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.

YouTube for Kids detailed: here’s why it’s necessary

YouTube for Kids detailed: here’s why it’s necessary

This week we're hearing - again - that Google will be releasing a YouTube app made specifically for children. As YouTube is the primary app for video content from the web on Android - and is used by most iPhone users for video content on the web as well - it makes perfect sense that a child-friendly option, YouTube for Kids, would be made available. Why, you say? Why, you might ask as a person who does not have children playing with smart devices every single day of the year?

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Galaxy S6 details teased in Samsung video

Galaxy S6 details teased in Samsung video

This week the folks at Samsung are preparing for release of the Galaxy S6 with a new teaser video. This is "The Next Galaxy", as they've said the past several years, the next big thing to come from Samsung in smartphone form. This device appears to be very flat and without edge-faring displays. There's a second phone, more than likely, making this a double-release, but for now we're limited to this video bit. It's very short, and really doesn't say one whole heck of a lot.

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Black hole’s bad breath could hamper the heavens

Black hole’s bad breath could hamper the heavens

One supermassive black hole's blasting winds could have major effects on the growth of stars in its host galaxy. NASA and the ESA have both observed winds being blown out of a black hole called PDS 456. Using NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the ESA’s XMM-Newton telescope, scientists like Fiona Harrison of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have been able to begin calculations of the power of this and other black holes in the near future. With great power comes the supreme ability to slow down the speed at which stars age.

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Jolly Jam: Angry Birds maker makes its own Candy Crush

Jolly Jam: Angry Birds maker makes its own Candy Crush

Rovio is about to try its luck with a Candy Crush-LIKE game, I suppose we should say. Not like it's the same game - and not like there isn't a precedent for creating games like this, like Bejeweled turning into a game about candy, or anything like that. And forbid it that there ever be a game like Bejeweled that takes what Dr. Mario was - or what Tetris was - and evolves it into something entirely new, with a smidgen of the old game in its bones.

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Lenovo users: how to remove Superfish Adware

Lenovo users: how to remove Superfish Adware

The steps to remove Superfish from your Lenovo laptop are relatively straightforward. The first thing you'll want to do is to uninstall Superfish. This is an app, so you'll be removing it the same way you remove any app. Once you're done there, you'll need to remove the Superfish-installed self-signed root certificate authority (CA). This is the most important part of this removal sequence, and it's a step you should not skip. It's easy to do, and you SHOULD do it right now.

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NYC Sea Level to rise 6 feet by 2100

NYC Sea Level to rise 6 feet by 2100

According to a paper published by the New York Panel on Climate Change, projections have New York City sea level rising well above the global average for the next 100 years. According to this paper, projections for sea level rise in New York City could reach as high as 6 feet by 2100. Within the next 40 years, sea level rise in New York City could reach 11 to 12 inches. Does that mean you'll be pumping your basement soon? Not so much - but your kids might.

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KISS’ black buns return to Japan with gooey center

KISS’ black buns return to Japan with gooey center

Remember that time we reviewed a black-bunned burger? Prepare yourself for something that may just be even more of a departure from what you'd normally call "appetizing." This is the KISS Steamed Bun, seen here courtesy of Japan's own Circle K Sunkus chain of convenience stores. They're also known as "Spicy Chili Tomatoman by KISS". They're black on the outside and "hot and spicy" on the inside. The Circle K Sunkus brand promises that these buns and their centers will be "hotter than hell" - per the KISS song and album.

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Fitting Blomkamp, Scott’s Prometheus 2 in the ALIEN timeline

Fitting Blomkamp, Scott’s Prometheus 2 in the ALIEN timeline

It may be time to make good on the (seemingly empty) promise made by Niell Blomkamp several weeks ago about a new ALIEN film. This film was originally set some time after the second ALIEN film - ALIENS. Now we're to understand that Blomkamp's attachment to such a picture may have been cut short due to a reassignment that MAY have been in the works for some time. Word from Blomkamp himself this week suggests that he's attached to a new ALIEN picture, this one likely set after the first Prometheus film.

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Inbox by Gmail updated for iPad

Inbox by Gmail updated for iPad

Google has updated their iOS build of Inbox by Gmail to work for the Apple iPad. This update brings a couple of changes to the way the app is organized on the tablet vs the ever-so-slightly smaller iPhone. This app continues to be an "invite only" situation, but emailing inbox (at) google (dot) com generally results in an invitation sent rather rapidly. This app is also (obviously) out for Android and was originally released to both platforms essentially at the same time.

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Microsoft Wireless Display makes streaming super-simple

Microsoft Wireless Display makes streaming super-simple

This week the folks at Microsoft have teamed up with Intel on Wireless Display to make good on the no-wires-required equation. With this Wi-Fi Certified Miracast device, you'll plug one end in your HDMI port on your display, the other end in a USB port for power, and boom! You're ready to go. You'll be able to send your screen - from whatever Intel Wireless Display-capable device you have - to your larger display with a tap. PCs, notebooks, and smartphones are all included.

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