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.

Marvel Contest of Champions trailer: PvP for late 2014

Marvel Contest of Champions trailer: PvP for late 2014

Just in time for New York Comic Con comes the first full-length trailer for Marvel Contest of Champions. We’ve been teased and prodded with bits and pieces of this game over the past few weeks and beyond - now it’s time to finally get a look at some of this games most infamous contestants. And what do you know - Guardians of the Galaxy’s Collector is sitting at center stage. Didn’t see that coming!

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Delay of 12.9-inch iPad due to Common Sense

Delay of 12.9-inch iPad due to Common Sense

Earlier this year we first heard of the idea that Apple would create an iPad with a 12.9-inch display. That’s absurd, I thought - why on earth would Apple create a tablet larger than their smallest notebook? What possible reason would Apple have for making an iPad with a display larger than the standard iPad/iPad Air size they’ve got today? Surely they can’t be serious?

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ZTE may buy Pantech: product designs revealed

ZTE may buy Pantech: product designs revealed

Surprise - one company may buy another in the near future. Bet you didn’t see that coming. In a set of papers that detail the possible purchase of Pantech by the company ZTE, they’ve also revealed what their future products might look like together. Pantech may very well be making these products one way or another, but would that they were purchased by a larger company, we’d go ahead and guess that they’d have the cash they need to move forward a lot easier.

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Red Bull owes you $10 unless you did, in fact, grow wings

Red Bull owes you $10 unless you did, in fact, grow wings

A successful lawsuit filed by Red Bull enthusiast Benjamin Careathers has taken hold this week. Careathers filed a claim with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York back in 2013, suggesting that Red Bull does not actually give you energy in any way different from a common cup of coffee. Because of this, Red Bull has been accused of false advertising. Because of this, Red Bull has settled for $13 million dollars - of which you may be entitled to $10 USD.

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Xbox One custom homescreen update conceptualized

Xbox One custom homescreen update conceptualized

Your homescreen, desktop, or whatever you want to call it on your Xbox One is about to become a whole lot brighter. According to Xbox head Phil Spencer, Microsoft is working on allowing customizability in the user interface for Xbox One. This system would allow custom backgrounds, full themes, color changes, and more. While we’re not certain when this release will be, hearing it from Spencer himself leads us to believe that it’ll be a real-deal release in the near future.

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DROID Turbo details before launch

DROID Turbo details before launch

This afternoon a User Guide for the upcoming Verizon Motorola DROID Turbo has been leaked. If this guide is to be believed, the DROID Turbo is launching with a set of specifications that far exceeds the power and the abilities of the Moto X. This is a surprise, to be sure - why would Motorola out-do themselves so quickly after releasing their own flagship model? Is this Verizon’s doing, or is this guide a fake from the start?

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DREDD mini-movies: EP Adi Shankar confirms pseudo-sequels

DREDD mini-movies: EP Adi Shankar confirms pseudo-sequels

Last year Adi Shankar first mentioned that he’d like to create at least one more DREDD movie, no matter how it’d have to be made. Here and now, Shankar confirms that his project is a go. Not an official feature-length DREDD 2, but something stranger. Like some of the other short odd projects Shankar has created over the past couple of years, DREDD will continue with this man with the Dark Judges. Not necessarily having anything to do with Karl Urban or Judge Dredd himself, The Four Dark Judges come from a parallel dimension - and they’re especially nasty.

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What on Earth is HTC thinking?

What on Earth is HTC thinking?

This afternoon HTC brought a number of fashion models on stage to an event where they’d planned on revealing several new devices. These models walked across the stage with MegaMan-like electronic music and soulless, model eyes. And no purpose. Or if the purpose existed, it wasn’t immediately obvious. It’s as if HTC picked up on the strangest and most useless elements in the average big-time Samsung Galaxy event and blew it up for their own event, complete with an extended mix for publishers in the audience - again, without an immediately apparent purpose beyond aesthetics.

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Alien: Isolation is just the first of the age of Terror Games

Alien: Isolation is just the first of the age of Terror Games

When I played Alien: Isolation for the first time, I got sick to my stomach. It was a physical necessity that I stop playing - and I hadn’t even seen the Alien itself yet. Now is the next age of the horror game. Not just horror for the gamer - not just a place where you can get out an tune out. Instead you’re trapped in a space station with the perfect organism, one that cannot be killed, one that’s never been so real to you as it is here and now, discovering you having a nervous breakdown in a staff locker.

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DREDD 2: Karl Urban meets with filmmakers

DREDD 2: Karl Urban meets with filmmakers

Karl Urban has once again spoken up about DREDD 2, the sequel to the first film that does not officially have a plan for a second. We heard from Urban in April of this year speaking about the petition to get a DREDD sequel made, and since then we’ve heard from Olivia Thirlby as well with a similar message. Now we’re hearing from Urban again, this time at Destination Star Trek 3 in London England. This is the same convention where we saw Cortana speak Klingon for the first time, mind you.

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