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.

iPhone and Apple Watch GPS requires reset in recent update

iPhone and Apple Watch GPS requires reset in recent update

This week Apple Support released a note about GPS functionality on the Apple Watch and iPhone with the latest software update to each. This update seems to have created an issue with the pairing of iOS 14.0 and watchOS 7.0, requiring a relatively drastic fix to make it all function as intended. This oddity appeared after updating iPhone to iOS 14 and Apple Watch to watchOS 7 in late September.

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5 things Google announced in its big Fall 2020 event

5 things Google announced in its big Fall 2020 event

This week Google held its annual big Fall event with devices like the Google Pixel 5 and the new Nest Audio. In this event they revealed the newest iteration of their smart TV platform, Google TV, built on Android TV. They also revealed that they have another Google Pixel 4a - this time with 5G and a surprisingly different bit of industrial design.

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NASA Hubble video shows the death of an exploding star

NASA Hubble video shows the death of an exploding star

Today NASA's got a time-lapse video ready to roll to show the tail end of an exploding star. This video includes a whole lot of data and imagery captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, showing views from as far back as the year 2018. This imagery shows the fading of the light of a supernova in the spiral galaxy know as NGC 2525.

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Exploding Kittens Inc “A Game of Cat & Mouth” can’t be what you expect

Exploding Kittens Inc “A Game of Cat & Mouth” can’t be what you expect

The same people that made the original Exploding Kittens card game just revealed another very strange item. This game is called "A Game of Cat & Mouth" and it's made for two players. It works with graphics similar to those of the game Exploding Cats, but instead of cards, it works with balls and magnets.

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October has 2 full moons, one on Halloween

October has 2 full moons, one on Halloween

The year 2020 has 13 full moons, instead of 12. Two of these full moons will occur in the spookiest of months, October. The first of these full moons will occur on the first of October, 2020, starting at 5:05 PM (17:05) Eastern Time. Because this moon is so close to the Autumn Equinox, this is the 2020 Full Harvest Moon.

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Pokemon GO free remote raid passes for two months

Pokemon GO free remote raid passes for two months

This week starts a series of weeks in which Niantic gives users a free Remote Raid Pass. There are a few prerequisites for obtaining said pass, including having a certain amount of passes before attempting to get a new free pass. You'll also need to know where to look - not that they're particularly well hidden, or meaning to be hidden in the first place.

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Google TV won’t get Stadia until early next year

Google TV won’t get Stadia until early next year

Google Stadia won't be working on Google TV until some time in the first half of the year 2021. An announcement from the Stadia team at Google came soon after the big reveal of the first Chromecast with Google TV. This is strange, considering the fact that some Android TV devices have had Stadia support since earlier this summer.

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Marshall Major IV go wireless with 3-day battery

Marshall Major IV go wireless with 3-day battery

Headphones made by Marshall look iconic. They've been making guitar amplifiers for decades, with the same iconic Marshall logo for that's appeared onstage with countless mega-bands like The Who, Guns N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and SLAYER. The Marshall brand name's been on personal speakers and headphones now, too, for a number of years - and the products they've released have been pretty decent.

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Pixel 4a 5G release date, price, and features bump up

Pixel 4a 5G release date, price, and features bump up

Google revealed the Google Pixel 4a 5G today on the 30th of September, 2020. This device is similar to its predecessor, but isn't similar enough to share the exact same name. It's not just a 5G upgrade - it's a new device. It has a larger OLED display, a bigger battery, and it'll cost you around $500 USD.

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Google TV is the new, cleaner Android TV

Google TV is the new, cleaner Android TV

Today we're taking a peek at Google's newest iteration of their smart TV experience. This new version is called Google TV, not to be confused with the old product (also called Google TV, defunct for quite a few years now), this new Google TV system is built on Android TV, making the best of the features that work, and modifying and improving those that have not worked to Google's satisfaction.

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Instagram Facebook Messenger merging day is here

Instagram Facebook Messenger merging day is here

Facebook's latest move with Instagram - this week - was to integrate several "familiar features" from Messenger. If you have no issue whatsoever with Facebook as a company or a social media entity, this shouldn't be much concern to your personal wellbeing. If, on the other hand, you've been using Instagram since inception and have been bummed to find Facebook's acquisition of the property meant it'd be integrated into The Social Network further, and further, and further... today is another dark day.

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Salmonella recalls hit cheese dip, onions, and dog food

Salmonella recalls hit cheese dip, onions, and dog food

Supposing you're not feeling positive about salmonella in your life, the FDA has news for you today. A set of recalls appeared today to add to the list of recalls from earlier this month, all centered on salmonella outbreaks and potential sources for salmonella contamination. On the list as of today are new names in red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions, cheese dip, and reminders for Shirakiku Dried Fungus and certain sorts of dog food.

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