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.

Spoiler Alert: Samsung Galaxy S8 event last-minute expectations

Spoiler Alert: Samsung Galaxy S8 event last-minute expectations

Everything we’re expecting at the Samsung Unpacked event this week centers on the Samsung Galaxy S8. This device has been leaked from nearly every angle and in every single way - so much so that there’s more of a question of what we don’t know than what we do. In addition to the details on the Galaxy S8 itself, there’s more we expect: a PC dock for the phone, fast charging, USB-C action, and other oddities in the mobile space.

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Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

The Pixel launcher has been torn from the heart of the Android O developer preview update released last week, APK’ed today. The one thing better than getting a whole new version of Android for those with little time on their hands is a launcher. In this case, it means getting the look and the feel of the newest and most updated smartphones in the world without going through the effort - or dishing out the cash - to get that experience in its original form. Today all you’ve got to do is download a file - sort of.

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Andy Rubin’s Essential phone details begin to spill [Easter Eggs]

Andy Rubin’s Essential phone details begin to spill [Easter Eggs]

The man who created Android just showed the corner of a smartphone his new company will be releasing in the near future. This is not a detail leak, it’s a calculated preview, revealed to the world just as Samsung is set to reveal their own next flagship smartphone. Today we’re looking at the details we’ve been able to gather thus far - including several hidden in the image Rubin shared just now.

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Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]

Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]

Live Location is now part of Facebook Messenger whether you want it or not - whether you’re all about seeing where your significant others are at all times, or never wanted to know that information in the first place. For those that do not yet have access to this feature, we’re running down the ways in which it can be accessed on both iOS for iPhone and iPad and on Android for a wide variety of devices. This update is live server-side, now all users need to do is update their apps to make it happen.

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Amazon Go puts the future on temporary hold

Amazon Go puts the future on temporary hold

While generally I’d write and article about how "Amazon Go" is delayed with an understanding with our readers that they’d read previous articles, today we’re in a unique position. Today with news that there’s are "technical complications" in the store, according to WSJ, I’m going to discuss the implications of this delay. This delay is happening for a store which will eventually allow people to enter, pick up items as needed, and walk out without seeing or interacting with a cashier.

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PRODUCT RED iPhone 7 up close (and available)

PRODUCT RED iPhone 7 up close (and available)

A Special Edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been made available by Apple in collaboration with PRODUCT RED. Today we’ve got the iPhone 7 Plus PRODUCT (RED) Special Edition in-hand to see it up close and personal. This device is identical to any other iPhone 7 Plus, save the exterior backside, buttons, and SIM tray. That, and a portion of the proceeds will go to PRODUCT RED, of course.

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Nova Launcher Beta Update [APK Download] changes how you use Android

Nova Launcher Beta Update [APK Download] changes how you use Android

This week the folks behind Nova Launcher, the home-screen replacement app, have released an update that will change the way you use Android. It adds a dynamic icon to the corner of every one of the apps it’s compatible with. Each of these icons appear only when a notification appears for each app. Each app’s icon content is based on the sort of notification they’re presenting.

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Shiny Pokemon GO Update: How to catch a Gold Magikarp

Shiny Pokemon GO Update: How to catch a Gold Magikarp

An update to news of the Pokemon GO Water Event this week suggests that this may be the one and only time a Shiny Magikarp appears. That's according to our anonymous source with information on the subject - who also mentions that this decision has yet to be finalized. It could just as easily be that this Pokemon GO Water Event is just the beginning of something very awesome - Shiny Pokemon GO monsters across the whole planet - we'll see soon enough! But for now, how do we go about finding a Shiny Magikarp?

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Adventure Time leads the #tempfreeapps [App Download] list [Late March, 2017]

Adventure Time leads the #tempfreeapps [App Download] list [Late March, 2017]

Today a number of really awesome apps and games have gone from a few dollars on Google Play to free... also on Google Play. This includes such simple future-classics as Peach Icons, and GPS Speed Pro, as well as oddities most haven't heard of before, like Motorsport Manager. And Adventure Time - it doesn't even matter which app it is, it's Adventure Time! No matter which way it's cut, there's one massive number of radical bits and pieces out in the Google Play App Store right this minute - and we've got the best on a list right here and now.

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Facebook Messenger update changes how I chat [APK download]

Facebook Messenger update changes how I chat [APK download]

Starting this week, users of both Android and iPhone (or iPad) devices will see a change in Facebook Messenger. In the app they'll be able to converse with their friends and associates in a brand new way. While before, Emoji icons were allowed to be plugged in and seen, now Reactions are available too. Mentions are also about to become available to the masses - just in case I'm speaking about someone that I need to link to.

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Shiny Pokemon GO: all the details [UPDATE]

Shiny Pokemon GO: all the details [UPDATE]

As of mid-day yesterday, Shiny Pokemon GO monster are live - they're out there, released, in the wild! Today we're getting down to brass tacks on all the details that are available in the game - in the code - and in the mix for the near future. Users will be able to participate in the Shiny Pokemon GO madness on their own, if they wish, but to find a Shiny Pokemon without some guidance is like going out to find an orange in an apple orchard - it's possible, however unlikely!

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Lexar makes a new JumpDrive Tough USB stick for ruggedness

Lexar makes a new JumpDrive Tough USB stick for ruggedness

Lexar brand announced this week that they’d be releasing a number of USB jump drives with resistance to impact, pressure, weather, and water. These jump drives will be able to roll with USB 3.1 ports, and will be backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well. These USB sticks are able to withstand heavy-duty action and have a loop to attach to a variety of keychains, carabiners, or other oddities.

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