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.

Galaxy Note 20 colors leaked in two sizes

Galaxy Note 20 colors leaked in two sizes

Today a set of sizes and colors leaked for the next major Samsung smartphone release. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ will bring a set of standard colors like black and gray - but also green, and copper. It'll be an interesting year, where we're not quite as wacky with the brightness that was the Galaxy Note 9, but not entirely basic, either.

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5GBioShield $300+ USB Key actually a $5 scam: PTP, LTS

5GBioShield $300+ USB Key actually a $5 scam: PTP, LTS

The 5GBioShield was supposed to protect its user from supposed harmful effects of 5G radiation. In reality, this $300+ (around £283.00) USB stick actually contains around £5 worth of hardware. That's according to the folks at Pen Test Partners who, for the greater good of humanity, purchased several of these USB sticks and tore them down to see what was inside.

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OnePlus says a cheaper phone would sell better

OnePlus says a cheaper phone would sell better

The OnePlus brand made a name for itself with a set of creative endevors in low-cost, high-value smartphones. From the beginning, with the OnePlus One, the company aimed to be a master of the cult classic Android smartphone. In the last couple of years, OnePlus smartphone prices crept upward. In the year 2020, a new OnePlus 8 will cost you around $700 USD off-contract. This price structure may be about to change.

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HP Reverb G2 looks to be top-tier VR headset of tomorrow

HP Reverb G2 looks to be top-tier VR headset of tomorrow

The HP Reverb G2 represents a team-up of HP, Valve, and Microsoft, to create a virtual reality / mixed reality headset that'll top the rest. This device works with one 2K x 2K resolution per eye, and rolls with a 114-degree field of view. This headset is wired, worked with Windows Mixed Reality and SteamVR, and MSFT spatial audio - as well as HP Labs newest spatial audio format.

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BIG Shiny Pokemon GO leak: See Galar get bright!

BIG Shiny Pokemon GO leak: See Galar get bright!

Today a wide variety of Pokemon were added to the game Pokemon GO before a set of events that'll change the Shiny Galar region forever. The regular Galarian Meowth will get a Shiny edition - instead of brown, it's a light dandelion yellow - nearly tan. Also in the mix: Galarian Ponyta, Rapidash, Slowpoke, Farfetch'd, Zigzagoon, Obstagoon, Darumaka, Darmanitan, and Garmanitan ZEN MODE!

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Free Nest Mini released to some YouTube Premium subscribers

Free Nest Mini released to some YouTube Premium subscribers

A new free Nest Mini has appeared in a sort of "offer" delivered to a number of subscribers to YouTube Premium. This isn't the first time Google's delivered their Google Assistant speaker devices to subscribers to their services. This usually signals that Google is preparing to release a new model - but it's also part of their overarching efforts to get as many Google Assistant devices as possible into the hands of users and potential users.

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Xbox Series X backward compatibility includes Xbox 360 and OG games

Xbox Series X backward compatibility includes Xbox 360 and OG games

Today we're taking a peek at Microsoft's latest revealed details on Xbox Series X backward compatibility with older Xbox games. Microsoft revealed today that "thousands of games" are already playable on test versions of Xbox Series X hardware. It's clear already that this won't be a 1-for-1 game compatibility list with the Xbox One, but it'll certainly include a whole BUNCH of games right out the gate.

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NASA/SpaceX Crew launch scrubbed, rescheduled

NASA/SpaceX Crew launch scrubbed, rescheduled

Today the SpaceX/NASA launch was scrubbed due to imperfect atmospheric conditions. This was expected partway through the day due to inclement weather - and the appearance of a tornado in the area. NASA reported that, had they been working with a slightly more open launch window, they might've been able to launch a little later T-0, but this was an "instantaneous launch window" that could not be changed.

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Disney World grand re-opening: Social distancing limits listed

Disney World grand re-opening: Social distancing limits listed

Disney leadership seems to be chomping at the bit to get Disney properties back in running order as soon as possible. They've already reopened the Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, as well as Shanghai Disney Resort, now they've sent a proposal for additional openings to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force in Florida. Their plans include a July 11 opening of Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park and Sidney's Animal Kingdom.

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Netflix update gets a much-needed download feature

Netflix update gets a much-needed download feature

The next version of Netflix was revealed today with a feature that's been requested by fans for ages. The Netflix app for Android appeared with code that indicated the download feature would allow shows and movies to be played without a full download. The original launch of movie and show content downloads with Netflix took place all the way back in the year 2016, requiring a full download since the beginning.

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Facebook Collab sign-ups released: A TikTok clone opportunity

Facebook Collab sign-ups released: A TikTok clone opportunity

Today Facebook announced an app called Collab. This app will allow people to "make music together, while we're apart." Imagery for the app includes split-screen self-recorded videos of people playing music, inside a rectangle roughly the dimensions of your average smartphone. This app will be released in waves, with a sign-up sheet and a line out the door for invites.

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SpaceX NASA launch: How to watch live [UPDATE: Scrubbed]

SpaceX NASA launch: How to watch live [UPDATE: Scrubbed]

Today NASA's Commercial Crew Program will launch NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on a SpaceX Crew Dragon to the ISS. The International Space Station will receive the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft after the 4:33 EDT launch today on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. To participate and watch live, you'll want to take a few steps.

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