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.

Pokemon GO Update makes game far more safe

Pokemon GO Update makes game far more safe

Pokemon Go's most recent update has placed a new block on unsafe playing activities. One of the features we suggested should be in place from the start is now part of the game in a big way: a block on driving. This block on driving affects all players the game detects moving at 30 miles per hour or higher. Once the game detects a player moving too fast, all Pokemon spawns disappear.

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Google Pixel parody details Nexus 6 still-great 2-year-old abilities

Google Pixel parody details Nexus 6 still-great 2-year-old abilities

Google Pixel's newest video advertisement was the subject of a parody this week. This parody showed features of Google's hero phone of 2014: the Motorola-made Nexus 6. This video used the same music as Google's newest ad spot as it pointed out how this phone has been abandoned. In this spot the Nexus 6 feels both awesome for still being high-end and crappy for having less-than-best specs.

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Your Galaxy Note 7 is no longer free to travel about the country

Your Galaxy Note 7 is no longer free to travel about the country

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now banned on all domestic airline flights by the United States Department of Transportation. Samsung has issued a statement making it clear that the Galaxy Note 7 is 100% banned on flights under any circumstances. Samsung seems to be working with the USDOT on this matter, sending a statement out to news sources and Samsung customers this afternoon.

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Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

In reviewing Anki's Cozmo robot we've confirmed that the future will be full of fun robots - not at all like the Terminators we've come to fear. Perhaps the terror fears of rogue AI had by the greatest minds in modern science and engineering were not meant to come into fruition. Perhaps, instead, companies like Sphero and Anki have found the safe path forward by creating robots that are enjoyable and safe at the same time!

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What if Google is abandoning Android?

What if Google is abandoning Android?

With the release of Google's Pixel Android-based smartphone family the company has opened the door to the real possibility of abandoning all 3rd-party manufacturers. Today we're imagining the potential for devastation that'd be wrought by Google closing off Android from the open source community. Today we're imagining what would happen to manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola (Lenovo), and HTC if Google kept Android to themselves from this day forward.

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The Galaxy S7 recall that didn’t exist

The Galaxy S7 recall that didn’t exist

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is not subject to a recall at this moment, but a bunch of device users think it is. The Galaxy Note 7 is subject to recall, completely and thoroughly, regardless of the device's color or carrier or country or operation. Unfortunate for Samsung is the fact that this is the first year in which both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series shared the same number, for continuity's sake. Because of that, one has been mistaken for the other in a big way.

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The 5 best PlayStation VR games to buy on day one

The 5 best PlayStation VR games to buy on day one

As release day for the Sony PlayStation VR is almost upon us, we've put together a list of the 6 best games available on day one. This PlayStation 4 PlayStation VR games list includes games that are both never-before-released and released on other platforms previously. It includes a game originally released on Sega Dreamcast and a game that'll throw its user into space. This is a list of the best of the best on Sony's PlayStation VR virtual reality headset, a deciding list on whether or not this console can beat the PC rigs.

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How Apple’s next MacBook Pro could be the most flexible laptop ever

How Apple’s next MacBook Pro could be the most flexible laptop ever

Apple has been tipped to be speaking with Foxconn startup Sonder, a company which creates some of the strangest keyboards in the world. The keyboards Sonder makes don't look significantly different from Apple's current MacBook Pro and iMac offerings - just so long as their keys keep their standard characters. Sonder's big differentiator in keyboards is their ability to switch keys at a moment's notice using E-Ink technology.

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New Star Wars Rogue One trailer [UPDATE: Full collection and super-cut]

New Star Wars Rogue One trailer [UPDATE: Full collection and super-cut]

It's time again to begin diving in on our yearly Star Wars film, Rogue One - A Star Wars Story. That is, Star Wars: Rogue One, a Star Wars Anthology film, as it might have been called in the spring of 2015. For those of you that followed our coverage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - you know good and well that we're not about to let a Star Wars film go getting released without analyzing it well and beyond that of a normal film.

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A true Galaxy Note 7 alternative does not exist (…yet)

A true Galaxy Note 7 alternative does not exist (…yet)

Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially out of commission, Note users will be looking for alternatives. But there are none. No new alternatives, anyway. Samsung is at a point in its phone brand history in which it has two major players in the game, neither of which are currently battling the rest of the Android smartphone market for want of better specs. The Galaxy, as it's generally known, comes in two sizes. One is normal size, the other is big, and has a stylus.

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Valve’s controller refresh has bunny ears for VR

Valve’s controller refresh has bunny ears for VR

A new set of controllers appears to be making their way into the fold at Steam Dev Days this week. In a development chat a slide was shown picturing a number of controllers, including some of the first controllers made for the HTC VIVE and a couple we've never seen before. While generally we'd write something like this off as previously developed hardware - before the product out already - it's been reported that the final (preview) product is somewhere at the event, live and in person.

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Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero BB-8 Force Band Review : Star Wars’ top wearable

Sphero's Force Band for BB-8 is the best example of going above-and-beyond the call of duty I've ever seen in a Star Wars toy. And I've seen a lot of Star Wars toys. While there are some mightily impressive action figures out there - some with details so striking, I can barely tell model from real life - this Force Band for the BB-8 by Sphero amplifies the Star Wars magic already present in BB-8 by Sphero, a device we maintain is the Best Star Wars Toy Ever Made.

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