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.

iPhone 7 details “confirmed” by cases

iPhone 7 details “confirmed” by cases

Apple's next smartphone, the iPhone 7 (as it's likely called) has begun to leak. As a result, a completely predictable set of events is taking place in accessory-making circles around the world. Case-makers are attempting once again to make names for themselves - or at least garner some hype - by showing off phone cases and skins they've made for a device that's not yet been revealed to the public: the iPhone 7. And the iPhone 7 Plus, or iPhone 7 Pro, if you'd like to call it that.

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Moto Z first impressions and hands-on

Moto Z first impressions and hands-on

Today we've gotten our hands on the Moto Z Droid Edition and the Moto Z Droid Force Edition of Motorola's newest smartphone platform. The Moto Z family of devices works with what they call Moto Mods. These "Mods" are accessories that attach to the Moto Z smartphone and work in tandem with said smartphones in a variety of ways. Today we're having a look at the Verizon-centric smartphones from this lineup, both with DROID in their name.

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Facebook is deleting your synced photos, here’s how to keep them

Facebook is deleting your synced photos, here’s how to keep them

Today the folks at Facebook responsible for photo syncing within their system have announced that Moments will be taking over. What on earth is Moments, you might wonder. Moments is an app which organizes and "privately shares" your photos from your smartphone. What if you don't want Moments, but want to keep your synced photos? There's only one option - save and exit. The desktop viewing segment of Facebook's photo sync is about to go away forever.

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Moto Z has no headphone jack

Moto Z has no headphone jack

Today Motorola and Lenovo revealed the Moto Z phone, a device without a headphone jack. That's not the primary feature on the smartphone, of course, but for those that use their smartphone's headphone jack every single day of the year, it's a difficult feature to miss. The Moto Z and the Moto Z Droid (as it'll be called with Verizon) will both have the ability to work with Moto Mods - accessories that plug-and-play with the smartphone line.

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Moto Z Droid “Moto Mods” pre-order, details, and official specs

Moto Z Droid “Moto Mods” pre-order, details, and official specs

Today Motorola jumps in on the modular smartphone business with their own take: Moto Z Droid with Moto Mods. This system of plug-and-play pieces works on the Moto Z Droid, a device that's coming exclusively to Verizon in the United States. Moto Mods will work with this generation Moto Z devices and "are designed to work with future generation Moto Z phones" as well. Weird!

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Lenovo PHAB2 VS PHAB 2 Plus first impressions: Camera VS Value

Lenovo PHAB2 VS PHAB 2 Plus first impressions: Camera VS Value

This week the folks at Lenovo have revealed several devices, including the PHAB2, PHAB2 Plus, and the PHAB2 Pro - the last of these being the first Google Tango consumer-aimed smartphone in the world. The PHAB2 will be the brand's headliner for low price - at $199 USD, it'll most certainly be a contender for the mid-tier. The PHAB2 Plus looks very similar to the PHAB2, but comes with a better display and cameras - and it weighs less, too, somehow or another.

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Lenovo PHAB2 Pro (Tango) first impressions and hands-on video

Lenovo PHAB2 Pro (Tango) first impressions and hands-on video

The first Google Tango phone for consumers has been revealed - Lenovo PHAB2 Pro - and today we're having our first hands-on experience. This device is very similar to the other two models of the PHAB2 being revealed by Lenovo this week, both with 6.4-inch displays and relatively similar bodies - but here we've got 2K resolution (2560 x 1440) and an aluminum alloy around the edges and back of the phone. Then there's the array of cameras and sensors around the back. So many sensors and cameras.

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Lenovo Tango phone “PHAB2 Pro” release date and details

Lenovo Tango phone “PHAB2 Pro” release date and details

With the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro, the company becomes the first to detail a consumer-aimed Google Tango smartphone. This is the technology we've been demoing and hypothesizing about for months - even years - now come to a device that, fingers crossed, will be released in September of 2016. This device's implementation of Tango technology allows it to use motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning to know not only what it can see, but where it is in 3D space at any given time.

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Watch Lenovo’s foldable, flexible phones in action

Watch Lenovo’s foldable, flexible phones in action

This afternoon the folks at Lenovo let it be known that they were well into development of two Android-based smartphones with bendable displays. These devices utilize flexible pieces - flexible displays, first and foremost - as well as bits and pieces within that make their next-level wearability and foldability a possibility for the real world. These devices were shown off at Lenovo Tech World by YouTube personality Megan McCarthy and Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius.

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Apple’s Road to iPhone 7 Pro

Apple’s Road to iPhone 7 Pro

Rumors, leaks, and tips from unnamed sources lead the way to the next big thing from Apple: an iPhone Pro. While we have yet to see any sort of confirmation from Apple itself, the prospect of an iPhone Pro is so exciting to some, the actual much more likely release of an iPhone 7 Plus pales in comparison to the possibilities of a Pro model. We've been watching the throne since the iPad Pro was first revealed - it was inevitable! Now we have only to recount the steps and count on Apple to bring the heat.

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iOS App Store update will make you subscribe and see ads

iOS App Store update will make you subscribe and see ads

WWDC 2016 will play host to Apple's big update to the next generation of their App Store. Inside the app store, Apple hopes to change the way app developers make money from their apps. While traditional one-time-fees for apps will remain, Apple will open the doors to subscription costs for apps of all sorts. In addition to this, Apple will be changing the amount of cash they make from subscription costs on apps sold by developers.

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Watch Dogs 2 detailed in full: release date, San Fran, editions

Watch Dogs 2 detailed in full: release date, San Fran, editions

This morning the folks at Ubisoft confirmed the existence of Watch Dogs 2. This game will be the direct descendant of the first Watch Dogs game - which we reviewed many moons ago - and will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is a game about hacking. You live in a futuristic version of San Francisco where all devices are connected and your smartphone can access essentially anything - private information about your enemies included. You'll use your hacking abilities to cause chaos and solve missions.

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