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.

One glorious, super-fragile “iPhone 8”

One glorious, super-fragile “iPhone 8”

This afternoon we're having a peek at an iPhone 8 concept video which puts the home button on high alert. Instead of getting rid of the home button - as I expect Apple will eventually do - designer Thadeu Brandão decided the button just needed a renewed purpose. That in mind, Brandão brought the functionality of the MacBook Pro touchbar back down to the mobile universe.

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How to download Fire Emblem Heroes on Android and iOS

How to download Fire Emblem Heroes on Android and iOS

Release day for Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes arrived this week in an odd array of countries - the United States not included. As luck would have it, though, we've been able to download and load the game - and play the game - on our Android smartphone this afternoon. This is regardless of its Google Play Store status - but we're still waiting on the first release for iTunes for iOS devices.

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QR code scanner now built in to Chrome app

QR code scanner now built in to Chrome app

This week the folks at Google have updated the iOS (and soon the Android) version of the Chrome web browser. This update uses the camera of the device it's running on to locate and scan QR codes as well as bar codes. This update essentially does away with the need for that additional QR and barcode scanner app that's been sitting unused or barely used in our app drawers for years.

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Roku gives ugly app makers an ultimatum

Roku gives ugly app makers an ultimatum

Makers of Roku apps of the past get a wake-up call thanks to the company's newest "sunset" announcement. As of February 1st, 2017, Roku has made clear that they'll be ending the use of legacy Roku Software Developer Kit visual screens. App makers for the Roku universe have been working with the same setup here since October of 2015 - now they'll have a short while before they need to move forward to the new style.

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Nintendo should take Pokemon GO away from Niantic

Nintendo should take Pokemon GO away from Niantic

Nintendo's released Super Mario Run for mobile devices and Fire Emblem Heroes soon approaches, but today we're talking about what could be. Today we're going to create the ideal game from scratch, without direct regard for how it'd get done. Today we're going to imagine what Nintendo could do to make the perfect game for mobile devices - one that'd capture the imagination and the coin from gamers and non-gamers alike, all around the world.

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Linea app Review: Iconfactory blesses the iPad Pro

Linea app Review: Iconfactory blesses the iPad Pro

While most apps made for artwork and design for the iPad in this post-Apple-Pencil world have been thick with options, Linea is about the basics. The folks at The IconFactory have created an app that's meant to be for notes, for sketching, for planning, and they've included almost the perfect set of tools to do just about anything in this arena with ease. This isn't your everyday average "we made a drawing app in a week and it'll make you an ARTIST" sort of software - it's clearly been refined to a point where there's little else anyone could do to make it more "it just works" excellent.

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Pokemon GO Valentines Day update: events plus conspiracy

Pokemon GO Valentines Day update: events plus conspiracy

Pokemon GO's next update and big event could reveal several Gen 2 Pokemon to the world, available for capture and use. On the other hand, if the Pokemon Company is putting up a temporary block for the game's regular updates, there could be something fishy going on. Realistically, we won't be expecting anything to happen in Pokemon GO until just before the 14th day of this month of February: Valentine's Day.

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New Balance RunIQ now available with Intel inside

New Balance RunIQ now available with Intel inside

New Balance released their RunIQ smartwatch this week with Android Wear inside run by an Intel Atom processor. This device is made to be an active wear watch, tracking the user's workout with heart rate, GPS, and Wi-fi connectivity. This device has the ability to sync and store music with Google Play Music, sync with STRAVA for the sharing and analyzation of workouts, and one's own smartphone with Bluetooth.

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Galaxy Tab S3 renders seem to release all details

Galaxy Tab S3 renders seem to release all details

Today we're having a look at the next Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet device that'll likely appear at the next big Samsung event. This device has been a long time coming. With the last Samsung Galaxy Tab S slates released all the way back in August of 2015, it's high time the line continue on. And what better time to do it than a point at which Apple's iPad business seems to be on its way out?

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See Galaxy S8 details tip release of a real glass dragon

See Galaxy S8 details tip release of a real glass dragon

The rumor mill has churned out just about every single detail about the Samsung Galaxy S8 that we can imagine over the past few weeks. Now that we're likely less than a month out from the final release of the device by Samsung to the world, it's time to see what the rest of the market is up against. Images released by 3D design artists have tipped off the finder details of the device - now we're getting down to brass tacks - so to speak.

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Razer Phone and the possibilities Nextbit brings

Razer Phone and the possibilities Nextbit brings

The most obvious step in what I believe is Razer's path toward a gaming-centered smartphone is not its first: acquiring Nextbit. With this acquisition, Razer puts itself squarely in position to take a brand new position in the mobile phone universe. Not a position like Sony took with their gaming phone Xperia Play, and not a position like Samsung takes with a single app that links to games they suggest. Razer has the building blocks now to create a phone that's radically unique.

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Chrome on iOS is open-sourced at last

Chrome on iOS is open-sourced at last

Google's Chrome web browser has been brought to the open source universe thanks to years of upstreaming work by its developers. Google historically kept the code for Chrome for iOS separate from the Chromium project because of what they call "constraints on the iOS platform." With iOS for iPhone and iPad, all web browsers are required to have been built on top of the WebKit rendering engine - Google just made it possible to skip that worry.

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