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.

Ripple price rise with Stellar: Battling the BTC USD drop tide

Ripple price rise with Stellar: Battling the BTC USD drop tide

After a significant dip in Bitcoin price last week and over the weekend, several cryptocurrencies are on the rise. Notably XRP, the coin for Ripple, saw a 50% rise in value one day, then a fall by around 6% the next. Ripple saw a 70+ percent recovery from the lowest price in several weeks at $0.897 (according to CoinMarketCap.) Meanwhile Stellar XLM grew 53-percent from January 17th to the 18th, then down 8% from yesterday to today.

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Alexa app finally has a voice

Alexa app finally has a voice

An update for the Alexa app for Android was given an update this morning with support for Alexa voice interaction. This update brings Alexa voice interaction on all Androids, not just a few - all just as long as they have at least Android 4.4 or newer. That's the basic requirement for the app itself - and was before this update, too.

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Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Remember how Apple just got in trouble for deliberately slowing down old iPhones? Samsung was just called out for the same thing. Antitrust authorities are now investigating both Samsung and Apple for their part in "unfair commercial practices." More specifically, Samsung and Apple now part of two separate proceedings for "exploiting the shortcomings of some components to reduce the performance of their products over time and induce consumers to purchase new versions of the same."

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Galaxy S9 release date may hinder tech to truly battle iPhone X

Galaxy S9 release date may hinder tech to truly battle iPhone X

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is just one of three big-name smartphones the company will reveal this year. The company is set to reveal the Samsung Galaxy S9, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (or Galaxy S9 Plus), and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. These three devices will be very similar to one another, and the first two will inform the details of the third. This morning we're going over the latest batch of details from South Korea and China on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, both of which are expected to be revealed in late February of 2018.

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Wells Fargo accounts drained as former CEO calls Bitcoin a pyramid scheme

Wells Fargo accounts drained as former CEO calls Bitcoin a pyramid scheme

Former Wells Fargo CEO called Bitcoin a pyramid scheme this week on CNBC's Squawk on the Street. The timing of this talk from Wells Fargo former-CEO Dick Kovacevich ended up being ill-timed, as less than 24 hours later, the bank began to have an "issue" which drained customer accounts. Wells Fargo put out a brief statement on the matter of the computer glitch, suggesting that it was due to Bill Pay transactions that their accounts were either drained completely or in overdraft.

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The app Apple just un-blocked

The app Apple just un-blocked

Apple just un-blocked an app by the name of Wehe this afternoon after a second round of screening. Earlier in the day, several sources reported that the app had been blocked and that Apple hadn't made clear the reasons why. Since then, the Wehe app was returned to the app store for all iOS devices. Meanwhile the Android version of the app had no such trouble in its listing on Google Play.

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Congress may not like Huawei, but Google sure does

Congress may not like Huawei, but Google sure does

Today Google made known, again, their support for Huawei in the worldwide Android smart devices ecosystem. To the point, Google Head of RCS Amir Sarhangi published an article in the main Google blog portal today all about Huawei's new big effort with Android Messaging. This was just as much of a win for Google as it was for Huawei, and Sarhangi made clear that Huawei's efforts were not forgotten. All this despite Huawei's recent falling out with the US government.

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Google Photos update adds free storage codes

Google Photos update adds free storage codes

This week the folks at Google released a new version of their photos app, Google Photos. Android users will likely be first in the update line for a number of new features, including the most important one: free stuff support. Everyone loves free stuff, and Google knows how everyone loves free stuff, so they've added more free stuff to Google Photos.

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After the Bitcoin price crash: Now and tomorrow

After the Bitcoin price crash: Now and tomorrow

Bitcoin took a relatively hard fall over the past several days, but began to rise less than 24 hours ago. Along with the return of the bull attitude the most famous cryptocurrency game a few more ramp-ups followed. That means boosts for Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple too. But how long will this bounce last, and is it a bounce of the dead cat variety?

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Wish Review (website and app): Buyer Beware

Wish Review (website and app): Buyer Beware

This week we're having a peek at the shopping website and app called Wish (that is, Wish dot com, or Wish.com) for products of all sorts. This site brings heat to the feet of Amazon with a wide variety of products that appear to be extremely well priced and organized extremely well. I must note here that I'm not reviewing any of the products that come from the site and/or app, but the process of visiting the site or app itself - therein lies the rub.

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Ripple price crash: Why? Is it over yet? (XRP BTC USD)

Ripple price crash: Why? Is it over yet? (XRP BTC USD)

A crash of the cryptocurrency market took place over the past several days, and Ripple was one coin hit hardest. Ripple's coin XRP took a major hit, falling from $3.29 to $1.10, from about 16,000 Sat Bitcoin to 9902. It's not a pretty situation - but not all is lost. Something more major would have to happen for a total loss to occur.

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iPhone 11 rumored design could crash Apple brand power forever

iPhone 11 rumored design could crash Apple brand power forever

Apple may be working with LG Innotek to implement quintessential industrial design changes in the iPhone or iPhones this year. While last year Apple released three iPhone models, this year may be a year of convergence. If what we're hearing out of South Korea is accurate, Apple may also be doing away with its most recognizable features on all iPhone devices altogether.

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