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.

Pokemon GO Event update: the real adventure rock details

Pokemon GO Event update: the real adventure rock details

What the Pokemon GO Adventure Week event was supposed to be is a little different from what it's turned out to be. As far as news on promo codes - any rumors we've heard haven't come up Milhouse, while rock type Pokemon in this event are not exactly the same as the list that some had envisioned. Today we're taking a look at the details that are ACTUALLY in play VS what we were to expect.

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Google VS Root: Why SafetyNet is now standard for developers

Google VS Root: Why SafetyNet is now standard for developers

Blocking apps from being used on rooted smartphones is about to become standard practice. As we found out this morning, Google's latest update to the Google Play Console, as updated during Google IO 2017, includes a Safety Net toggle. This toggle is one of many which give developers a very simple way of allowing some features to be compatible with the apps they make, and others to be kicked from the pack.

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Google Android Themes in O Beta code [Make way for Fuchsia OS]

Google Android Themes in O Beta code [Make way for Fuchsia OS]

This week an intrepid collection of developers have spotted the beginning of user interface themes in Android O for the Google Pixel. This could mean that Google will eventually allow users to theme their software with a set of colors, icons, and wallpapers that are made to make Android more personal. The first "theme" that's appeared is the "Pixel Theme" which includes User Icons 1-8, System Error, Primary, Secondary, tertiary, Quaternary, and Accent colors.

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Pokemon GO Event update: Rock Start Time, Adventure Week News and Guide

Pokemon GO Event update: Rock Start Time, Adventure Week News and Guide

Today begins the 7-day event in Pokemon GO called Adventure Week, so called because of its celebratory attitude. It's also a sort of undercover Indiana Jones party - which you'll find out more about in just a moment. But what you came here to see is when the event begins, for starters. Slap a bike helmet on and get prepared to roll for candy because this event begins this afternoon.

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This is Google Daydream 2.0 “Euphrates”

This is Google Daydream 2.0 “Euphrates”

This morning Google revealed the second major iteration of their VR platform Google Daydream. This second age in the software and hardware platform includes updates in five major categories: Audio, Graphics, Performance, User Interface, and Tracking + Input. This update will be coming for all Daydream hardware - so it's not limited to only the future of the platform, but it is optimized for a couple of new processors, so watch out for that.

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Verizon Zenfone AR release could bring Tango mainstream

Verizon Zenfone AR release could bring Tango mainstream

The first ASUS-made Google Tango smartphone, Zenfone AR, will be released this summer with Verizon. Yesterday we were told by Google that the device was going to be made available this summer - which wasn't a major surprise. There's already one Lenovo-made Tango device out on the market and it's done predictably OK for sales - with relatively low amounts of units sold. With no carriers in the USA to show it off, it was doomed to do no better than mediocre - for the Zenfone AR, that might not end up happening.

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Lenovo Flex 5 release as an “entry level multimode platform”

Lenovo Flex 5 release as an “entry level multimode platform”

A set of 2 new "Lenovo Flex 4" laptops are being revealed today by Lenovo, both with 2-in-1 capabilities and touchscreens. This newest in a line of "Flex" notebooks comes with either a 14- or 15-inch display, both with a hinge that allows that display to flip back 360-degrees. This newest wave of Flex notebooks has "new narrow bezels" as well as what Lenovo describes as "enhanced design" - as well as the newest in graphics and processing power.

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Lenovo Legion Y920 17-inch gaming notebook returns for enthusiasts

Lenovo Legion Y920 17-inch gaming notebook returns for enthusiasts

The most hardcore of laptop-loving gamers will want to turn their eyes to the Lenovo-made Legion Y920 gaming notebook. At least to see what the baseline is, that is to say. This machine was revealed today by Lenovo with 7th gen Intel Core i7-7820HK and i7-7700HQ processor options. Base graphics card is the NVIDIA GTX 1070 (8GB) GDDR5 with PCI express, but Lenovo offers multiple GPU options.

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The best new Google Assistant feature is the simplest thing [APK Download]

The best new Google Assistant feature is the simplest thing [APK Download]

As of today, Google Assistant has gotten an upgrade which will change the game for a whole lot of Android users. The change is small - not even a change at all for some - but giant for those that don't like to speak aloud in public places. Or in their homes - or anywhere else, for that matter. The latest update to Google Assistant allows the feature to be used with a keyboard instead of with the user's own voice.

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iPhone 8 “real life” photos released

iPhone 8 “real life” photos released

The latest batch of photos of a so-called iPhone 8 have been shared with the public this morning. This version of the iPhone is one of three - so the story goes - with the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus coming up first. The iPhone 8 will be the biggest and best of the three - most powerful and most advanced in the entire Apple collection of smartphones. So what makes these photos so unique?

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Android O Beta download released today

Android O Beta download released today

This afternoon the folks at Google released the Android O Beta Program for download and loading on Pixel. Before any user goes any further, it's important to note that the Beta program is not for everybody. Users that use their smartphones for their primary communication device should probably not take part in the Beta unless they have a backup.

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Automatic Sharing update to Google Photos couldn’t possibly end badly

Automatic Sharing update to Google Photos couldn’t possibly end badly

Google Photos is about to give you a big nudge in the right direction when it comes to Photo sharing. Google Photos recognizes the faces that appear in the photos we upload automatically. When Google Photos recognizes these faces, in the near future, it'll start to recommend that we send these photos to the people in the photos that it's recognized.

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