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.

This Moto Mod Smart Speaker just popped up with Alexa

This Moto Mod Smart Speaker just popped up with Alexa

Motorola's latest Moto Mod is the Moto Smart Speaker, a device with Amazon Alexa onboard. All Android devices can access Alexa to some degree - with the Amazon Alexa App or through more direct means. With the Moto Smart Speaker, Moto Z devices will be able to access Alexa on the fly - with an extra large speaker, battery, and 4 far field microphones.

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Windows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release Day

Windows Mixed Reality: Devices and Downloads on Release Day

Today Windows Mixed Reality launches on Windows 10, and several devices are onboard from the start. ASUS, Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Acer have their own headsets - not all necessarily out in the wild yet, but (at least) announced. For those users that already know everything there is to know about Windows Mixed Reality, there's a single app that can be downloaded for one first and final check to make sure of hardware compatibility with their Windows 10 PC.

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You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

This year is the first in smartphone hardware in a long time in which I felt like no game-changing changes came from any company. The smartphones revealed by HTC, Samsung, Apple, and the rest - they were all solid. But we've reached a point in the history of the smartphone where only the very rich should consider buying a new device every single year. Let me tell you why.

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Tech leader Regina Dugan just left Facebook

Tech leader Regina Dugan just left Facebook

Regina Dugan just announced that she'll be leaving Facebook's Building 8. She is now officially ex-Facebook, Google, and DARPA. Today we're having a quick peek at what she's done over the past couple of decades - and have a guess at what she might be doing next. How long does it take to prepare for a run for State Representative in 2018? How about the Senate?

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2017 Razer Blade Stealth and Core V2 detailed

2017 Razer Blade Stealth and Core V2 detailed

Gaming notebook fans were sent some news this morning from one of the most gaming-centric companies in the world: Razer. This included details on the next Razer Blade Stealth as well as the Razer Core V2. The Razer Blade Stealth 2017 is a quad-core variant of the original, coming this time with an 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8550U processor and extended battery life.

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Pokemon GO Halloween event : News on Witch Hat Pikachu!

Pokemon GO Halloween event : News on Witch Hat Pikachu!

Pokemon GO and the Halloween event of 2017 has been spilled once again, straight from the guts of the game itself! This time we're working with some code and an image from the game's release on the Apple App Store. In an image which will probably be joined by Niantic's reveal of the event soon, the cutest member of this year's spookiest event is shown: Witch Hat Pikachu!

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The ZTE Axon M has twin displays and we’ve a lot of questions

The ZTE Axon M has twin displays and we’ve a lot of questions

The ZTE Axon M is a smartphone with two displays - one on one half, and another on the other. This device isn't the sort of smartphone just any average user will want - instead it's made to provide for those users that want something completely out of left field. For those users that want to keep two smartphones in their pocket but would rather they were connected by a hinge - this is right along those lines.

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Google blob emojis download brings back cuteness

Google blob emojis download brings back cuteness

This week the team at "Blobs Forever" have created a bit of software to plug in to Android to bring the blobs back. The blob-shaped emoji, that is - the emoji that until recently were unique to Android. Google recently updated their emoji collection to get a bit more round than they were before, making the whole set look a bit more "standard". But for those that love the blobs, there's hope!

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This is KRACK – 5 steps to safeguard your devices

This is KRACK – 5 steps to safeguard your devices

This is KRACK - it isn't glamorous, or cool, or kid's stuff. It's a serious Wi-fi vulnerability, and it can kill your devices and steal your data. KRACK affects everybody - and only you can prevent forest fires. I mean only you can take the steps necessary to guard your devices against the KRACK attack.

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Super Nt: SNES games just got a lot more valuable

Super Nt: SNES games just got a lot more valuable

A new console was revealed by Analogue this week called the Super Nt, a console which plays original Super Nintendo cartridges. This is not an emulator console, and it's not a "plug n' play toy", as they call it - instead, it's the most impressive recreation (and upgrade) of the SNES and Super Famicom game console ever made.

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Pokemon GO Halloween event spoilers: 3rd Gen and… Mimikyu

Pokemon GO Halloween event spoilers: 3rd Gen and… Mimikyu

Pokemon GO Halloween 2017 is about to be lit - complete with Gen 3 Pokemon and more Ghost-types than you can wag a stick at. Previous to this weekend we'd been running with a tip that stuck with the Darkness of Pokemon GO's 2nd Halloween and those Pokemon available in the game right this minute. Now, it would seem, Niantic's pushed up their plans to release Gen 3 Pokemon in the game, not least of all because that means a much larger abundance of Ghost Type Pokemon! NOTE: The following article includes SPOILERS for the next update to Pokemon GO!

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DxO ONE Android edition just popped up with USB-C

DxO ONE Android edition just popped up with USB-C

This morning the folks at camera rating group DxO revealed a new version of their iOS app and slipped in mention of a new device. The new device will work with Android, coming with a USB-C connector rather than a Lightning connector for iPhone. This version of the device will likely operate extremely similar to its iPhone/iPad-based relative.

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