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.

NVIDIA SHIELD Controller Review (Gen 2, 2017)

NVIDIA SHIELD Controller Review (Gen 2, 2017)

In our first hands-on experience with the NVIDIA SHIELD TV, I made a strong suggestion that the Game Controller was the major upgrade of this generation in SHIELD hardware. As such, I've separated this review from our primary review of the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. The review here suggests that this new controller is largely worth purchasing on its own if the user already owns the Gen1 NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device, and will be a positive piece of the puzzle for those that purchase Gen2.

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Andy Rubin created Android: now he’s making the “Essential” smartphone

Andy Rubin created Android: now he’s making the “Essential” smartphone

Android inventor Andy Rubin has started another company which may well deliver the next big thing in smartphones and artificial intelligence. According to Bloomberg, the Rubin's company "Essential" is producing a "suite" of devices that'll likely work together in concert. The first legal filing to appear with the word "Essential" on it tied to Rubin was a USPTO filing for the Essential logo - and the filing has Rubin's name on it.

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The Nokia 8 didn’t get leaked by Qualcomm at CES

The Nokia 8 didn’t get leaked by Qualcomm at CES

A report on a supposed "Nokia 8 Supreme" made the rounds this week appearing to be on display by Qualcomm at CES 2017. In reality, the device was not a Nokia device - not branded Nokia, nor manufactured by Nokia. Instead, the Qualcomm Supreme reference phone appeared on the show floor at CES specifically to show off features of the new Snapdragon 835. We've seen similar devices displayed by Qualcomm every single year for the past 5+ years - and this one isn't made by Nokia.

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Galaxy S8 leaks: we rate all the image rumors so you don’t have to

Galaxy S8 leaks: we rate all the image rumors so you don’t have to

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was the subject of a substantial amount of leaked, crafted, or otherwise falsified photos and renderings in the weeks leading up to its release. Much like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy S6 before it, we're going to go ahead and analyze these images, attempting to separate fact from rumor, imagination from reality.

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Samsung foldable phone release rumored for Q3 2017

Samsung foldable phone release rumored for Q3 2017

A Samsung Foldable Phone (or flexible phone, if you prefer) has been tipped to be revealed and released inside the year 2017, before the Galaxy S8. Word of this release comes alongside a tip that LG will also be releasing at least one foldable display-toting smart device, the smartphone making company teased this week to be producing more than 100,000 "foldable devices" in the last three months of this year. Samsung is teased to come out fighting with two different models in the third quarter of 2017, edging out LG by a few weeks.

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The next Pokemon GO event update could be Magikarp heavy

The next Pokemon GO event update could be Magikarp heavy

The Pokemon called Magikarp might very well be the subject of the first Pokemon GO event of April, 2017. A Silph Road user and Pokemon GO analyst by the name of S.Dangles decided earlier this week that the possibility of a Magikarp-infused event set for April Fool's Day was real. While we don't have our normal verification of consideration from our source familiar with the information, the possibilities for this next Pokemon GO event are just too intriguing to ignore.

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HTC U Ultra price, specs, and unique features

HTC U Ultra price, specs, and unique features

The folks at HTC have released a new set of devices, the most powerful of which is the HTC U Ultra. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the HTC U Ultra and its closest relative, the new HTC U Play, getting up close and personal to see all the details. These devices have been created in a vein similar to the LG V10 and V20 devices, made to cater to users with a very specific set of features on their "must have" list for a smartphone.

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Apple’s original content bid to try Netflix strategy for Music

Apple’s original content bid to try Netflix strategy for Music

It would appear that Apple is attempting to use Netflix's success story with original content as a template for their music business. At least, that's what it seems like, given the tips that suggest Apple is speaking with content creators aplenty. Instead of attempting to create their own new video service to compete with Netflix or HBO Go directly, Apple has been tipped to be attempting to bring original video content to Apple Music.

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Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

The release of the Google Pixel 2 (and Pixel XL 2) will refine an already-shining example of how good, and simply good, an Android device can be. Google seems to have reached a point at which they're ready to handle consumers directly, instead of relying on big brands to do all the heavy lifting. As the HTC-manufactured, Google-designed Pixel and Pixel XL had sparkling reviews upon release in 2016, the next generation won't likely change in any drastic way.

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iPhone 8 release specifications point to 2 massive release options

iPhone 8 release specifications point to 2 massive release options

Apple's iPhone 8 will be released at some point, but the data we're looking at today suggests that it wont be out in the year 2017. Apple won't be skipping a year for iPhone releases - there's no good reason for them to do so. Instead, one of two major possibilities is that the next iPhone won't be an iPhone 8 at all, but an iPhone 7s. Imagine that - Apple following the same release schedule they've been on for over six years - madness!

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Razer zGold and zSilver detailed: Virtual Currency for gear and games

Razer zGold and zSilver detailed: Virtual Currency for gear and games

The folks at Razer have introduced zVault, a virtual currency system that can be used to buy gear and earn games. Fans of Razer can pay real cash to get zGold - or earn zGold for verifying their Razer account with zVault. Once they've earned or purchased an amount of zGold, they can head to gaming stores such as the unfortunately titled GamersGate to trade zGold for goods.

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Galaxy S8 specs teased by renders: Our iPhone 7 analysis

Galaxy S8 specs teased by renders: Our iPhone 7 analysis

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been "leaked" by several sources this week, including one case-maker looking for fame and a 3D designer using rumors as sources. While a few years ago we'd have had to have dismissed these scraps of information as false without further confirmation, the leak game has become so extremely large, so taffy-pulled across a diverse range of odd sources, we have no choice but to take a peek. That said, even a glimpse of a set of renders - such as these - give us some idea of what the public is looking for in the next Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, regardless of their source.

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