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.

Surface Studio pricing info and release date detailed

Surface Studio pricing info and release date detailed

The Microsoft Surface Studio was revealed today as a direct competitor to Apple's iMac. Of course there's a secret inside the Surface Studio, making it slightly more unique than the iMac - it has a lot to do with Windows 10 Creative Update. "Surface has always been about more," said Corporate VP of Devices at Microsoft Panos Panay. "It was never as simple as a desktop, Pro was more than a tablet, Book was so much more than a laptop. Why would Studio be different?"

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Surface Book i7 release date and pricing join power and battery life

Surface Book i7 release date and pricing join power and battery life

Microsoft Devices leader Panos Panay stepped onstage today to present the newest version of the Surface Book. This new edition of the device is the one shown in several videos released today - and seen below. It looks very, very similar to the original Surface Book, but here has longer battery life and a bit more power for the ever-evolving needs of the everyday user.

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Alcatel IDOL 4S launches on T-Mobile with Windows 10 VR

Alcatel IDOL 4S launches on T-Mobile with Windows 10 VR

The first device launched with mention of Windows 10 VR is the Alcatel IDOL 4S with T-Mobile. This smartphone is quickly becoming the most versatile casing for operating systems as it's also been subject to an Android release in standard form and a BlackBerry release (also with Android). Now it'll play host to the first Windows 10 VR experience - and it has access to the Windows 10 Continuum experience as well.

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Windows 10 Creators Update release comes with Paint 3D [UPDATE]

Windows 10 Creators Update release comes with Paint 3D [UPDATE]

This morning Microsoft presented their Windows 10 Creators Update, an update that'll enable 3D sculpting for all users. What users will be able to do is utilize creative tools unlike any available to the generations that've preceded them. If not in output, then in ease of use. Microsoft showed a video with a set of young adults trying out the tools for the first time to demonstrate.

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Apple seeing no benefit from Galaxy Note 7 fires

Apple seeing no benefit from Galaxy Note 7 fires

Apple's earnings call this afternoon included a mention of the Galaxy Note 7 and Samsung's disaster of a recall therein. On the call that accompanied the earnings release, Apple made clear that Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 recall wasn't affecting iPhone sales negatively or positively. This, they said, was because Apple can't make enough iPhones to meet current demand as it is - so nothing else is going to affect them either way.

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iPhone sales rise sequentially while iPad levels out

iPhone sales rise sequentially while iPad levels out

Apple quarterly earnings for Q4 2016 show the iPhone unit sales rise sequentially and fall year-over-year. In Apple's Q4 of 2015, iPhone unit sales reached over 48 million, while this quarter the company hit 45.5 million in unit sales. This is a 5% change year-over-year in unit sales, while revenue fell 17%. This most recent quarter, Apple's Q3 2016, resulted in 40.4 million in unit sales of the iPhone.

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WhatsApp update download brings Video Calls to Beta

WhatsApp update download brings Video Calls to Beta

WhatsApp has been updated to include video calling for the first time in the messaging app's history. This functionality was first brought to the Windows Phone version of the app, by some miracle, but is now ready for Android. The update for iOS was just made this past week, but it does not appear as though video calling is quite prepared for the iPhone as yet.

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You might download iMessage for Android soon

You might download iMessage for Android soon

Apple's iMessage for iPhone, iPad, and OS X machines might not stay away from Android forever. It has seemed like Apple wanted to keep the app to their own devices through the future, but that may change. Word from the rumor wire suggests that Apple is testing at least one version of iMessage for Android now.

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Pokemon GO Halloween event update demands preparedness

Pokemon GO Halloween event update demands preparedness

Pokemon GO's first event is set for Halloween so today we've begun to prepare in earnest. Starting at 12:01 in the morning, before the sun comes up on the 26th of October, Pokemon GO Halloween begins. At that time we'll be able to get more rewards for some actions and more incentive to do others.

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Razer Blade Stealth (late 2016) Review : Still the anti-MacBook Boss

Razer Blade Stealth (late 2016) Review : Still the anti-MacBook Boss

When I reviewed the original Razer Blade Stealth earlier this year, I suggested it was the "true MacBook alternative". I stand by that claim, and go one further: Razer has out-done Apple in one key area. At a time when Apple is taking upwards 2-3 years to bring a refresh to their MacBooks, Razer just released 2 in 1. Less than a year after release, the Razer has another Razer Blade Stealth with upgraded specs.

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iPhone 7 Plus update: Portrait Mode enabled

iPhone 7 Plus update: Portrait Mode enabled

Apple releases iOS 10.1 to the public for several devices including the iPhone 7 Plus with a new camera mode. The iPhone 7 Plus now has its own Depth-of-Field Effect in Beta mode with this newest update. This mode was first introduced by Apple at the event at which they also revealed the iPhone 7. This mode makes for some rather interesting results, especially if the photographer likes their photographs to look super fancy.

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Google Pixel XL VS LG V20 blind camera battle: Test the Best

Google Pixel XL VS LG V20 blind camera battle: Test the Best

Over the weekend we ran a blind photo battle with Facebook between two smartphone cameras: the Google Pixel XL and the LG V20. These battles took place in two ways, one of which showed close shots and asked the viewer to vote on which was "better." Pulled back full-frame photos were also shown with viewers voting in a similar manner, this time with photos separated in a gallery, voted on with "Likes."

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