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: Gen 4 first details droppin’

Pokemon GO update: Gen 4 first details droppin’

This morning the folks at Niantic posted a teaser for their biggest update since the beginning. The release of Gen 4 - the fourth year and fourth region in the Pokemon universe proper. That's the region where all the FUN stuff was. And that's where all the fun stuff is going to be in the next update to Pokemon GO, if all goes according to plan.

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Moto E5 Play with Android GO gets expanded release

Moto E5 Play with Android GO gets expanded release

It's not easy tracking where and when each Android smartphone is released - but it's interesting watching which phone goes where. The Moto E5 Play with Android Oreo (Go edition) - as it's called - was released earlier this year in some locations - now it's coming to more.

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5TIP: 5 odd things your phone can do on Friday the 13th!

5TIP: 5 odd things your phone can do on Friday the 13th!

Welcome back to the 5TIP series on SlashGear, a set of features and/or activities and/or apps to try on any given day of the week. Today's edition has to do with Friday the 13th Specifically - since that's what day it is when this article is set to be published - but everything we're doing here can be done whenever you truly do so wish. Especially if you're a lover of things that go bump in the night.

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Surprise! PC sales grow for first time since 2012

Surprise! PC sales grow for first time since 2012

For the first time in the last SIX YEARS, PC shipment numbers grew worldwide. This is according to analysts at Gartner, who suggest that this year-over-year growth in global PC shipments is a temporary situation. This is all apparently due to the business world replacing all their old PCs with new Windows 10 PCs in a global trend. This trend will apparently fall off within the next couple of year.

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Nokia 3.1 Review: Best at Basics

Nokia 3.1 Review: Best at Basics

If you need a new inexpensive smartphone without superfluous bells and whistles, take a peek at the Nokia 3.1. This month we had the Nokia 3.1 in-pocket for review and came away suitably impressed. This phone costs $159, runs Android One, and has a guarantee for two years of OS updates and three years of monthly security patches. It's exactly what the most baseline Android smartphone should be - at well below the price one might expect.

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The best Amazon Prime Day deals guide isn’t a buy list

The best Amazon Prime Day deals guide isn’t a buy list

Today we're investigating the best way to work with Amazon Prime Day. As a consumer and a reader of tech blogs, you might be looking for the best deals that'll appear on Amazon Prime Day. As a writer for a tech publication, I'm in the midst of a dilemma. I'm encouraged by every PR company under the sun to help get the word out about the products that'll be on sale. But with the knowledge I have, it's clear: Creating a holiday for the biggest store on the internet doesn't make a bad product good, and no discount for a product is any better than that company wants.

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Behold, 3D color X-rays: MARS scanner, made with CERN tech

Behold, 3D color X-rays: MARS scanner, made with CERN tech

This week the folks at MARS Bioimaging revealed the first 3D color X-Ray of the insides of a human body. They've got a device called the MARS large bore spectral scanner, AKA the MARS spectral x-ray scanner - and we're crossing our fingers for a simpler name as the product is further developed, too. This scanner uses an adaptation of technology first used by CERN in the hunt for the God particle.

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Snapchat fix: Streaks saved, thank goodness

Snapchat fix: Streaks saved, thank goodness

A fix is in the mix for Snapchat, an app whose servers had issues over the past 24 hours. Those users with Snapchat on either Android or iOS (assuming you're not using the app with some 3rd-party off-the-wall system), can try the following to save their Snap Streaks. The first step requires that you hold your breath, because you're about to turn off the internet!

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5TIP: 5 more uses for your phone: Pages you’ve not yet turned!

5TIP: 5 more uses for your phone: Pages you’ve not yet turned!

The second in a line of ways and means with which you'll be able to unlock the full use of your smartphone is here today. The first of these came earlier this week, on the 11th of July, when we looked over some of the basics. There we activated the hidden developers menu in Android, took note of the Gyro Sensor, started to hit that Airplane Mode toggle, recorded a bit of audio, and were reminded of one of the most under-utilized apps in the world: Google Translate.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite leaks with Android One onboard [UPDATE: And non-lite!]

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite leaks with Android One onboard [UPDATE: And non-lite!]

This morning a new smartphone was leaked with top-notch Android-based potential for the Xiaomi lovers of the world. This is the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, and it's leaked over at a Polish retailer's store website. This device looks a whole lot like some of the other "notch" smartphones revealed over the past few weeks, but with some surprises under the hood.

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Xbox update: 1810 Preview released with Dolby Vision streaming support

Xbox update: 1810 Preview released with Dolby Vision streaming support

Inside the latest Xbox One update (preview edition) is a whole bunch of bits and pieces you're going to want to get a handle on. This update brings about Dolby Vision Video Streaming - that's a first. With this update, Dolby Vision video streaming brings HDR "up a notch" with systems such as Netflix Premium - you'll need a premium subscription for that, but still.

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Galaxy S10 details leak in South Korea tip

Galaxy S10 details leak in South Korea tip

Samsung Galaxy S10 release date-level leaks showed the device in every day but final pics this week, just before the reveal of the Galaxy Note 9. The difference in smartphone releases this year - between 2018 and 2019 - is a break in tradition. In the past half-decade, we've been able to track what each successive Samsung flagship would likely have based on its most recent predecessor - back and forth between Galaxy S and Galaxy Note. This year, things are a bit different.

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