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.

Pokemon GO adding stickers, friend invites for raids

Pokemon GO adding stickers, friend invites for raids

This week the folks at Niantic revealed that they'd be adding new social networking features to Pokemon GO in the near future. One of the several changes that'll come to Pokemon GO "later this month" is the ability to invite in-game friends to Pokemon Raid Battles. This feature was previously announced to be coming "soon" - now it's been tipped to be released by the end of the month of June.

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This iPhone 13 concept is too insane for Apple, but what about Android?

This iPhone 13 concept is too insane for Apple, but what about Android?

This week we were looking at the latest in an always-wild collection of iPhone 13 concepts, seeking the hidden points of reason that always seem to leak before the real deal from Apple. Today, a concept for an iPhone 13 device seemed to show a machine that was evolutionary, but perhaps a bit TOO revolutionary Apple to consider creating. Apple doesn't make products like this - or at least they never have before. But let's imagine a brand that releases Android phones - could something like this bit of madness be possible today?

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iPhone 12 Pro leaks usher in new set, with all prices

iPhone 12 Pro leaks usher in new set, with all prices

Today we're taking a look a seemingly release date-ready lineup for the iPhone 12 and friends. These devices will likely be called iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Based on our latest available leaked info and insider tips from the past several weeks, we're able to outline four individual smartphones, each with their own distinctive price proposition and value for the discerning iPhone customer here in the year 2020.

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Sony WH-1000 XM4 wireless headphones leak with smarter sound cancellation

Sony WH-1000 XM4 wireless headphones leak with smarter sound cancellation

This week the folks at Walmart responsible for listing products at a specific time and date are... probably in trouble. A new model Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones were revealed early by a listing on the Walmart store website, well ahead of official release. This is before Sony acknowledges that they exist, much less that they'll be released soon.

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Timex smartwatches collaborate with Huami [UPDATE]

Timex smartwatches collaborate with Huami [UPDATE]

This week the folks at Timex revealed a pair of new smartwatches. Both of these watches use the name "Metropolitan" and bear the Timex logo... in their press release. The Timex Metropolitan R is a circular touchscreen smartwatch while the Timex Metropolitan S is a shape that could very easily be mistaken for an Apple Watch - both devices run software that is not Google's WearOS - this is not Android.

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Apple may soon drop prices in bundles, per iPhone code leak

Apple may soon drop prices in bundles, per iPhone code leak

An iOS update revealed details about Apple's next several "bundle offer" and "bundle subscription" deals for Apple products and service. An update for iOS 13.5.5 beta showed that the company is preparing several bundles in the near future. Bundle offer and subscription code did not get specific on which products and/or services would be offered, but clues from the last mention of such terms give us a bit of an indication of what's coming soon.

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Looted iPhones show this message after Apple Store theft

Looted iPhones show this message after Apple Store theft

Apple Stores were among those looted in during protests of police brutality and calls for justice for the murder of George Floyd and other black citizens by police forces across the United States. A number of iPhone devices were stolen by individuals that took advantage of the situation to turn peaceful protests into violent riots. Individuals that decided to loot iPhone units from Apple Stores found themselves on the wrong end of a tracked, disabled piece of hardware.

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Android 11 doesn’t block non-Google Play apps, but does add a hiccup

Android 11 doesn’t block non-Google Play apps, but does add a hiccup

The latest version of the Google version of Android has a system in play that seems to give non-Google Play apps a hard time. This version of Android does not block the installation of APKs outright. Instead, it force-quits apps when they've been given permission to install an outside APK file - at first.

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Galaxy Note 20+ 5G will be the phone to buy this fall: Here’s why

Galaxy Note 20+ 5G will be the phone to buy this fall: Here’s why

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ 5G was revealed in a series of leaks over the past couple of weeks, and a tip today puts the whole story in focus. Here we see a device that's primed to be the go-to device for users that want the most premium smartphone on the market. The combination of newest hardware components and notoriously reliable model history makes the Galaxy Note 20+ 5G the device that makes the most sense to save up cash to buy, as of now.

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Sega Game Gear Micro is retro done right – let me tell you why

Sega Game Gear Micro is retro done right – let me tell you why

The Sega Game Gear Micro is a new video game console that's about the size of half the palm of your hand. It is exceedingly tiny - and it's made to be collectible. This device will be released in four different colors and will play several different games originally released for the original Sega Game Gear!

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Instagram adjusting spam protocol as Black Lives Matter posts flood the platform

Instagram adjusting spam protocol as Black Lives Matter posts flood the platform

This week a flood of posts to Instagram triggered a protocol built in to the platform to combat spam. One element isn't enough - a billion posts with the same hashtag posted in quick succession probably wouldn't have any problem on Instagram. But a billion posts with the same hashtag and the exact same image, all at once - that's where Instagram's automatic spam protection comes in to take action.

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Cyberpunk 2077 livestream postponed, launch still on schedule

Cyberpunk 2077 livestream postponed, launch still on schedule

In the time between the announcement of the Cyberpunk 2077 livestream event and now, a few things have happened. Now the event, called Night City Wire, will take place June 25th instead of June 11, as originally planned. Quite a few other events were postponed early this week as a result of worldwide protests of police brutality and the murder of unarmed black man George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Department officer (now former officer) Derek Chauvin.

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