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.

Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID

Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID

It's time to uninstall Meitu, the photo app masses of users downloaded over the past week to make their selfies look wacky. This app was found today to be sending IMEI numbers to several China-based digital locations. That alone isn't enough to do a whole lot, but given the massive amount of permissions the app seeks (and is granted) when it's installed, the app has effectively given someone in China the ability to take control of the phone it's installed on. In other words - uninstall Meitu (and any apps made by the same company) IMMEDIATELY and consider changing all passwords of apps and accounts associated with your smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 images may show us our best early peeks yet

Samsung Galaxy S8 images may show us our best early peeks yet

This morning we've had what seems to be our clearest look at the Samsung Galaxy S8 thus far - thanks to a few renders from various sources. I want to be up front as possible about the images you're about to see - most of them are almost certainly renderings of what the device MIGHT look like. That said, it's common knowledge that companies as large as Samsung use rendered elements themselves in the presentation of the Samsung Galaxy S series for consistency's sake.

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New Micro Machines World Series game release incoming

New Micro Machines World Series game release incoming

One of the most iconic series of miniature car toys will be bringing their first proper video games in YEARS to consoles and PC. This game is part of the official Micro Machines video game series, previously released by such publishing companies as Camerica, Ocean Software, Midway, THQ, Infogrames, and Chillingo. Previous developers include such elder groups as Big Red Software, Merit Studios, Mindscape, Supersonic Software, and Infogrames Sheffield House. Now it's time for a modern release.

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Galaxy S7 Nougat update display fix: how to switch back

Galaxy S7 Nougat update display fix: how to switch back

When the Samsung Galaxy S7 is updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, it changes the default settings for its display. This is not the end of the world, believe it or not, and all can be turned back with a few easy steps. Now, if only making this switch had a mega-significant effect on battery life. For now, changing the display resolution only adds a TINY bit of life-per-day on battery to this device - display brightness has a far greater effect.

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Nokia 6 release vs Galaxy J7 Prime: 5 reasons to choose either

Nokia 6 release vs Galaxy J7 Prime: 5 reasons to choose either

The Nokia 6 and the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime are set to be released this year, making way for a midrange smartphone era like none other. Here in the year 2017, we're past the time at which "midrange" is treated like a dirty word. Instead, components from the high end have been produced so long and expectations have come so far that even the midrange, low cost devices on the market today are top notch. They may not be as superior as the devices that cost $800 and up, but they don't need to be - these cost under $300!

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5 games that’ll make Nintendo Switch a must-have

5 games that’ll make Nintendo Switch a must-have

The release of the Nintendo Switch brings with it the dawn of a new generation of Nintendo-friendly games - awesome games. What we're going to do today is pick out 5 of the best - or 5 of the most potential-filled games, as it were. Several of these games were released in one form or another on previous Nintendo devices and found immense success. We're going to go ahead and safely assume that they'll be back with a vengeance with the Nintendo Switch in 2017.

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Galaxy S8 display glass tips teeny tiny bezels

Galaxy S8 display glass tips teeny tiny bezels

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus seem to have been revealed all at once in a single photo. This photo depicts both devices - if we are to believe that this photo is indeed the real deal - both Galaxy devices rolling with curved edges. This fits with previous rumors of at least one Samsung Galaxy S8 device with both left and right edges curved instead of a flat device with a larger, curved-edge release partner. At the release date for these devices we would not be surprised to find this image's accuracy to be spot-on.

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Army tests “hoverbike” successfully, Star Wars fans rejoice

Army tests “hoverbike” successfully, Star Wars fans rejoice

The USA Department of Defense has witnessed the first successful public test of the Army's latest in futuristic vehicles - the hoverbike. This device is officially known as the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (JTARV), and can be seen tested without a pilot in a video shared by the United States Army Research Laboratory this week. The video shows a small-scale prototype test flight, and may move on to flights with pilots in the near future.

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Pokemon GO takes on climate change in monster Davos takeover

Pokemon GO takes on climate change in monster Davos takeover

Niantic has revealed their next sponsorship deal with a brand - Project Everyone, making a push for awareness of The Global Goals campaign at the World Economic Forum. Before now, Pokemon GO had only opened Sponsored Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms in the game Pokemon GO with consumer brands. With this sponsorship deal, Pokemon GO becomes an awareness partner for the support of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Pokemon GO might really, truly (help to) save the planet!

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How to run the new Pokemon GO 2x Power Up exploit

How to run the new Pokemon GO 2x Power Up exploit

A new way to power up Pokemon in Pokemon GO has been discovered by a set of players hyper-obsessed with finding oddities. I say "new" because we've not seen this method for upgrading one's own Pokemon before. It could well have been in the code for the game since the beginning. The game launched back June of 2016 and it was several weeks before the first double-touch ability was discovered - there could be more on the way.

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iPhone 8 could read your face in 3D space

iPhone 8 could read your face in 3D space

Analysts suggest that this year, Apple will utilize PrimeSense technology to add a new way to unlock the iPhone. A research note distributed to clients by Cowen and Company on Wednesday suggested that the next iPhone could be released with some "form of facial/gesture recognition." They added that this technology would rely on "a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera." This leads us to believe that Apple is making use of technology cultivated by PrimeSense.

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Xiaomi 4 Prime vs Redmi Note 4: 5 reasons why this is war

Xiaomi 4 Prime vs Redmi Note 4: 5 reasons why this is war

It's time to do a duel between two of Xiaomi's most popular "Note" devices - the Note 4 and the Note 3 - and toss in the new Xiaomi 4 Prime for good measure. This battle will be based on specifications, only - we'll have to get the whole collection in our hands at once before we're able to do any face-to-face comparisons. For now we'll go ahead and assume that more advanced processors mean bigger power and that all three devices are equally reliable.

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