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.

Galaxy Note 8 specs tip the big war with iPhone 8

Galaxy Note 8 specs tip the big war with iPhone 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be released later this year and now, more than ever, its hardware aims to fight the next iPhone. The iPhone 8 - or iPhone Edition, or iPhone Pro as it might instead be called - has been tipped to skip a step in the world of yearly iPhone upgrades. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8's specifications can be found within a range of specs already released - starting with the Galaxy S8 Plus.

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Far Cry 5 trailer released, remixed with Trump [UPDATE]

Far Cry 5 trailer released, remixed with Trump [UPDATE]

Today the first big trailer for the game Far Cry 5 shows the true nature of evil in a cult in middle America. Instead of heading to some far-off jungle, as the American Hero-based game series Far Cry generally does, this edition of the game heads to the heartland. This game is set in Montana where "your arrival incites the cult to violently seize control of the region," - and you need to "rise up and spark the fires of resistance to liberate a besieged community." This game doesn't aim at Trump supporters directly - and doesn't say so in plain English, but the clues are there.

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Pokemon GO Unown event : legendary keys and clues!

Pokemon GO Unown event : legendary keys and clues!

Over the past several updates to Pokemon GO, Niantic has been preparing for an inevitable event - and here's how we see it being Unown-heavy. On June 30th, 2016, SlashGear called Pokemon GO the best game EVER - that was just a few days before the first APK release to start the game worldwide, officially. If Niantic follows plans we've been tipped (anonymously, as always), we'll see the biggest event in the short history of Pokemon GO - and it'll arrive in just over a month!

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Bitcoin price on the rise, 1-day value drops return

Bitcoin price on the rise, 1-day value drops return

While Friday is generally a profit taking sort of day for stock markets around the world, Bitcoin seems to be moving in the opposite direction. This adds up, of course, since here in the warmer months of 2017, many traders in the cryptocurrency make use of Bitcoin as their trading currency, choosing to value their quick-trade coins in the slightly more reliable value of the most famous of them all. Bitcoin rose a wild 9.8% in early morning trading to around $2,550 a coin.

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DIY Fidget Spinner at home, for free

DIY Fidget Spinner at home, for free

Young people and parents/guardians of young people alike can now create their own "fidget spinner" at home with relative ease. Instead of dropping a cool $10 on what's essentially several weights attached to a ball-bearing, there's a real simple way to keep it 100. There's always a danger that you or your child won't be receptive to a DIY project because it's not a cool as the name-brand - this COULD solve that.

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Watch: What’s new in Android O and beyond, with Google

Watch: What’s new in Android O and beyond, with Google

This week the folks at Google release the full collection of Google I/O 2017 talks in video form. That includes a selection of videos which identify the newest features in Android. That's Android, the operating system quite likely on the device you're reading this with right this minute - dive in and make the most of it!

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More HD photos of Rey’s Lightsaber (and its true identity)

More HD photos of Rey’s Lightsaber (and its true identity)

Today we present the best look at Rey's Lightsaber we currently have available - up close and personal with a nice set of photos. These images come with a bit of confirmation of information passed down this week by the keeper of the canon for Star Wars: Pablo Hidalgo. Before there's any confusion when the first wave of The Last Jedi toys are released in stores - the name "Rey's Lightsaber" is a simple re-naming of a lightsaber we already know very well.

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Samsung is thinking small – really, really small

Samsung is thinking small – really, really small

The next big bit of Samsung technology is going to be very, very tiny. So tiny, in fact, that the company suggests they'll be leading the way to the product before anyone else - and that's a big deal. "The ubiquitous nature of smart, connected machines and everyday consumer devices signals the beginning of the next industrial revolution," said Executive Vice President of the Foundry Business at Samsung Electronics, Jong Shik Yoon. This week Samsung announced that they'd push the semiconductor industry forward with a variety of new sizes in process technology on a new roadmap for the company.

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See the HTC Link, a semi-secret Japanese VR headset with LIGHTS

See the HTC Link, a semi-secret Japanese VR headset with LIGHTS

The headset that's appeared today, made by HTC, won't necessarily be available to everyone in the world. In fact it's slated - for now - to be available only inside Japan. This headset was designed to fit one smartphone in the world - the HTC U11 - and will be able to roll with 6DOF (6 degrees of freedom) which is intense for a phone-based VR headset, if not entirely unique to this one.

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Magikarp Jump app is super quick fun [iPhone / APK download]

Magikarp Jump app is super quick fun [iPhone / APK download]

Google Play as well as Apple's App Store now have the next Pokemon game Magikarp Jump. This game is very likely the most inane Pokemon game in the history of Pokemon games - and not only on the mobile platform. This is the latest effort by The Pokemon Company to cash in on the Pokmon craze created in part by Niantic's release of Pokemon GO. This game is not the same as Pokemon GO, but it has just about as many Magikarp inside.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Trivia: is that a Bothan, or not?

Star Wars The Last Jedi Trivia: is that a Bothan, or not?

The first major photo shoot for Star Wars The Last Jedi brought with it a question of nature of one alien in particular - this horse-faced fellow you see before you. "Many Bothans died to bring us this information," said Mon Mothma, leader of the Rebellion, in Star Wars Return of The Jedi. Since then it's been a never-ending battle to decide what Bothans - the Bothan Spies, that is - were and how they looked. In the most recent discussion on the matter, it's clear: there is no one, single version of a Bothan, but many.

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Pokemon GO Memorial Day Event tipped to push details

Pokemon GO Memorial Day Event tipped to push details

The next Pokemon GO event update will come at or around Memorial Day - be it official or unofficial. When considering your plans for the Pokemon GO Memorial Day Event, it's important to keep in mind that Niantic's plans change all the time. Whether the general public knows it or not, there's a lot of quick moves going on behind the scenes, and bits and pieces of the game are prone to changing with very little notice.

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