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.

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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Google Assistant released for iPhone [Download now]

Google Assistant released for iPhone [Download now]

Users will be able to take advantage of Google Assistant on the iPhone starting today. This update to the Google software space for iOS devices makes the iPhone have a real competitor for Siri - again, or for the firs time, depending on how you look at it. This update does not come to Google Search, but is instead delivered to the iPhone as a separate app.

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Google Lens: Assistant and Photos get a super smart update

Google Lens: Assistant and Photos get a super smart update

This week Google revealed that they'll be making a new push for their "Google Lens" initiative (and eventual app integration). Much like what we've seen in the past with things like Google Goggles, Google Lens is about to make the things Android smartphones see - recognizable. As Google suggested today, Google Lens will be a "set of vision-based computing capabilities."

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Pokemon GO Update: This Rock Event News’ implications

Pokemon GO Update: This Rock Event News’ implications

News of the Pokemon GO Rock Event suggests that Promo Codes are right around the corner - and that Adventure Week is about to begin. Today we're going to make the event and preparation for the event easy for all users to digest. This event begins on Thursday in the afternoon - starting at 1PM Pacific Time, which is also noon 2PM Mountain Time, 3PM Central Time, and 4PM Eastern Time. If you live somewhere else in the world, you're on your own!

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Go-tcha Review for Pokemon GO [Auto Update Auto-Catch Time!]

Go-tcha Review for Pokemon GO [Auto Update Auto-Catch Time!]

Over the past couple of weeks I've been using a Go-tcha Wristband for Pokemon GO. This Pokemon GO Gotcha (or however you want to write it) is essentially a Pokemon GO Plus with its button held down. It comes from the folks at Codejunkies, a group who specialize in the sort of devices that are akin to a modern-day Nintendo Game Genie. Cheaters without cheating, winning games because they're very good at backwards engineering.

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Intel, BMW, Mobileye add Delphi to autonomous car tech super-group

Intel, BMW, Mobileye add Delphi to autonomous car tech super-group

Three titans in the technology and automotive industries have announced that they'll be joining forces. Intel, the BMW Group, and the folks at Mobileye have announced that they will onboard Delphi as a development partner for their autonomous driving platform. This comes after a July 2016 announcement that Intel, BMW, and Mobileye would be joining forces for autonomous vehicles - with Delphi, the dream of self-driving cars takes another step closer to reality.

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Instagram update with Face Filters, Rewind Video, New Hashtag [APK Download]

Instagram update with Face Filters, Rewind Video, New Hashtag [APK Download]

This morning the folks at Instagram updated their app for multiple platforms with a bunch of new features. This update's most significant feature addition is Face Filters - making Instagram, again, more like Snapchat. Again - and more significant in form than ever before, right up close and personal with our faces. Also there's a new way to put a hashtag in a piece of media - so there'll be more hashtags to connect to other hashtags.

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With “Amazon Fire TV Edition”, 4K TVs now come with Alexa

With “Amazon Fire TV Edition”, 4K TVs now come with Alexa

There's a way in which some brands of ultra-HD television are coming with Amazon's Alexa - and it's not a separate element. While users can still buy an Amazon TV box, there's a new set of televisions with the abilities of Amazon TV inside. They're branded with Amazon's new "Amazon Fire TV Edition" brand, and come with the Amazon Fire TV experience built in. That makes things easier for those users that don't want to take the time to plug in an extra piece of technology.

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Pokemon GO Adventure Week Event: everything you need to know

Pokemon GO Adventure Week Event: everything you need to know

The next in-game celebration event for Pokemon GO is about to go down - starting this week. Details on the event have been shared this morning for the event that'll take place starting on May 18th, 2017 - that's this Thursday - and will go on until the 25th of May. This event will focus on Rock Type Pokemon from the start and will be called "Adventure Week" - which of course means we'll be collecting so many Geodudes that we'll have rocks in our pockets for real. Or, you know, the more rare Pokemon of the Rock variety, like Omanyte and Kabuto.

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Google IO 2017: what to watch for and how

Google IO 2017: what to watch for and how

Today we're running down what's coming to Google IO 2017, the company's annual software conference aimed at developers. This event takes place on May 17th, 18th, and 19th of May - that's Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. We'll be at the event series to get up-close-and-personal photos, video, and any hands-on bits that can be had. For everything else, there's streaming video.

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This is Moto C, not the one you were looking for

This is Moto C, not the one you were looking for

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed a couple of new smartphones: Moto C and Moto C Plus. The key word for both of these phones is "affordable" - so says Motorola - with both phones coming with "essentials" only. Motorola also continues their "just because it's cheap doesn't mean it can't be colorful" push with this generation of inexpensive smartphone, with the Moto C coming in Metallic Cherry, Pearl White, Fine Gold or Starry Black.

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