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.

Pixel 4 officially ends free Original Quality Uploads to Google Photos

Pixel 4 officially ends free Original Quality Uploads to Google Photos

While users can still upload Original Quality media to Google Photos with the Pixel 4 - and other devices - the unlimited storage bit does not apply. This is not the first time Google's removed the original major selling point of the Pixel lineup - it's just the first time it's come as a sort of a miniature shock. The first time this happened, it was with the Pixel 3a.

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Pixel 4 Pokemon Sidekick Live Wallpaper hands-on: Kawaii magic

Pixel 4 Pokemon Sidekick Live Wallpaper hands-on: Kawaii magic

The Pixel 4 has Motion Sense abilities that are demonstrated to the user via a special Live Wallpaper, the Pokemon Sidekick Wallpaper. This system is loaded to the phone right out the box, and includes such lovely little monsters as Pikachu, Eevee, or one of the starter Pokemon from the new games Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. Let's look at this thing, shall we?

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This is the Spacebit moon spider

This is the Spacebit moon spider

This bit of robotics from the folks at Spacebit is known as "The Walking Rover". It's effectively a moon spider - albeit with 4 legs instead of 8, and a box-like body of metal rather than organic. It's powered by the sun via solar panels and stores energy on rechargeable batteries. It weighs around 1.3kg, works with Swarm Intelligence, is part of a Modular Robotics Platform, and it can jump.

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Google Pixel 4 camera features: All that’s new

Google Pixel 4 camera features: All that’s new

The Google Pixel 4 has a set of cameras on its back where previous Pixel device had just one. Because of the added lens, new processing power, and new software, this new device set (4 and 4 XL) have a set of camera features not present on previously-released Pixel smartphones. Today we're running down the new features one-by-one. NOTE: Just because this is a short list, it's not by any means a BAD list - just so long as these features are of the highest quality, of course.

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Night Sight starry sky update release for Pixel 3 and 3a

Night Sight starry sky update release for Pixel 3 and 3a

Today we're looking at a wide variety of features released for the Google Pixel 4. One of the most interesting camera features revealed for the Google Pixel 4 will also be available for the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3a. That also includes the Google Pixel 3 XL - and it has a whole lot to do with the devices' already-active Night Sight feature.

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Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL price and release date official

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL price and release date official

Today Google revealed the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL officially. These devices have been rumored for months, and today are getting their first full official unveiling. These devices will be available in black, white, and orange, with accent colors of white and orange - and all three colors have black around their borders. Like they're all panda bears getting ready for slightly-muted-orange halloween.

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Nest Aware subscription prices rebooted with new Google Home app

Nest Aware subscription prices rebooted with new Google Home app

Today the Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus system was revealed - or re-revealed, depending on how you look at it - for smart home systems. This is Google's full home security system coverage subscription service for Google Home / Google Nest products. Google also revealed the Nest Mini today for $49 USD - making it pretty much a new Google Home Mini with a slightly different hardware package - just a TINY bit different.

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Project xCloud Preview launched with free Halo, Gears 5: Here’s how to sign up

Project xCloud Preview launched with free Halo, Gears 5: Here’s how to sign up

The Microsoft game streaming system Project xCloud Preview sign-up form was revealed by Microsoft this afternoon. Microsoft is one of several companies attempting to take part in the game streaming market that'll likely take the place of the current gaming market model of buying individual units. This is a whole lot like what's happened to the video and music markets over the past decade, with services like Spotify and Netflix leading the charge.

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Apple’s next iPhone will cost less than your iPhone 6

Apple’s next iPhone will cost less than your iPhone 6

So you've read the rumors of the next iPhone SE 2, the affordable iPhone made to appease owners of the iPhone 6. So you're to understand that there's a calling for a new iPhone for people who do not care about the newest hardware - they just want to keep up with the software features, and the security, afforded by a new iPhone. It would appear that not only is part of that next-gen release quite likely, there's also an iPhone at Apple right now that's even more inexpensive than the original iPhone SE.

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Pokemon GO Darkrai raids, Shiny Pikachu in Mimikyu costume, other Halloween details

Pokemon GO Darkrai raids, Shiny Pikachu in Mimikyu costume, other Halloween details

Pokemon GO Halloween will be in full effect later this week, so it's time now to prepare! First we've got to get our heads wrapped around the details. The most important part of this event will be the appearance of Darkrai in tier five raids, if you're looking for the most powerful Pokemon available in the month of October. If you're looking for Halloween-themed Pokemon that might never appear in the game again after this event, you'll want to watch the streets!

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5x Google Assistant Halloween commands for 2019

5x Google Assistant Halloween commands for 2019

Today we're looking at a set of Halloween-related Google Assistant actions that are active as of this October, 2019. Google Assistant is the smart voice-activated system with which Google interacts with Android smartphone users. This system is also on iPhone, but not all actions may be available on all Google Assistant devices - we'll just have to check and see!

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Pokemon GO Halloween brings cute costumes and 5 new Shiny Pokemon

Pokemon GO Halloween brings cute costumes and 5 new Shiny Pokemon

Today we're getting in to the Halloween spirit with Pokemon GO in the 2019 edition of Niantic's big October event. This event will be stacked with Ghost Pokemon and Dark Pokemon aplenty, and there'll be bonuses and candy galore - what better way to get Halloween started off right? This all begins on October 17, 2019 - so get your walking boots ready.

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