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.

Nokia Lumia 520 is now a $29 smartphone with no contract

Nokia Lumia 520 is now a $29 smartphone with no contract

Microsoft has a smartphone called the Nokia Lumia 520, one that they now have available to buy for $29. This is the Nokia Lumia 520, a device that we've reviewed more than once - once as the 520 and another time as the T-Mobile version (basically the same device) as the 521. Back then, it was cheap. Now it's staggeringly cheap. This device has a 5-megapixel camera at its back, 8GB of storage inside, and a 4-inch display. There's also a micro-SD card slot inside for if you'd like to expand your storage further.

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Next Lock Screen for Android is Microsoft-made do-all

Next Lock Screen for Android is Microsoft-made do-all

This morning the folks at Microsoft Garage have released the newest version of Next Lock Screen. This is arguably the first time the lock screen has truly lived up to its promise - bringing you everything you need in terms of notifications - to your lockscreen with great ease. This update remains as free as the original release of Next Lock Screen, and is compatible with most smartphones released in the past several years. This app will require Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up and is an official creation of the Microsoft Corporation.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer: The Parody Collection

Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer: The Parody Collection

The next Star Wars movie is so highly anticipated that the first trailer - the first TEASER trailer, at that - has become the subject of parodies and remakes. Today you're going to see an Original Trilogy remake. You're going to see a LEGO remake. You're going to see a remake done in the Wes Anderson style. You're going to see more Star Wars: The Force Awakens remakes than you know what to do with - especially ones that use exactly the same audio and match the original trailer shot-for-shot.

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SkinIt Review: Marvel, Star Wars on MacBook Pro, LG G3, Xbox One

SkinIt Review: Marvel, Star Wars on MacBook Pro, LG G3, Xbox One

It's time for a quick look at the latest from SkinIt here with a couple of skins from their newest Marvel Comics collection as well as a classic skin from Star Wars. SkinIt sent us samples for three rather different devices to get a good feel for the quality of their product on different sorts of surfaces and at different scales, as well. What you're seeing here is a MacBook Pro, an LG G3 smartphone, and the Xbox One gaming console.

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Verizon LG G3 updates with VoLTE

Verizon LG G3 updates with VoLTE

A software update is coming your way if you own the Verizon iteration of the LG G3. This update will bring you access to Verizon's Voice Over LTE network, right alongside the LG G2 - which was released last year. The Samsung Galaxy S5 also has VoLTE access, as does the DROID MAXX, DROID Mini, and both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This LG G3 update will start rolling out this afternoon across the United States - if you don't have it yet, just wait - you will sooner than later.

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Star Wars 7: how Stormtrooper met Junker

Star Wars 7: how Stormtrooper met Junker

The following article centers on leaked images and spoiler information from the upcoming Star Wars movie The Force Awakens. Because of this, we'd like to take this moment to warn you not to proceed further if you're not excited to see what's going to happen in this next installment in the never-ending Star Wars saga. Today's installment of leaks aplenty centers on three crucial bits of information: a crashed TIE-fighter, Daisy Ridley's integral role in this next trilogy, and the appearance of both Han Solo and Princess Leia.

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Xiaomi invites released for pre-CES event

Xiaomi invites released for pre-CES event

It would appear that the pipe dreams of a USA-based launch of Xiaomi's next product were just that. Today Xiaomi released an invitation/teaser one-sheet for an event that'll take place next Tuesday, December 9th. This invite suggests that we'll see something fabulous, or at least fabulously strange: "The air is not enough, the water is not enough, no matter how good the phone, what is the use?" These are the words of a company that intends on pushing another smartphone to one-up their previous best-selling Mi4.

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Orion replay: behind-the-scenes, on the ground

Orion replay: behind-the-scenes, on the ground

Over the past 24 hours, NASA's Orion spacecraft had a weather delay, a rocket valve glitch, and a successful launch. The Delta IV Heavy rocket took off at 7:05 AM Eastern Time, reaching low-Earth orbit in around 20 minutes. What you're about to see is the liftoff replay and a set of behind-the-scenes images you would not have seen in the live feed - on the ground, at the launch site, and behind the control boards at NASA as the rocket took off, then as the craft landed in the Pacific Ocean.

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iPod court case may be tossed due to lack of device

iPod court case may be tossed due to lack of device

When you launch a lawsuit against a device manufacturer like Apple, it's important that you actually own the device you're complaining about. Attorneys for Apple have contended this week that the two women named as plaintiffs in the iPod court case this week did not own iPods in the time frame the case is covering. This case concerns iPods purchased between September of 2006 and March of 2009, while the iPods these plaintiffs owned were purchased after that time - July of 2009, in one case.

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HTC One M8 and M7 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop

HTC One M8 and M7 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop

This morning HTC has tapped in with final upgrade approval for both the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 for Android 5.0 Lollipop. The first devices that will be updated are the Google Play Editions of both devices, with both the M7 and M8 seeing Over-The-Air updates this morning. The kernel sources for both devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop have both been approved as well, meaning we'll see Lollipop ROMs and unofficial builds aplenty very, very soon - once the hackers and developers get to work.

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