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.

Virtual Reality will “change the world”, so says Tim Sweeney

Virtual Reality will “change the world”, so says Tim Sweeney

Tim Sweeney is the founder and CEO of Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine gaming software. Based purely on the demonstration of the Unreal Engine 4 engine software running on the Oculus Rift DK2 and Crescent Bay, we'd say Epic Games knows exactly what's possible in the Virtual Reality universe. Sweeny himself suggests that next year is going to be a "watershed time for VR," and that we've essentially only scratched the surface of what's possible in this VR headset realm.

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Lenovo Superfish adware disabled since January

Lenovo Superfish adware disabled since January

This morning there've been some fairly harsh reactions to some so-called "Superfish" software included in Lenovo notebooks. Lenovo has released a statement on the subject, making it clear that this software was only included on "some consumer notebooks" sold between October and December of the year 2014. Due to the less-than-positive impact the software had when it was first discovered by consumers, it was completely disabled since January of 2015 on the server side. What exactly does that mean for you, the Lenovo notebook owner?

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Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

What follows is not a full teardown of the Samsung Gear VR. We're not going to go through all the steps involved in finding the right screwdrivers, spudgers, pins and all that. Instead we're going to go through the basics for two groups of people. First, the people that own Gear VR units that want to get inside without destroying their device. Second, for people who want to see what this device is made of. To the untrained eye, it's certainly not made of a lot, that's for certain.

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Limpet teeth: the new World’s Strongest Material

Limpet teeth: the new World’s Strongest Material

So you'd like to know what naturally occurring inorganic material is tougher than spider web, yes? This week Professor Asa Barber of the University of Portsmouth's School of Engineering spoke up on the project. Also leading the project, Barber suggested, "Until now we thought that spider silk was the strongest biological material because of its super-strength and potential applications in everything from bullet-proof vests to computer electronics." Until now, of course. Their new findings suggest that the teeth of the snail-like Limpet is stronger than any material they've found before.

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Razer Tactical Bag Review: the gear backpack of your dreams

Razer Tactical Bag Review: the gear backpack of your dreams

My review of the Razer Tactical Bag began in January of 2015, about a month and a half ago. The bag was delivered to me right in time for CES 2015 - easily the most action-packed week for me out of the whole year - for tech, that is to say. During the week I carry a lot of weight. In past years, I've brought bags that weren't up to the task. I've had bags whose handles rip partway through the week. I've had bags that didn't end up having nearly enough space or pockets for organization of oddities. The Razer Tactical Bag was up to the task.

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A Red Dwarf buzzed our Solar System 70k years ago

A Red Dwarf buzzed our Solar System 70k years ago

There are always foreign rocks floating in an out of our solar system, but it's particularly rare that a whole star would come anywhere near our sun. That's what happened, according to a group of astronomers from the US, Europe, Chile, and South Africa. This (relatively small) Red Dwarf entered and exited our extended system through the distant cloud of comets known as the Oort Cloud. Not that we noticed it - it happened around 70,000 years ago, well before we were around to see it.

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Lenovo’s long phone “Vibe Z3 Pro” details leaked

Lenovo’s long phone “Vibe Z3 Pro” details leaked

It would appear that the long phone - the phone with a horizontal back - is coming from Lenovo for real. This is what's being rumored as the Lenovo Vibe Z3 Pro, otherwise known as the Lenovo Vibe Shot. It works with a 16-megapixel camera at its back and is - clearly - made for taking photos and video. This phone has been leaked in three color combinations - silver/white, black/silver, and red/black. They're made of glass and metal, if it wasn't already clear from the first render you see here.

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Star Fox movie trailer, JJ Abrams, and that which wasn’t

Star Fox movie trailer, JJ Abrams, and that which wasn’t

There's a film trailer out today that you're going to wish was as real as the space-faring epic that will be. This isn't Star Wars, and it's not Guardians of the Galaxy - but it may as well be. This is a fan-made trailer for Star Fox, a film about a game that's as big a cult-classic as any of your favorite N64 titles. There's only one hero who can save us all - Fox McCloud and his Star Fox team. Get ready to do a barrel roll.

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Divergent: Insurgent experience brings big screen to Gear VR

Divergent: Insurgent experience brings big screen to Gear VR

On the 27th of February, Lionsgate will be bringing a new app to the Gear VR virtual reality headset. This app will bring users to the film "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" before the film is released, and will be going on tour before release. That's confusing, we know. Before being released to the public on Gear VR, users will be able to see the experience on Gear VR headsets in several locations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco soon.

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Mars plumes: why the low resolution?

Mars plumes: why the low resolution?

Why are these "clouds" being viewed from Earth by telescope, instead of from mars, by the MGO? This was one of the more pointed questions we received when our first exploration of the "Mars plume" was released earlier this week. We decided to take a closer look at this seemingly obvious situation - why look at the planet from afar when we could be so much closer? Aren't there pieces of equipment on and around the planet that could have taken better photographs of this planetary phenomenon?

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