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.

Boston Dynamics’ newest robot is a rollerblading kangaroo

Boston Dynamics’ newest robot is a rollerblading kangaroo

The newest robot from Boston Dynamics rolls on two wheels and has legs like a kangaroo. Or a dog - or any number of other bent-legged creatures who would all look equally wild aboard a pair of one-wheeled shoes. This robot is the latest in a long line of balancing, walking, or otherwise moving robots from the folks at Boston Dynamics.

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Pokemon GO update: Eevee evolution charts tweaked

Pokemon GO update: Eevee evolution charts tweaked

For those in Pokemon GO about to evolve their Eevee into the first Espeon or Umbreon they've ever had, pay attention. The most recent chart of Eevolutions, methods, and best potential outcomes has arrived. Barring all Pokemon GO hacks and whatnot, we're having a look at the insides of the software to show you exactly what's possible for Eevee in the wild.

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Xperia XA1: low price, high-end camera, small display

Xperia XA1: low price, high-end camera, small display

An extremely odd combination of elements has been presented this week with the Sony Xperia XA1. This smartphone has a display that's 5-inches large with 720p resolution - that's quite low for a modern smartphone, but not unusable. The camera, on the other hand, is a 23MP shooter with 1/2.3" Exmor RS for mobile image sensor - Sony's own. With a 24mm wide-angle F2.0 lens and a high-quality body to it, this smartphone comes with a surprisingly inexpensive price tag at $300 USD.

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Xperia XZ Premium and XZs release details: 4K phone, powerful cameras

Xperia XZ Premium and XZs release details: 4K phone, powerful cameras

Two new smartphones have been added to Sony's pack with the Sony Xperia XZs and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. The lesser of these two devices rolls with a 1080p 5.2-inch display while the more extravagant ramps up right past 2K with a 5.5-inch 4K HDR panel. Both devices have TRILUMINOS Display for mobile technology as well as X-Reality for mobile picture engine technology and Dynamic Contrast Enhancement - all Sony branding that means that this display is made by and guaranteed to be top-notch by Sony.

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Nokia rebranding every single Withings device

Nokia rebranding every single Withings device

A whole bunch of new Nokia-branded products will be appearing on store shelves soon, thanks to their deal with Withings. One brand bought the other, and now the products we've reviewed over the past several years will be coming with a Nokia brand instead of Withings'. This re-branding will take place in the summer of 2017 alongside a major update to the Health Mate App and launch of HIPAA-compliant Patient Care Platform.

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Google’s List of carriers that support RCS messaging expands

Google’s List of carriers that support RCS messaging expands

Google announced today that they were one step closer to "delivering RCS messaging to Android users worldwide." To this end, they've tapped into partnerships with Orange, Deutsche Telekom (parent company of T-Mobile), and Globe. These companies are officially "committed to launching RCS messaging powered by the Jibe RCS cloud from Google and will be preloading Android Messages as the standard native messaging app for their subscribers."

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US Cellular Unlimited plan has limits, just like the rest

US Cellular Unlimited plan has limits, just like the rest

This week the folks at US Cellular have launched enthusiastically back into the Unlimited Data plan market with all the bigger brands. For them, this means branding Unlimited Data with "Total Plans with No Hidden Fees." For the user, this means data plans for as low as $40 per line just so long as the user has four phone lines purchased with the company.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 release date and specs get a tweaked update

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date and specs get a tweaked update

This week as we draw ever-nearer to the release and reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S8, we've received some tweaked specs and details. As such, we're passing them on to you - with a reminder that until Samsung reveals the Galaxy S8 line themselves, no information is official. This set of updates comes from anonymous sources with information close to the subject matter - the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus in this case.

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Birth Control pills saved 200k lives in 10 years, say scientists

Birth Control pills saved 200k lives in 10 years, say scientists

A study conducted by a group at Oxford showed that 200,000 lives have been saved from endometrial cancer over a 9-year period. This group, known better as the Collaborative Group on Epidemiological Studies on Endometrial Cancer (Oxford), showed that "about 400 000 cases of endometrial cancer before the age of 75 years have been prevented over the past 50 years (1965–2014) by oral contraceptives." Their conclusion, based on this study, is that use of oral contraceptives (birth control pills), confers long-term protection against edometrial cancer.

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MyKronoz watch hands “attached by a hole cut through the color display”

MyKronoz watch hands “attached by a hole cut through the color display”

A smartwatch with a touchscreen display and a set of mechanical hands is exactly what we did not expect from MyKronoz. It didn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to continue to try to make smartwatches look like traditional watches in the first place, given the lack-of-market for the devices. But here they are, complete with elements from both the traditional universe and the new-age smartwatch world, made by MyKronoz.

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3 vital Pokemon GO tips on how to catch em all, Silph Road style

3 vital Pokemon GO tips on how to catch em all, Silph Road style

This week we're having a peek at 3 ways in which a trainer would have to up their game to catch em all in Pokemon GO. Thanks to the helpful efforts of OKTimeForplanB at The Silph Road on Reddit, we have all the regional Pokemon on a map. We also have the several ways in which Pokemon must be caught in order to fill out the full Pokedex. We're also running down the Pokemon that aren't actually in the game yet - even though they're part of the Pokedex.

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Razer Power Bank equips Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Razer Power Bank equips Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Razer has revealed a Power Bank charging device to take control of their own laptop charging destiny. To make this happen, the Razer Power Bank rolls with several USB ports to charge not only a laptop, but smartphones and tablets as well. Inside this power bank is a massive 12,800 mAh capacity battery, made for long rides on airplanes and in the back seats of cars.

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