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.

Pokemon GO Update brings the worst knockoff ever

Pokemon GO Update brings the worst knockoff ever

This week an app from "Rejected Games" has found its way into the hearts and minds of Pokemon GO users everywhere. Despite the numerous distorted similarities to Pokemon GO, this "game" is not going to help anyone become a better Pokeball tosser in Pokemon GO. Not even a little bit. This app goes by the name "Ball Practice for PoGO", and it's absolutely horrible. We've gone ahead and played it so that there be no need to play, ever again, for anyone else.

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New mini-moon discovered orbiting Earth

New mini-moon discovered orbiting Earth

This isn't April fools day, and we're not pulling your leg - there is indeed a second rocky companion out in space orbiting Earth - besides our moon. This miniature-moon, as it's nicknamed, goes by the scientific name "2016 HO3". It's an asteroid, technically, but it's nearly unique in our known history of Earth and nearby objects. This quasi-satellite or near-Earth companion is "the best and most stable example to date" of such a space body. "One other asteroid -- 2003 YN107 -- followed a similar orbital pattern for a while over 10 years ago, but it has since departed our vicinity. This new asteroid is much more locked onto us," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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Eevee evolution Pokemon GO trick update and fix

Eevee evolution Pokemon GO trick update and fix

Pokemon GO has a big dilemma on its hands as the Eevee evolution trick stops working for one massive amount of users. What's going on? It's quite simple. We'll be running down the reasons why things have changed, and what will happen with Eevee in the near future - and through the year 2017 when the 2nd-Generation release of the game is made public. We'll begin with the evolution solution for those users that've never done it before.

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First impressions with Samsung’s newest curved gaming displays

First impressions with Samsung’s newest curved gaming displays

This week the folks at Samsung have revealed two new gaming monitors, both curved, both top notch. These devices go by the name of CFG70 and CF791, the former coming in 24-inch and 27-inch models, the latter coming in a 34-inch model. All models roll will AMD's own FreeSync Technology, able to synchronize screen refresh rates in concert with user's AMD graphics cards.

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Opt-out of WhatsApp web Facebook account info auto-share

Opt-out of WhatsApp web Facebook account info auto-share

This week the folks at WhatsApp have silently - yet excitedly - turned the switch which automatically shares users' private information with Facebook. Facebook owns WhatsApp, so some might argue that one company is completely within its rights to share information from one brand to the other. Others would disagree heartily. Users that wish to avoid sending account information with Facebook should follow the following steps to turn this auto-sharing off through WhatsApp.

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Best iPhone Games of Summer 2016

Best iPhone Games of Summer 2016

Today we're running down the best mobile games on all platforms for the Summer of 2016. That's pretty specific, but it only refers to the time in which we played the games, not the time in which the games were originally released. In this way we're able to bring you the best games on the market in their current state, which is great for games that've matured and become far better than they were at launch, of which there are many in this environment. New games have come up to fight for the top spot, too!

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New NVIDIA SHIELD remote may make Android TV more magical

New NVIDIA SHIELD remote may make Android TV more magical

This week an FCC listing for a new NVIDIA SHIELD TV remote - for the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV - has appeared with a few new features. Alone, this listing only tells us that this remote will have a newer version of Bluetooth than the device already available. With Bluetooth 4.1, it's possible that the remote's battery will last a lot longer than the previous model. A patent listing from Google suggests that there may be more to this NVIDIA FCC listing than meets the eye.

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Pokemon GO update has new secret features and BIG changes

Pokemon GO update has new secret features and BIG changes

Pokemon GO's latest update has a number of references to features that are not yet active. Today we're having a peek at a variety of elements that will likely be launching in the game within the next couple of updates as they're already a part of the released game code. This includes references to trading Pokemon, catching Legendary Pokemon, and notes on new items that'll be released in the in-game store.

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This desk changed my life

This desk changed my life

The following is an Ergotron WorkFit-D Sit-Stand Desk Review - with a couple of Ergotron add-ons. Earlier this year it was apparent that my working situation was not going to be able to work any longer. I had neck pain as well as upper and lower back pain from the less-than-optimal working conditions I was providing for myself. I decided to seek out the folks at Ergotron to take some of their products out for a spin. I told them my situation and we decided that it'd make sense for me to test out several items: the WorkFit-D Sit-Stand Desk, Neo-Flex Underdesk Keyboard Arm, and the LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm for monitors.

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New iPhone 7 release date tips massive cancellation

New iPhone 7 release date tips massive cancellation

This week the folks behind one of the strangest annual leaks have tipped the public off to an interesting turn of events at Apple. Of course we won't know the full details of how Apple's final release will take place until that fateful day arrives, but we've now got the best idea thus far of when this device will launch in the United States. The latest comes from celebrity voice Jimmy Lin - a dude who seems to have had accurate leaks for the past several generations (barring the most recent).

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Pokemon GO Appraisal feature guide and meanings

Pokemon GO Appraisal feature guide and meanings

This week's most recent Pokemon GO update includes an Appraisal feature with a set of vague values that we'll be explaining today. Exact values of each Appraisal can only be found through a teardown of the APK of the newest version of the app. We don't expect every user to do this - as such, we've got these values torn out and listed in easy-to-read boxes below. These values will remain valid until the next update - and likely beyond. If they do end up changing, we'll be sure to make a note of it!

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Pokemon GO Update: egg chart, iv calculator, Reddit cheats

Pokemon GO Update: egg chart, iv calculator, Reddit cheats

Over the past couple of weeks a variety of big changes have weeded out some of the most prevalent Pokemon GO cheats, hacks, and exploits. Today we've got a list of working exploits of the game, as well as an updated Egg Chart and some IV Calculators that thus far seem to have avoided Niantic's ban gaze. This list has been compiled for two reasons. One, to keep gamers on top of what the cheaters are using to attempt to beat them. Two, to keep these developers on their toes - just as they, in turn, are keeping Niantic's developers on their toes.

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