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.

All 10 ways to get Pokmone GO coins (PokeCoins) in Niantic’s big update

All 10 ways to get Pokmone GO coins (PokeCoins) in Niantic’s big update

This week the folks at Niantic changed the way Pokemon GO works with Pokecoins - or Pokemon Coins, if you prefer. That's the game's in-game currency, and the way one buys items in the game instead of finding said items at Pokestops or Pokemon Gyms. In the newest update to the game, users will be able to earn coins without the use of Pokemon Gyms. That's right - much like several other major changes made to the game earlier this year amid global pandemic, Pokemon Coins in Pokemon GO will be able to be earned from home!

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DiRT 5, the go-to for best graphics on Xbox Series X?

DiRT 5, the go-to for best graphics on Xbox Series X?

Watching the full Xbox Series X collection of trailers in Microsoft's presentation today, one game stood out for extraordinary graphics finesse. The game DiRT 5 won't likely be the best-selling launch game for Xbox Series X, but it might well be the most perfect example of high-end graphics on the platform right out the gate. This game will have the eyes of all the car companies with which it works on it, judging it, demanding excellence - and for that, as much as for the gamers who'll play the game, it'll look fantastic.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla so-called “gameplay” trailer leads Xbox Series X charge

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla so-called “gameplay” trailer leads Xbox Series X charge

This morning Microsoft released a BUNCH of trailers for games for Xbox Series X, one of the most engaging of which was Assassin's Creed Valhalla. This game will be one of the premiere must-see games of the platform right out the gate, taking full advantage of Ray Tracing and immersive gameplay graphics from top to bottom. Also, it'll have axes. Lots of axes.

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DRIFT21 released with real licensed cars, tracks, and early access on Steam

DRIFT21 released with real licensed cars, tracks, and early access on Steam

This morning the folks at 505games announced the Early Access release of DRIFT21, a fully immersive high-end car racing game with fully licensed vehicles and tracks. This game includes hardware steering wheel accessory support right out the gate with Thrustmaster, Fanatec, and Logitec. Users will be able to begin playing immediately with a relatively limited cross-section of vehicles and tracks - but that'll expand QUICKLY.

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LG Velvet phone revealed in full: Suddenly, a star

LG Velvet phone revealed in full: Suddenly, a star

The LG Velvet reminds us of the LG Chocolate, a release that signified the brand's willingness to focus on the COOL factor. LG Velvet is an Android smartphone with an industrial design that's intentional. Instead of attempting to hide any single element in the device's less-than-AAA feature set, this device celebrates all the hardware with which it's been assigned.

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Coronavirus means iPhone 12’s perceived weakness is its most important strength

Coronavirus means iPhone 12’s perceived weakness is its most important strength

The latest in iPhone 12 leaks suggest that Apple's design language remains largely the same as previous years, suggesting prospective users will be of two minds once again. In past years, basically every generation in which the iPhone's display shape stayed the same as seasons before, the vocal minority's proclaimed a lack of industrial design innovation. But now, as we're meant to remain largely isolated, at home, quarantined while we live through an unprecedented global pandemic, Apple's pragmatism will prove more important than ever.

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Google Authenticator update allows switch to new device, at last

Google Authenticator update allows switch to new device, at last

Since inception, the biggest weakness of the Google Authenticator app and service was its inability to move from device to device. The security inherent within the app required that the one device be the place where Google's code was revealed for each account to which it was connected. Or at least that's what was generally understood to be the truth. Now, Google's released a new Google Authenticator update, allowing users to switch between devices.

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The best Zoom alternative is now Google Meet

The best Zoom alternative is now Google Meet

Google Meet is now free, and exceedingly simple to use. Google Meet's been around for a while, in one form or another, but starting here in May of 2020, global pandemic and the rise of the at-home worker's made for a unique set of circumstances. Now Google Meet is simpler than it's ever been, and it's free for basically everyone to use, in a snap.

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Android 11 public beta release date revealed as virtual event nears

Android 11 public beta release date revealed as virtual event nears

Today Google revealed the release date for the first public release (in beta format) of the next major version of Android. That'll be Android 11, the Android 11 public beta, and it'll be revealed during a live stream that'll take place on June 3rd, 2020, at 11AM ET. That's 10AM Central Time, 9AM Mountain Time, and 8AM Pacific Time.

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Google TV dongle leaked: Look out Amazon, Roku!

Google TV dongle leaked: Look out Amazon, Roku!

Today plans for a next-generation Android TV device (or Google TV device, depending on future branding) was revealed in a leak. The leak suggested that the dongle would address the missing piece of Google's smart TV lineup - the tiny, easy-to-use smart TV dongle that sells in massive amounts with Amazon and Roku, the "stick". Google already has a sort of dongle device in the Google Chromecast - but it's just not the same as the Fire TV stick - and not nearly as simple to understand right out the gate.

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Artemis Accords moon mining pact in the works with Trump admin: Report

Artemis Accords moon mining pact in the works with Trump admin: Report

A "legal blueprint for mining on the moon" was tipped to be in the works in the White House under the U.S.-sponsored international agreement called the Artemis Accords. A report this week suggests that a draft pact has not yet been "formally shared" with any U.S. allies as of yet. This agreement would be made in association with NASA and ideally agreed upon by by government officials around the world.

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Zoom backgrounds for video calls: The top 5 searches of Spring 2020

Zoom backgrounds for video calls: The top 5 searches of Spring 2020

Today we're taking a peek at the top 5 Zoom Background searches of the Spring of 2020, starting in April and moving on into May. That includes Easter, birthdays, and some results that weren't exactly safe for work - so we're going to focus on what's more likely to stick around for the long haul. This list includes mostly backgrounds from mockumentary-style television shows - who could have guessed?

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