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.

Inbox by Gmail going away: Plus Google’s other app closing concurrently

Inbox by Gmail going away: Plus Google’s other app closing concurrently

Inbox is going away. The folks at Google responsible for Inbox by Gmail are likely just as bummed about their work's fate as those that made Google Plus. That's the social network Google made, and the Gmail suite of services - a new interface for the email service - that's proved itself less-than-necessary. Google started notifying users via Gmail and Inbox (inside of which there is Gmail) that Inbox is going away on April 2nd.

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Qualcomm’s making the mobile PC real, at last

Qualcomm’s making the mobile PC real, at last

Don't be turned off by the VR-like imagery in this article - this goes way beyond games, VR, and AR. Qualcomm-made headsets are about to get simple, easy to use, and able to be utilized in a number of different ways. If what Qualcomm's got onboard with "Qualcomm Boundless XR for PC" is plausible, there'll be no need for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, or mobile VR headsets of any sort. Those brands might just be using Qualcomm's tech to replace what they've got today with what's common tomorrow.

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Google Cloud for Gaming leaks point toward magnetism

Google Cloud for Gaming leaks point toward magnetism

We're less than a week away from a new Google gaming reveal that's most likely cloud-based, but don't let that fool you. We might well be right on the doorstep of a new sort of mobile device control. Not unlike what we've seen before in a TINY part of Google's big (small) first splash into VR, the control might be physical, rather than digital.

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Security report: These antivirus scanner apps work in 2019

Security report: These antivirus scanner apps work in 2019

A study done by independent security software test group AV-Comparatives showed how few mobile malware scanners actually worked. This group was founded around the turn of the millennium as a student project, and continues to this day in its quest to test the testers - judging and grading security applications of all sorts. The good news is that not many of the apps on the Google Play app store are malicious - the bad news is that the majority of "security apps" available to Android can't detect more than 30% of common Android malware samples.

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New Dune 2020 cast list is inarguably epic

New Dune 2020 cast list is inarguably epic

This morning the new Dune movie's full cast list was revealed by Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Entertainment. This is the newest adaptation of the original Frank Herbert classic tale of those who control the spice in the universe - and tales of its production history are as interesting as anything thus far produced. There is a 1984 film called Dune, but it may as well have never been made as created with such... lack of fervor. Now, in 2020, the real deal comes into play again.

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Black Shark 2 wants to be an Android Nintendo Switch

Black Shark 2 wants to be an Android Nintendo Switch

The release of the gaming phone Black Shark 2 is upon us, despite the major lack of games to make the device worth the effort. Both Android and iOS have very few games that make use of any major amount of processor power in a smartphone or tablet, and the mobile gaming universe continues to be a stumbling block for the gaming industry as a whole. But that isn't about to stop the folks at Black Shark!

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See the 2nd-largest meteor explosion in modern history

See the 2nd-largest meteor explosion in modern history

This week a set of scientists discovered a meteor explosion that occurred in early December, 2018. The event was detected by other instruments soon after taking place, but now we've got our first visual evidence in fire red and orange. This explosive image comes from the Japanese Himawari-8 weather satellite, and was first reported globally on the 15th of March by Peter Brown at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

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Qualcomm and Apple respond to CA case findings

Qualcomm and Apple respond to CA case findings

Qualcomm just won one of its numerous court battles against Apple this week in San Diego, California, USA. This court case alleged that Apple infringed upon a number of Qualcomm patents with its smartphones iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X. Because the court found Apple's devices to have infringed upon Qualcomm's patents, the jury awarded Qualcomm around $31 million USD in patent infringement damages from July 6th, 2017 through the end of the trial.

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These three gaming features just changed Windows forever

These three gaming features just changed Windows forever

Three announcements were made by Microsoft over the past several months that, together, made Windows a much more user-friendly place. One of these was announced all the way back in October of 2018, and only went live (in part) earlier this week. That was Android screen mirroring for Windows, at long last. The rest has to do with gaming, and the ways it'll be possible in the very near future.

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro released with lesser specs than “Pen”

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro released with lesser specs than “Pen”

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro was announced to have a release date and a price, at last, after its initial showing at CES 2019. This device was revealed alongside a relatively close piece of hardware called Samsung Notebook 9 Pen. What's strange about these devices is the fact that all models have the ability to work with a stylus - it's just that the Pen model has an official S Pen while the Pro uses an "Active Pen".

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pen released online only

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen released online only

Those waiting for the newest Galaxy Note-like device with an S Pen will find it in the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen. Meanwhile the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro looks about as sleek and refined as any Samsung notebook has ever before. Both devices were first revealed back at CES 2019. Both devices are now set to be available on March 17th, 2019.

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Facebook reveals “Not without my consent” program in full effect

Facebook reveals “Not without my consent” program in full effect

Today a new program from Facebook was released in order to combat the sharing of intimate images without shared consent. This is sometimes referred to as "revenge porn" and it's become a major problem across all forms of social media in the past half-decade. Today Facebook's pilot program revealed over a year and a half ago live in a new security-aimed hub called "Not without my consent."

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