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.

Razer x BAPE – a match made in cult consumer heaven

Razer x BAPE – a match made in cult consumer heaven

Razer and A Bathing Ape (BAPE) officially announced their first collection of products with prices and release dates to boot. This will be a cross-brand sort of situation, with limited edition BAPE x Razer products aplenty. The first set of items includes t-shirts, a hoodie, a backpack, Opus, Goliathus V2 Speed, and DeathAdder V2. This collaboration is set to be called the A GAMING APE collection.

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iPhone periscope zoom tipped – is it time for Pixel magic?

iPhone periscope zoom tipped – is it time for Pixel magic?

A rumor today suggests that Apple's next iPhone will have "folded" periscope cameras enabling far better zoom. That's zoom, as in the ability to get a whole lot closer to subject matter that's about to be photographed or captured with video. Apple's plans won't likely significantly change the look of the iPhone, as the "folded" keyword indicates compact and otherwise sized-down hardware action.

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Ajit Pai FCC tenure leaves a mixed legacy – but it was mostly bad

Ajit Pai FCC tenure leaves a mixed legacy – but it was mostly bad

This morning Ajit Pai announced he'd be leaving the FCC for good on January 20, 2021. Pai was first appointed as a Commissioner to the FCC in 2012, then made Chairman of the FCC in 2017. Pai made this announcement via the FCC (dot gov) as of November 30, 2020 with the statement title "Chairman Pai Announces his Intent to Depart FCC."

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This Christmas, harvest files from your old phone

This Christmas, harvest files from your old phone

If you're like me, you have more than a couple old phones in a drawer that you just can't throw away. If you're like me, you tend to forget that those devices are packed with files that could be valuable to you if only they were organized and made available to you here today. If you're looking for something constructive to do this upcoming holiday, consider this: Bust out the USB cords and go digital treasure hunting.

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This holiday, check your old phone for a fat battery

This holiday, check your old phone for a fat battery

I found something in a junk drawer this week that was at first exciting, then alarming. In the drawer was an old smartphone that I'd not powered on for several years, at least. Cool, I'll just start it up and time travel back to the point at which I last turned it off, right? But wait a moment here... this phone is significantly thicker than it was when I last saw it. This is not good.

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The Mandalorian S2E5 might’ve just spun off like Golden Girls

The Mandalorian S2E5 might’ve just spun off like Golden Girls

I was shocked, pleased, excited, then flabbergasted watching the latest episode of The Mandalorian. This episode took what we'd guessed about the near-future of the series and the inclusion of certain actors playing some BIG NAME roles, and shook it all up. Before you go any further, note that this is your first and last SPOILER ALERT. Do not read this article until you've seen The Mandalorian Chapter 13, AKA The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 5!

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OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 Edition unboxing – a packaging design masterpiece

OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 Edition unboxing – a packaging design masterpiece

This week I unboxed the OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 edition, and I was shocked. The phone, the bits I'd seen in the preview several weeks ago, those weren't shocking. They did not disappoint! But it was the detail in every element I wasn't able to see in the preview that surprised me. I was surprised to see such quality and extreme attention to detail in every aspect of the design of this device, from the outermost packaging to the materials used throughout.

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3Doodler Pro+ Review – An upgrade, not for all

3Doodler Pro+ Review – An upgrade, not for all

The 3Doodler Pro+ is a 3D printing pen. It's very similar to the first several 3Doodler devices, all of which are still very capable tools. The 3Doodler Pro+ tweaks the abilities of the otherwise most advanced 3Doodler 3D printing pen, refining the experience with new materials, new pen tips, and a more sleek industrial design.

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Disney+ Star might just swallow up Hulu, ESPN+, and more

Disney+ Star might just swallow up Hulu, ESPN+, and more

This week we've gotten word that the next major release from Disney won't be additional content inside Disney+. While the company's main streaming service will continue to get programming suitable for the whole family, Disney+ Star will presumably get the rest of the content to which Disney currently has the streaming rights. That includes content from ABC, FX, Searchlight Pictures, and 20th Century Studios.

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Bob Ross Magic: The Gathering cards remind us everything will be OK

Bob Ross Magic: The Gathering cards remind us everything will be OK

Bob Ross art can now be found on Magic cards. That's Magic: The Gathering, the collectable card game, and Bob Ross, the painter. Ross' artwork is included in a new box set of land cards in limited edition box sets, foil and non-foil. What better way to celebrate the passing of the year 2020 than with 10 land cards with artwork from The Happy One?

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Permanent work-from-home plans expand – Square Enix is next

Permanent work-from-home plans expand – Square Enix is next

Throughout the year 2020, a wide variety of companies announced that they'd be testing work-from-home strategies. In the last few months, several companies announced that they'd be initiating permanent or semi-permanent work-from-home options for their workers. The latest major company to deliver an announcement on this sort of future-ready strategy heavily reliant on the connectivity delivered by the internet is Square Enix.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 feature may baffle Bixby haters

Samsung Galaxy S21 feature may baffle Bixby haters

The Samsung Galaxy S21 was tipped today to include a feature that'll baffle haters of the Samsung voice assistant Bixby. The inclusion of a dedicated Bixby button on Samsung devices over the past few years just became extra strange. Samsung's just been tipped to expand on their use of Bixby, this time with a feature that some users may remember... sorta already existed on Samsung Galaxy smartphones in the past, but does not exist on the most modern round of devices.

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