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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date and Galaxy S7 price war

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date and Galaxy S7 price war

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 shipping dates span from late August to mid-September, depending on the carrier each user chooses. This includes each of the major carriers, the lot of which each have their own end retail price for the smartphone. For instance, ordering a Blue Coral 64GB edition Galaxy Note 7 from T-Mobile USA will cost a user $849.99 USD. If that same smartphone with Verizon connectivity were purchased - 64GB edition, Blue Coral Galaxy Note 7 - it'd cost $864.99 USD. Strange how that works.

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Skiplagged Pokemon tracker leads pack of GO update map tools

Skiplagged Pokemon tracker leads pack of GO update map tools

Today we're taking a look at the latest batch of Pokemon GO tools for modifying the game experience intended by Niantic. To be clear, we do not endorse the use of any of these tools, we're reporting the facts in the evolving phenomenon that is Pokemon GO. We'll be getting more into the ethics of Pokemon GO journalism later - for now, let's have a peek at what Skiplagged's tools are all about - and have a peek at a few more tools for mapping and organizing Pokemon GO assets as well.

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Nexus 2016 details and release date specs appear like Nexus 6P

Nexus 2016 details and release date specs appear like Nexus 6P

This week the folks at GFXBench appear to have received a benchmark for the next (one of two) Nexus smartphone. This would be the smaller of the two, one we're being told (by unofficial, anonymous sources) may be called the Nexus 5P. This device would be the replacement for the Nexus 5X. Coming with the operating system the benchmark calls "INVALID Android Google Edition" - catchy name! - this device rolls with a 1920 x 1080 5-inch display with 5-finger touch support.

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Canon sets up shop at Rio Olympics to assist photographers

Canon sets up shop at Rio Olympics to assist photographers

Having been at a large number of international events where photography was involved, I can tell you - when you need help, it's very, very nice to have help. Canon has announced that they've brought their service and support crew (Canon Professional Services) to Brazil to assist with photographers' professional imaging equipment. They'll be repairing equipment, providing technical support, and loaning out big professional camera and gigantic zoom lenses, as well.

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CityGo Urban scooter folds up, lights up, and pushes off

CityGo Urban scooter folds up, lights up, and pushes off

An electric scooter by the name of CityGo Urban has been revealed in a crowdfunding campaign that's subsequently met its goal - and surpassed it. This scooter is interesting in both its form and its method of propulsion. Users will be able to fold the scooter up and carry it with them while heading into the office or on to a train - the look is sleek, and the form is solid. The way users will push off, though - that's where this scooter shines.

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This is the best Pokemon GO toy ever

This is the best Pokemon GO toy ever

Pokemon GO and Pokemon Sun and Moon have brought about a new age of Poke-Popularity - and with it, one very awesome toy. This toy captures the joy of tossing a real Pokeball, ejecting the pocket monster therein. This Pokeball doesn't just bounce away, like most Pokemon toys would - this one unlatches and sends its contents (a Pokemon figure) flying. This is the Pokemon Throw 'n' Pop Poke Ball, and it's something we've been waiting for for years.

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iPhone 7 release date details vs PRO and iPhone 6s

iPhone 7 release date details vs PRO and iPhone 6s

A device by the name of iPhone 7 Pro seems to have appeared once again, this one (alternately called iPhone 7 Plus) being the strangest version we've yet seen. This version of the iPhone 7 Plus looks to be coming with a metallic blue sort of tone to it - not particularly black, but not really blue like a Pepsi can, either. It's like Apple describing their pink phone as "Rose Gold" - not quite, but similar.

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Pokemoji is an emoji keyboard for Pokemon GO addicts

Pokemoji is an emoji keyboard for Pokemon GO addicts

A project hatched in April caught the feel and the fervor present in the full launch of Pokemon GO this past month. That project was posted on Behance as Pokemoji Keyboard. Realized as a design project - not quite a fully-published app, Pokemoji would be the most awesome and awesomely-simple interpretation of Pokemon graphics on any mobile chat platform. Straight from Laureen Minet and Kévin Magalhaes from Lille, France, this is Pokemoji.

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Pokemon GO PokeVision alternatives post-update

Pokemon GO PokeVision alternatives post-update

After a big set of changes in Pokemon GO come August 2016, original major Pokemon GO map apps like PokeVision collapsed. Not so much collapsed as suffered a big set of blows from Niantic, who asked them to shut down. Like the hydra, when one head is cut off, two spring up in its place. In this case, we've got a collection of resources that've sprung up in PokeVision's place - and not all of them are made for maps!

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Inside Area 404, where Facebook hardware teams work together

Inside Area 404, where Facebook hardware teams work together

Facebook's hardware lab Area 404 has been revealed and profiled by Facebook this week, giving the public a glimpse at what happens when teams converge. This area is located in Facebook's Menlo Park office, and allows 22,000 square feet to be dedicated to modeling, prototyping, and failure analysis for hardware. Facebook's hardware teams from Connectivity Lab, Oculus, Building 8, and their Infrastructure team all work together collaboratively in this lab.

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Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Samsung releases the Galaxy Note 7, a device that's traditionally come with features that favor the power user. This generation it would appear that Samsung is making clear that they're aiming directly for the features that make the most sales. As they should. They're going for profit, after all - why make another truck when a luxury race car sells so much better?

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The Earth is getting hotter: 2015 the new worst on record

The Earth is getting hotter: 2015 the new worst on record

This week the folks behind the "State of Climate" report (a yearly report) confirmed that 2015 was the hottest on record. Global heat level, greenhouse gases, and sea levels have all risen to record highs. According to the report, this year's findings are the result of both El Nino and global warming. The report also suggests that including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide gasses rose to record high levels during the year 2015.

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