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 Actions Challenge igniting new app development for Assistant

Google Actions Challenge igniting new app development for Assistant

The folks at Google responsible for lighting fires in the bellies of developers have revealed a program called the Google Actions Challenge. In this challenge, developers are asked to create mind-blowing apps that make use of Google Assistant in its newest incarnation. These apps will be new - and must be new as in not submitted before May 17 of 2017.

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Nokia 3310 released, but you shouldn’t buy this retro reboot

Nokia 3310 released, but you shouldn’t buy this retro reboot

This week the folks at Nokia have released their most popular phone - or their most notorious phone - in a full retro reboot styling. That is the Nokia 3310, re-released with new technology inside a casing that looks much like the original device. The original device became synonymous with both being ubiquitous as a smartphone - the smartphone - and for being majorly rugged. With the reboot - it's just not the same universe we left back in the day.

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Xbox Game Pass released today [it’s basically Netflix for games]

Xbox Game Pass released today [it’s basically Netflix for games]

This week the folks at Microsoft behind the Xbox One have released the Netflix subscription model in a game program called Xbox Game Pass. As revealed earlier this year, Xbox Game Pass allows the subscriber to access "over 100 Xbox One and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games" for right around $10 a month. It's easy to envision a service such as this replacing the traditional one-time-cost model that's been in place since the beginning of games - save the additional barrier in-between there and here.

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Sphero’s next remote-controlled car has eyes and a mouth

Sphero’s next remote-controlled car has eyes and a mouth

This week the folks at Sphero have revealed that they're continuing their high-five of a relationship with Disney with a CARS 3 vehicle. They worked with the folks at Lucasfilm and Disney to make a real-deal BB-8 a reality - and in the process made the best Star Wars toy we've ever experienced. Now they turn their attention to the Pixar mega-franchise Cars for a slightly more traditional endeavor with Lightning McQueen.

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How to delete Archive posts on Instagram [APK Download]

How to delete Archive posts on Instagram [APK Download]

In May of 2017, the developers at Instagram began public testing of a feature they called "Archive." With this feature, as TechCrunch mentioned, it seemed as though Instagram was aiming to curb the massive amount of media deleting going on throughout the social network. Users that delete their media are not always users who are later happy they've deleted their media.

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This Android O Pixel Launcher works for 6.0 [APK download]

This Android O Pixel Launcher works for 6.0 [APK download]

The Android O Pixel Launcher APK has been delivered to a wider variety of Android smartphones thanks to one intrepid XDA user. This download is not 100% guaranteed to work on every sincle smartphone - in fact most smartphones cannot make use of it. Smartphones must be running Android, first of all, and they'll need to be running Android version 6.0.1 Marshmallow for the launcher to be activated with all of its features.

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Gym Pokemon GO update tipped with a Fighting Type event

Gym Pokemon GO update tipped with a Fighting Type event

In addition to news of Custom Pokestops popping up for users around the Pokemon GO universe, word of a new Fighting Type event has surfaced. The first bit of information comes from Niantic right up out in the open. According to the Niantic Help Twitter account, there can be little doubt that a submission system for Pokestops is in the mix for the near future. We promise not to try to make the rock pile behind our house a Pokestop - fingers crossed!

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Galaxy S8: How to bypass the Iris Scanner with a photo and a contact lens

Galaxy S8: How to bypass the Iris Scanner with a photo and a contact lens

The folks at Chaos Computer Clubs have shown how to bypass biometric security on the Samsung Galaxy S8 with a set of simple tools. Infrared camera capture of the target user's face creates a photo which is then printed. This printed photo is combined with a contact lens, and placed in front of the smartphone. The next step is opening the phone - which then allows the user in without real eyeballs.

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One potential problem with the HTC U11

One potential problem with the HTC U11

My one concern with the HTC U11 is the same as with previous models from lesser manufacturers. Where HTC's smartphones excel in unique design, they give me a chill for those users that are prone to clumsiness. HTC is right on the borderline with popularity in smartphones, where 3rd-party accessory brands decide whether making a case will be worth the effort.

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“Genius” author Walter Isaacson on Einstein vs Leonardo vs Steve Jobs

“Genius” author Walter Isaacson on Einstein vs Leonardo vs Steve Jobs

This month we had a chat with author Walter Isaacson about his work on humanizing several of histories most influential geniuses. Isaacson is the author of Steve Jobs' most famous biography - you might remember him from this 60 Minutes interview given after Jobs' death. In 2007 he released the book "Einstein: His Life and Universe", and in 2017, National Geographic began releasing the episodic TV series "Genius" using Isaacson's biography.

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The next Pokemon GO event tipped X2 [Promo Codes Update]

The next Pokemon GO event tipped X2 [Promo Codes Update]

As the Pokemon GO Rock Event winds down, the next event begins to brew. Information on the next event in Pokemon GO has been tipped to us as a companion for the Gym overhaul. This fabled overhaul of the Pokemon Gym system is just about upon us, and with it will come an event that's quite similar to the one we're in the middle of right this minute.

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Why Sony’s Venom (2018) movie is a huge mistake

Why Sony’s Venom (2018) movie is a huge mistake

The folks at Sony that own the rights to Venom, from the Spider-Man universe, are about to make a huge mistake. Instead of waiting for the next Spider-Man film to be released - by Disney-owned Marvel - they're releasing Venom in their own separate Sony universe. That means no cross-overs - and no tie-ins with any of the established characters already out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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