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.

YouTube Music Premium Review: Top Search, No Ads

YouTube Music Premium Review: Top Search, No Ads

This week we're taking a peek at the first release of YouTube Music Premium. That's not the same service as any one of Google's various Music-entwined services. Instead, it's an amalgamation of the parts that've worked for Google in the past. In our first look at this app and the full features it serves, I've come away cautiously optimistic.

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Jurassic World Alive APK download live (Pokemon GO for dinosaurs)

Jurassic World Alive APK download live (Pokemon GO for dinosaurs)

Today Jurassic World Alive went live - and it seems like it doesn't matter who you are, you can play. This game was made much in the same way the game Pokemon GO came about. It's based on Google Maps, using the smartphone of the user as an avatar to move around the world - and capture Dino DNA.

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What is Bitcoin? Let AI explain

What is Bitcoin? Let AI explain

If you want to know what Bitcoin is and haven't been able to understand anyone trying to explain, boy do we have a video for you. This video comes from the folks at Botnik Studios. They're a team of creatives and/or engineers making artificial intelligence a tool for some of the strangest stuff I've ever seen before. They're using AI like a paintbrush, and the canvas is your mind.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV users get Oreo and V7.0 update

NVIDIA SHIELD TV users get Oreo and V7.0 update

An extreme rarity in the world of small devices is NVIDIA's continued attention to their SHIELD Android TV device. Here in May of 2018, NVIDIA's releasing an update to the newest version of Google's Android TV OS, with their SHIELD Experience Version 7.0 right on top. The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV was first released in May of 2015.

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Stop trusting these phone brands

Stop trusting these phone brands

A report made by Avast this morning delivered a list of devices with malware right out the box. I'd love to say this was a surprise, but it wasn't. Devices on the list published by Avast come from brand we've known to do devious deeds in the past. Let's take a look at this list and discuss why these brands need to be avoided and/or shut down by consumers completely.

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Dear Nintendo: Look at this DIY 3DS-like phone

Dear Nintendo: Look at this DIY 3DS-like phone

This Spring a developer by the name of Lexie Dostal hand-constructed an Android 3DS gaming phone. This device doesn't run 3DS games from Nintendo, but it does look a whole lot like a 3DS handheld gaming system. It actually uses some salvaged 3DS parts, as it were - but it runs an open hardware Android SBC called KitePhone.

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Doctor Who old series episodes streaming on Twitch

Doctor Who old series episodes streaming on Twitch

This week the folks at Twitch responsible for non-gaming content announced they're bringing Doctor Who into the mix. They'll be pushing over 500 original Doctor Who episodes to the streaming video platform, all from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. That's the beginning of the show in 1963 through the 1980s, all broadcast on Twitch over a seven-week period.

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Acer Predator Special Edition seems perfect for paladins

Acer Predator Special Edition seems perfect for paladins

Acer's Predator gaming ecosystem includes a whole lot of black and red. With the launch of their "Special Edition" lineup, they've moved beyond the expected color set. Here, with these products, they've begun using white aluminum with gold accents. Here, with the Helios 300, Rolltop Jr. Backpack, Galea 500, Cestus 510, and Fabric Mousepad, they're ready to outfit a holy protector of the light.

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AirTV puts local TV on ALL your devices (without SlingTV)

AirTV puts local TV on ALL your devices (without SlingTV)

The folks at Dish have a device called AirTV, a device that shares a name with a device that they've now re-named "AirTV Player." This new AirTV device is a box that connects to a cord that picks up local TV signals via an antenna. With this device, you can watch local TV channels "for free" with an app on mobile devices and smart TVs.

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OnePlus 6 camera: Our first Photos and Videos

OnePlus 6 camera: Our first Photos and Videos

The OnePlus 6 features a pair of cameras at its back that roll with top-notch Sony Exmor IMX image sensors. Because of the way the OnePlus 6 processes photos here in 2018, we're getting results very similar to those of the Galaxy S9 and the Google Pixel/Pixel 2. The following is a very basic look at our first results with backside camera photo and video capture on the OnePlus 6.

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Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 9 feature upgrade

Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 9 feature upgrade

The Galaxy Note 9 received a bona-fide real-deal feature confirmation this week straight from Samsung. This came amid leaks on top of leaks for the past several weeks, the lot constructing an image of a phone that's been surprisingly consistent. In light of rumors of a game-changing Galaxy S10 in 2019, a unique feature for the Galaxy Note 9 is welcome news indeed.

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Google and LG just built the key to lifelike VR

Google and LG just built the key to lifelike VR

Mobile VR is about to get a big kick in the rear end from Google and LG. They've created a 4.3-inch display that packs in 1,443 pixels per inch with OLED technology. This display also rolls with 120 Hz refresh rate, so you know it's going to deliver super-smooth, super-realistic graphics for the foreseeable future. Until our eyes get better at discerning reality, that is.

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