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.

Google Ebola campaign doubles citizen donations

Google Ebola campaign doubles citizen donations

Google has announced that they're bringing more than $10 million in donations to foundations in Africa set to fight Ebola. Google's will give the first $10 million to a variety of nonprofit organizations fighting Ebola and taking care of affected citizens, followed by whatever amount of cash adds up in their donation campaign. For every one dollar donated by the public, Google will donate two. In addition to this donation campaign, Google will be giving $15 million through their family foundation. This comes not long after a similar campaign run by Facebook last week (on into this week, as well.)

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Keep your Nexus 6, I’ll stick with DROID Turbo

Keep your Nexus 6, I’ll stick with DROID Turbo

Back at the start of October, it was pretty clear - even before the Nexus 6 was released - that the Moto X was going to be my smartphone of choice. Between the two, that is. That was until I got a handle on the DROID Turbo. Motorola created three devices, one better than the next - depending on what you were looking for - but with the DROID Turbo it's become a very simple choice: do I want this display on a larger phone, or on a phone that'll fit in my pocket?

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Galaxy S6 Rebirth: details are the devil for Samsung

Galaxy S6 Rebirth: details are the devil for Samsung

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in Germany comes proof that Samsung needs to do something BRAND NEW with their Galaxy S lineup. Earlier this year - soon after the Galaxy Note Edge was announced - Samsung announced they'd be bringing the Note Edge to Germany. On one condition: they'd have to vote on it. More than 120,000 votes later and Samsung seems pleased - the device will indeed be heading for Deutschland in a single, full release this Autumn. But what's this got to do with the Galaxy S6?

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DROID Turbo Review

DROID Turbo Review

This past week and a half we've been working with the DROID Turbo non-stop. With a body that replicates the popular DROID series from last year - this time in bright red - a massive battery, and specifications that match or surpass the Moto X 2014, what's not to love? As it turns out, the DROID Turbo isn't just all about its ability to quickly charge up its own massive internal battery. The DROID Turbo brings a triple-A game in basically every other way as well.

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Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack Review

Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack Review

The Skylanders universe is massive. Inside you'll find a younger audience-oriented gaming world where you're able to play on a console or on your tablet - more so now than ever. With the Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack, users are encouraged to tap in with the tablet they already own - an iPad or, in our case, an NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. Here we get the full version of the Skylanders Trap Team game - the same as you'd play on your console - ready to rock on a portable tablet.

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Overwatch: Blizzard’s online FPS detailed for Beta release

Overwatch: Blizzard’s online FPS detailed for Beta release

Details on Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch game have begun to spill. At Blizzcon 2014, the company showed the game being played in what appeared to be an early bit of in-game gameplay. This game will be online, it'll be multiplayer, and it'll be both first-persona and third-person action, based on what we've seen thus far. Blizzard describes this game as "team-based first person shooters in objective oriented skirmishes."

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Microsoft Word tops the iOS app store charts

Microsoft Word tops the iOS app store charts

Not 24 hours after Microsoft announced they'd be switching from a paid model to a free model of business for their Word app on iOS, the app has become the topmost Free app on the market. Imagine that! Ahead of Facebook, ahead of Facebook Messenger, and well ahead of Google Docs - which currently sits at the 93 spot. Word is currently beating out Instagram and YouTube downloads as well. Office 365 no longer needs a subscription to work, while Microsoft's battle aims to trounce its Google and Apple software competitors.

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LEGO Ideas 9 and 10: Big Bang Theory and Birds

LEGO Ideas 9 and 10: Big Bang Theory and Birds

This week the folks at LEGO Ideas have made their next couple of sets known. These are sets originally created by fans of the LEGO universe who've submitted ideas for judgement by the public. Once the public votes and a certain number of positive votes are counted, the product goes to LEGO for judgement - these two newest sets have made it through to production. They include a learning "Birds" set and a set based on the television show The Big Bang Theory.

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Silk Road Dark Net raid puts 400+ sites out of commission

Silk Road Dark Net raid puts 400+ sites out of commission

This week a joint police operation in Europe took down more than 400 websites suspected of illegal activity in the Dark Net. This operation had to be run entirely in secret and had to take place in many places at once. Once one site is taken down, others are warned, and they unplug. Simultaneous takedown is the only way this sort of operation is able to be run - so said Troels Oerting, head of Europol's European cybercrime centre. This hit took down not only dark net sites, but services as well.

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What is Too Many Cooks? An 80’s fever dream explained in gifs

What is Too Many Cooks? An 80’s fever dream explained in gifs

There's nothing like a good Cartoon Network's Adult Swim video on a Friday morning to drive you completely bonkers. The video you're about to see is called "Too Many Cooks", and it was released without warning, without advertisement, without even a listing in any TV guide. It was shown once on Adult Swim in the wee hours of the morning earlier this week. It was only listed as an Infomertial, and it showed up at 4AM. Behold the absolute insanity that is this one-off.

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