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.


Is Datally by Google necessary?

Is Datally by Google necessary?

Google app Datally was released on November 30th, 2017, to make a big, sweet attempt at helping users understand data use. Right in time, too - just as we're about to destroy Net Neutrality and all of our data bills go irreparably skyward. "Mobile data is expensive for many people around the world," said Google, "And what’s worse, it’s hard to figure out where it all goes."

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BLU bricks phones, ignores complaints [UPDATE]

BLU bricks phones, ignores complaints [UPDATE]

An implosion of the midrange Android smartphone company BLU is occurring before our eyes. BLU released a software update this week for its BLU Life One X2 smartphone. That software encrypted said phones and locked out their users, rendering devices useless. That wouldn't be the worst situation in the world of software flubs, but days without comment might well be.

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iPhone X sales forecast: What Android move comes next?

iPhone X sales forecast: What Android move comes next?

The folks at IHS Markit released their first analyzation of initial sales for the iPhone X this week, and we're running down the numbers. We're also having a peek at what's happened to the Android universe since Apple revealed their "10." The first and most important part of this set of information is the IHS Markit forecast of iPhones shipped by Apple in Q4 2017: a cool 88.8 million units*. That'd be Apple's most iPhones sold in a single quarter in their whole history.

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Google just outlawed Android’s worst ads

Google just outlawed Android’s worst ads

Google finally put the hammer down on one of the worst sorts of ad-cash models on the whole of Android. The platform was plagued for years by pervasive, inexcusable advertisements appearing on the lockscreen of a locked device. That's no place for an ad - and on devices and in apps that wish to be Google Certified, that's a place where ads will be no longer.

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Gaming Gifts that aren’t Games: Holidays 2017

Gaming Gifts that aren’t Games: Holidays 2017

Gamer gifts for gamers that already have all the games they want - what else could they possibly need? This week we're having a peek at a number of gifts for girls and boys, women and men, any and all people of the gamer persuasion. The only requirement for this list is that you have a general idea of what your gift-getter like to play, be it living room gaming console games, PC games, or the sort of head games that drive you wild - from there, we've got you covered.

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Android edition DxO One camera released today in Early Access mode

Android edition DxO One camera released today in Early Access mode

Starting this morning the DxO One camera add-on for smartphones was made available for Android. This add-on is part of a sort of beta program, so to speak - though DxO calls it an "Early Access Program." With such a program, DxO effectively makes users pay for a product which they'll be testing before it's made ready for the general public.

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Essential camera update: Portrait Mode and image quality boost

Essential camera update: Portrait Mode and image quality boost

This morning the Essential PH-1 phone got an update for its Essential-built standard Essential Camera app. With this update, users were given an array of image quality enhancements as well as a brand new feature. This new feature enables Portrait Mode for the app for the first time.

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FDA approval of Apple Watch medical accessory is world’s first

FDA approval of Apple Watch medical accessory is world’s first

An EKG reader by the name of KardiaBand is officially the first Apple Watch medical accessory to be approved by the FDA. This device works with the Apple Watch to detect abnormal heart rate. KardiaBand allows users to take a single 30 second EKG on their own wrist with a tap.

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Galaxy S9 Release dates the phone details, new and old

Galaxy S9 Release dates the phone details, new and old

The beginning of our Samsung Galaxy S9 journey begins here, with tips of an early release. This device has been tipped more than once to be appearing first in January of 2018. Because of this, there's quite a bit we can piece together with regard to components available and technology on the market in time for a new phone. We can make a rather educated set of analyzations for a full spec sheet right this minute.

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MacOS flaw fix update out now

MacOS flaw fix update out now

This morning Apple released a fix for the flaw discovered yesterday in their macOS High Sierra system. Anyone using High Sierra would potentially be at risk of data theft via unauthorized login without this software update today. The security flaw allowed any user to log in to an Apple computer by logging in with the self-created user ROOT.

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Snapchat update: What just happened?

Snapchat update: What just happened?

Today Snap updated Snapchat in a major way, fully packed with an experience "organized around your relationships and personalized just for you!" There's now a split between friends and everyone/everything else. On the left you'll see Stories and Chats with Friends. On the right you'll see "Stories from publishers, creators, and the community are on the right."

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YouTube GO: You’re not allowed to use it

YouTube GO: You’re not allowed to use it

This week we're seeing the first non-Beta version of YouTube GO, an app that allows downloads of YouTube videos. This is not the only official app that allows video downloads - that distinction also belongs to the subscription payment service YouTube Red, as well. This app is the only free official YouTube video downloader from Google - but there's another catch or three.

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