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.

Galaxy S6 gains microSD, battery thanks to Incipio

Galaxy S6 gains microSD, battery thanks to Incipio

Will the addition of a microSD card slot and a removable battery change your mind about the Galaxy S6? Incipio hopes so. They've created an Offgrid battery case that works for both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that clamps either phone to a battery pack that adds a cool 3,700mAh of battery power while providing the option of expandable storage. The battery pack itself has a microSD card slot, as odd as that may seem, which uses the same micro-USB port as the battery normally would.

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Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

It's time to dive back in on one of the biggest up-and-comers in the straight-to-consumers gaming peripherals game: Corsair. With the Corsair STRAFE, users work with the same high-quality mastery in mechanical keyboard clicking as the rest of the recent Corsair Gaming RGB light-up series, but here the options - and therefor the price - take a cut. You still get the high-end German-made quality of Cherry MX switches, of course. If you like lights, but you don't need the full rainbow, this chop of a keyboard might be right up your ever-loving red-lit alley.

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New Horizons reveal Pluto’s wildly varied landscape

New Horizons reveal Pluto’s wildly varied landscape

This morning the folks behind NASA's New Horizons mission revealed the heart of Pluto. What the New Horizons crew revealed today is a number of deep differences in areas on different sides of the planet. They've also gone over the escaping atmosphere surrounding Pluto. What we're able to see here is a set of two - at least two - very different sorts of landscape on the dwarf planet Pluto. Today's lesson is this - Pluto is not just one simple, flat piece of rock. It's not even just a lumpy rock - it's a whole lot more complicated than that.

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Polar bears inch toward extinction as summers lengthen

Polar bears inch toward extinction as summers lengthen

A study published this week on polar bears (Ursus maritimus) suggests that these mammals are not ready for global warming. While it would seem that the polar bear is well adapted to seasonal ice melt, it is not prepared for ever-lengthening periods of summer, a time in which food is short in polar regions of our planet earth. If our planet continues to warm the way it has been over the past few decades, the polar bear won't be around for long.

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Science detects how mosquitoes always end up biting you

Science detects how mosquitoes always end up biting you

This week a study has been published on the ways and means mosquitoes employ to find their prey - namely you. Instead of just plopping down on whatever land they see, hoping to find some blood inside, the mosquito employs a range of senses to hunt you down and pierce your skin. Mosquitos, researchers suggest this week, use a combination of olfactory, visual, and thermal cues to find your arm, your leg, or your cheek. Whatever they need to do to suck your blood: they're going to do it.

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Beme aims to beat Facebook by destroying Selfies

Beme aims to beat Facebook by destroying Selfies

A social network by the name of Beme (say it like "beam") has been introduced this week by a fellow named Casey Neistat. This network destroys the Selfie, and it destroys the self-conscious madness that infects every other social network. It does this by using your smartphone's proximity sensor as a capture button for your camera. "Being able to capture without having to stare is one of the most liberating interactions I've done since getting this device," says Neistat. We're inclined to believe him.

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Google says Fiber and Nest are “longer-term sources of revenue”

Google says Fiber and Nest are “longer-term sources of revenue”

This afternoon Google suggested that three of their earlier stage products were under "tight governance." These products were Fiber, Google Life Sciences, and Nest - all products which the company suggested weren't about to be big cash sources for the company any time soon. Meanwhile Google's confidence in mobile was unabated - this Android-based part of their company was doing extraordinarily well, so said both Ruth Porat, Chief Financial Officer for the company, and Omid Kordestani, Chief Business Officer for the company.

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Google focus sits squarely on Android as search tide switches

Google focus sits squarely on Android as search tide switches

This afternoon Google announced their financial Q2 2015 results, including big-time growth in mobile business. According to Google's CFO Ruth Porat, the company is showing strong Q2 results, which "reflect continued growth across the breadth of our products, most notably core search, where mobile stood out." Google representatives continue to gush about growth in the mobile sector, making it very clear where Google's future is. Not just in the internet, but in mobile devices. Software, but in software that tends to the mobile user first and foremost.

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Android M removes all icons from your status bar

Android M removes all icons from your status bar

Inside the preview software for Android M, users are able to enact a feature which removes unnecessary icons from their status bar. Why is this a big deal? Because up until now, icons from all manner of apps - intrusive or otherwise - have commanded said status bar. This is one of the few remaining places where a "stock" Android user no control. Until now. Now you'll be able to knock out whatever you don't want - and keep the rest. *EDIT: ALMOST whatever, not entirely whatever. Nearly whatever.

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Back to the Future heads to theaters for 30th anniversary

Back to the Future heads to theaters for 30th anniversary

Just as Star Wars did in 1997 for its 20th, Back to the Future will be re-released for its own 30th anniversary this year. This means that on the 21st of October, 2015, throughout the United States the original Back to the Future will be coming to a theater near you. While it's possible the entire trilogy will be delivered in one big go, we're to understand that each film will be released separately, for separate showings with separate tickets. So get your pocketbooks out.

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