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.

Google Pixel phone carrier details and pricing review

Google Pixel phone carrier details and pricing review

Today we're having a very brief and simple look at the various ways in which a person might purchase and utilize a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL smartphone. There aren't a whole lot of options, at first glance - Verizon even seems to be pushing the idea that they will be the sole carrier option for the smartphone, the only place a person will be able to buy from! But they're not. And it's not. Google has made this decision very simple for people that check news and review sources like SlashGear before they buy.

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Apple vs Samsung case reignited: $119.6 million owed (again)

Apple vs Samsung case reignited: $119.6 million owed (again)

An appeals court this week says that Apple is once again in a position to demand $119.6 million USD from Samsung for patent infringement. The original verdict was thrown out earlier this year - back in February - but in an 8-3 ruling the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed that order. They went on to suggest that Samsung could be liable for even more cash, depending on whether the trial judge says that Samsung did any intentional copyright infringement.

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Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are amazing and you shouldn’t buy them

Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are amazing and you shouldn’t buy them

I've worked with and played with both Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, and both of them are fantastic and amazing. But I wouldn't buy them myself. I've had both devices for extended periods of time, trying out some of the most fantastic games and making an effort to try new experiences to immerse myself in the future. But that's just it. Using either headset is a very solitary experience. It's not the sort of experience I'd recommend to friends. It can be fantastic, but only really for me.

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Study says human age limit reached

Study says human age limit reached

Research released this week suggests that human lifespan expectancy has reached its limit. Scientists lead by Xiao Dong, Brandon Milholland, and Jan Vijg have concluded that improvements in survival with age "tend to decline after age 100." These researchers have concluded that maximum lifespan of humans "is fixed and subject to natural constraints." Sorry, Ricky Bobby. You're not going to live to be 245 or 300 years old.

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Anki Overdrive Supertrucks Review

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks Review

The folks behind the Anki remote control car group have released a new set of vehicles for all of our racing and smashing needs: Supertrucks. These miniature beasts play in to the Anki system of infrared camera-embedded car racing like hammers in a drawer full of nails, making it a wild new experience to attempt racing cars on the same track.

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X-Connect magnetic USB cord works with any phone

X-Connect magnetic USB cord works with any phone

A fellow by the name of Vinson Leow had an idea for a smartphone cord that would replicate the better bits of the power cord for the MacBook. Apple is moving on to USB-C for power cords for notebooks, but it could be the perfect time for the mobile universe to pick up what's been left. X-Connect is a two-part device. One is a converter plug (a tiny plug) which fits into the smartphone. The other is a cord which connects magnetically to the converter.

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Someone said iPhone 7’s Sapphire Glass wasn’t, but it is

Someone said iPhone 7’s Sapphire Glass wasn’t, but it is

A video published this week showed an iPhone 7 with what appeared to be a scratched lens cover glass. This would be astounding, given the idea that Apple did indeed make this lens cover glass with Sapphire, a material that should only be able to be scratched with a diamond. In reality, the lens cover glass (which is indeed made of Sapphire) was not scratched, but fractured. Fracturing a piece of Sapphire glass at this size is possible, and easy, if one uses the right tools. In the real world, though, it's nearly impossible.

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Google Noto font aims for every script and language from all of human history

Google Noto font aims for every script and language from all of human history

At press time, Google's Noto encompasses 800 languages and 100 written scripts, all in a single typeface. The company has been working on this font for the past 5 years - in relative secret - with type company Monotype. The name Noto is short for No Tofu, and it's aim is to effectively rid the world of those little blocks (as shown in our lead image) that appear when a device sees a character it doesn't recognize. With Noto, no device will ever need show these blocks again.

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More Google Pixel VS Pixel XL details: Performance lead speaks up

More Google Pixel VS Pixel XL details: Performance lead speaks up

The Google Pixel phone is a device which has the potential to disrupt the entire smartphone market - as such, we're going in deep. Today we're having a peek at some details shared by the Performance Lead on Pixel for Google, Tim Murray. Murray previously worked at NVIDIA as Tesla Software Engineer, Manager of Tesla Ecosystem Software, and Manager of NVIDIA's CUDA Driver department.

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Sony a6500 detailed: taking a6300 and APS-C to a new level

Sony a6500 detailed: taking a6300 and APS-C to a new level

This week Sony launched a new flagship camera for the powerful APS-C Sensor, one called a6500 (AKA model ILCE-6500). This machine is the next big push after the a6300, and uses the same "unrivaled" 4D FOCUS system as that camera. This camera works with an APS-C sized 24.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS camera sensor paired with Sony's own BIONZ X image processor as well as a brand new front-end LSI system for a massive ISO range of 100-51200.* This is also the newest in a line of Sony interchangeable lens cameras with internal 4K movie recording.

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Google should never have promised Nexus upgrades

Google should never have promised Nexus upgrades

Google Nexus smartphones are still for sale by Google as of the release of this article - or at least they would appear to be, at first. If one searches for Google Nexus devices in Google's own search engine, the page Google dot com slash Nexus still shows Google Nexus smartphones, including both the 5X and the 6P. "BUY NOW" buttons are also still in play, allowing the user to select which color device they'd like, only then to be sent to the Google Store's standard front page, which is currently stocked up full of everything "Made by Google", including Pixel phones but no Nexus.

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How to turn on the Facebook app’s HD photos and video switch

How to turn on the Facebook app’s HD photos and video switch

Photos and videos uploaded to Facebook with mobile devices tend to lose some quality between the phone and the web. This is a default action put in place by Facebook. Lucky us, Facebook has included a few switches that can be flipped to allow far higher quality media to be uploaded from the iPhone and Android devices. This can be done with just a few taps, just so long as we know where the taps are.

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