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.

HTC lightbulb may detect your bathroom slips

HTC lightbulb may detect your bathroom slips

HTC has plans for a lightbulb with the ability to detect a person falling down in their bathroom. Much in the same vein as the HTC VIVE and its room-scale VR device detectors, this "illumination device" has a detection function for humans. A human falling down in the room the lightbulb lights will activate a moving antenna to better assess whether the subject is alive or dead.

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Android Wear may soon be sweeter than iPhone X

Android Wear may soon be sweeter than iPhone X

iPhone X TrueDepth-like radar (see: Face ID) may be employed on the next generation of Android Wear devices. In a set of concept drawings made by Google, we've seen the ways in which radar could make the next generation of wearable devices not only more usable, but useful, too. Google's Radar-Based Gesture-Recognition Through A Wearable Device might well be the reason why the future of Android Wear is a reality.

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Insta360 Pro 12K VR update V2.0 brings features galore

Insta360 Pro 12K VR update V2.0 brings features galore

This morning the folks at Insta360 revealed their newest major update for their professional-level spherical camera. With the update, this device was given the ability to capture massive 12K media. This device was also given the ability to lend its onboard processing power to a desktop computer to help stitch together 360 spherical videos with a feature called Stitching Box.

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Coinbase Disabled and Down: BTC reacts by tanking [Update: it’s back]

Coinbase Disabled and Down: BTC reacts by tanking [Update: it’s back]

Coinbase was down for some users starting early this morning, and as of 8:35 AM PST, the Bitcoin sales site made an official announcement. As a result of Bitcoin prices falling this morning, Coinbase went down. As a result of Coinbase going down, Bitcoin prices fell further. It's a vicious cycle, a vicious cycle indeed!

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Bitcoin price down today: Here’s why

Bitcoin price down today: Here’s why

Several factors played into today's fall in the most popular cryptocurrency pair: Bitcoin to USD. The headlines this morning were just about the opposite of what they were at the start of December, when several all-time-high prices for BTC/USD were achieved. Back on December 1st, Bitcoin "soared" to over $11,000, while today the price "plummeted" to below $12,000 - crazy!

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Samsung Galaxy X: 3 ways this folding display phone could flex

Samsung Galaxy X: 3 ways this folding display phone could flex

The Samsung Galaxy X had our attention when we first saw Samsung fold a display, right before our eyes. It was amazing to see how the company - at least the Samsung Display portion of the company - was able to take something that seemed so fragile, and treat it like something far more robust. That was well before we heard rumors of the name Samsung Galaxy X - now we're well into hardware patents season. Today we're going to look at several ways in which Samsung tested the possibilities in flexible displays for a mobile device.

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Razer Phone Review : Real Mobile Courage

Razer Phone Review : Real Mobile Courage

The first Razer Phone clearly wasn't designed to take on the competition with bright, flashy colors. Razer didn't make their first phone with curved edges, and it didn't include a front-facing 3D face-sensor setup for animated emoji messages. Instead, Razer took the top-notch knowhow of the team at formerly-NextBit and combined it with their own understanding of their massive cult of modern gamers. With some top-level branding and a genuinely nice box to package it all up, the Razer Phone is like no other company's "first try" I've ever experienced.

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Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just stepped down

Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just stepped down

Eric Schmidt just stepped down as executive chairman of Alphabet after 17 years of service to the company. These 17 years of service were to Google, which was what Alphabet is now. Schmidt will continue to roll with the company in a different role: Technical Advisor. "Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition," said Schmidt. "The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving."

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Magic Leap: 5 things to know about the AR goggles

Magic Leap: 5 things to know about the AR goggles

Magic Leap is a company that's made a head-mounted virtual retinal display, or an augmented reality headset. A pair of goggles that allow users to see images transposed on top of the rest of the world. This company has been in business since its founding in 2010 by Roy Abovitz and has not yet released any products for sale. It might seem that it's not that kind of company - but it really is.

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Samsung Galaxy X it isn’t, Rugged it is

Samsung Galaxy X it isn’t, Rugged it is

Today a bit of a debunking needs to be done regarding the Samsung Galaxy X, a mythical smartphone with a moving, bending display. This device has long been rumored after several Samsung demonstrations of displays that are indeed capable of bending and remaining intact. Samsung might have a smartphone that utilizes a display which bends in the middle, but a couple of the most recent rumors have gone directly over the edge.

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New iPad may have this strange feature in 2018

New iPad may have this strange feature in 2018

Apple released plans today for a tablet which had a very strange, but not entirely unheard of, backside feature. We've seen devices that have the ability to make use of a back-facing touch panel before, but never exactly like this. If this new set of features makes their way to the next iPad, it'll be a rather interesting device indeed.

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GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

This week Representative Marsha Blackburn introduced a the "Open Internet Preservation Act" in an effort to lock Trump/Pai repeal of Net Neutrality into law. Several major news outlets have taken Blackburn's bait in suggesting this new OIP Act would bring Net Neutrality back after the FCC removed it. Said the Washington Post: "Days after the FCC repealed its net neutrality rules, the GOP has a bill to replace them." Instead, this act would enshrine what the FCC did earlier this month.

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