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.

Official Pokemon Center Pokemon Holiday Collection 2019 hands-on

Official Pokemon Center Pokemon Holiday Collection 2019 hands-on

The folks at the Pokemon Center have a bunch of seasonally-cute Pokemon products appearing in their store this season, and we've got our hands on a few of those bits involved. In the mix this year you'll find holiday-themed Pokemon plush toys, hats, socks, PokeBall-themed items, and some String Lights. There are crew neck sweatshirts, Pikachu and Eevee Pokemon Holiday 2019 Pins and Greeting Cards, a Pokemon TCG: Pokemon Holiday Lights Playmat, and a big ol' coffee cup.

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The Matrix 4 suddenly has a major Keanu problem

The Matrix 4 suddenly has a major Keanu problem

Today Warner Bros. announced a set of changes to its upcoming movie schedule for the next couple of years. Warner Bros. previously had the date May 21, 2021 set aside for a Taika Waititi-directed Akira adaptation. That that tentatively changed in July of this year as Waititi signed on to direct Thor 4: Love and Thunder (he previously directed Thor 3: Thor Ragnarok). The date May 21, 2021 is now the spot that'll be occupied by The Matrix 4 - but there's an issue outside of Warner Bros., but still within the greater Keanu Reeves universe.

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Twitter Bluesky is CEO’s vision for open, decentralized social media

Twitter Bluesky is CEO’s vision for open, decentralized social media

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced a team of "up to 5" people would develop an "open and decentralized standard for social media." The "ultimate goal" for this system would be for Twitter to be "a client of this standard." Dorsey suggested that though Twitter started as a relatively open system for social networking, they became centralized, but "a lot's changed over the years..."

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Sony 2×2 OCL: Why future cat photos are less blurry

Sony 2×2 OCL: Why future cat photos are less blurry

Sony's next camera sensor will improve your smartphone camera game in a big way. Compared to past tech, cameras will be twice as accurate when seeking focus. This system is enabled with the just-revealed Sony 2x2 On-Chip Lens Solution (OCL) for future mobile image sensors. If you're reading this article in the year 2019, bookmark it - when you get your first camera in the year 2020 or later and find yourself marveling over the lack of blurry photos, come back and read why that's happening, right here!

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Gmail update: Attach emails to other emails without download

Gmail update: Attach emails to other emails without download

If you're here to learn how to attach emails to other emails in Gmail, you're in luck. Today, Google revealed that they'd updated Gmail via the G Suite update blog to allow emails to attach to other emails without downloading before attaching. As such, you can now drag an email or multiple emails from your Gmail browser window into an already-open draft email to see said email or emails attached to said draft.

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Galaxy S11 release date leaked for USA

Galaxy S11 release date leaked for USA

Insider sources report that the Samsung Galaxy S11 is scheduled for a February event and a March release date in 2020. This is a very similar date range to previous years, where Samsung set the release of their Galaxy S11 in the early Spring, then the release of the Galaxy Note in the Fall. The wrench that may mix this schedule up a bit is the Galaxy Fold, a new sort of device that's not yet established an ideal spot in the year for release amongst the other biggest names in mobile hardware.

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This Pokemon GO Christmas event starts Monday!

This Pokemon GO Christmas event starts Monday!

Today we're starting the run-down of holiday events in Pokemon GO that'll take place in the month of December, 2019. The first big change and update starts on Monday, December 16, 2019! This action begins with Pokemon eggs, and Niantic suggests that "you can expect different Pokémon to be hatching from Eggs! Which Pokémon will they be? Incubate some Eggs and start walking to find out!"

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Pokemon GO December holiday events report: As predicted!

Pokemon GO December holiday events report: As predicted!

Today we're taking a peek at some details released by Niantic about the Holiday Events in Pokemon GO for 2019. This is the first time Niantic's made this series of events official, so they've not revealed ALL the info about each bonus or Pokemon that'll be involved - but we can start our score chart right this minute! Let's start with our predicted date range!

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Facebook Cambridge Analytica FTC ruling, 4 years late and woefully inadequate

Facebook Cambridge Analytica FTC ruling, 4 years late and woefully inadequate

Here in late 2019, the FTC released a ruling and public order on their findings on Cambridge Analytica's dealings on Facebook. That's Cambridge Analytica, one of the many major reasons Facebook faced major scrutiny for their role in the spread of disinformation during the 2016 US Presidential Election season. This is not the first time Cambridge Analytica was found guilty of deception and criminal activity - it is, however, the latest clear sign that the FTC is not equipped to protect the privacy of citizens of the United States.

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Mac Pro 2019 MPX Module (GPU) unexpectedly easy to upgrade

Mac Pro 2019 MPX Module (GPU) unexpectedly easy to upgrade

Today Apple released a set of videos about their also-newly-released Mac Pro. This is the Mac Pro for late-2019, revealed back in June of 2019. The focus of the most interesting of these videos is the "plug-and-play Mac Pro Expansion Module", aka the "MPX Module", a piece of hardware that Apple says "adds extra graphical power to your Mac Pro." This is the way you switch out your GPU and replace it with a new GPU - it's made to appear simple.

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iPhone iOS 13.3 update brings fixes for Photos, Dark Mode, Gmail

iPhone iOS 13.3 update brings fixes for Photos, Dark Mode, Gmail

Apple's iOS 13.3 was released this afternoon with Screen Time updates as well as bug fixes for several apps. This update is available for all iPhone and iPod touch devices with the proper hardware requirements. Users will find improvements to Screen Time, Apple News, and the one you've been waiting for - Stocks! It's likely the changes most significant for the masses are, instead, the bug fixes for several key elements in other apps.

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WhatsApp login is the latest Facebook Portal Trojan Horse

WhatsApp login is the latest Facebook Portal Trojan Horse

Facebook's person-tracking camera-display system Portal is getting an update so that users can avoid Facebook. That's right - the Facebook-made Portal, Portal Mini, Portal+ and Portal TV device collection can now be used without a Facebook account. Users can utilize "WhatsApp login" to work with video calls and features like Story Time. Let's talk about why Facebook would allow this to happen.

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