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 Raids Update: Requirements for Weekend WAR!

Pokemon GO Raids Update: Requirements for Weekend WAR!

Pokemon GO Raids were released today in a Beta for some users in the game, while others had to sit it out - that's about the change. About halfway through the day, Niantic changed the requirements for each and every Pokemon GO Raid in the game, starting with a higher level and moving down to one slightly lower. This news seems to be changing how the game is played - and tested to be played - as the day goes on. If this continues, we could see a full release before Monday!

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Galaxy Note 8 release date, price, and specs leaked

Galaxy Note 8 release date, price, and specs leaked

For the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 this morning several key details were leaked surrounding the release and pricing of the handset. Previous leaks suggested sizing and contents of the smartphone, closely resembling those of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. This device's specifications are only slightly different from those of the previously released handset, with a few key details in place to make this the most powerful Samsung smartphone released in history.

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Pokemon GO Update: Raid level news, Gyms Upgrade

Pokemon GO Update: Raid level news, Gyms Upgrade

The biggest update to Pokemon GO has released this week, and the push for the Gym Overhaul went live overnight. This means a whole new system for Pokemon Gym locations around the world, for all players - once they have the newest version of the app, of course.. It also means that we're nearly here with the RAID Battle system - which has also gone live for a select few players around the world.

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OnePlus 5 took these photos : Zoom, Low-Light, Bokeh, Speed

OnePlus 5 took these photos : Zoom, Low-Light, Bokeh, Speed

This afternoon I took the OnePlus 5 on a walk to take a set of photos. I walked the dog with the phone, took a few photos of birds, then came back home to take some photos of oddities around the house. What you're about to see is a set of photos I captured this afternoon, resized but not edited at all in any other way. This is the first part of our camera judgement, part of our OnePlus 5 review, extended through this week.

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Nova Launcher brings Google Now to older Androids [APK Download]

Nova Launcher brings Google Now to older Androids [APK Download]

The latest version of Nova Launcher for Android devices bring futuristic elements of Google's main operating system to older smartphones. While not too long ago we had an encounter with the early release version of this app, the latest version enacts additional feature upgrades. This version no longer requires that the user be on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the Android Lollipop OS that came before it.

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Pokemon GO Raid Update list : New items you’ll need

Pokemon GO Raid Update list : New items you’ll need

News of the Pokemon GO RAID Battle update requirements has reached the public - and the public has some questions! What we've learned over the past few hours is that while most everyone will be able to join in on this Pokemon GO update, not all players will be able to take part in every single RAID Battle. The most high-level of these battles might not even be available to people who only joined the game in the past several months.

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Why Ethereum crashed this week ($ETH)

Why Ethereum crashed this week ($ETH)

The cryptocoin system known as Ethereum crashed in the middle of the day yesterday due to a single mega-massive trade. While the ticker showed a relatively significant drop in price throughout the day, it was at 12:30PM (on the 21st of June) that a single order kicked the entirety of the Ethereum universe in the pants. Not on all exchanges - not all at once - but the shockwaves were swift and merciless.

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Is the OnePlus 5 price worth the risk?

Is the OnePlus 5 price worth the risk?

This week prospective OnePlus 5 users considered the new price for the device that's traditionally been a low-cost feature-full smartphone. Before now it was clear that the OnePlus 3, 2, and 1 were significantly cheaper than the competition while retaining many of the features of the higher-priced competitors. With the OnePlus 5, the company takes a risk in one way while consumers take a risk in another. Are both parties ready to move out of the low price zone?

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Pokemon GO Gym Update leads to Legendary Raids

Pokemon GO Gym Update leads to Legendary Raids

The key to Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon GO has been shared by one of its main developers. Niantic's software engineering director Ed Wu spoke to the point today in an interview, suggesting that he wouldn't be able to give all the details, but... There is something to be said about which players will gain access to Legendary Pokemon and which wouldn't. Legendary Pokemon won't be accessible to everyone.

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Virgin Mobile USA is now “exclusively iPhone”

Virgin Mobile USA is now “exclusively iPhone”

Virgin Mobile USA have announced a new iPhone-only business model in which they forego selling any other device. They're making the push to this iPhone Exclusive way of living on Virgin Mobile with a sort-of deal which begins with unlimited talk, text, and data for $1 for the first year of service - of course you still need to buy the iPhone for its full off-contract price.

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3 Intelligent Live Wallpapers for Android [to Download]

3 Intelligent Live Wallpapers for Android [to Download]

This morning we're having a look at three of the best live wallpapers to trend over the past several days. These wallpapers work on Android devices and are all free to download and free to use. Users will find these live wallpapers to be especially interactive and/or deep-minded because they've all participated in the program called "Android Experiments" with android apps aplenty.

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Lenovo’s Retro ThinkPad is real – seriously

Lenovo’s Retro ThinkPad is real – seriously

Today David Hill from Lenovo confirmed that there is, indeed, going to be a Retro ThinkPad release. This laptop will sport many of the features of ThinkPad notebooks of the past, but here in 2017 it'll have features that can match the current market. According to Hill, this device will be the culmination of the "Retro ThinkPad initiative" he started nearly 2 years ago.

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