Author Archives: Chris Burns

Currently managing editor at SlashGear, Chris Burns has been with the site for more than a decade. With a background in graphic design, Chris' eclectic coverage spans UX, 3D printing, mixed reality, and new media, in addition to bringing his exacting eye for detail to smartphones and tablets. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

Razer made a Snapdragon G3x handheld to show us Qualcomm’s gaming vision

Razer made a Snapdragon G3x handheld to show us Qualcomm’s gaming vision

Since Nintendo put games in consumers pockets with the Game & Watch, gamers have been seeking the ideal mobile gaming machine. From the Nintendo Game Boy to the Sega Game Gear on forward to the NVIDIA SHIELD and the Nintendo Switch, we've been seeing the same basic idea played over and over again. The next entry in this device category comes from both Qualcomm and Razer. On one hand we have the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform, a "new category of gaming devices" - on the other, we have a device built with all the best bits of that platform in mind, made by Razer.

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Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 revealed: The details that matter to your next phone

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 revealed: The details that matter to your next phone

Today we're taking a peek at the newly-revealed Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform from Qualcomm. This next-generation tech will be delivered to smart devices in the very near future - for now, we're exploring what Qualcomm revealed to us about their next Mobile Platform for the most powerful smartphones (and related smart devices) in the world. Today we've got a list of the details that'll matter to you, the end user.

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Pokemon GO Thanksgiving 2021: Hoopa Unbound rules, catch, and release!

Pokemon GO Thanksgiving 2021: Hoopa Unbound rules, catch, and release!

Pokemon GO has a set of events and in-game happenings going on during the long weekend of Thanksgiving, 2021. This series of events includes no less than one of the most powerful Pokemon in the Pokemon universe: Hoopa Unbound! We'll also have some raid hour action, Cresselia, lots of blue-colored Pokemon (like Squirtle with sun glasses from the Squirtle Squad) and a few bonus gift package balloons from Ed Sheeran.

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Shiny Pokemon GO Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres: back in the game, soon

Shiny Pokemon GO Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres: back in the game, soon

A series of raid hour events will appear in Pokemon GO over the next several days. During this series of events, you'll find some of the most rare and awesome Pokemon in the game, starting with no less than the three original legendary bird Pokemon: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres! These Pokemon will appear in Raid Hour events on Friday, then we'll see Heatran, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, and more!

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NVIDIA’s new AI eats words, spits out photos and feels borderline magical

NVIDIA’s new AI eats words, spits out photos and feels borderline magical

NVIDIA has as generative art system that uses AI to turn words into visually spectacular works of art. This isn't the first time this sort of concept has been postulated, or even produced. It is, however, the first time we've seen such a system work with such incredible speed and precision.

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KAWS Reese’s Puffs boxes open AR cereal portals to the future

KAWS Reese’s Puffs boxes open AR cereal portals to the future

The artist known as KAWS worked with General Mills to create a pair of designs for Reese's Puffs cereal. Each box includes a QR code that links to a smartphone app called KAWS Puffs, developed in collaboration with Acute Art. Using the box as a visual base, KAWS Puffs open an augmented reality cereal portal through which the user is invited to step, into a new realm.

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Segway-Ninebot F series scooters have software updates and mobile locking

Segway-Ninebot F series scooters have software updates and mobile locking

A new F series of eKickScooters were released by Segway-Ninebot this week with mobile connected smart controls. These scooters, the F25, F30, and F40, each connect with a Segway-Ninebot app. This app connects via Bluetooth and allows the owner of the scooter to upgrade the device's firmware, lock functionality for the scooter, and monitor riding status and data.

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Spotify lyrics just launched: How to see them on mobile and desktop

Spotify lyrics just launched: How to see them on mobile and desktop

Spotify Lyrics were released this week for all users, on both desktop and mobile devices. The lyrics system in Spotify does not provide lyrics for every single song on the platform, but "many of your favorite tracks" will appear with lyrics in real time once your Spotify client's Lyrics system is activated. New lyrics are "added every day" to this system, so a relatively well known artist may not have lyrics in the system today, but might tomorrow - you'll just need to keep checking.

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Pokemon GO December Community Day is a real monster

Pokemon GO December Community Day is a real monster

This week we're taking a peek at the December Community Day for Pokemon GO well in advance of said day. As it's been in the past, so too shall it be with this year's year-end event, featuring Pokemon released throughout the year on Community Day events from the entirety of the year 2021. This Community Day mega-event will include a total of 11 individual Community Day special Pokemon.

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Amazon Glow Review

Amazon Glow Review

The Amazon Glow is an innovative, fun product that I would have loved as a kid. That would've been back before the internet existed, before tablets and smartphones, and before we had that ominous feeling that Big Brother was always looking for an opportunity to watch us and sell us products and services. Now, as my own kids test this device, the situation is entirely different.

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MultiVersus VS the best crossover fighting games ever made

MultiVersus VS the best crossover fighting games ever made

Today we're going to take a little trip down memory lane with the best crossover video games in existence alongside the newest of their breed: MultiVersus. The newest game was made by Warner Bros. Games. This game showcases a collection of characters from franchises under the Warner Bros. umbrella - that means everything from Batman to Cartoon Network. If you've played a LEGO multiverse game before, this should all look sort of familiar.

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2 new Instagram hidden features simplify the system

2 new Instagram hidden features simplify the system

A pair of new features were added to Instagram recently with nary a peep from the company at release time. Instead, they left the features to be discovered by the masses. Today the pair of features were finally... featured... by Instagram head Adam Mosseri. This very friendly man showed both features as "hidden gems" in the most recent versions of Instagram.

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