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.

Super Mario Run release is live!

Super Mario Run release is live!

Super Mario Run will be released today, December 15th, 2016, at around 1:30 PM Central Time for both iPhone and iPad. This information may turn out to be off by a few minutes, depending on how close to the wire last-minute preparations go - glitches might also happen, but they probably wont. This is for the iOS version of Super Mario Run, and while iPhone and iPad may be first, Android won't be far behind.

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Evernote’s apology changes nothing

Evernote’s apology changes nothing

This morning Evernote CEO Chris O'Neill sent an email to apologize for and clarify this week's Privacy Update blunder. This apology suggests that two factors make what they're doing OK in their eyes. One of these factors is the user's ability to opt-out. The other is the idea that "select" Evernote employees may see "random content" from Evernote users. This is not good enough.

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Trump’s technology meeting: business and government, all in one

Trump’s technology meeting: business and government, all in one

In the opening few minutes of Donald Trump's technology leaders meeting this afternoon, it was clear: this President Elect plays favorites. "I'm here to help you folks do well," said Trump, "and you're doing well right now, and I'm honored by the bounce. They're all talking about the bounce, so everybody in this room has to like me at least a little bit, but we're going to try to have that bounce continue."

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Pokemon GO Update: Christmas event X2 XP plus forecast

Pokemon GO Update: Christmas event X2 XP plus forecast

News of the latest Pokemon GO update before Christmas paves the way for the final event of the season. This is the hour of our discontent - those of us waiting for double-XP and Stardust, that is. What if there is no event before the end of the year - what if Santa Hat Pikachu is all there is? Lucky you, Pokemon GO fans and trainers alike, there's still room for an event during Holiday Break.

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Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)

Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)

Privacy in saved information in Evernote might not be what it used to be come January 2017. According to the company itself, they'll be updating their service to "process and take action on [your thoughts] - to think." If that weren't creepy enough, they're also updating their privacy policy which now includes an opt-out provision which says Evernote Engineers wont "look at your data to improve the service."

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Pizza Hut added to Amazon Alexa: these are the skills

Pizza Hut added to Amazon Alexa: these are the skills

The folks at Pizza Hut have announced a team-up between themselves and Amazon for Alexa Voice Service. This system will add the ability to order a Pizza Hut pizza - and other bits and pieces - from the comfort of one's own couch. No phone involve, no laptop needed. This may be the laziest possible way to get hot food into your mouth in the history of the world.

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Dolby Atmos Sound coming to Xbox One: why it matters to you

Dolby Atmos Sound coming to Xbox One: why it matters to you

The folks at Dolby Laboratories have made public their plan to release Dolby Atmos Sound on Xbox One and Windows 10. While they've not yet been exact when it comes to timing and availability, they have been clear that this audio system is meant specifically for gaming. Dolby Atmos works with certified Dolby Atmos speaker systems as well as (virtually) any set of headphones.

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Star Wars 8 without trailers? Let’s do it!

Star Wars 8 without trailers? Let’s do it!

What if Star Wars Episode VIII were to be released in theaters with absolutely no trailers between now and then? What if this film were to rely solely on the power of Star Wars fandom to do its promotion? Kylo Ren actor Adam Driver thinks it's a good idea, saying "I think that'd be bold. I'd love it, yeah - then no one would know anything."

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Pokemon GO Christmas event changes

Pokemon GO Christmas event changes

Over the past week, Niantic has made some decisions about how to proceed with Pokemon GO Gen 2. All 2nd gen Pokemon GO pocket monsters will be available - sans Legendaries - within "the next few months." Due to the instant success in limiting the release of Gen 2 to Baby Pokemon in eggs, Niantic's plans for Christmas seem to have changed as well.

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Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

This week the folks at Snap are bringing Snapchat Groups to the chat platform. This system allows up to 16 people to chat in the same room - almost like a chatroom! It's like we're back in the year 1998 and America Online has allowed us to go online and be in message groups about topics we love and chatrooms that are still in their infancy - only now, we do it with photos and brief video clips instead of text.

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Pokemon GO Gen 2: getting Baby Togepi, Pichu ASAP

Pokemon GO Gen 2: getting Baby Togepi, Pichu ASAP

Pokemon GO has a set of new eggs to hatch with Gen 2's arrival, and it begins with just 2... or is it 7? As eggs have begun hatching after the update took place (server side), new Pokemon have started to appear. As luck - or a misplacement of assets - would have it, we've got the full (albeit brief) list of new Pokemon appearing in the game as of now. It's more than just Togepi - it's more than just Pichu.

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iPhone 8 Release: What we already know about Apple’s 2017 flagship

iPhone 8 Release: What we already know about Apple’s 2017 flagship

In the Fall of 2017 Apple will reveal its iPhone 8, a device that's already begun its detail leak process months in advance. This device will be the 8th generation in the iPhone line, or the 10th iPhone if we include the iPhone Plus devices as additional models. This combined with the fact that 2017 is 10 years away from the year of the iPhone's inception, 2007, have lead some publishers to hypothesize on a magical "iPhone 10" release. We're attempting to err on the side of a more reasonable smartphone.

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