Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently the senior editor for SlashGear. Based in Bismarck, 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.

Which phones let me connect to 5G in 2019?

Which phones let me connect to 5G in 2019?

New 5G network service was connected in several countries around the world in recent months before all brands had their own 5G smartphone. Some manufacturers have a single smartphone capable of connecting to 5G data speed, while other have no 5G devices whatsoever. Today we're taking a peek at the very few 5G smartphones on the market today - and we look ahead to the future, when 5G covers a much more comprehensive portion of the world.

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Pokemon GO leak spills months of updates

Pokemon GO leak spills months of updates

Intrepid detail hunters flushed out a significant amount of detail from the newest version of Pokemon GO's game files overnight last night. In these files, they discovered line after line of code with indicators for future updates for the game. While these lines of code may look like nonsense to the average person, we know that you, the SlashGear reader, are fully prepared to turn gibberish into future-telling detail!

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Disney Star Wars Hotel prices per-person leaked

Disney Star Wars Hotel prices per-person leaked

Disneyland's Star Wars Hotel near Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge was revealed in part by Disney recently as the absolute most ultimate Star Wars experience. Disney's relatively broad, exciting, and fanciful description of this experience made it seem like they'd created something above and beyond any sort of fan-aimed product made for any fantasy universe before. For that, one would assume the cost per-person and per-night for a stay at this hotel would be... pretty substantial.

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This is Verizon’s 2019 basic cellphone

This is Verizon’s 2019 basic cellphone

The Orbic Journey V is Verizon's newest "basic, simple phone" with no smartphone, Android, or iPhone features of which to speak. This is the phone which the average young person, or more likely their dad, will buy in defiance of smartphone trends, and will use for many years to come. Assuming this phone lasts longer than its 2-year monthly payment period, there's a good chance owners will continue making use of this hardware until it's completely worn out.

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It’s Galaxy Note 10 release day: The deals (and the reasons to wait)

It’s Galaxy Note 10 release day: The deals (and the reasons to wait)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is available for purchase (general availability) starting today, August 23, 2019. Today we're looking at the Galaxy Note 10 price, the price of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus (Galaxy Note 10+, if you prefer), and how and where people will get deals. We've also got a short list of reasons why someone might want to reconsider buying a Note 10 right this minute, including the fact that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus doesn't arrive until September.

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Pokemon GO Water Festival research tasks detailed

Pokemon GO Water Festival research tasks detailed

Today we're taking a peek at all the Pokemon GO Water Festival tasks that've just leaked - along with new Avatar Items. This leak comes just before the event begins in early September, when it'll be the precursor to the biggest event in Pokemon GO history: the Thousand Year Slumber! The Water Festival will include a pair of new shirts and new shoes for Avatars including new team shirts for both male and female avatars: Happi Coat - and the shoes are actually Sandals!

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Galaxy A50s and A30s revealed as Samsung’s release cycles quicken

Galaxy A50s and A30s revealed as Samsung’s release cycles quicken

The Samsung Galaxy A50s and A30s were announced today as 's' upgrades to devices in the Galaxy A series: A50 and A30. These devices were released with surprisingly few details on pricing or release - almost as if Samsung's push for the popularity of this lineup is more about the feeling than it is about the nitty gritty bits like... how they can be purchased.

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Mobile PDF edits enabled with Google Drive and G-Suite

Mobile PDF edits enabled with Google Drive and G-Suite

This week the folks at Google enabled PDF edits for mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, and the like) in the Google Drive app. Users will need the official Google Drive app for iOS or Android to make this work, but the feature will be turned ON by default - so no worries about searching for settings before you hit the ground running. Users will be able to enter text in text fields, tap checkboxes, tap radio buttons, and select options from a dropdown menu. UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: This feature will be available to G Suite users soon, and Google has not announced a release for non-G Suite consumers.

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New Android logo and brand update for 2019

New Android logo and brand update for 2019

The big Android news from Google today was the change from Android Q to Android 10, and the end of the desserts. That's important - that's the fun part of the news, and the most tasty - but the part that will matter most to graphic designers is the edits made to the Android logo and design guidelines. Of import here are the adjustments in the eyes, the color shift, and the shift in aesthetics overall.

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Leather and denim Apple Card cleaning guide goes viral

Leather and denim Apple Card cleaning guide goes viral

The "titanium Apple Card" is a physical object to which Apple has affixed its name - as such, it's subject to Apple's industrial design scrutiny. Apple's history with design suggests the company almost always takes care to scrutinize every detail in any product they sell - from the hardware to the software to the packaging and the in-store experience. With the Apple Card, it would seem that lengths to which Apple went to create a top-notch experience got a little... funny.

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Swagtron NG2 smart electric longboard AI moves with shifts in weight

Swagtron NG2 smart electric longboard AI moves with shifts in weight

The folks at Swagtron just revealed a new electric longboard called NG2. This longboard has the ability to be moved with a hand-held remote control or a hands-free (no remote) A.I.-powered somatosensory control. This board is a full 38.6-inches long and has dual 450-watt motors that allow speed capabilities of up to 18 mph for up to 11.8 miles per charge.

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Verizon 5G starts filling the gaps with clever Boingo deal

Verizon 5G starts filling the gaps with clever Boingo deal

Verizon is expanding its 5G service to a number of high-traffic areas by partnering with Boingo Wireless. Boingo Wireless has services in distributed antenna systems (DAS), small cells, and Wi-Fi - which allows them to make cash selling internet access to people in airports. The last time you saw the brand Boingo, it was likely at a location where you'd otherwise have issues getting internet access - now they're working with Verizon to spread 5G internet access to those same arenas.

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