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.

LEGO Batman release pushing back LEGO Movie 2

LEGO Batman release pushing back LEGO Movie 2

Will Arnett’s LEGO Batman has apparently taken the place of all other Batmans as the most beloved toy-selling Batman in modernity. This became apparent this week when it was revealed that The LEGO Movie 2 - sequel to the highly popular 2014 LEGO Movie - will be pushed back in favor of a LEGO Batman spin-off. No, not THAT Batman made of LEGO, but this newer, funnier LEGO Batman. Will Arnett's Batman - ready to command another movie all his own. We can only hope that Jim Carrey will return for another Riddler.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact released in USA without carriers

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact released in USA without carriers

This week the folks at Sony have decided to go big with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - but not quite so big as to released the device with a carrier in the USA. This machine is very, very similar to its larger brother, the Z3, but here comes with a smaller display and off-contract pricing. You CAN purchase the larger off-contract, but both T-Mobile and Verizon would rather hook you in. The Z3 Compact is (thus far) only offered through Sony directly, with one price - sort of.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Demo release this week

Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Demo release this week

So you’re above and beyond obsessed with Pokemon, are you? You’re just about as pumped up as you could be for the return to Hoenn with Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, right? Well lucky you, there’s a demo version of the game coming this week. Not to everyone, but to quite a few people - so get ready, get set, gotta catch em all - with codes and releases through the Nintendo eShop, of course. And how do you gain access inside the USA? It's not going to be easy.

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Joe Dirt 2 heads to Crackle: Adam Sandler wins again

Joe Dirt 2 heads to Crackle: Adam Sandler wins again

It’s high time Adam Sandler received some credit for this massive efforts in creating as many comedy movies as possible over the past several years - Crackle and Netflix know the score. The most recent win for this founder of Happy Madison productions is a long-awaited sequel to the film Joe Dirt. This film will star David Spade in his magnum opus role, returning with the wig he suggests he’s been "sleeping in for years." He’s "beyond stoked that Joe Dirt will finally hit the screens again on Crackle."

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Misfit Flash Review

Misfit Flash Review

This is the story of how I became a believer in the activity tracking trend sweeping the smart device environment. While I was baffled that anyone would want to exercise in the first place back when products like Jawbone UP, Fitbit, and the Nike Fuelband were launched. Now I understand. I get why it makes sense to want to track how active I am. It’s like scoring points in a video game - only these points make me feel like I’m winning physically. And the Misfit Flash is inexpensive enough - and works well enough - that I wouldn’t even have had to break the bank to get here.

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Tesla Model D to “push the limits of what’s safe” with automation

Tesla Model D to “push the limits of what’s safe” with automation

The new Tesla Model S - the D, that is - won’t be driving itself to your workplace when it hits the road in the near future. But it very well could. Describing the autonomy their newest model was able to achieve today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested last night that they’re "essentially going to push the limits of what’s safe with this hardware, and what’s available with the current regulations." He speaks of self-driving cars, of course - which aren’t entirely street legal as of yet.

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iPad Event to be “live” with Apple

iPad Event to be “live” with Apple

On the 16th of October, 2014, Apple will hold a special event for the reveal of their next hardware release. That’ll almost certainly be the next iPad or iPads as well as a new desktop system of some sort. That could mean a new MacBook Pro, a new Mac desktop, or any number of other systems that are set to showcase the newest version of OS X - Yosemite. The question remains though - will the event have a livestream video, or will they opt just for a live feed of images and text?

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Bendgate straight up denied by Foxconn CEO

Bendgate straight up denied by Foxconn CEO

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou spoke up this week on a brief news interview in China, suggesting that "bendgate" was nothing more than a distorted view of reality. Created by competitors, he said, "don’t blindly listen to it." The news footage also had the Foxconn CEO asking "how can a phone bend?" - suggesting there’s no real way an iPhone 6 Plus could bend without significant force applied to it.

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Google Play Store update: APK flat as Android L

Google Play Store update: APK flat as Android L

Overnight the newest Material Design-friendly Google Play has come across the early release boards ready for installation. This app will be ready for download by most users on the newest versions of Android immediately if not soon. It’ll be coming with an extra-flat design consistent with the rest of Android L, the system you’ll be getting on the newest smartphones over the next year. Or on forward-thinking smartphones you’ve purchased over the past year that've promised an Android L update as you please, thank you.

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