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.

Bluboo S8 Specs and Price VS Samsung Galaxy S8 will make you flip

Bluboo S8 Specs and Price VS Samsung Galaxy S8 will make you flip

The best smartphone for one person might not fit the price and budget of the next - that's where a new contender in the space comes into play. This week the folks at little-known smartphone maker Blubloo have created a Samsung Galaxy S8-killer. Or so it might seem when comparing this device directly to the Galaxy S8 with no regard for the software and hardware finesse that comes with a name so massive as Samsung.

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NES Classic Edition available NOW from ThinkGeek (with details)

NES Classic Edition available NOW from ThinkGeek (with details)

The NES Classic Edition is again available from ThinkGeek this afternoon, starting immediately if not soon. This sale is from a collection of units apparently acquired by what GameStop describes as "one of the buying ninjas at GameStop" - whatever that means. They'll be selling these original boxed Nintendo-made real-deal NES Classic Edition consoles for a price that's not the original, yet not quite the mega-massive markup we've grown to expect from eBay.

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Pokemon GO Event has been extended (save these Legendary Raids)

Pokemon GO Event has been extended (save these Legendary Raids)

Today it was revealed by Niantic that the Pokemon GO Fest event - and its rewards - will be extended by an additional 2-day period. It was suggested that Niantic may be reacting to a combination of elements that've appeared this week and over this most recent weekend. As the Chicago-based Pokemon GO Fest was such a raging success - insofar as its goals were met in the game - and the game has become such a hot topic in the aftermath, it's time to keep a good thing going!

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ECOXGEAR EcoLantern charges phones, plays music, uses Siri and Google Assistant

ECOXGEAR EcoLantern charges phones, plays music, uses Siri and Google Assistant

The folks at ECOXGEAR have created a lantern that's extremely bright, charges smartphones, and has a bottle opener at its base. This device is the ECOXGEAR EcoLantern, and it's also able to connect to your smartphone and speak to you using the iPhone's Siri or Androids' OK Google (Google Assistant). Speakers and waterproofing and lighting and etcetera in tow, this lantern is aimed directly at the "I need one device to do ALL of this stuff whenever I need it" market.

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Moto 360 Camera Moto Mod detailed: the world from all angles

Moto 360 Camera Moto Mod detailed: the world from all angles

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed the Moto Z2 Force Edition alongside a Moto Mod that sees the world from all angles. This is the Moto Mod called "Moto 360 Camera", and we've seen it before - albeit very briefly. This piece of work delivers spherical video with two lenses that, together, create a 4K-sized video captured at 24-frames per second.

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Razer Tiamat headsets V2 include directional audio and pretty lights!

Razer Tiamat headsets V2 include directional audio and pretty lights!

Two new headsets have been revealed by Razer with a similar look, but very different aims - one for hardcore PC gamers, the other for cross-platform play. Both go by the name Tiamat, and both are made for heavy-duty audio and comfort. Tiamat headsets come in 7.1 V2 and 2.2 V2 editions, the former coming with a higher price tag and more features, the latter coming with a slightly more basic set of features for a lower price.

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Pokemon GO Legendary Raid (How to catch em all)

Pokemon GO Legendary Raid (How to catch em all)

This week the Legendary Pokemon GO releases began - and they're not about to stop soon. The first Legendary Pokemon to be released in this way were Legendary Bird Pokemon Articuno and Lugia. Both of these Pokemon are relatively difficult to beat, and extremely difficult to catch - unless you're in Chicago. For everyone else, a bit of strategy is needed.

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Microsoft Paint is dead: Just what does “deprecated” mean?

Microsoft Paint is dead: Just what does “deprecated” mean?

Windows 10 Creators Update listed Microsoft Paint as one of the features deprecated in the near future. After 32 years with Windows - is it finally time to say goodbye to Paint? Not entirely - not just yet, anyway. Microsoft Paint's move to the Deprecated list means it's no longer in active development, and "might be removed in future releases. Paint isn't being tossed into the bone pile with this update, but it might well head there soon.

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Android’s WannaCry “SLocker” source leaks online: Here’s how to avoid it

Android’s WannaCry “SLocker” source leaks online: Here’s how to avoid it

A piece of mobile ransomware that mimics the methods of WannaCry malware has leaked online. The source code for the malicious software has been spilled to the web, allowing this "SLocker" to be downloaded and spread ad infinitum. The source code might also give security experts an easy way to ramp up protection against the malicious code - but the potential costs far outweigh the potential benefits.

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iOS 11 Beta 4 released: Developer release for iPhone, iPad, macOS High Sierra

iOS 11 Beta 4 released: Developer release for iPhone, iPad, macOS High Sierra

The iOS 11 Beta 4 developer version was released this morning to a number of devices beside the developer Beta 4 for macOS. Also on the docket today is the Beta 4 for watchOS 4 and tvOS 11 - both in developer beta mode. for those that have never tried a Developer Beta before - you might want to skip it unless you like to live dangerously.

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How to beat Lugia in a Pokemon GO Raid Battle

How to beat Lugia in a Pokemon GO Raid Battle

Pokemon GO's newest biggest baddest Pokemon in the bunch is Lugia, and today we're running down the ways to beat it. Straight from the codes in the game we've got the mathematically perfect set of monsters that'll beat down Lugia with the right set of circumstances. Of course, as it is with all Legendary Pokemon, it'll really depend on having the right number of people to help out in the Raid Battle itself.

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Samsung won’t rest until it’s inside every phone (iPhone included)

Samsung won’t rest until it’s inside every phone (iPhone included)

It looks like Samsung is about to be inside your favorite smartphone once again. While the company's chip-making devision lost their contract deal with Apple several years ago, they plan on picking up the pace once again the very near future. They began their series of big moves toward the future they envision earlier this year by splitting off their chip-making business arm within their semiconductor division as "Samsung Foundry" - and it would appear that their next goal is the iPhone.

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