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.

Jibo home robot pre-orders re-open

Jibo home robot pre-orders re-open

Multitasking home robot Jibo returns to the pre-order business after its initial funding is accomplished many times over. What you're seeing here is the talking robot known as Jibo, a machine made to interact with your family and friends at home. This machine has a display, camera, and connectivity that'll allow it to be a smart home controller in the future as well. While it started with money from average citizens like you on IndieGogo, Jibo is now a $25.3-million dollar Series A funded venture project.

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Netflix is killing Reality TV

Netflix is killing Reality TV

Reality TV shows and "unscripted" shows are on their way out, so says the chief content officer at Netflix. Speaking at an investor conference this past week, Netflix' chief content officer Ted Sarandos suggested that "the kind of disposable nature of reality, basically doesn't have much of a long shelf life. It hasn't been a great category for us." As the reality television show dies, so re-rises the scripted show and Netflix Originals series like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and House of Cards.

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DOOM gameplay teaser has us flipping out for E3

DOOM gameplay teaser has us flipping out for E3

This week the folks at Bethesda have given us just a few seconds of footage from the next DOOM. This footage isn't gameplay, strictly speaking, but it does tease gameplay that'll be shown at E3 2015, so they say. Here we're getting up close and personal with what's very likely some of the most terrifyingly detailed blood-filled action first person shooter gaming the world has ever seen before. And it'll be appearing in full in a collection shown by Bethesda their full E3 showcase at 7PM PT, June 14th.

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Here’s what Unreal Dev Grants are helping fund

Here’s what Unreal Dev Grants are helping fund

Get Set Games receive the latest in a line of Unreal Dev Grants, a series of awards made by Epic Games for Unreal Engine developers. Just so long as a developer is developing their game with Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 and they've contacted Epic Games about the Unreal Dev Grant series (with some stipulations, obviously), they'll be eligible for a ton of cash. Get Set Games have been awarded $18,000 to continue developing their wild styled maniacal mobile game by the name of Mega Blast.

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R2-D2 Galaxy S6 Edge SkinIt Review

R2-D2 Galaxy S6 Edge SkinIt Review

In the wake of the preview announcement of the Iron Man Edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge, SlashGear turns its eye to the Poor Techie's Solution. Here we're taking a peek at another SkinIt skin for our device. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a curved front display glass, and therefor presents a bit of a challenge for case makers and accessory creators alike. How does SkinIt solve this problem? As it turns out, they didn't have to do much of anything different from their normal methods of application.

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Spotify won’t end free service, so chill

Spotify won’t end free service, so chill

Earlier this morning it was reported that Spotify would end their "free" tier of music streaming service. Just moments ago, we've been informed by a Spotify spokesperson that this is entirely false. While it's not clear where the false information originated as it was quoted as anonymous, what's clear is this: with 75% of their customers taking part in Spotify with ads, this "free" tier isn't going anywhere fast. Now you've got to wonder - what did the original source hope to gain from spreading false information?

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11,000-year old ice shelf about to disappear forever

11,000-year old ice shelf about to disappear forever

NASA confirms that Antarctica's Larsen B ice shelf is becoming unstable and will soon break up and melt. A team is currently investigating the ice shelf is lead by Ala Khazendar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. "Although it’s fascinating scientifically to have a front-row seat to watch the ice shelf becoming unstable and breaking up, it’s bad news for our planet," said Khazendar. "This ice shelf has existed for at least 10,000 years, and soon it will be gone."

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Windows Phone 10 TP v.10080 for phones detailed

Windows Phone 10 TP v.10080 for phones detailed

The few and the proud Windows Phone users working with Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview have an update today. This update includes several boosts to services like Universal Office Apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. They also have updates to the Xbox app. If you have an Xbox One, you'll have plenty more services to access as of this afternoon. This update also brings on the Windows Store Beta for phones with a new visual design. There are new never-before-available apps on that new Windows Store Beta as well.

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Oculus Rift consumer model “spec” spilled

Oculus Rift consumer model “spec” spilled

Oculus VR recommends spec for their first consumer model PC-based Oculus Rift headset. These are the bits and pieces of PC power you'll need to run the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset - or what's recommended to run the machine, at least. If you've got a PC with less processing power than what you're about to see here, turn back now. Or forever hold your pixels. The image you see here is also the newest render (or very, VERY clean photo) of the consumer-model Rift.

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Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge official: incoming internationally

Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge official: incoming internationally

There's a real-deal Iron Man Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge coming, and it's coming soon. While Samsung has not confirmed a USA-based release of this device, an international (likely GSM) version will be appearing soon. This is part of Samsung's brand team-up with Marvel Comics for the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. At this time it would appear that the Galaxy S6 Edge will get an Iron Man edition, while the normal Samsung Galaxy S6 may not - we'll be waiting for that answer too.

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