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.

The most inactive creatures ever discovered

The most inactive creatures ever discovered

Creatures shown in a study published this month can survive with lower energy requirements than any life previously discovered by humanity. Some of the undersea sediment-dwelling microbes shown in this study have survived "under extreme energy limitation for millennia, thus calling into question the limit for life.

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iPhone 12 release dates may split for Pro cameras

iPhone 12 release dates may split for Pro cameras

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will likely split down the middle, with release dates for the 12 coming first, then the Pro at a later date. A note came from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on the subject, with a focus on camera quality. The issue seems to have been with the lenses used a few models when put under heat pressure - but they only seem to have failed from one supplier.

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Scientists mutate fish with disturbing results

Scientists mutate fish with disturbing results

Research published this week showed an experiment run by scientists with mutation on their minds. In the experiments, scientists altered single genes of zebrafish and recorded the results. Their aim was to study the evolution of the jaw. They created fish with fused upper and lower jaw cartilages, unable to close their mouths.

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CDC face mask rules just got an update

CDC face mask rules just got an update

The CDC just updated their guidance for citizens of the United States during our modern global pandemic here in the year 2020. The update appeared on the 7th of August (earlier today) and included a few key points that've been clarified or straight up added to the mix that were not present before. To be clear, if you wear a mask over your nose, mouth, and chin, and your mask is simple but secure, you're probably not going to need to change anything about how you're handling the situation.

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Mega Pokemon GO bracelets leaked, cutting way for first update

Mega Pokemon GO bracelets leaked, cutting way for first update

Soon Pokemon GO will have the glorious oddity of the Mega Pokemon. This temporary evolution mechanic appeared with Generation VI and included necessary Mega Stones and specific stones for each individual Pokemon which could go Mega. Users will likely find Pokemon like Mewtwo, Lucario, Aggron, and Ampharos able to Mega evolve once this mechanic is active in Pokemon GO.

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Apple macOS Big Sur public beta released with new controls and rounder icons

Apple macOS Big Sur public beta released with new controls and rounder icons

Today you'll be able to access the next big update to Apple's desktop operating system. This is macOS Big Sur, an update to the desktop space for users that wish to check said major changes out before they're sent to all Apple computers post-beta. For now, we're in Public Beta, which means it's probably OK to give the software a whirl, but it's still BETA - which can mean there MAY be issues.

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Stimulus check update: How much money do we get, and when?

Stimulus check update: How much money do we get, and when?

In in the summer of 2020, US citizens are edging ever closer to their second major stimulus check in less than a year. This payment was otherwise titled an "Economic Impact Payment" (EIP) by the IRS, and will be sent automatically to most US taxpayers. IF you filed a tax return in 2018, 2019, or are a senior or retiree, the IRS suggested that "no further action is needed" in order for you to get a Economic Impact Payment.

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Hearthstone Scholomance Academy released with 2 free packs for card play

Hearthstone Scholomance Academy released with 2 free packs for card play

This morning Blizzard released the latest expansion for the digital collectable card game Hearthstone. This latest expansion goes by the name Scholomance Academy, and it includes 135 new cards in total. With the launch of this set, gamers are able to claim a couple of free packs of cards after they play 25 cards in Play mode.

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Verizon 5G Edge released in two new cities with AWS always-connected computing

Verizon 5G Edge released in two new cities with AWS always-connected computing

This week the folks at Verizon revealed a pair of new cities in which their 5G Edge tech would launch. This system works with AWS, making it the "world's first mobile edge computing platform with AWS." That means it's the first commercially available MEC with AWS cloud services, and it's launching in Boston and the Bay Area.

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Raised by Wolves trailer shows big Ridley Scott potential for HBO MAX

Raised by Wolves trailer shows big Ridley Scott potential for HBO MAX

The first major trailer was released today for the HBO MAX series Raised By Wolves. Raised By Wolves is a science fiction series about human children and their two android caretakers. The androids are "tasked with raising human children on a mysterious new planet after the Earth was destroyed by a great war."

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Shiny Pokemon GO Unown, Clefairy, Jigglypuff, Lunatone, Staryu

Shiny Pokemon GO Unown, Clefairy, Jigglypuff, Lunatone, Staryu

Starting on Friday, August 7, 2020, at 1PM (local time), Pokemon GO will enter Enigma Week. This is a special week of bonuses and odd spawns activated by a successful "Ultra Unlock" during Pokemon GO Fest 2020. In this week, users will be able to attain some very, very rare Pokemon - not necessarily HELPFUL or POWERFUL Pokemon, but rare all the same.

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3rd-party Mac Pro wheels at last: OWC Rover Pro

3rd-party Mac Pro wheels at last: OWC Rover Pro

In late 2019, the Mac Pro was delivered by Apple without wheels. It's not that the computer needed wheels in the first place. The 2019 Mac Pro can sit on its bottom just fine. Apple released a package that one could purchase for the Mac Pro to add wheels to the computer: a product called "Apple Mac Pro Wheels Kit" still costs $699 USD from Apple today. The company OWC just revealed an alternative package.

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