What in the world are we looking at this morning - an HTC headset akin to Google Glass? Absolutely not. This device isn’t necessarily going to make it past the drawing board, but tips from Portugal suggest we’re about to see one of HTC’s oddest devices yet.

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Watch the iPhone 6 get smashed in drop tests

Watch the iPhone 6 get smashed in drop tests

It’s the first day the iPhone 6 has been out in the wild, and what do people do? They smash it! They call them "Drop Tests," aimed in some cases to freak out iPhone fans in line for the device, and in others to actually, truly test the device’s ability to withstand the ground. Disclaimer: Andy Samberg has not yet done a "happy birthday to the ground" to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. We’ll be waiting on that one.

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Developing NVIDIA Maxwell: the cooler bits

Developing NVIDIA Maxwell: the cooler bits

The next generation of NVIDIA graphics processing hardware is Maxwell, and this week the company has revealed several key features with which this generation will jump off. In addition to a card that’s impressive in its own right, we’re checking in with several new graphics technologies: DSR, MFAA, VXGI, and VR Direct. Both DSR and MFAA will contribute to the 4K environment, VXGI will bring on the next generation in lighting, and VR Direct will focus on the world of virtual reality.

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NVIDIA VR Direct: Oculus Optimized

NVIDIA VR Direct: Oculus Optimized

NVIDIA is taking the Virtual Reality world head-on with a feature suite called VR Direct. This NVIDIA-made system works with the lowering of latency, VR SLI, VR DSR, MFAA, Auto Asynchronous Warp, and "Auto Stereo." This all starts with latency - the most important element in VR. If the image you’re looking at moves slower than your head thinks it should, you’ll get sick. From there, everything else can expand.

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