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.

E-Cigarette Vaping EVALI lung injury and death count update

E-Cigarette Vaping EVALI lung injury and death count update

We've been following the outbreak of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes (vaping) since early August. On September 19, 2019, the FDA opened a criminal probe into the vaping-related lung injury outbreak, while the CDC's then-current case count was 530 people - this count has gone up considerably since then.

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Pokemon GO creators’ next big game: CATAN World Explorers

Pokemon GO creators’ next big game: CATAN World Explorers

CATAN - World Explorers is a new GPS map-centric mobile game from Niantic, in the works right now. This time, it's not about Pokemon, and it's not about Harry Potter. This time it's all about CATAN! That's the universe created by the original tabletop game Settlers of Catan. In this new game, as a user, you'll be able to "turn your neighborhood, town, and virtually the whole world into a huge Catan game board."

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How to stop Pokemon GO push notifications

How to stop Pokemon GO push notifications

The latest version of Pokemon GO has a way to get rid of individual sorts of notifications. Earlier versions of Pokemon GO showed only a couple different sorts of Push Notifications in a list, which was sort of a bummer. If you're just viewing this game for the first time now since you quit a year ago - things have gotten better!

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Disney+ accounts hacked: Here’s how to stay safe

Disney+ accounts hacked: Here’s how to stay safe

If you've already had your Disney+ account hacked in the short time since the service first launched, you've likely already been in contact with Disney officials. If you've not yet been the victim of the wide-ranging scheme in the first few days since launch of the Disney+ streaming content system, now's the time to change your password, yet again. Even if you've already changed your password since starting to use Disney+, it's time to make another change.

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Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 9 update to Android 10

Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 9 update to Android 10

Samsung decided to grace the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy S9 with their latest One UI 2.0 Beta software, and along with it, Android 10. This information comes after earlier tips that the software was distributed to testers - and will now roll out to the two biggest 2018 smartphones to've been released by Samsung. This information comes straight from Samsung Korea, where they've given the first official word on the matter.

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WhatsApp MP4 bug lets hackers control your phone

WhatsApp MP4 bug lets hackers control your phone

At this moment and for the foreseeable future, it's a good idea to avoid opening MP4 files in WhatsApp. There's a bug in WhatsApp for both iOS and Android where a malicious person can send a specially-crafted MP4 file to ultimately control a users' phone. This bug was patched, but not all people in the world have said patch right this minute.

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Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker special edition revealed

Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker special edition revealed

The first special edition Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker smartphone has arrived, and it's very Dark Side, if you know what I mean. It's a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (or 10+, if you prefer), made in a limited edition for the launch of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It's largely black, centering on the aesthetics of Kylo Ren, and comes with its very own extremely bright red lightsaber S Pen.

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Google Stadia Review: Amazing, for now

Google Stadia Review:  Amazing, for now

When this Google Stadia Review was first posted, the service hadn't yet formally launched. Google sent the Founders Package to a set of sources that got an early look and were invited to review the game streaming system before the official Google Stadia release date of November 19, 2019. As such, we gave the service an early once-over review with what we'd experienced thus far. As the service evolves, we'll be updating this review accordingly - so stay tuned!

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Star Wars: The Mandalorian AT-ST Raider LEGO Review

Star Wars: The Mandalorian AT-ST Raider LEGO Review

The LEGO Star Wars set 75254 "AT-ST Raider" rolls with one of the most epic-looking pieces of hardware in The Mandalorian. This set contains four minifigures and a rather mixed-up looking All Terrain Scount Transport (AT-ST), the likes of which we've only ever really seen looking a lot more... completely flat metal gray. Now it's got parts in red, with stripes, and all sorts of oddities.

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Shiny Pokemon odds just changed in a BIG way

Shiny Pokemon odds just changed in a BIG way

A new report on the latest Pokemon game seems to confirm the early leak about the odds of new Shiny Pokemon encounters in the near future. According to the folks at Serebii, specifically the writer Jon Hatch, it's shown that "encountering the same Pokemon in a chain increases shiny chance!" This means the odds of a Shiny version of a Pokemon get better each time you encounter a Pokemon with the same name in an unbroken line of encounters. God help you if you encounter a Ditto*.

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MacBook Pro 16-inch, 2019, released to stores and shipping

MacBook Pro 16-inch, 2019, released to stores and shipping

The newest 16-inch MacBook Pro (16-inch model) was made available at Apple Stores today, with a reserve system. This means you could, potentially, walk into an Apple Store without any interaction with the Apple website - but we wouldn't recommend it. If you're going to really jump in on this device and absolutely need to purchase the machine today, you're going to want to go to the Apple Store online, first.

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Motorola RAZR foldable display technique shown in testing

Motorola RAZR foldable display technique shown in testing

Motorola released a video this week showing how they developed the Motorola RAZR, and in the process, they showed the bend. You can see the process they use with the display to push the panel up and out, while said panel remains relatively safe from harm. This seems to bypass the less-than-stellar open-gap situation present with the first wave of Galaxy Fold (review release) devices.

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