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.

LineageOS Gerrit is up: CyanogenMod being written-out

LineageOS Gerrit is up: CyanogenMod being written-out

This morning the official LineageOS Gerrit was published for developers to contribute to, continuing the work of the open source community on CyanogenMod. Cyanogen - the brand-named company - will continue to operate on its own, separate from the Android software that's transforming into LineageOS (or Lineage OS, or just Lineage, if you prefer). Developers are hard at work now turning the next version of CyanogenMod into the first version of LineageOS.

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Today is when your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 will die

Today is when your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 will die

Battery troubles with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will begin today for all T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 units. So long as the user hits the OK button for T-Mobile's OTA software update, the end is near. The Galaxy Note 7, once updated, will no longer charge up with battery power. From here on out, it's time to die.

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Behold Method-2, a real 4-meter-tall human-piloted mech robot

Behold Method-2, a real 4-meter-tall human-piloted mech robot

This week the folks at Hankook Mirae Technology unveiled Method-2, the "world's first manned bipedal robot." This is not the first time a robot like this has been imagined - it's been in sci-fi films like Pacific Rim, Avatar, and ALIENS. This robot represents the dream of enhancing human abilities through robotics real - Method-2 makes Titanfall a reality. Here, near the end of the year 2016, Method-2 takes its first baby steps as a real human-controlled mech robot on two stable legs and metal feet.

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Galaxy S8’s AI assistant update may to put Siri to shame

Galaxy S8’s AI assistant update may to put Siri to shame

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is tipped to feature a voice assistant called Bixby that's so advanced, it'll work in nearly every native app. "We are developing a key major interface which will bring about a totally new paradigm; an open AI platform." said Samsung Electronics’ Vice President Rhee In-jong. "The current Galaxy smartphones need separate applications for users, for instance, to order pizza or coffee. But, the new AI platform will enable them to order (or do) things directly without going through separate applications."

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SNES Classic Edition teased with Famicon listing

SNES Classic Edition teased with Famicon listing

As Nintendo reveled in its success with the NES Classic Edition, a trademark for a Super Nintendo-age device was filed in Japan. This Super Famicon controller is the Japanese version of what was released in the United States as the Super NES. That's also known as the SNES, or Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Rumor has it that Nintendo's next big retro-console move will be to release an SNES Classic Edition to keep the retro love ball rolling into the future.

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Netflix movie list January 2017 – what’s new, what’s done

Netflix movie list January 2017 – what’s new, what’s done

Netflix users are preparing their minds for the possibility that January will be an end-time for some of their favorite movies and episodic series. At the same time, January is a time of rejuvenation in the streaming content universe, where such monster hit movies as the original Superman: The Movie and The Shining begin to be available. This is also the time at which the Netflix Original series Lemony Snicket's A series of Unfortunate Events begins. That's Netflix' own series, not the Jim Carrey movie - fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your taste.

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An OLED iPhone 8 may depend on one tiny company

An OLED iPhone 8 may depend on one tiny company

Next year is rumored to be the first with an iPhone with OLED display - just so long as Canon Tokki Corp. can deliver. That's what's implied by sources this week who claim a bottleneck in supply might block an OLED iPhone in 2017. Canon Tokki has a "near monopoly" on the equipment that makes OLED displays - the equipment manufacturers need to create OLED displays for smartphones of all sorts. Whether or not Apple jumping in on OLED will affect how well Android devices are supplied is another question entirely.

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Pokemon GO Holiday Box guide: Ending 2016 with a bang

Pokemon GO Holiday Box guide: Ending 2016 with a bang

Pokemon GO's Christmas is over and New Year's Eve is fast approaching - and we've got some guidance for you to traverse the game for the next week. This begins with the Gift Boxes and how to avoid them altogether. Niantic is getting better and better at pushing users toward paying real cash money to play Pokemon GO, and these Holiday Box items are their best effort yet.

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Microsoft is about to fix Windows laptops’ biggest frustration

Microsoft is about to fix Windows laptops’ biggest frustration

The gloves are off with future Windows notebooks, so says Microsoft and their hardware requirements for Windows 10. This month at the WinHEC event in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft said that future touchpads would need to be far more precise than previous Windows machines. Instead of touchpads that far under-perform compared to the top models, future machines will need to have Precision Touchpads right out the gate.

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Why did CyanogenMod die? What is LineageOS? All the important details

Why did CyanogenMod die? What is LineageOS? All the important details

The Cyanogen company did not shut down, nor did the operating system CyanogenMod - it'll just change names. CyanogenMod OS will rebrand as LineageOS and will be separate from Cyanogen Inc., the company, which will operate separate from the open source OS. Those with CyanogenMod installed on phones or tablets right now should consider installing a more basic version of Android now, as no new support for the operating system will be offered.

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Tech’s 8 biggest winners of 2016

Tech’s 8 biggest winners of 2016

The biggest winners of the year this year really shine a light on where our priorities are as a collective unconscious. This list is not based on the "most popular stories" or "most searched topics" or anything scientific like that - instead it's based on my perception of the tech world as a reporter and a participant. It's also important to note that I consider "tech" to include technology, science, and science fiction entertainment, as well - so those that have any items to add, please, by all means speak up.

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This odd dinosaur changed drastically as it aged

This odd dinosaur changed drastically as it aged

In the Gobi desert a new sort of dinosaur has been discovered which changed drastically from birth to age six. Using a total of 19 sets of bones, paleontologists show how Limusaurus inextricabilis ("mire lizard who could not escape") changed in big ways in the first year of its life. Researchers have shown how baby versions of this dinosaur had teeth, but that these teeth left the dinosaur within a year. But what about reptiles in our modern age that lose and grow several sets of teeth? This research has an answer for that, and other oddities, too.

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