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.

MacBook Air 2018 teardown: What’s inside?

MacBook Air 2018 teardown: What’s inside?

Today we see inside the MacBook Air 13-inch Retina (late 2018), behind the keyboard, and under the metal. This is the model with a 13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS "Retina" display with 2560 x 1600 resolution and a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor under the hood. The version we're looking at here is GOLD - though compared to some of the more standard "yellow" golds, this one's positively rosy. You'll be happy to find that the color of the screws holding this device together are matched with the color of the casing.

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Files by Google: Android’s file browser, at long last

Files by Google: Android’s file browser, at long last

Since my first Android phone, I wondered why I had to go to the app store to get an app that'd allow me to look at the files on my phone. I'd been spoiled by the idea that, since smartphones running iOS and Android looked somewhat like they were running desktop operating systems, they should also have easy access to the files they carried. Now, over a decade after Google first acquired Android, they've released a a proper file management app.

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Motorola phones get sizable price cuts: What’s going on here?

Motorola phones get sizable price cuts: What’s going on here?

Before we reach Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Motorola's decided they want to get in on the inventory clearing early. The company's headed for a future in which they have significantly fewer phones for sale at one single time - so say the rumors - so this might be the first outward sign that the switch is being made. The odd thing is, if that's true, why put on discount the smartphones that'll remain in the main lineup?

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review (2018)

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review (2018)

The price of the Kindle Paperwhite 2018 is right on point for what it offers. That's just so long as you're not looking for something other than an e-ink display and Amazon's own UI instead of a more open OS. If you're only comparing e-readers, this might well be the best choice in the world on the market right this minute. Today we're reviewing the Kindle Paperwhite 2018, the newest version of Amazon's midrange (just right) e-reader device.

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Samsung Infinity Flex foldable phone revealed

Samsung Infinity Flex foldable phone revealed

Today with the Samsung Infinity Flex display, Samsung revealed their foldable smartphone. This device has two displays, one on the outside that looks a lot like a standard Galaxy S9 (or thereabouts). The device opens up like a book, if the first display was the cover. Inside is a display that's twice as large as the display up front. Today we're meant to start understanding why this concept became a reality.

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A first look at Google’s foldable phone UI

A first look at Google’s foldable phone UI

Today Google revealed their first visuals for Android on folding display smartphones. This system is simple and was almost certainly heavily influenced by what Samsung's working on in a folding phone. Incidentally (though in no way by chance) Samsung's developer conference will reveal their own look at the foldable display smartphone user interface. Their version of Android with a folding display in mind - but first, here's what's been presented by Google.

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Ozone found healing thanks to UN initiatives

Ozone found healing thanks to UN initiatives

A study this week by a UN commission showed that our planet's ozone layer's holes seem to be healing. Healing extremely slowly, but still - on the mend. This is extremely good news for all living flora and fauna on this planet, but is especially welcome news for green activists. It is through the past two decades of work on planet-saving green initiatives that we've gotten to this point - but it's not necessarily permanent.

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The hidden selfie camera trend: Who’s onboard?

The hidden selfie camera trend: Who’s onboard?

This week we've gotten word that LG is also onboard for one of the most exciting trends in smartphones for the year 2019. At least, it would appear so. The trend was revealed by Samsung earlier this year - in a series of images during internal company events and planning sessions for the future of their smartphone business. What we're talking about here is the hidden camera trend, making it possible to cover the entirety of the front side of a smartphone with a display without leaving room for a notch-full of sensors and camera lenses.

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Google Pixel Slate surprise release today

Google Pixel Slate surprise release today

This afternoon Google released their 2018 Google Pixel Slate on their Google Store and at Best Buy online. This is the same tablet shown for the first time at the Google Pixel 3 event on October 9th, 2018. This device is a 2-in-1 that comes in a wide variety of configurations - especially for a Chromebook. Just in case this release wasn't confusing enough from the start: this device runs Chrome OS.

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Galaxy S9 Android Pie update Beta release details spilled

Galaxy S9 Android Pie update Beta release details spilled

New details on the next wave in big-time updates for Android 9 Pie for Samsung phones are coming soon. This week at Samsung's developer conference, software information and connections to hardware of all sorts will be running rampant. Word is this afternoon that Samsung is right on the verge of deciding whether they'll release the Android 9 Beta to Samsung Galaxy S9 devices this week, right alongside information about what's inside.

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Palm Phone (2018) Review: A sign of future greatness

Palm Phone (2018) Review: A sign of future greatness

The resurrected Palm brand had an idea for a very tiny smartphone-like device that was more like a smartwatch than it was a mobile phone. They created a device just called Palm, and they've made this device exclusive to Verizon. Verizon will sell this device to users who already have a phone or are looking to buy a phone and will pair it with said phone. This is basically a smaller version of your primary smartphone.

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Nokia 9 images are here: 5 lenses, bonkers reality

Nokia 9 images are here: 5 lenses, bonkers reality

The Nokia 9 - or whatever it'll be called - was leaked today in a set of hyper-realistic renderings. A set of leaked CAD drawings of the next Nokia phone were leaked to the creator of the images you're about to behold. Given the track record of this creator, we have no reason to believe these are anything less than a 3rd-party-rendered set of views of the real deal, coming later this year or in early 2019.

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