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.

Heartbleed test extension keeps hacker bug at bay

Heartbleed test extension keeps hacker bug at bay

Supposing you’re aware of the Heartbleed bug - which has been patched in many locations around the web already - you know that it’s a massive deal in the internet security universe. It’s left massive portions of the web open for hacking for two whole years, and it’s only being patched by most of the web this week. As luck would have it, there’s something you can do on your end this week as well to keep safe as an average web user.

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TrackingPoint 500 AR Series smart rifles make hunting easy

TrackingPoint 500 AR Series smart rifles make hunting easy

It’s rare that we’ll cover a firearm here on SlashGear, but when TrackingPoint shows off a smart automatic rifle series like the one we’re seeing today, we’ve got to change a tune. What you’ve got here is the TrackingPoint 500 Series AR rifle, working with a variety of technologies that make certain the carrier is the most accurate - machine accurate - in the field.

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Heartbleed bug: how to avoid this massive web hack

Heartbleed bug: how to avoid this massive web hack

Since a fix was released yesterday, a bug has been crawling around the internet for a staggering two years. Introduced to glom on to the system known as OpenSSL back in December of 2011 and in the wild since Open SSL v1.0.1, this bug has been on the web since the 14th of March, 2012. But why was it only made apparent this week, and what can you do?

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Game of Thrones renewed by HBO for 2 more seasons (at least)

Game of Thrones renewed by HBO for 2 more seasons (at least)

While we’re sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Game of Thrones Season 4’s release summoned a record for most-pirated piece of media over the past 24 hours, HBO has renewed the show’s contract. HBO released word today that the show would be renewed for two more seasons - and we’d not be surprised if it was renewed well beyond that.

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AMD Radeon R9 295X2 aims for enthusiast GPU glory

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 aims for enthusiast GPU glory

This week AMD plays their biggest GPU hand to date with the Radeon R9 295X2. This is a highest-end Dual GPU running with 28nm process technology and 12.4 billion transistors. You’ll be rolling with a highest-tier number of stream processors in this beast with a whopping 5,632, while compute power rings in at 11.5 TFLOPS.

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Windows 8.1 Update released: how-to instructions simplistic

Windows 8.1 Update released: how-to instructions simplistic

Starting today, users all around the world will begin to gain access to Windows 8.1 Update. This is the first major update to the Windows 8.1 system, a re-structuring of what was originally offered in the touch-friendly Windows 8. This update will be accessible through Windows Update primarily, a system which you can access by moving your cursor to the bottom-right of your display or by pulling in from the right of your display if you have a touchscreen PC or tablet.

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