Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently the senior editor for SlashGear. Based in Fargo, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. He has been investigating and reporting on the tech and design industry for over a decade.

Hot Wheels Legends Tour seeks custom cars hoping to be turned into toys

Hot Wheels Legends Tour seeks custom cars hoping to be turned into toys

The 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour is ready to roll for the year with a variety of fantastic vehicles hoping to be made immortal. This "tour" of sorts aims to bring the most extravagant or otherwise visually spectacular vehicles out of their garages and barns in order to find the best of the best. That most excellent vehicle will be used as a model for the next Hot Wheels Garage of Legends toy - a 1:64 die-cast car for the masses.

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Google Fi Simply Unlimited phone plans go super basic

Google Fi Simply Unlimited phone plans go super basic

Google's mobile phone group Google Fi just revealed a phone plan called Simply Unlimited. This is a smartphone carrier plan with unlimited data, calls, and text messages for approximately $30 USD (per line, so long as you're signing up three lines). For that price, Google Fi includes unlimited data, calls, and texts in the USA, as well as unlimited data and texting (not calls) in Canada and Mexico.

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Xbox Series X gives 120 FPS Boost to Battlefield, Titanfall, Star Wars Battlefront

Xbox Series X gives 120 FPS Boost to Battlefield, Titanfall, Star Wars Battlefront

If you're using an Xbox Series X or an Xbox Series S, a feature called FPS Boost enables next-level visuals for games of several sorts. This feature was developed by the Xbox "backward compatibility team" - meaning it was made to make older games look new. It doesn't automatically work with all titles, all the time - it needs to be enabled on a per-game basis by the developers of said games. Lucky for us, a whole bunch of big-name games just had the FPS Boost switch turned ON!

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Xbox Series X update bringing Quick Resume, Audio Passthrough

Xbox Series X update bringing Quick Resume, Audio Passthrough

This week the folks at Microsoft revealed a new Xbox One X (and One S) update, complete with mods for Quick Resume. This update should be available to the masses soon, and to Xbox Insiders immediately. As Xbox Insiders receive the update this week, the wider public gets an idea of what will more than likely come to their gaming console in the next few weeks.

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Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch is the do-all fitness tracker

Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch is the do-all fitness tracker

The Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch will cost you approximately $400 - let's talk about why. The Garmin Venu 2 does everything the original Venu does, but ALSO adds an array of new features. This watch works with GPS (and GLONASS, GALILEO), heart rate monitor, barometric altimeter, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer, ambient light sensor, pulse ox blood oxygen saturation monitor, and a battery time of up to 10 days in smartwatch mode. It has a touchscreen, color display, and is able to connect to Android and iOS devices.

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Assassin’s Creed children’s books tap Little Miss and Mister Men

Assassin’s Creed children’s books tap Little Miss and Mister Men

There's a book series in the making that teams a pair of unlikely partners. Ubisoft and Hatchette Heroes have paired up with Adam Hargreaves to extend the original Mister Men and Little Miss series with characters from the Assassin's Creed universe. This very adult-oriented video game will be converted to a format that's appropriate for all ages in a series of six short stories.

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Android 12 Splash Screens will change your smartphone experience

Android 12 Splash Screens will change your smartphone experience

In exploring the latest build of Android 12 before full public launch, the feature we found to have the most potential to impact the everyday average user's future experience was Splash Screens. Developers have included basic splash screens in apps for years, but with what Google calls its "improved app launch experience", every single app will be impacted in some way. This is a by-default system with which apps are opened and closed - and it could be awesome.

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New MacBook Pro port details leak after Apple supplier hack

New MacBook Pro port details leak after Apple supplier hack

A ransomware gang suggests this week that they've broken past security of the Apple contractor Quanta. They've suggested that they're holding secret and/or private information hostage, including data and drawings on a pair of Apple products that have not yet been released to the public. One of these items appears to be a new MacBook Pro, likely set for release in the year 2021. Specifications indicated in one drawing say MacBook Pro 2021 could have more ports than it's had in a number of years - which is good.

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Two Android 12 DP3 features with expansive potential

Two Android 12 DP3 features with expansive potential

The third DP Beta version of Android 12 was released today with a wide array of changes and updates to the operating system for smartphones and tablets. As the software released today is a developer preview, a lot of what's changed is items that've been fixed or modified to better suit the features that've been revealed previously. Today we're looking at the changes or updates made to Android 12 with DP3 that could change the way we use Android devices in the near future.

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Android 12 DP3 update released for Pixels, not for all

Android 12 DP3 update released for Pixels, not for all

Today the latest update to Android was released for the perusal of the lucky few able to access it. With Google I/O 2021 on the horizon, it's just about time for Android 12 to take center stage. With Android 12 Developer Preview 3, Google suggests they're focusing on making the operating system "smarter, easier to use, and better performing" with both privacy and security "at the core." This update can be downloaded today.

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Thrustmaster Formula Wheel Add-On Ferrari SF1000 Edition set for F1 2020

Thrustmaster Formula Wheel Add-On Ferrari SF1000 Edition set for F1 2020

There's a gaming controller in the mix this week made by Thrustmaster that'll make all your other gaming steering wheels look pathetic by comparison. This is the Thrustmaster Formula Wheel Add-On Ferrari SF1000 Edition, and it's absurdly detailed. This game works with the game F1 2020 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, right out the box - including the wheel's own built-in display. It'll work with more games in the future, too.

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iOS 14.5 release and how it’ll change your iPhone and iPad experience

iOS 14.5 release and how it’ll change your iPhone and iPad experience

A major software update is about to appear on your iPhone and iPad. It's called iOS 14.5, and it may be the most important upgrade you might never know happened. I say "might never know" because the most significant part of this software has to do with the ways in which iOS 14.5 affects user privacy, stopping user data tracking that you might never have noticed in the first place.

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