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.

The next smartphone spec race: unnecessarily fast slow-mo

The next smartphone spec race: unnecessarily fast slow-mo

If a report from South Korea proves true, the next smartphone spec race is not on quality, but on speed. The report suggests that Samsung is set to create its own 3-layer image sensor that's able to utilize DRAM to snap and process photos faster than ever before. Faster than any smartphone camera's ever allowed in the past, that is to say.

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Gmail just hyperlinked a LOT of emails

Gmail just hyperlinked a LOT of emails

Google's Gmail was updated to include hyperlinks for contacts, phone numbers, and addresses too. This is the first time these specific elements have been updated to include such links, while other links in emails in Gmail have been active for some time. This service was announced to be coming to both Gmail and Inbox by Gmail for the web, iOS, and Android starting today.

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Google Pixel 2 will be ‘just Android’ – and that’s good

Google Pixel 2 will be ‘just Android’ – and that’s good

On the 4th of October, the 2nd Google Pixel phone will be revealed. It will certainly be a phone, and certainly it'll run Android. The vast majority of those people the Pixel 2 will be available to won't know or care for much beyond that. But for everyone reading this article, there's another layer of depth to the Pixel that many people won't appreciate.

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iOS 11 release is tomorrow: Our essential ‘getting ready’ list

iOS 11 release is tomorrow: Our essential ‘getting ready’ list

Apple's iOS 11 was announced to be released tomorrow for all devices capable of its download. This release changes a lot of features for the iPad - especially the iPad Pro, and a significant amount for all versions of the iPhone. Today we're running down a few items that all iPhone users (and iPad and iPod Touch users) should be aware of before download time comes.

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Three Occultations, all today (with and without the magic)

Three Occultations, all today (with and without the magic)

This week we're set to witness one real celestial event while another is said to be beginning to "end the world as we know it." Of course one of these events is real, while the other is complete nonsense. The first event begins today, and it has to do with the position of our Moon and three other planets within our Solar System. This event is a triple-occultation.

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Motorola Gamepad Moto Mod Review: Great for tiny hands

Motorola Gamepad Moto Mod Review: Great for tiny hands

When I use the Gamepad Moto Mod for extended periods of time, my hands cramp. When I place the controller in the hands of a 6-year-old colleague of mine, she's able to use the controller without issue. The Gamepad Moto Mod, made for Motorola Moto Z2 Force (and similar Motorola phones), by Lenovo, works perfect in all other categories. It's just that pesky size situation that's bummed me out thoroughly.

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What Google’s Pixel 2 needs to compete with iPhone X

What Google’s Pixel 2 needs to compete with iPhone X

Apple's stepped up their game with the iPhone X, creating a device that not only has a built-in cult following, but delivers on new features to boot. Google's task now with Pixel is to create not only a solid Android phone, but a device that's at least as high quality as the phone's first generation. Today we're having a peek at some of the key features on the iPhone X to see what Google's Pixel 2 will need to directly compete.

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Galaxy Note 8 Sale Uber Alles OR Why I’ll wait for iPhone X

Galaxy Note 8 Sale Uber Alles OR Why I’ll wait for iPhone X

Both Samsung and Apple have new smartphones out for sale today, and I've got some opinions about which one I'd choose. If I wanted to pay the smallest amount of money for a top-notch 2017 smartphone (not considering the Google Pixel), I'd have to go with the iPhone 8, which is around $700, on pre-order starting today. If I wanted the most impressive hero phone this year and I needed to order right this minute, I'd choose the Galaxy Note 8.

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The Polaroid OneStep 2 just brought back the original …sort of

The Polaroid OneStep 2 just brought back the original …sort of

The Polaroid OneStep 2 i-Type Camera is a modern recreation - reboot, if you will, of the original Polaroid OneStep. The original Polaroid OneStop was made in 1977, and the subsequent line of OneStop Polaroid self-printing photo cameras made Polaroid a household name. In 2016, the company "The Impossible Project" created "The Impossible I-1", a self-printing photo camera that used self-printing photo film made in the last remaining Polaroid film-printing factory in the world.

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iPhone X : How do I deal with The Notch?

iPhone X : How do I deal with The Notch?

The iPhone X's notch sparked a conversation this week between designers, users, naysayers, and notch-lovers alike. What we've done here is explore some of the first reactions to the notch's now-official presence on the iPhone X. We've also taken a brief look at what Apple has announced as Human Interface Guidelines for the iPhone X - and the notch specifically.

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Pokemon GO just committed a cardinal sin, so I quit

Pokemon GO just committed a cardinal sin, so I quit

Niantic just initiated a feature in Pokemon GO which has made me feel like it's time to quit the game. I've played since before day one - I was an early tester, and I've played almost non-stop since that time. Now I think it's time to throw in the towel. Not because of Raid Battles, and not because of the ever-changing gym. Not even because I've completely run out of cash and am now homeless because of the game (though that bit's a big blown out of proportion.)

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Elon Musk just made a SpaceX FAIL video

Elon Musk just made a SpaceX FAIL video

The many crashes of SpaceX were just captured in a single video edited by none other than Elon Musk. Musk is the founder and CEO of the company, and the video contains the many failed attempts at landing their Orbital Rocket Booster before pulling out a win. This is quite likely the most expensive FAIL compilation ever made for YouTube.

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