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.

Hirox Europe releases 10-billion-pixel scan of Girl with a Pearl Earring

Hirox Europe releases 10-billion-pixel scan of Girl with a Pearl Earring

Today you can view a 10-billion-pixel scan of the Johannes Vermeer painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring." Over the course of one night, the folks at Hirox captured 91,000 photos of the painting. Hirox fed the photos into a computer where their custom software took care of all the stitching. The result was a single reconstruction of the painting at 93,205 x 108,565 pixels in all.

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PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X restock today, and where to look [UPDATE]

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X restock today, and where to look [UPDATE]

Today the Sony PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X will appear in a pair of stores with renewed stock availability. Walmart Gamestop were both the subjects of reports on restocks over the past few hours, and Walmart's latest update suggested that the restock timing will hit at 3:10 PM Eastern Time. UPDATE: The Sony PlayStation 5 Console (with hardware game iteration) was released to Walmart online once more for $499 USD.

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Netflix’ Bridgerton season 2 confirmed – and the naming cycle

Netflix’ Bridgerton season 2 confirmed – and the naming cycle

Bridgerton was given an official renewal for a second season as of January 21, 2021. Netflix teased the news earlier this week, confirming the news in a press packet today. Filming for Bridgerton Season 2 will begin this Spring in the United Kingdom.

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These are Biden’s first big COVID-19 executive orders

These are Biden’s first big COVID-19 executive orders

On January 21, 2021, newly inaugurated President Biden signed 10 executive order and "other directives" relating to COVID-19. A White House "Fact Sheet" was sent to the press outlining these 10 executive orders and other directives - and today we're taking a brief look at what it all means.

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Raspberry Pi Pico released: microcontroller launches RP2040 chip

Raspberry Pi Pico released: microcontroller launches RP2040 chip

Today the first Raspberry Pi microcontroller was released for approximately $4 USD. This device is the Raspberry Pi Pico, built on RP2040, a "brand-new chip" developed at Raspberry Pi. This device bridges the gap between the still relatively heavyweight computation handled by the Raspberry Pi proper, and the computing that should be handled by a much lower power microcontroller. Today Raspberry Pi began rolling forth into the microcontroller universe.

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Beeper is a catch-all app by the Pebble guy with iMessage, Telegram, WhatsApp, and more

Beeper is a catch-all app by the Pebble guy with iMessage, Telegram, WhatsApp, and more

Beeper is a new app from the guy (Eric Migicovsky) who founded Pebble, one of the first very interesting smart wearable devices in the modern smartphone age. The app Beeper "gives you a unified inbox for 15 chat networks" and makes the whole process relatively simple. This app connects to Signal, Discord, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Android Messages (SMS), Telegram, Twitter, and a whole lot more.

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Blastoise just beat Charizard as the most valuable Pokemon Card ever made

Blastoise just beat Charizard as the most valuable Pokemon Card ever made

We've seen an 1st Edition Gem Mint Charizard Pokemon Card sell for over two hundred thousand dollars. That's a card that was sold to the public, available in packs of cards you could purchase at your local sports card and Magic: The Gathering card game shop. It wasn't easy to get, but it was realistically attainable (if you had the cash back then). A 1st Edition Charizard has traditionally been the most sought-after card in the entire series. As of January of 2021, a different card supplanted the dragon.

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Bernie “once again asking” meme Burton jacket and mittens win Biden inauguration

Bernie “once again asking” meme Burton jacket and mittens win Biden inauguration

A variety of fashion statements were on display at the Biden Harris 2021 Presidential Inauguration, but none were so perfectly meme-ready as Bernie Sanders. While Lady Gaga delivered a Hunger Games look that, TBH, was relatively understated and on-point for the occasion, Bernie delivered with a jacket and mittens of note. Both are perfectly functional and comfy pieces of clothing - and both have a backstory.

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The big Biden POTUS social media transfer 2021: Who controls what

The big Biden POTUS social media transfer 2021: Who controls what

Today Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. As it's been with the past couple of Presidents of the United States, this peaceful transition of power includes not only the metaphorical keys to the White House, but the admin powers to "official" social media accounts and webpages.

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President Biden’s team hid a secret message in Whitehouse.gov

President Biden’s team hid a secret message in Whitehouse.gov

In what's likely a sign of things to come in a much more internet-capable Presidential Administration with Joe Biden, the first update to Whitehouse.gov today included a secret message. The message appeared in the basic HTML of the website, delivering an Easter Egg to coders reading the source. The message read as follows: "If you're reading this, we need your help building back better."

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Leaked Star Wars set in question: Tatooine, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor?

Leaked Star Wars set in question: Tatooine, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor?

There's a bit of a fan battle going on right now in the leaked photo universe for Star Wars. Several sources captured photos of a relatively large set constructed in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, with a look that COULD be Tatooine in origin. It's that sort of sand, tan color, it's relatively short, and it looks like a little village. It could very easily be a "Mos Whatever" gathering of buildings - or it could be on a different planet entirely.

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OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro Android 11 release date with OxygenOS 11 open beta

OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro Android 11 release date with OxygenOS 11 open beta

OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro just got the authorization from OnePlus for OxygenOS 11 open beta 1 based on Android 11. This might very well be the biggest update the smartphone family get in the few years most users will be handling the hardware. With this system upgrade, users will gain access to "fresh new UI visual designs", ambient display, and a whole lot of camera features.

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