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.

The 10 best Star Wars gifts for girls and boys, men and women (2016 edition)

The 10 best Star Wars gifts for girls and boys, men and women (2016 edition)

Today we've got a gift guide for Star Wars fans for the holiday season, for men and women, girls and boys alike. This gift guide is golden for Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Life Day, and whatever else includes the giving of presents galore. We've got a list of the most awesome Star Wars products we've discovered and tested ourselves over the past 12 months - the lot of which we recommend personally.

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Bully launched on Android and iOS: here’s why you need it

Bully launched on Android and iOS: here’s why you need it

Bully is a game made by Rockstar Games for game console, ported now to the Android universe for mobile users. This game was great when it was first released, and now that it's time for mobile, it's being re-launched with all components at once. Instead of waiting for DLC to be released, this game comes with all "unlockable" items from the title's console run already in the game. This is a game that's more than worth the few bucks it costs, and perfect for long trips to grandma's house for Christmas.

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Pokemon GO Starbucks update news official: not quite Gen 2

Pokemon GO Starbucks update news official: not quite Gen 2

Starting this afternoon, approximately 7,800 Starbucks stores will begin to roll with all-out Pokemon GO madness. In this case it means Starbucks - almost every location in the United States - will be transformed into a PokeStop or Pokemon GO Gym. Each Starbucks will remain named "Starbucks" on the Pokemon GO map in-game for mobile devices of all sorts.

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Fitbit makes Pebble users ask: What do I do now?

Fitbit makes Pebble users ask: What do I do now?

Pebble watch owners go to the web to suss out the Fitbit Pebble acquisition, asking what's next for them, the users. What does this acquisition of Pebble mean for a Pebble Time 2 crowdfunder? How about someone who owns a Pebble Watch from a past generation? As it turns out, there's very little a person can do if they're caught between Pebble and a hard place.

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Bluetooth 5 coming to devices in 2-6 months with these features

Bluetooth 5 coming to devices in 2-6 months with these features

As of today, the December 7th 2016, Bluetooth 5 is within 2 to 6 months away from consumer-ready products. This information comes from the folks at Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG), the most official source of Bluetooth certification information. The headline they chose this week was "Bluetooth 5 Now Available" - though that's largely aimed at manufacturers readying their devices for 2017.

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Pokemon GO’s latest update brings 10,000 new PokeStops

Pokemon GO’s latest update brings 10,000 new PokeStops

This week a number of new PokeStops for Pokemon GO will be appearing at Sprint and Starbucks retail store locations in the USA. Amongst those appearing in the very near future are Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack(?!), and Starbucks. I add the (?!) to RadioShack because I'm genuinely surprised that any RadioShack retail location is still open anywhere in the United States (or anywhere else for that matter.) This is just the beginning of the sponsored PokeStop and Pokemon GO Gym pop-ups happening in the near future.

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Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

This week the US Army CoE said they'd stopped the DAPL oil pipeline the same day authorities' Protester Evacuation Deadline was up - quite a coincidence. It should therefore come as no surprise that the thousands of water protectors (or protestors, if you prefer) have not left their camp after a brief celebration in halting construction. If this pipeline does, indeed, remain stopped and incomplete, it'll strike a major blow for both native rights and a future for electric vehicles taking the place of fossil fuel-hungry automobiles.

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Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Connected Mr. Bear is a toy with a light-up heart that controls what's played on your Netflix account. What's even creepier than this bear being able to control what you watch is its choice of TV shows. You see, as Netflix sees it, Full House (or Fuller House) is the perfect jumping-off point for a new kind of connected toy. A toy with a light-up heart - one that demands you watch Full House when it commands.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV reboot coming to CES 2017

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV reboot coming to CES 2017

NVIDIA will reveal a new piece of Android TV hardware in their NVIDIA SHIELD line of devices at CES 2017. For the past couple of years NVIDIA's yearly CES-based event has housed primarily automotive-related news - this year that won't (entirely) be the case. This information comes from an anonymous source with information on the subject matter.

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Google Play 4K update beats Apple by a mile

Google Play 4K update beats Apple by a mile

Google Play Movies of all sorts have appeared available for purchase and rental for several Android devices today. These 4K versions of top-tier AAA film releases are appearing on the Google Play store right this minute - though not for all Android devices that support 4K. As Google suggests, Chromecast Ultra, Sony Bravia Android TVs, and Xiaomi's Mi Box 3 will have access right off the bat.

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Galaxy S8 headphone jack death: iPhone wins again

Galaxy S8 headphone jack death: iPhone wins again

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is tipped to remove its headphone jack, and with it, another pin in the bowling alley that is Android's resistance to Apple's dominance. While I personally use an Android device the majority of my time out in the wild, I can't help but give Apple their due props here. Apple said they needed courage to remove their headphone jack with the iPhone 7. It turns out they weren't just pulling our leg.

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Pokemon GO Starbucks Update: Generation 2 release date, Mewtwo, news

Pokemon GO Starbucks Update: Generation 2 release date, Mewtwo, news

This morning Pokemon GO's Starbucks sponsorship deal has been spilled in its entirety - and it's an exciting one. This is more exciting than the newest Pokemon GO song remix, more exciting than finding a Pikachu, and more exciting than a pack full of Pokemon GO Memes. This is a sponsorship deal between Starbucks and Pokemon GO that'll last well into the future, and will start with an event-styled launch on the 8th of December, 2016.

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