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.

Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images released for Nexus devices

Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images released for Nexus devices

Supposing you've got a Nexus device in your possession, you know the thrill of getting an Android update. Not just any Android update, one that brings a full extra digit to the tens spot after the five. This isn't a new desert - it's a .1 for your Lollipop. Google has begun posting Android 5.1 Factory Images for Nexus devices of all sorts this week, and that includes Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, too. While we've not yet seen the Nexus 9 appear on this list, nor the Nexus 4, we'll expect at least one of the two to pop up soon.

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Friday the 13th 2015 in tech: Jason Voorhees hits MKX

Friday the 13th 2015 in tech: Jason Voorhees hits MKX

While we're sure there'll be more than a few appearances by this miscreant before the day is through, first Jason hits Mortal Kombat X. In just about the most appropriate place for him to be - other than in a horror game that never was - here Mr. Voorhees will be murdering his opponents in a side-scrolling person-vs-person fighter environment just like his hell-bound predecessor. What's that? There was another cult classic horror film appearance in Mortal Kombat before? Of course there was!

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Moto E 2015 (2nd Gen) Review

Moto E 2015 (2nd Gen) Review

Motorola's 2nd gen Moto E comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop, a 4.5-inch display, and is perfectly legit for the price it's being offered at. Is it the finest piece of hardware on the market today? Of course not. Is it meant to be? No way. Does the 2015 Moto E provide one of the most compelling value propositions for a smartphone in the world today? Absolutely it does. This is Motorola's continuation of their most successful smartphone-selling setup to date - inexpensive, yet not cheap - easily one of the best new smartphones for the price it's being offered at globally this year.

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Frozen 2 announced by Disney

Frozen 2 announced by Disney

It's officially time to start preparing for Frozen 2. While Elsa hasn't confirmed her return to the role, Olaf and Anna have - Disney has confirmed that development is really, actually underway. This comes after denial from directors / writers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck suggesting that there's no sequel - none so far - now Disney has confirmed the inevitable. This bit of information came in the same Disney shareholders call that gave us information about Star Wars VIII and Star Wars Rogue One, two more full-powered Star Wars movies on the way.

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Star Wars VIII release date and director revealed

Star Wars VIII release date and director revealed

Today the Star Wars PR spirits have been kind - they've revealed the title of the next Star Wars stand-alone film AND details on Star Wars VIII. This next Star Wars film will be continuing the events that end at the finale of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars VIII does not yet have a title, but it does have a writer and a director - both will be Rian Johnson. This fellow also directed some of the most awesome action and sci-fi movies of the past several years, including Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper.

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Tifanfall 2 launch confirmed for PS4, PC, Xbox One

Tifanfall 2 launch confirmed for PS4, PC, Xbox One

The second Titanfall has been confirmed by Respawn Entertainment, the company that made the first game just one year ago. This week is the birthday week for the first-person-shooter / mech fighter game, and Microsoft / Respawn are celebrating with some free DLC (downloadable content packs). In addition, Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella has confirmed that Titanfall 2 is in development for three platforms, including PC (Windows), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. At this time it would appear that Xbox 360 will no longer be a part of the equation.

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The Apple key: Leverage

The Apple key: Leverage

When the iPhone was released, the smartphone environment kicked into gear. When Apple released the iPad, tablets began to be produced in earnest. An entire industry is built around accessories made specifically for Apple products. Companies are built creating products that work on Apple products alone. Apple is one of the most successful companies in history - not just because they create products that sell well, but because those products can move the industry. Case in point at the time this article is set to be published: the Apple Watch.

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LEGO Simpsons wave 2 revealed with Kwik-E-Mart

LEGO Simpsons wave 2 revealed with Kwik-E-Mart

This week the second wave of LEGO Simpsons minifigures has been revealed alongside a new set: the Kwik-E-Mart. This second set of mini figures has Marge and Homer in their Sunday Best, Hans Moleman, Selma and Patty, Groundskeeper Willie, and a whole lot more. Sixteen figures will come in set 2 in all - and a couple more in the Quick-E-Mart set as well. Inside the Kwik-E-Mart set you'll find Apu, Bart, Homer, Marge, Chief Wiggum, and Snake Jailbird (the outlaw with the most straightforward name ever).

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NVIDIA GTX 960M and 950M hit ultra-sleek gaming notebooks

NVIDIA GTX 960M and 950M hit ultra-sleek gaming notebooks

Not too long ago NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 980M and 970M notebook processors. Now it's time to bring heat with a couple more entries into the GTX 900M lineup with the GeForce GTX 960M and 950M, aimed first and notebooks from ASUS, Lenovo, Alienware, Acer, and HP - or Hewlett Packard, as the top of the laptop suggests. These notebooks are all made to game, but work with exterior aesthetics that you could easily mistake for a standard portable - they're not super flashy, that is to say.

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Happy Birthday Titanfall: all DLC are now free

Happy Birthday Titanfall: all DLC are now free

This been one year since the first release of Titanfall, the teams at Respawn and Microsoft have decided to push all DLC to the free zone. This means all three content packs that've been released in the time between the first push of Titanfall and now, with a whole lot of extra map action inside. This includes Titanfall Expedition, Titanfall Frontier's Edge, and Titanfall IMC Rising, each of them with their own set of maps to make your battle area much more massive.

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