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.

Galaxy Note 7 release day details: photos and specs we expect

Galaxy Note 7 release day details: photos and specs we expect

Today is the last day before the final reveal of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a device we've been investigating for weeks (and even months). This is the bigger relative of the Samsung Galaxy S7, this time coming with the Galaxy Note's own S Pen, a high-powered stylus with the ability to reside within the phone itself. This is the 6th Galaxy Note to be released, but it'll be called 7 so said numbers can align with the Galaxy S line. Strange, isn't it?

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Pokemon GO APK download and what to avoid

Pokemon GO APK download and what to avoid

Those in the minority in the world today unable to play Pokemon GO are searching for the app before final release. As such, today we're reporting on the only safe locations for download and loading of the game Pokemon GO. Spoiler alert: user choices are few and in-between. To avoid hackers and exploits of all sorts, users are going to need to stay away from sites they don't trust. As Tim Erlin, Senior Director of IT Security and Risk Strategy for Tripwire suggested earlier this month, "When it comes to malware, you really don't want to catch 'em all."

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Galaxy Note 7 leak details, release date, price, variations

Galaxy Note 7 leak details, release date, price, variations

Images of the Galaxy Note 7 have been leaked alongside the next version of the Gear VR virtual reality headset with USB-C. These images come from NWE via their leak name OnLeaks - generally trustworthy for this sort of thing. Of note here is the fact that while these do very much appear to be final official renders, Samsung has not released any info as such - not until August 2nd! The Galaxy Note 7 appears here with a curved-edge display only.

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Huawei seeks to overtake Apple in smartphone shipments

Huawei seeks to overtake Apple in smartphone shipments

IDC's most recent smartphone shipment report suggests that as Apple's smartphone unit shipments decline, Huawei rises, and Samsung pulls further away from the pack. In the second quarter of the year 2016, Samsung is well ahead of the smartphone-selling group with an estimated 77-million units shipped over the past three months. Next is Apple with an estimated 40.4-million units shipped, then Huawei with 32.1-million units shipped. Huawei was in third place this past quarter as well according to IDC.

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Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-1000 Printer Review

Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-1000 Printer Review

Initial setup for the Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-1000 printer is exceedingly user-friendly and simple. The entire process is laid out for the user piece-by-piece, cartridge-by-cartridge. There's a connectivity element as well, one in which you can connect to your PC or smartphone (if you happen to be in need of massive smartphone prints). We were provided several sets of Canon paper with which to test, while this device also works with 3rd-party papers from brands like Canson and Inkpress (with Canon-defined software profiles, that is to say).

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Galaxy Note 7 pre-release first impressions video details flatness

Galaxy Note 7 pre-release first impressions video details flatness

A full 11-minute-long hands-on video has surfaced showing the Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung. This device - in this iteration - has a flat display, unlike the version the teasers for the event have shown thus far. There's also an official Galaxy Note 7 video being released today with more details (UPDATE: The video - the official video - is out now too - have a peek!). This hands-on video with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shows the many features of the Galaxy Note 7, including the continued keeping of the IR-Scanner for device control.

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Today Pokemon GO server status is down: what to do

Today Pokemon GO server status is down: what to do

This morning Pokemon GO began seeing service disruptions in Japan - now the spread has headed toward the United States. Service disruptions have been reported throughout the United States, though this disruption seems to be affecting the East Coast most of all. We're also seeing reports galore coming from pockets of activity in California - though, given that the coast is one of two of the world's most-visited Pokemon spots, that bit isn't the least bit surprising.

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Pokemon Radar downloads: the app everyone is cheating with

Pokemon Radar downloads: the app everyone is cheating with

Cheating at Pokemon GO isn't especially difficult, as a rabble of Android and iOS developers will tell you this week. Today the quickest rising app on either app store is an app called "Poke Radar" which, as you'll soon find out, isn't what it suggests it is. It works just how it says it's supposed to, but if you're looking for a Pokemon Radar that works, you'll need to look elsewhere. Meanwhile, there's an app called "Poke Scanner" that'll do just what you want it to.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 detail leak you’ve prayed for before release day

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 detail leak you’ve prayed for before release day

The Galaxy Note 7 iteration you'd been hoping you'd see is here - or at least appears very much to be here. This is what we can only assume is the flat version of the Galaxy Note 7, the standard version. The version of the device that makes more sense for the general public than the Edge version. Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy Note 7 Edge will very likely be popping up on the 2nd of August in full color - and with edge-like sides either on the front, the back, or both.

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BlackBerry DTEK50 Android phone aims for greatness through security

BlackBerry DTEK50 Android phone aims for greatness through security

We've not yet put our hands on the BlackBerry DTEK50, but based on our experience with the design it's based on, we can say that it's probably a pretty good Android phone. Have a peek at our most recent report on what BlackBerry has done to use Alcatel's design knowledge to create this new device. This is the DTEK50, a device that BlackBerry leads with suggesting is their thinnest smartphone ever - one with a great camera and top-notch security features.

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This iPhone 7 feature detail releases from Galaxy Note bonds

This iPhone 7 feature detail releases from Galaxy Note bonds

A new sort of home button for the iPhone 7 could be just the feature boost the company needs to bridge the gap between 2016 and the 10-year anniversary of the device. We've thus far been told by tipsters that very little would change between the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7 - a slightly better camera, perhaps another color metal made available, a different arrangement of antenna lines. What's the big deal, users might wonder, isn't this supposed to be a "tic" year in Apple's trend of "tic tock tic tock?" Perhaps it still is, but next year could be a tic too.

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Pokemon GO server status is down, but also up

Pokemon GO server status is down, but also up

How can Pokemon GO be down, but also up at the same time? Pokemon GO is a multi-tiered system, one in which more than one level of log-on and play is included. Today users have found several problems occurring at different times. Earlier today is was a bit of down time on the main server - high latency and inability to see Pokemon and/or Gyms and PokeStops. That down time seems to be fading, while a different down situation seems to be rising up.

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