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.

Samsung Galaxy S8 details on a hidden button

Samsung Galaxy S8 details on a hidden button

Previous reports of a home button under the display of the Samsung Galaxy S8 seem to be coming to fruition. Photos we've collected today from a set of microbloggers in China seem to show the home button looking like nothing more than a standard home button. Reports from these microbloggers, however, suggest functionality not entirely unlike the extra press available in the iPhone's 3D touch, or MacBook's Force Touch.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs tapped at dawn of Bixby

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs tapped at dawn of Bixby

This week Samsung has once again confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is well on the way with a list of details of what it'll be able to do. These details come largely in the form of Bixby, the device's natural language assistant. This device will be the first to carry Bixby with it everywhere it goes - but it won't be the last. Much like Apple's release of the first iPhone with Siri, this assistant will be exclusively on this one device for a short period of time.

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A few Android apps made free for download [Mid March, 2017]

A few Android apps made free for download [Mid March, 2017]

Today we're going to run down a few of the best temporarily free apps currently up for download on the Google Play app store. A few prerequisites need to be fulfilled before they can appear on this list. These apps need to normally cost 99-cents or more. They also need to be high quality - high quality enough that we've used them ourselves.

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Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

This week far finer-grain control over audio volume has been released for most Android devices. This control comes in an unofficial app by the name of Precise Volume - and it comes without cost. There is a version that adds odds and ends and bits of helpful functionality, but the base app add-on is free. This should serve to encourage Google (and other smartphone manufacturers) to bring just such a set of controls to their own phones in the near future.

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Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List [mid-March 2017]

Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List [mid-March 2017]

In Fire Emblem Heroes this week we've got a bit of a switch up of several main characters on the tops of each tier. Fire Emblem Heroes is a wild west of abilities and powers, and the way people play changes the way we run ranks. So many different elements are at play - and Nintendo updates the game so often - that tier lists could be changed daily! As it were, we're trying to stick to a slightly more reasonable schedule - and today's list is a kicker.

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Getting Pokemon GO Special Items Reddit Research and Rarity Secrets

Getting Pokemon GO Special Items Reddit Research and Rarity Secrets

To get a handle on Special Items in Pokemon GO, players around the world have been doing intense research for the past few weeks. To wrap their brains around how and when they'll be able to attain these especially rare items in the game, they've marked their times, locations, and activities whilst spinning Pokestops. Together the folks on several Reddit forums, especially, have created a conglomeration of information that leads us to several conclusions - and a path forward.

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IRS number filed a lawsuit against you? That’s a scam

IRS number filed a lawsuit against you? That’s a scam

Phone calls are being made this week - and for the next several week - by robots pretending to be the IRS. This is part of a scam that's been going on for at least a couple of years in this exact format. The phone call will come to any number - I just got a call on my mobile phone on an unlisted number, mind you - and it'll sound something like this: "Hello, we have been trying to reach you. This call is officially a final notice from the IRS, Internal Revenue Service."

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Android’s Super Mario Run APK download incoming [and a warning]

Android’s Super Mario Run APK download incoming [and a warning]

Super Mario Run is just about to launch on Android for and by Nintendo - but until then, be cautious. Since Nintendo worked with Apple to release Super Mario Run for iPhone first, Android users have been screaming bloody murder for their chance to take a crack at it. To be especially clear - when this article is set to be published, Nintendo has NOT released Super Mario Run officially, and all APK files offered by 3rd-party sources are completely illegitimate.

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Qualcomm is no longer making processors (they’re calling them Platforms)

Qualcomm is no longer making processors (they’re calling them Platforms)

This week the folks at Qualcomm have announced their decision to change the way they present their hardware. Instead of calling the technology they create a "Qualcomm Snapdragon processor", they'll be calling it a "Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform." This should serve to better differentiate the full scope of what Qualcomm does - that's essentially deliver a platform, yes, from which a smartphone (or other smart devices) can process, connect, and deliver data to the end user.

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Pokemon GO is down, it’s not just you

Pokemon GO is down, it’s not just you

It's a state of emergency right this minute as Throwback Thursday has begun early at Niantic. Pokemon GO is down in several key areas of the world according to Down Detector, including large portions of Japan, Southern Brazil, London England (and surrounding areas), as well as both the West and East coast of the United States. Do not panic, this is (probably) only temporary!

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Behold, an “iPhone 8 Edition” with Google Goggles inside

Behold, an “iPhone 8 Edition” with Google Goggles inside

An iPhone 8 Edition without a border and with augmented reality abilities never seen before on an Apple device would make a great device. Further, it'd allow sense to come of the comments Tim Cook has made in the past about augmented reality. Not that they didn't make sense on their own, but here in a concept iPhone X (X representing the unknown) without a visible bezel, Siri can shine, and the possibilities can create a whole new value proposition for the end consumer.

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Google’s new Family Link app invites live (APK download)

Google’s new Family Link app invites live (APK download)

This afternoon the family crew at Google have revealed Family Link, a connection app between Android devices for smart device control. This control app will help parents monitor and control the account use of their child. Digital ground rules is the term they use to encompass this situation.

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