Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

iPhone 8 Release: What we already know about Apple’s 2017 flagship

iPhone 8 Release: What we already know about Apple’s 2017 flagship

In the Fall of 2017 Apple will reveal its iPhone 8, a device that's already begun its detail leak process months in advance. This device will be the 8th generation in the iPhone line, or the 10th iPhone if we include the iPhone Plus devices as additional models. This combined with the fact that 2017 is 10 years away from the year of the iPhone's inception, 2007, have lead some publishers to hypothesize on a magical "iPhone 10" release. We're attempting to err on the side of a more reasonable smartphone.

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iOS 10.2 update released to iPhone

iOS 10.2 update released to iPhone

This morning iOS 10.2 was released to the public for Apple devices of several sorts. This newest official update comes with fixes and stability improvements as well as feature upgrades. Inside is a new pack of 100 emoji, including animals, faces, food, sports, and a number of new or otherwise modified professions. In iOS 10.2 is a new TV app with a new experience for accessing TV shows and movies in many different or otherwise disparate apps.

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Google Pixel gets features from iPhone 7 and LG G2

Google Pixel gets features from iPhone 7 and LG G2

An update to Google Pixel devices brings features to match those of new iPhones and old Androids of several sorts. Coming to the Pixel this month - in waves - is an update which allows two new gesture features to be made active. Tap to Wake - in a form very similar to the Pixel - appeared first on the LG G2 - back in 2013, when it was called "Knock Knock." Apple's newer iPhones just got their "Raise to Wake" feature this year with iOS 10, while the Moto X had a similar feature back in 2013.

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Pokemon GO Gen 2 Update leaked early (with Christmas secrets) [UPDATE]

Pokemon GO Gen 2 Update leaked early (with Christmas secrets) [UPDATE]

We now have a full list of Pokemon GO updates, including Gen 2 and Christmas, that'll be coming in the next several weeks to Android and iOS. Today Niantic's announcement will give a limited amount of information surrounding New Pokemon in Pokemon GO. This announcement of an announcement was first made on December 7th, 5 days before this article is scheduled to be published. This new collection of Pokemon will change the way the game works - not necessarily the mechanics of the game, but the way in which users seek out which Pokemon and use Pokeballs when and where.

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Obama orders review of hacks during Trump Clinton election cycle

Obama orders review of hacks during Trump Clinton election cycle

The White House has ordered an investigation into hacking done to disrupt the 2016 Presidential Elections here in the United States. This order from President Obama came not long after Trump's most recent Time Magazine interview in which he said he does not believe the U.S. intelligence community in their assessment that Russia attempted to affect the outcome of this year's Presidential Election. Word of an investigation directed by President Obama came through Lisa Monaco, the Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, earlier today.

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Verizon defies Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 kill switch update

Verizon defies Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 kill switch update

Verizon's statement on Samsung's latest effort to recall all Galaxy Note 7 units in the USA is telling. In the statement, Verizon makes clear that they will not be pushing a software update sent by Samsung for the device. The device would essentially render the smartphone useless as it'll disable all charging indefinitely. Verizon disagrees with the method, suggesting that they will not put their customers in such a position during the holiday season.

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Apple AirPods release date to miss Christmas – but why?

Apple AirPods release date to miss Christmas – but why?

Delays in the final release of Apple's AirPods for iPhone 7 will push them past this year's holiday season. Several reasons why have popped up in the past couple of weeks, including today's insider insight from the Wall Street Journal. Their source is familiar with the development of the AirPods and says that Apple continues to work on perfecting the technology required to push these wireless earbuds past competing devices.

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Pokemon GO Gen 2 : how to be first to the update download

Pokemon GO Gen 2 : how to be first to the update download

The 100+ new Pokemon in Pokemon GO are coming, and playing the Pokemon GO song "I Play Pokemon GO" on repeat is not the best way to bring Gen 2 quicker. There are several ways in which a Pokemon GO user can make certain they're amongst the first to have access to the second generation of Pokemon - the list from Pokemon Black and Pokemon White. We've worked with our source familiar with the information who wishes to remain anonymous to create a miniature guide that'll be sure to make the update appear for you as fast as possible.

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Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update release date set for 2017

Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update release date set for 2017

Don't get too excited about the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7's version of Android Nougat. It wont be released until early 2017 - weeks away, at least - but don't lose hope! Latest word on the street is that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge won't even stop at Android 7.0, it'll skip right on over to Android 7.1.1 (also Nougat.)

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Astronaut John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies

Astronaut John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies

Today on the news that American hero John Glenn had died we gathered together a series of inspiring words from and about him. Perhaps the most famous of these is "Godspeed, John Glenn," spoken by mission controller Scott Carpenter as Glenn neared launch onboard Friendship 7 in February of 1962. That flight was part of NASA's Project Mercury and carried Glenn on three orbits around the Earth.

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Spies at 33,000 feet! NSA listens to phone calls in flight

Spies at 33,000 feet! NSA listens to phone calls in flight

Aircraft carrying GSM phone-using passengers are revealed to have been targeted by the NSA for at least the past 5 years. This information comes from a newly revealed document from the National Security Agency's former contractor and infamous leaker Edward Snowden. In this document, a riddle starts off the reveal of technology which allowed and allows the NSA to listen in on phone calls and intercept messages posted to social networks - texts too, of course.

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The 10 best Star Wars gifts for girls and boys, men and women (2016 edition)

The 10 best Star Wars gifts for girls and boys, men and women (2016 edition)

Today we've got a gift guide for Star Wars fans for the holiday season, for men and women, girls and boys alike. This gift guide is golden for Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Life Day, and whatever else includes the giving of presents galore. We've got a list of the most awesome Star Wars products we've discovered and tested ourselves over the past 12 months - the lot of which we recommend personally.

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