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.

Skype Translator removes barriers, drops sign-in requirement

Skype Translator removes barriers, drops sign-in requirement

This morning Skype Translator Preview dropped its sign-in requirement, making it easier for new users to take part in the translation action. This app works with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 preview for both PCs and tablets. Users will be able to download the app, open it up, and begin speaking with translation assistance right out the gate. This app currently has four available spoken languages as well as 50 instant messaging languages for use by the public.

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Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 OTA update out now – factory image too!

Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 OTA update out now – factory image too!

Four days after mentioning the update to the public, Google is now pushing Android 5.1.1 to the Nexus 9 tablet. This HTC-made device suffered apparent issues in-between Android 5.0 and this newest update, and this newest update is ready to roll to bring the fixes. In addition to the OTA (over the air) update, the Factory Image for this software has also been posted for your self-loaded satisfaction. OTA will only work for you if you've got a completely pure, un-edited bit of operating system under the hood.

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Science Fiction: Roswell Alien Slides Debunked

Science Fiction: Roswell Alien Slides Debunked

Several sixty-year-old slides, recently claimed by their owner, Adam Dew, to be photos of aliens from Roswell, New Mexico, have been debunked. Just this past week, several people - citizens, UFO "believers" and even some so-called experts in the field - were invited to a New Mexico event to screen a documentary on the slides. As it turns out, the images show no more than the remains of a mummified child. The child currently resides in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, after having visited San Francisco on temporary loan in the 1940s.

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“ARK: Survival Evolved” lets you ride a dinosaur in VR

“ARK: Survival Evolved” lets you ride a dinosaur in VR

The dinosaur-filled "ARK: Survival Evolved" MMO has been announced today with plans for virtual reality involvement on PlayStation 4. This game will be played from a first-person perspective and will have users walking around an ancient landscape with futuristic tools. You'll have "about 60 distinct species" of ancient Earth creature in "a real place that you can walk through, explore, and truly experience in your own way." This is the dinosaur age of video games starting in earnest. This is really happening, and it's happening on the PlayStation 4 with Project Morpheus, Xbox One, and Steam for both PC and Mac systems.

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I was an Avengers’ Black Widow apologist before today

I was an Avengers’ Black Widow apologist before today

Last month I was an Avengers: Age of Ultron apologist for the likes of Black Widow (and to a lesser extent Hawkeye). I saw the press materials without the two of these folks, and I was with the camp that said the Main Men were More Marketable. They are, aren't they? Captian America, Thor, Iron Man, and The Hulk - they're all really recognizable. But to steal a toy from Our Lady Of The Kill - isn't that going too far? Captain America, can't you just let her have this one?

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X-Files 2016 return premieres on January 24th on Fox

X-Files 2016 return premieres on January 24th on Fox

This morning Fox announced that the X-Files would be premiering on the 24th of January, 2016. But wait a second, you might be saying - didn't I hear that the X-Files would be coming to Netflix or something? Didn't they say it'd be coming to the internet in the year 2015? Not so fast there Rumors McGee, that's not exactly what was ever officially stated. Here we're running down the details of when and where you're going to be able to see the real X-Files next (and probably last) season. It's going to be on Cable Television, first and foremost.

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Xbox One May update live with Party flavor

Xbox One May update live with Party flavor

Eleven days into the month and the May Xbox One update is going live for all Xbox One users. This update includes new Voice Messages, Power On and Off from Xbox One Smartglass, User Selectable Power Mode, and Dedicated Servers for Party Chat. Lucky you, wouldn't you say. This update will be coming to users throughout the United States and abroad throughout the week, starting this morning. Not all features will be delivered to all regions, but most will be delivered most places.

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Holy cow 2.1 million people still use AOL dial-up for internet

Holy cow 2.1 million people still use AOL dial-up for internet

This week AOL reported their Q1 2015 earnings, and with it, notified the planet of 2.1 million subscribers to their internet service with dial-up speeds. Welcome back to the age of installing the internet on your computer with a CD you got in the mail. This is a reminder that hardship exists. This is a reminder that, while there are people who are homeless on the streets of Brooklyn but still have a smartphone that can access the internet at 3G speeds, there are people living in the country connecting at 56 kilobits-per-second.

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Five things you need to know from our Apple Watch review

Five things you need to know from our Apple Watch review

Boiling down our extended Apple Watch review this week resulted in a set of five key points every prospective owner should understand. These include notes on apps, interaction time, and battery life. They also tap into how you'll be speaking with Siri and what you'll need to do to make your Apple Watch experience a fruitful one if you do, indeed, plan on purchasing one in the near future. This device isn't one you should consider lightly. Like your choice in smartphones, this device can really change the way you go about your day.

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Steam is down: Web API, Store, Community are all out

Steam is down: Web API, Store, Community are all out

This morning Valve is having a bit of an issue with its Steam Store and Steam Community pages. If you're aiming to play games with friends, you can probably make an attempt, but you'll be really SUPER lucky if you're able. The Steam Database and DB Updater appear to be running as normal, while Steam CMs are at 74% online. Steam Store and Community are either down or Very Slow for most users around the world. That means you, Jimmy. Go outside and play instead.

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