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.

NIKE Air Mag 2016 with power laces released in photos and video

NIKE Air Mag 2016 with power laces released in photos and video

The new NIKE Mag has been revealed - one with power laces and the ability to start my heart on fire with Back to the Future greatness. These are the NIKE Mag shoes that we saw in Back to the Future II, complete with the lights and the lace technology they were meant to have back on October 21st, 2015. Back then another pair of Nike MAG shoes were launched - without the power laces and in a fashion not unlike this newest set. They'll be limited, you see. I probably won't be able to get a pair.

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iPhone 7’s most interesting case isn’t made by Apple

iPhone 7’s most interesting case isn’t made by Apple

This week the folks at Mophie have revealed their latest in a long line of battery cases for the iPhone. This iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus set of cases goes by the name Mophie Hold Force. It's called Hold Force because it works with a set of magnets that allow it to turn the iPhone into what they call a "modular, all-purpose devic with a variety of protection, storage, and charging solutions."

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Pokemon GO taken to court at The Hague for Pokechaos

Pokemon GO taken to court at The Hague for Pokechaos

A hearing is scheduled for the 11th of October with Niantic who will be defending themselves against the government who says they've put protected landmarks in danger. Specifically protected beaches at Kijkduin, South Holland in the Netherlands. While no such lawsuits have been brought against the company in the United States, hordes of Pokemon GO players appearing at such popular spots as Central Park, NYC, and several beachfront boardwalks near Los Angeles and San Francisco, California bring similar amounts of players to the sea.

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Google’s big Android TV announcement “leaked” by Xiaomi

Google’s big Android TV announcement “leaked” by Xiaomi

While we've been seeing Google's next piece of hardware in the Android TV market for weeks and months, it's only today - less than a day before Google's big event - that the device has been "leaked." Of course that "leak," as it's being called on Twitter and live blogs aplenty, wasn't actually a leak at all. It was revealed by Xiaomi itself. This Xiaomi Mi Box was shown to the world (again) today by former Google exec and current Global VP of Xiaomi, Hugo Barra.

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Google Pixel details : release all about perception (and HTC)

Google Pixel details : release all about perception (and HTC)

The Google Pixel phone has arrived, in two sizes, complete with the company's new public image for their brand. The letter G, simplicity in all things, the absence of over-thinking names for apps and connecting devices to other smart devices and those devices to the web. If we're to believe Google will do what we're fairly sure they will do, this isn't going to be about a spec war. Google has long since discovered that their biggest competitor(s) don't play on that basketball court, anyway.

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Galaxy S8 details tip a much-advanced display

Galaxy S8 details tip a much-advanced display

This week we're taking a look at the Samsung Galaxy S8, the next in a long line of top-end hero phones from the company that also makes the Galaxy Note. Unlike the pattern that Samsung has been (sometimes loosely) following over the past 5+ years, the Galaxy S8 wont necessarily take the vast majority of its cues on specifications from its larger relative. Instead, the Galaxy S8 - somewhat like the Galaxy S7 - will be the device to lead the way, while the Galaxy Note 8 will be an extension of that plan.

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Mercedes Generation EQ interior UX first impressions

Mercedes Generation EQ interior UX first impressions

This week at the Paris Auto Show, we got the opportunity to get up close and personal with the future of Mercedes-Benz' newest in electric vehicle technology. The company has just introduced their brand new EQ system, as we've outlined earlier this week, and now we're being given a tour of the interior of the first concept vehicle to embody this system at its core. This is the Generation EQ, a concept vehicle that's super futuristic in both aesthetics and interface.

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Star Wars Rogue One Director Krennic’s Shuttle LEGO Review

Star Wars Rogue One Director Krennic’s Shuttle LEGO Review

One of several LEGO sets made for the release of Star Wars Rogue One is here - Director Krennic's Shuttle. Behold, the LEGO Empire's award for Best Dressed in pre-Yavin attire goes to none other than Director Krennic. He'll be arriving in his all-black shuttle to emphasize his white outfit - and cape, of course. This vehicle should remind any hardcore Star Wars fan of the Emperor's own shuttle - and several other three-winged beasts made for only the most powerful of Imperial agents.

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Star Wars Rogue One Toys Review : Action Figures #GoRogue

Star Wars Rogue One Toys Review : Action Figures #GoRogue

Today we've got our hands on a number of Star Wars Rogue One toys before they're released - and we're going to share the lot up close and personal. We've got a couple of Black Series action figures, a couple of slightly heavier-duty action figures in the Elite Series from the Disney Store, a couple of Hasbro 2-packs (complete with super-absurd mega-weapons), and some JAKKS Big-Figs to crown the massiveness of this collection off. And, as no modern collection of Star Wars figures would be complete without, we've got a couple of brand new Funko Pop vinyl bobblehead figures as well, all from Rogue One.

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This is the BMW Concept X2

This is the BMW Concept X2

This week the folks at BMW have revealed one of the most unique-looking concept vehicles of the show in the BMW Concept X2. This vehicle is being premiered alongside the and the BMW i3 (with increased range and improved battery) as well as the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The BMW Concept X2 is a compact vehicle, made to show off BMW's chops in coupe-making and in making a fine looking vehicle that combines futuristic elements with today's popular urban stylings.

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This is Mercedes-Benz EQ – the EV future of the brand

This is Mercedes-Benz EQ – the EV future of the brand

The name EQ, says Mercedes-Benz, means Electric Intelligence. It's all about electric mobility, a new brand for a new age in electric vehicles from the car company. This new brand has been revealed this week alongside a brand new EQ concept car, thus coming in right up against the also-new Volkswagen EV platform/ecosystem by the name of Volkswagen I.D. - "The EV future VW is betting on." Mercedes-Benz first EQ vehicle - again, a concept, goes by the name "Generation EQ."

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3 Pokemon GO updates that’ll suck me back in

3 Pokemon GO updates that’ll suck me back in

Niantic has a set of features up its sleeve that they hope will not only bring the game back near its peak in global users, it'll bring in new players as well. Back when the game was launched, it caught on with feature's we'd never seen before. As Match Group explained in a recent AppAnnie interview, "Artificial intelligence and location-aware notifications [will be big next year for retention] - Pokémon GO is a good example of a high retention product that has completely brand new hooks." Niantic doesn't need to pay attention to what's worked before - they need to keep innovating.

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