Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently the senior editor for SlashGear. Based in Bismarck, 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.

Airbnb Wienermobile rental photos: One night encased in sausage

Airbnb Wienermobile rental photos: One night encased in sausage

It would seem that the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile has been put up for rental - sort of. Users can now "relish a stay in the real Oscar Mayer Wienermobile" now, so long as they keep the place clean and don't disturb the neighbors. While this may appear to be a marketing stunt, all the checks for actual reality with Airbnb seem to be cleared - you can almost certainly go stay a night in the Wienermobile, for real.

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Pokemon GO new Appraisal System Chart and Guide, plus a glitch!

Pokemon GO new Appraisal System Chart and Guide, plus a glitch!

There's a new set of updates in the mix today for Pokemon GO, and we've got a full rundown here for you - including a chart for the new Appraisal System! The Appraisal System Update for July 2019 changes the way we use the game to gain deeper insight into each Pokemon. Since the beginning of Pokemon GO, there've been 3rd-party apps that've gone the extra mile in identifying IV numbers in Pokemon, thereby showing their literal range and spot in that range. Finally, three years later, Niantic just baked that functionality into the game.

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iPhone XR did best in Q2 while surprise Android brand returns from dead

iPhone XR did best in Q2 while surprise Android brand returns from dead

In the United States in the second quarter of the year 2019 it was the iPhone XR that did best in unit sales, followed soon thereafter by a couple other Apple devices. At the same time, both Apple and Samsung unit sales have slid downward just a bit as two other brands saw relatively significant gains. Both big gainers sell Android phones: Google and Motorola. Motorola saw a 3.3% increase vs this same period one year ago, coming up to an 8.1% share - that's nowhere near the leaders, but it's still big news for a brand that's fallen so far from dominance in the past half-decade.

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DJI Ronin-SC gimbal packed with features for mirrorless cameras at $440

DJI Ronin-SC gimbal packed with features for mirrorless cameras at $440

Today DJI introduced a new $440 gimbal that allows mirrorless camera users to take command of stabilization in videos of all sorts. This machine is simple-to-use, relatively small, and right on the high end of all the pro points. DJI suggests on their site that "due to limited new product availability," they'll only sell two units to each prospective customer.

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NBA 2K20 player ratings and Xbox One bundles released in detail, on pre-order now

NBA 2K20 player ratings and Xbox One bundles released in detail, on pre-order now

NBA 2K20 was ushered into existence today by a set of player ratings and the reveal of three bundles. Three new Xbox One bundles were shown NBA 2K20 cover athlete Anthony Davis at a special event hosted by Xbox and the folks at 2K Games "to celebrate what's next in basketball culture." Davis showed three models, two for $500, another for $300. The most interesting of the three looked like it was splattered with paint.

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Intel RealSense Depth Camera SR305 cuts costs for 3D scanning

Intel RealSense Depth Camera SR305 cuts costs for 3D scanning

Intel has a new standalone camera module made for 3D sensing and mapping, and they want to get it into the hands of developers, academics and device prototypers as fast as possible. They've cut down on all the non-essential elements in previous models of similar devices, and here brought JUST the basics for several key 3D-sensing and mapping applications.

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Galaxy Note 10 primary feature further confirmed: Aimed at new iPhone 11 war

Galaxy Note 10 primary feature further confirmed: Aimed at new iPhone 11 war

This morning one of the most important features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was confirmed. Or rather, the fact that we've predicted its existence and specificity in feature details was confirmed, as was pretty much expected. We're talking about the primary camera module, and the fact that it'll almost certainly be more than just comparable to that of the Samsung Galaxy S10.

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ASUS ROG Phone 2 leaked: The thumb I missed

ASUS ROG Phone 2 leaked: The thumb I missed

Today we're taking a look at the ASUS ROG Phone 2, a device that's not yet been officially revealed in detail by its maker. This device will likely be the predictable evolution of its predecessor, with a slightly larger display, a newer processor, and maybe an odd new feature or two. The original was marketed as a "gaming phone" and so too shall this one be - so what's the big deal?

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T-MoBell T-Mobile Taco Bell stores indicate apocalypse is near

T-MoBell T-Mobile Taco Bell stores indicate apocalypse is near

That's right, there'll soon be "T-MoBell" stores in an area near you. It's not immediately clear whether people will ever literally see co-branded stores that have full services from either T-Mobile or Taco Bell, but for now, they'll appear on the same sort of ticket: "Smartphones + Tacos" in time for the Super Bowl. Is it just me, or does this remind anyone else of Snakes on a Plane for some reason? It might also be The End Times are near - we'll just have to wait and see!

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Xfinity Mobile adds BYOD for phones

Xfinity Mobile adds BYOD for phones

The folks at Comcast added BYOD to their mobile brand Xfinity Mobile this week. BYOD means Bring Your Own Device, and it means the brand is no longer limited to mobile data coverage for the devices they, themselves, physically sell in-store. It does NOT mean, however, that any device will work with Xfinity Mobile. Instead, there's an expanding list.

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Report: Teen alcohol and cigarette use plummets, weed stays steady

Report: Teen alcohol and cigarette use plummets, weed stays steady

Your highschool health teacher was right. There was only a small number of other kids in your school that actually, actively smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol. The most recent study of high school-aged students in the USA published by the CDC on the matter showed that alcohol and cigarette use was falling - while use of marijuana went up, then back down again.

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AirTV Mini mixes Android TV, Sling TV, OTA channels in one device

AirTV Mini mixes Android TV, Sling TV, OTA channels in one device

The folks at AirTV are dead set on creating a television experience where everyone can have every single piece of programming available in the world, all at once. To do this, they've created the device "AirTV Mini", a device that connects to your television's HDMI port and connect with your OTA antenna and AirTV Wi-Fi-enabled network tuner.

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