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.

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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Verizon Google Pixel Android updates promised without delay

Verizon Google Pixel Android updates promised without delay

Verizon has made it clear that they will not be going through the same process with Google Android updates that they had with past Nexus models. This means you, Galaxy Nexus. While in the past, a device with a carrier, (even a Nexus device), would get OS updates from Google later than their off-carrier counterparts. This was because of system-level apps from the carrier and an extra layer of consideration on the part of the carrier. Now that wont be a problem any longer.

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The Beatles LEGO Yellow Submarine detailed for release

The Beatles LEGO Yellow Submarine detailed for release

The Beatles will have their very first LEGO set in the very near future thanks to a talented member of the LEGO Ideas group. User Kevin Szeto took to the Yellow Submarine as an inspirational work of art several months ago. As an "amateur musician and songwriter," said Szeto, "I have always been drawn to the music of The Beatles. The creation of the Yellow Submarine model was really my way of showing my affection for The Beatles, as well as trying to pay a small tribute to The Beatles phenomenon."

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iOS 10.1 Public Beta: Portrait mode alone worth the download

iOS 10.1 Public Beta: Portrait mode alone worth the download

Finally there's a reason worth risking an upgrade to an iOS Beta for iPhone. A public beta release for iOS 10.1 is available for iPhone users of all sorts, this version bringing on a key feature for iPhone 7 Plus. This version of the public beta software release allows an early version of the feature called Portrait Mode. This is one of the headliner features of the iPhone 7 Plus' double-camera, and a relatively unique feature for a smartphone of this caliber.

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LUMO Jacket Review – Fall and Spring warmth in LED lights

LUMO Jacket Review – Fall and Spring warmth in LED lights

LED lights ride the front zipper cover and the rear rump area of the LUMO Herne Hill Harrington jacket. This is the latest in an expanding line of designs from LUMO, a company that makes all manner of activities safer for pedestrians in darkness. This jacket is made for biking - and for that it's certainly made fit. Up front is a line of white LED lights and along around back is a line of red LEDs, the lot of which blink in a variety of patterns when the wearer presses a button hidden within.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall kit: Samsung plays it safe

Galaxy Note 7 recall kit: Samsung plays it safe

This week the folks at Samsung have done two things publicly in very quick succession. First, they've stopped production of the Galaxy Note 7 altogether. There will be no more Galaxy Note 7 units made for the foreseeable future, and all sales outlets have been asked to stop selling the device. Second, Samsung has begun sending collection kits to people that currently have Galaxy Note devices - very likely to the addresses they used when they first purchased the device.*

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Google Pixel pre-review videos show all release details

Google Pixel pre-review videos show all release details

A collection of videos of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have appeared on YouTube along with explanations of tests being run. These videos shot of and with the devices were captured by a fellow by the name of Matthew Glass. It's alluded to that he's a sales rep from a store like Best Buy - or something - he's suggests that his "rep status doesn't affect [his] perspective of the quality of this phone." Or these phones, as it were.

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Google Assistant download leaks for Android

Google Assistant download leaks for Android

While Google's new "Google Assistant" system is meant to be limited to Pixel devices - at least in part - the system has leaked. While this leak might not last forever, right this minute, users are able to attain access to Google Assistant with a manual edit of their device's build.prop file. Users that have no idea what a build.prop would do well to skip this process, as it could have adverse and negative effects on their device's software, and therefore end experience.

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One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

Beyond the already-spoken reasons Apple bought Beats, it occurred to me just recently that there might've been a less obvious line of reasoning, one that had to do with the iPhone 7. On July 28th of 2016, NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service reported that, for the first time in the history of headphones, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth. To see this coming many, many moons ahead of time, Apple may only have had to purchase the biggest brand in headphones.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: what should I do?

Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: what should I do?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled around the world, in all forms, from all generations, immediately and without exception. For those that avoided the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the first place, this will get a little confusing. Instructions issued for the first recall might seem like they're no longer valid, and shared articles from the first wave might end up being dismissed by consumers with the newer "Green Battery" version of the device. Let SlashGear assure EVERY SINGLE Galaxy Note 7 user in the world: there is no exception to the rule. Every single Samsung Galaxy Note 7 needs to be turned off and returned to Samsung IMMEDIATELY.

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Netatmo home monitor device tracks indoor climate with iPhone

Netatmo home monitor device tracks indoor climate with iPhone

A variety of indoor climate data bits can be harvested from Netatmo's new Healthy Home Coach device. This device is able to capture and analyze sound, humidity levels, air quality, and temperature. Four sensors in this device show these four factors to the end user through a simple mobile app for smartphones. Each Netatmo Healthy Home Coach connects to the internet via Wi-Fi and all information is accessible remotely via the end user's account, which requires no subscription or fees at any point.

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BREAKING: Galaxy Note 7 production halted by Samsung

BREAKING: Galaxy Note 7 production halted by Samsung

Amid reports of the second wave of Galaxy Note 7 devices also having fire problems, Samsung has suspended production of the smartphone altogether. At this time it is not clear if this will be a full-scale stop for all devices, or if the Galaxy Note 7 will be shipped in the near future from alternate sources. This report first surfaced at around 8:45 PM (Central Time), or 10:45 AM local time in Korea.

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