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.

The Oatmeal’s Exploding Kittens card game sets Kickstarter on fire

The Oatmeal’s Exploding Kittens card game sets Kickstarter on fire

Matthew Inman, author of the online comic "The Oatmeal", has teamed up with video game and card game creators Elan Lee and Shane Small to create Exploding Kittens. They're not actually literally destroying small animals - that'd be horrible. Instead, they're creating a card game that goes by the name Exploding Kittens. This game will use The Oatmeal illustrations and game mechanics constructed by the trio to bring about a game that should very well bring much joy to game-playing people around the world in the near future.

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DARPA Atlas Robot keeps the feet, upgrades the rest

DARPA Atlas Robot keeps the feet, upgrades the rest

We've been following along with the development of the Atlas DRC robot with Boston Dynamics and DARPA now for some time. What we're seeing this week - today, in fact - is a much-improved release. This robot no longer need to be plugged in to the same degree it did in previous releases - it's also 75% redesigned. Only the lowest bit of the legs and the feet have been kept from the original design - everything else has seen significant change since the last time we saw this amalgamation of power.

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Field Trip: the Google map app you never knew you wanted

Field Trip: the Google map app you never knew you wanted

Field Trip has been around now for a while - have you heard of it? It's a Niantic Labs project at Google, one that aims to bring you automatic suggestions for places to visit near where you're physically standing at any given moment. While it may be included with the basic build of Android at some time in the future, for now you're still going to have to download it. Field Trip has gotten a large bump in aesthetic beauty and in ease in use. It's simple now, and ready to roll on your Android smartphone immediately.

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Strafe: a game reveling in retro-graphics FPS glory

Strafe: a game reveling in retro-graphics FPS glory

Back in November of 2014, we first saw the face-blasting pixel-blood glory that was the first "sneak peek" at the game Strafe. Here in January of 2015, the Kickstarter has begun, and the glorious mix of old-school graphics and new-world humor has been revealed. Even if you have no interest in investing in a game before it's released, even if you're not planning on playing any gore-filled first person shooters any time soon, you absolutely must watch the "banned commercial" this group has created to push their product.

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Remote Control Claptrap brings Borderlands 2 to Xbox One, PS4

Remote Control Claptrap brings Borderlands 2 to Xbox One, PS4

Supposing you've not yet purchased either Borderlands 2 or Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the team at Gearbox Software and 2K have ushered in a box set made specifically for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. There are two different editions popping up today (2 sets and two versions of each set, one for PS4, the other for Xbox One). The first is just "The Handsome Collection" - this includes both games and a whole lot of add-ons released since Borderlands 2 was first revealed. There's also a remote control Claptrap toy to be had.

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Steam Broadcasting public Beta begins today: aiming for Twitch

Steam Broadcasting public Beta begins today: aiming for Twitch

The team at Valve responsible for making Steam a do-it-all station for gaming have really, truly been giving it their all over the past year. Music Streaming, Living Room Sharing, and now Live Streaming. It's as if they want to KEEP Steam as the one-stop-shop for all things AAA games - and Indie games while their at it. Here with Steam Broadcasting - live for the public for the first time today - they're aiming to take on Twitch, the largest name in game streaming currently on the market.

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Designer controls MacBook with nose, bypassing arm injury

Designer controls MacBook with nose, bypassing arm injury

A designer by the name of Michelle Vandy has begun using her nose to do her job on her computer. Instead of using her arms, wrists, and fingers to tap into graphic design, she's rigged up a tripod, a stand, and an Apple Magic Trackpad to construct what may be the world's first "Nose-pad." Without the use of this Nose-pad, Vandy might otherwise have had to give up on design altogether, entering a different working field where she'd not have been able to use her talents to such a fine degree.

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Theater Mode will auto-silence your phone at the movies

Theater Mode will auto-silence your phone at the movies

Microsoft has patented a feature for their phones that'll make the whole process of going to the movie theater a lot easier. Not that it's supremely difficult to turn your phone off before a movie begins, but the Microsoft patent that's popped up today will make entering the movie theater the switch. You'll have Normal Mode and Theater Mode - kind of like Airplane Mode, but switched on automatically, right when you walk in the door - and how dare you think you should have sound on your phone during The Hobbit.

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell gameplay first impressions

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell gameplay first impressions

Review time is nearly upon us, but we got the game a bit later than expected. Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is a game we're going to give a little bit more time to than the less-than-a-day we've had with it thus far - but for now, here's some gameplay to skewer your eyeballs with. This game takes what we knew about the game it jumps off from: Saints Row IV, and drops it all into a pit of despair. You had super powers in Saints Row IV, now you've got what amounts to magic. This game is decidedly more metal.

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GrooveMaker 2 released for Android and iOS

GrooveMaker 2 released for Android and iOS

This week the folks at IK Multimedia have released their newest in music-making technology for the mobile universe with GrooveMaker 2. This app takes what GrooveMaker was and amps it up, taking what was one of the first real-time music-making apps for mobile devices and giving it a new generation of boost. GrooveMaker 2 continues the tradition of working with loops sold in song packs. Each song pack can be found in one of several categories - House, Dubstep, Hip-Hop, Techno, Trance, Electro, Drum and Bass, Reggae, Reggaeton, Rock, and more.

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