Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

Do you really need a smartphone?

Do you really need a smartphone?

Accenture research has produced a study which suggests that "a majority" of smartphone users are "dissatisfied with their mobile experience." They also suggest that this majority is prepared to "switch mobile providers." In the grand scheme of things, do these people really need to have a smartphone? Do you? What would your life be without a smartphone at your side, connected at all times? Would you be living the same life?

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iPad Pro 9.7 teardown says do NOT do this yourself

iPad Pro 9.7 teardown says do NOT do this yourself

The first thing you're going to want to know with a brand new iPad Pro 9.7-inch teardown is - should I tear mine down? Is it easy? Absolutely not. Over at iFixit they suggest that you'll have a "nail-biting 30-minute process of heating, blind prying, and suctioning" to make it begin to open. Don't do that. Leave it to the professionals. You're going to break it. We'd certainly break it, and not because we haven't tried tearing down electronics before.

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LG G5 is metal – seriously, it really, really is

LG G5 is metal – seriously, it really, really is

For those of you that've heard the rumor - or read the rumor - that the LG G5 was actually made with plastic while attesting to being made of metal, let'd dispel that nonsense right now. In addition to the obviousness of the truth we can see in our own experience with the LG G5, LG's own Ken Hong has produced details in spades showing how the device is made of metal and why it was made with the processes LG chose. It begins with the aluminum alloy called LM201b, developed at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology.

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LG G5 Camera Review Part II: Trip to Mt. Rushmore

LG G5 Camera Review Part II: Trip to Mt. Rushmore

This past weekend my family and I traveled to Mt Rushmore - I brought the LG G5 along for the trip to shoot some photos. What you're about to see is a set of photos captured with the LG G5's primary camera as well as its wide-angle-lens camera, both using the LG G5's standard camera app. Note that these photos were not captured with any LG Friends accessories, just the basic camera. Also keep an eye out for the photos captured not by me, but by a 4-year-old, inexperienced photographer. You'll find the results interesting, I assure you.

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Let’s Test VR Headsets on the CHEAP!

Let’s Test VR Headsets on the CHEAP!

Today we're having a look at a handful of the cheapest - or closest to free - paths into virtual reality that you're going to find on the market. We want you in on this awesome playground of oddities now. We want you to see spherical visions of alternate universe and our backyards. We want you to see a dinosaur walking towards you in a hallway. We want you to be able to play Pokemon with a phone strapped to your face. We want you to do all of this for as close to free as possible.

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Samsung SSD T3 Review : USB-C drive in a tiny metal package

Samsung SSD T3 Review : USB-C drive in a tiny metal package

We'd been on the lookout for a handy companion for our USB-C-toting smartphones and laptops and - what do you know? Samsung busts one out. This is the Samsung SSD T3 with USB-C, working with the same controllers and flash used in Samsung's 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, this time with a metal jacket and an appearance that's just about as slick as you're going to be able to find on the market anywhere.

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LucidSound LS30 Review : wireless gaming headphones that don’t look ridiculous

LucidSound LS30 Review : wireless gaming headphones that don’t look ridiculous

I'm not the sort of person who shies away from slime green headphones - but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate a pair of muted grays and blacks now and again. With the LucidSound LS30 wireless gaming headphones, you'll find a pair of sound-blasters that don't look insane. And they sound pretty good, too. You'll be able to connect to basically any gaming system, including PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and your smartphone - and your PC, of course, but only unofficially.

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LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 camera WAR

LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 camera WAR

Today we're taking the LG G5 and the Galaxy S7 out for a ride to a few different photo spots - some inside, some outside. This is a very basic initial set of tests for the two devices, and we'll leave a lot of the decision-making to you. All of the photos have been captured with the LG G5 and Galaxy S7's basic camera app, utilizing their "Auto" settings right out of the box, as it were. Herein lies the first of several battles between the two.

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Let’s See: ThinkGeek April Fools 2016 round-up

Let’s See: ThinkGeek April Fools 2016 round-up

If there's a battle for best brand each year on this day, April Fools Day, ThinkGeek is certainly in the running for emperor. This year we've got a handle on their entire collection, starting with the couple of products you see here in the header image. That's a very tiny hand of Magic: The Gathering cards - a Travel Edition. Behind it, you'll find a White Noise Machine along the lines of Star Trek. You might see where we're going with this one already.

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Pokemon Go VR with Google Cardboard confirmed

Pokemon Go VR with Google Cardboard confirmed

This morning we've received further confirmation that the AR game Pokemon GO will work with Google's VR headsets. At first, this will mean that smartphone users who have a Google Cardboard headset will be able to place the headset on and see Pokemon in their real-world environment in an Augmented Reality setting. We'd been told by sources close to the project (who wished to remain anonymous) that the game was being tested by Google/The Pokemon Company with virtual reality/augmented reality abilities. Now we've seen the code.

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Let’s See Google Maps’ 2016 secret Android Pegman

Let’s See Google Maps’ 2016 secret Android Pegman

This morning an APK was explored by an intrepid developer making headway into the depths of Google Maps. There it was discovered. A new Pegman. Pegman, for those of you that do not recognize the name, is the little fellow who sits at the corner of your screen or on a map, showing you where you are in the world. Pegman is yellow, tiny, and has his own funky little arrow to show direction. Today the new Pegman has been discovered, and he, too, is funky.

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BMW Connected seamless digital future built on Azure

BMW Connected seamless digital future built on Azure

This week at Microsoft BUILD 2016, BMW presented their vision for the future of smart, connected cars. Their vision has been built on Azure. This is the future of BMW Connected, and it's made to create a smart car experience that integrates seamlessly with your smartphone, your contacts, your calendar, and every other part of your cloud-connected life. "The car will become the ultimate device, perfectly integrated into your digital lifestyle."

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