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.

Lexar makes a new JumpDrive Tough USB stick for ruggedness

Lexar makes a new JumpDrive Tough USB stick for ruggedness

Lexar brand announced this week that they’d be releasing a number of USB jump drives with resistance to impact, pressure, weather, and water. These jump drives will be able to roll with USB 3.1 ports, and will be backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well. These USB sticks are able to withstand heavy-duty action and have a loop to attach to a variety of keychains, carabiners, or other oddities.

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A new way to get Special Items in Pokemon GO, guaranteed

A new way to get Special Items in Pokemon GO, guaranteed

This morning the folks at Niantic responsible for developing Pokemon GO have made one big change to Evolution Items. Also known as "Special Items" in the game, Evolution Items are a series of special items that only drop very rarely in the game from Pokestops. Or at least they were very rare in the past. Now they’ll be dropping one whole heck of a lot more commonly - at least for the time being.

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The Pokemon GO Water Festival event begins today

The Pokemon GO Water Festival event begins today

Starting this afternoon at 1PM Pacific Time - 4PM Eastern Time - the next big Pokemon GO event will begin. This event was announced earlier today by Niantic itself in an official fashion, which means it’s not a secret in any way, shape, or form. This event will include a large amount of Water Type Pokemon - the sort that most Pokemon GO trainers are not able to access on a regular basis.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the Galaxy Note Tablet that never was. In the best way possible, Samsung has created an Android answer for the iPad Pro. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has some of the qualities of the Samsung Galaxy Note series - save a couple of the most important features. Where the Galaxy Tab S3 could have excelled above the iPad Pro, Samsung has decided to play it safe. Can Samsung’s newest Galaxy-branded tablet be the high-end tablet-with-stylus Samsung needs to go toe-to-toe with its biggest mobile competitors?

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How to download Android O update features for your phone

How to download Android O update features for your phone

Today Google released Android O Developer Preview for smartphones of several types. Users that wish to partake in this download will want to pay attention to the warnings from Google made this afternoon. This release is different from those in the past in that it's specifically NOT part of the Android Beta program - instead, it's meant for developers extra-specifically.

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Eevee evolution Pokemon GO update: a time to start over again

Eevee evolution Pokemon GO update: a time to start over again

Today's news update to Pokemon GO has to do with the way powers are handled for a variety of monsters, including Eevee. Espeon and Umbreon might not be the best evolutions available for this always-catch-friendly Pokemon. Instead, the other three - original evolutions - of Eevee might end up being a whole lot more useful to the everyday player. For those that need to complete the Pokedex, there's still a set of secret methods for nabbing the full set of 5.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-release date photos show Easter’s secret weapon

Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-release date photos show Easter’s secret weapon

What you're about to see is shocking, to say the least - a Galaxy S8 from Samsung in a color that's perfect for the Easter Bunny. This is the Violet Samsung Galaxy S8 we've heard rumors of - or at least it certainly appears to be said phone. What we've got to go on is very little in the way of final proof, but a set of photos that look rather legitimate.

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New Apple Watch bands collection releases additional colors, buckle design

New Apple Watch bands collection releases additional colors, buckle design

This week the folks at Apple have released a number of new Apple Watch bands. These new bands include new Hermes, Nike Sport, and Striped Woven Nylon bands. The standalone Nike Sport Bands are a new element, coming in standalone models for the first time. All new bands are set to become available today, straight from Apple online.

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Radical Gadget Time: OWC Drive Dock

Radical Gadget Time: OWC Drive Dock

For the past several months I've been using a piece of OWC technology called the OWC Drive Dock. This gadget surprised me, genuinely - and has proven to change my life in a significant way. Because of this drive dock, I was able to clear out a significant portion of my junk closet. This OWC Drive Dock device is certifiably radical for an old data hoarder like myself.

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SlashGear’s Birthday Gift Ideas Guide [Late Winter 2017]

SlashGear’s Birthday Gift Ideas Guide [Late Winter 2017]

Here in the the gadget universe where men's gift ideas and women's gift ideas are equally awesome, SlashGear's latest look at the landscape is key. What we're doing today is running down a few of the most awesome items out in the wild available for grabbing for your favorite boy or girl. Be it your anniversary gift for a geek-like significant other or a birthday gift for a friend, we've got you covered in a radical way. Nobody is going to expect what's coming from you if it comes from this list - and nobody's going to be disappointed by that, either.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 details on a hidden button

Samsung Galaxy S8 details on a hidden button

Previous reports of a home button under the display of the Samsung Galaxy S8 seem to be coming to fruition. Photos we've collected today from a set of microbloggers in China seem to show the home button looking like nothing more than a standard home button. Reports from these microbloggers, however, suggest functionality not entirely unlike the extra press available in the iPhone's 3D touch, or MacBook's Force Touch.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs tapped at dawn of Bixby

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs tapped at dawn of Bixby

This week Samsung has once again confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is well on the way with a list of details of what it'll be able to do. These details come largely in the form of Bixby, the device's natural language assistant. This device will be the first to carry Bixby with it everywhere it goes - but it won't be the last. Much like Apple's release of the first iPhone with Siri, this assistant will be exclusively on this one device for a short period of time.

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