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.

iPhone app icons and how to change them in iOS 14

iPhone app icons and how to change them in iOS 14

Today we're taking a peek at the way in which you'll be able to change your icons in iOS 14 for your iPhone or iPad. This process is relatively simple, and was only JUST activated here in the year 2020 with the operating system update iOS 14. This system allows users to customize their app icons at will, opening the window for a wide variety of possibilities, from greatness in design simplicity... to terrors from the depths of nastiness.

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NatGeo virtual backgrounds released for video chat

NatGeo virtual backgrounds released for video chat

Today the folks at National Geographic released a wild collection of virtual backgrounds / wallpapers for students doing video chats for school. Virtual school, remote schooling, remote classroom work is currently more popular than it's ever been before, thanks to COVID-19 and the likely resurgence of the global pandemic thanks to winter - so National Geographic just stepped up to the plate.

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Star Wars: The High Republic and a new lightsaber

Star Wars: The High Republic and a new lightsaber

This week the folks at Star Wars revealed a new sort of lightsaber that'll appear first in The New Republic. This is a new era that takes place before the Prequel movies. That means it's in an era before Luke Skywalker, before Darth Vader... but not before Yoda. And it'll be elegant - oh, so elegant.

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CrowPi2 Review : STEM education, Minecraft, and Raspberry Pi in a box

CrowPi2 Review : STEM education, Minecraft, and Raspberry Pi in a box

So you've got a kid who wants to learn how computers work. Or you're an individual that likes to fiddle around with electronics and want to make it count with a kit that'll teach you what all the plugging and playing means. That's what this device delivers. That's what CrowPi2 was made for - discovering not only how computer parts fit together and function, but how computer code makes the whole thing run.

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Fire TV Stick Lite kicks smart TV down to $30

Fire TV Stick Lite kicks smart TV down to $30

It's difficult to deny the value proposition that is the Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite. It's a smart TV stick that plugs in to your television via an HDMI port to deliver smart TV content. That includes access to free video apps like YouTube, and subscription video apps like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and Prime Video.

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Ring Always Home Cam is a flying security drone

Ring Always Home Cam is a flying security drone

Amazon just revealed a security camera that can rise up out of its dock and fly around your home. It's called the Ring Always Home Cam, and it can rise up... out of its dock... and fly throughout your home. This is one of a line of new Ring devices revealed today, including a Ring Car Alarm, Ring Car Cam, and Ring Car Connect.

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Eero 6 and Pro 6 revealed with Wi-Fi 6 and prices to compete

Eero 6 and Pro 6 revealed with Wi-Fi 6 and prices to compete

Today Amazon's event dumped a bunch of new products on the public with the smart home at the center of focus. This event revealed the new Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6, the latest in Wi-fi hubs for the Amazon smart home collection. These new Eero devices look a lot like their predecessors - simple, no-nonsense aesthetics.

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New Amazon Echo Dot released with spherical, Nexus Q look, smarter Alexa

New Amazon Echo Dot released with spherical, Nexus Q look, smarter Alexa

There's a new Amazon Echo device with a shape like a lopped-off sphere as of this afternoon. This device was revealed during a special Amazon event in which Amazon's revealed a WHOLE BUNCH of other items. This device has at least two iterations, one with a clock, the other without. UPDATE: And there'll be an Echo Dot Kids Edition with animal faces.

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Epic Games gives you $10 credit to take Rocket League for free

Epic Games gives you $10 credit to take Rocket League for free

Right this minute, Rocket League is essentially free for download. It's been removed from the Steam games store, making it available exclusively in the Epic Games store. At the same time, Epic Games made the game free AND jammed a $10 credit in the mix.

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Among Us 2 cancelled for the best possible reason

Among Us 2 cancelled for the best possible reason

The dev team at InnterSloth revealed that the hyper-popular Among Us would not get a direct sequel any time soon. This announcement was delivered on September 23, 2020, as the first game (Among Us) was living in a golden age - it's EXTREMELY popular right now. This first online-centered game is so extremely popular that its developers have decided to stay dedicated to updating, rather than creating a whole second game.

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TicWatch Pro 3 released with Wear OS and tracking aplenty

TicWatch Pro 3 released with Wear OS and tracking aplenty

Today the folks at Mobvoi revealed the first Wear OS watch to utilize the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor platform. The device is called TicWatch Pro 3, and it rolls with a surprisingly robust set of features for its price. This smartwatch works with fitness tracking, health monitoring, "duel-display 2.0" tech, NFC with Google Pay, and a quoted "up to 72 hours use in Smart Mode" battery life.

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Xbox game download feature allows pre-load before ownership

Xbox game download feature allows pre-load before ownership

Early downloading of games to Xbox consoles via the Android version of the Xbox app was revealed this week. This system allows users to download any Xbox game to any (compatible) Xbox system regardless of purchase status. So the purchase of the game - digital or physical - only acts as a key to unlock the content you've already loaded to your machine.

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