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.

iOS 11 features: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles

iOS 11 features: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles

In iOS 11 feature nitpicking today we're getting down to business with the newest set of toggles in the software's Control Center. Apple's documentation makes clear their intentions: allowing some parts of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to remain active while the user turns other parts off in their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. There is a whitelist of devices and functionality that remains active unless Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned off deeper inside iOS 11's settings.

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NVIDIA Ansel made these awesome in-game photos possible

NVIDIA Ansel made these awesome in-game photos possible

This week we took a look at a bunch of images captured in the wild by gamers, all made possible with NVIDIA Ansel. The NVIDIA Ansel system allows a gamer to stop time by capturing the environment in which they're playing a game. Through this system's abilities, users can re-live the moment they were in, and share that moment from angles never before possible.

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Autonomous Smart Desk 3 has a sideways touchscreen

Autonomous Smart Desk 3 has a sideways touchscreen

The Autonomous Smart Desk 3 has an embedded touchscreen display that'll tell you when to stand up or sit down. This desk is also a standing desk - as you might have guessed - that's motorized for ease in rising. It's the touchscreen, though, that I've found strangest - as it's embedded at an angle, aimed at the user in the center.

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Minecraft’s biggest update ever (happens today)

Minecraft’s biggest update ever (happens today)

Today is the biggest day in Minecraft history - if you don't count that one time the game went mobile. This is the first day when cross-platform play is live for all major Minecraft platforms. That means that Minecraft on Xbox One, Minecraft Mobile, Minecraft VR, and Minecraft for Windows 10 are all in the same universe. As Microsoft said in a release today, "Say goodbye to 'Minecraft: Xbox One Edition' or 'Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition' and hello to a universal 'Minecraft!'"

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Nest Hello video doorbell rings for smart security

Nest Hello video doorbell rings for smart security

The smart home expanded this week as the Nest Hello was revealed as a new video doorbell from the company that made the smart thermostat. This doorbell includes a camera as part of the Nest Cams network. This camera can detect a person approaching or near the doorbell and send an alert and/or a photo to the device's owner.

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Apple Watch 3 Review Round-up: Reliability in Question

Apple Watch 3 Review Round-up: Reliability in Question

The first reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3 seem to be a bit of a mixed bag. While some reviews suggest that the device doesn't have great LTE reception, there was an Apple statement made to reviewers just before reviews began about an update in the pipeline. Meanwhile the most positive remarks seem to center on the processing power and elements that've been in play before - strengthened now beyond any previous generation. Then there's that red dot on the LTE model...

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Android One in the USA: Moto X4 with Project Fi

Android One in the USA: Moto X4 with Project Fi

Google's Project Fi announced today that they'd be getting the Motorola-made Moto X4 with Android One. This device was said by Google to run the Android One software suite, the first of its kind in the United States. This Android One software system means it's a "pure Android experience." It'll run Android Nougat right out the gate, then is promised by Google to get Android Oreo before the end of the year.

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Pokemon GO event update: Equinox, time to start over!

Pokemon GO event update: Equinox, time to start over!

Starting soon is the next Pokemon GO event, set right on top of the Summer Equinox. This event will allow users to jump in and start their game over again from the start, rewarding them for doing so. The biggest - and perhaps most tantalizing - reason to start over is triple-bonus XP for registering a new Pokemon to a player's Pokedex!

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Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones get sporty in the wireless age

Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones get sporty in the wireless age

This week the folks at Plantronics have gone to the wireless side with a collection of active/sport oriented earbuds and headphones. Their new lineup includes the BackBeat FIT 300 Series, the BackBeat FIT 500 Series, the BackBeat FIT Training Edition, and the BackBeat FIT Boost Edition. The BackBeat FIT 300 Series will be available starting today in four lovely colors, while the other three series will be made available "in early October."

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Pixel 2 XL leak spills nearly all release info

Pixel 2 XL leak spills nearly all release info

This morning a set of images of the Google Pixel 2 were leaked, and many details were spilled therein. These devices were leaked in both black and white, one with all-black, the other with black, white, and a lovely little red. These devices are manufactured by LG and will be called Pixel 2 XL.

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Google Home Mini – the same, but smaller

Google Home Mini – the same, but smaller

Alongside the Google Pixel 2 this October 4th, it's been tipped that a Google Home Mini will appear. This device will likely be revealed as a smaller version of what's already out as Google Home, and will be released at a lower price, as a result. Amazon's strategy with their Echo Dot (with Alexa onboard), the Google Home Mini is tipped to essentially be a smaller, less powerful version of the larger Home device.

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Belkin just fixed Apple’s big headphone jack problem

Belkin just fixed Apple’s big headphone jack problem

There's a dongle/adapter out there made by Belkin, a piece of equipment that's ready to engage with all the iPhones. This device is called the "3.5 mm Audio + Charge RockStar", and it comes with its own way to correct and/or fix the feature many headphone-wearing fans of Apple struggled to wrap their mind around since this time last year. This Belkin accessory plugs into the iPhone and allows the user to plug in both a charging USB and a standard pair of headphones.

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