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.

Star Wars OnePlus 5T has two special features

Star Wars OnePlus 5T has two special features

The ever-so-slightly accented OnePlus 5T Star Wars edition was revealed today in brief. This device works almost exactly like the standard OnePlus 5T, but for its wallpaper contents. The exterior is where we're going to get the new and/or different bits and pieces. Most of this phones exterior is white, while the front is mostly black, and the sides have just one splash of red.

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Google’s next Android security lockdown

Google’s next Android security lockdown

Android had its Unwanted Software Policy updated this week by Google in an effort to stamp out new tricks of the trade. Google Safe Browsing will be the face of this effort, blasting warnings both on websites and in apps for malicious apps attempting to collect user's personal data without their opt-in consent.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 tip has the iPhone X effect

Sony Xperia XZ2 tip has the iPhone X effect

Today we're having a peek at a set of leaked specifications for Sony's next flagship phone, and something rings familiar. What we're looking at here is a device that has a smaller body than a recent Xperia phone, but with a display that's bigger than an older Xperia with a similar-sized body. Almost like it fits right in the middle.

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Prosecutors demand Martin Shkreli relinquish the Wu-Tang album

Prosecutors demand Martin Shkreli relinquish the Wu-Tang album

Unfortunately, Shkreli might no longer actually have the physical album itself - but that might not matter. Shkreli was convicted in court in August of this year and jailed over securities fraud. He defrauded investors of two hedge funds and schemed to control shares of the company Retrophin Inc. According to Bloomberg, he's being held in federal lockup in Brooklyn, New York - just blocks and a bridge away from Staten Island, the original home of the Wu-Tang Clan.

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BLU goes silent

BLU goes silent

This week the folks at BLU Products aren't having a great time dealing with a rather large mishap. They've released a software update for a phone which, in turn, locked up and/or destroyed all information within. That was just the beginning of this nightmare - not only for the company, but for the hundreds or thousands of users who owned that one phone.

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Google Paper Signals: Tiny, cute, and useful

Google Paper Signals: Tiny, cute, and useful

Paper Signals from Google controls tiny paper contraptions with Google Assistant. This set of experiments is not something completely inaccessible by the average user. Instead, it's a super-inexpensive (or super free) set of instructions for creating moving objects that are controlled by a set of equations, activated by Google Assistant.

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Is Datally by Google necessary?

Is Datally by Google necessary?

Google app Datally was released on November 30th, 2017, to make a big, sweet attempt at helping users understand data use. Right in time, too - just as we're about to destroy Net Neutrality and all of our data bills go irreparably skyward. "Mobile data is expensive for many people around the world," said Google, "And what’s worse, it’s hard to figure out where it all goes."

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BLU bricks phones, ignores complaints [UPDATE]

BLU bricks phones, ignores complaints [UPDATE]

An implosion of the midrange Android smartphone company BLU is occurring before our eyes. BLU released a software update this week for its BLU Life One X2 smartphone. That software encrypted said phones and locked out their users, rendering devices useless. That wouldn't be the worst situation in the world of software flubs, but days without comment might well be.

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iPhone X sales forecast: What Android move comes next?

iPhone X sales forecast: What Android move comes next?

The folks at IHS Markit released their first analyzation of initial sales for the iPhone X this week, and we're running down the numbers. We're also having a peek at what's happened to the Android universe since Apple revealed their "10." The first and most important part of this set of information is the IHS Markit forecast of iPhones shipped by Apple in Q4 2017: a cool 88.8 million units*. That'd be Apple's most iPhones sold in a single quarter in their whole history.

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Google just outlawed Android’s worst ads

Google just outlawed Android’s worst ads

Google finally put the hammer down on one of the worst sorts of ad-cash models on the whole of Android. The platform was plagued for years by pervasive, inexcusable advertisements appearing on the lockscreen of a locked device. That's no place for an ad - and on devices and in apps that wish to be Google Certified, that's a place where ads will be no longer.

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Gaming Gifts that aren’t Games: Holidays 2017

Gaming Gifts that aren’t Games: Holidays 2017

Gamer gifts for gamers that already have all the games they want - what else could they possibly need? This week we're having a peek at a number of gifts for girls and boys, women and men, any and all people of the gamer persuasion. The only requirement for this list is that you have a general idea of what your gift-getter like to play, be it living room gaming console games, PC games, or the sort of head games that drive you wild - from there, we've got you covered.

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Android edition DxO One camera released today in Early Access mode

Android edition DxO One camera released today in Early Access mode

Starting this morning the DxO One camera add-on for smartphones was made available for Android. This add-on is part of a sort of beta program, so to speak - though DxO calls it an "Early Access Program." With such a program, DxO effectively makes users pay for a product which they'll be testing before it's made ready for the general public.

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