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.

Pixel 3 Lite looks “better” than the original

Pixel 3 Lite looks “better” than the original

We're now privy to a so-called Google Pixel 3 Lite thanks to a series of photos shared this week by a leakster in Russia. If this device is, indeed, what it's reported to be, it's more than a little bit welcome in my pocket. This is because not ONLY does it have a rectangular display, and a back-facing camera that almost certainly has Pixel 3 powers, it also has a standard headphone jack on top.

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Amazon Black Friday 2018: The deals worth seeing

Amazon Black Friday 2018: The deals worth seeing

Each day leading up to Black Friday 2018, the folks at Amazon revealed they'd be releasing new devices on sale. This day-by-day release schedule did not just include devices made by Amazon. It also included devices made by associated brands, like Blink, and Ring. This series of devices coming up on lower prices began on November 15th, 2018, and continues through the next week. Today we're focusing on the items that've just been listed (with different prices) starting on the 16th.

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Verizon puts 5 phone numbers on a single handset

Verizon puts 5 phone numbers on a single handset

Verizon revealed a program called My Numbers today. This program allows the user to add up to four numbers to a single device, allowing up to five in total. If the user chooses to add additional lines to their device, they'll get unlimited domestic calling and texting and will have to pay a fee per extra line. As noted by Keena Grigsby, director of product marketing for Verizon, My Numbers is a great solution for "customers with side hustles."

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Samsung just locked down Free Themes on Galaxy devices

Samsung just locked down Free Themes on Galaxy devices

In an update this week, Samsung notified some Galaxy smartphone users that they'd no longer have access to unlimited free themes. Instead, with their update to Android 9 Pie, users will be limited to fourteen days of any one free theme. This is not an optional rule change, and it'll affect all developers.

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HTC VIVE Wireless Adapter Review

HTC VIVE Wireless Adapter Review

The HTC VIVE Wireless Adapter is a bit of technology that changes the overall feeling of reality in a room-scale VR experience. This is an add-on to the original HTC VIVE and the HTC VIVE Pro. This adapter isn't required to enter virtual reality, but it'll make the process a lot less painful if you're not particularly sure-footed. Less painful, that is, if you didn't have a rough time setting up the VIVE in the first place.

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Sony comments on E3 2019 absence

Sony comments on E3 2019 absence

The Entertainment Software Association announced today that E3 2019 would not play host to Sony for the first time since inception. The gaming convention started 24 years ago, and Sony appeared at every single one of the yearly expos. Earlier this year Sony announced that they would not hold their "PlayStation Experience" for the first time since inception - though that event was only four years old at the time.

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Amazon Black Friday 2018 already underway: The first deals

Amazon Black Friday 2018 already underway: The first deals

Today we're having a peek at all the already-released so-called Black Friday deals coming from Amazon. These items and likely more will be announced and pushed in a big way by Amazon and their associated brands and such in the next week. Today we're seeing what's going on so far - up until the day, when we'll have the rest, more than likely.

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Moto G7 press images leak: Looks like OnePlus 6T

Moto G7 press images leak: Looks like OnePlus 6T

Today the Motorola Moto G7 leaked in press renders aplenty, both front and back. And boy, does it look familiar. It's almost as if a collection of smartphone makers are using the same design team to create their front facades. This device looks like the OnePlus 6T, which in turn looks like the Oppo F9, which in turn is basically an alternate-reality Essential Phone PH-1 - at least up front. It's like they've taken the cut-out display technology to a place where every phone looks shockingly similar - but it's not like that's a bad thing.

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Google Black Friday 2018 revealed: Pixel 3, Pixelbook, Nest, Chromecast

Google Black Friday 2018 revealed: Pixel 3, Pixelbook, Nest, Chromecast

The official Google Store for hardware began their Black Friday sales early this year, starting on November 16th, 3018. That's a week and a day before the official Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving here in the United States, Thursday, November 22nd, 2018. Google's list of products with sales runs from tomorrow right on through the week after Black Friday on into Cyber Monday, too - and there's a wide variety of products on which to gaze.

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Qualcomm’s next chip might finally beat Apple

Qualcomm’s next chip might finally beat Apple

This week the latest in Qualcomm Snapdragon processor tech appeared in a benchmark that shows mobile processing performance. This benchmark is not the end-all be-all of tests of this sort of thing, but it's a pretty OK test of general performance. What we're seeing here is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chip out-performing Apple's latest processor by a significant margin.

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Pocket Casts 7 update finally makes queuing easy

Pocket Casts 7 update finally makes queuing easy

Sure, there's a bunch of other stuff in the update, but that ability to put another episode after the episode that's playing - that's all I wanted. This app now has a dark mode - essentially the entirety of the app, by default. That'll be a whole lot nicer for the ol' battery life than the all-white layout that was the app since the beginning.

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OnePlus 6T Review : Clawing its way to the top

OnePlus 6T Review : Clawing its way to the top

This week we're taking a look at the OnePlus 6T, the second of the company's yearly smartphone duo. The OnePlus 6T isn't the same as previous "tock" phones in the OnePlus "tick tock" strategy. Instead of refining the phone they've released earlier in the year, this device is a bit more of an extreme departure. As far as smartphones go, this device is significantly different from its most immediate predecessor.

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