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.

Google Pixel 2 takes on iPhone with Apple’s own chip designer

Google Pixel 2 takes on iPhone with Apple’s own chip designer

Google just hired Apple's processor designer for mobile products, and they've put him in charge of making their own Pixel SOC. Manu Gulati worked with companies like AMD and Broadcom before moving to Apple in 2009, leading as inventor on a number of key processor-related patents. This may mean that Google will follow in Apple's footsteps for the Pixel 2 or Pixel 3 (probably 3, at this point) - which could mean the axe for Qualcomm from Pixel devices.

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Tim Cook confirms Apple autonomous car system

Tim Cook confirms Apple autonomous car system

This week Apple's CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company was "focusing on autonomous systems" for vehicles. Speaking with Bloomberg Television, Cook suggested that autonomous cars are "a core technology that we view as very important," going on to suggest that it is "probably one of the most difficult AI projects to work on." This is the most plain and public statement Apple has made on autonomous car tech yet.

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Man sentenced to death for Social Media “Blasphemy”

Man sentenced to death for Social Media “Blasphemy”

A man has been sentenced to death this week in a government court of law for committing "blasphemy" on Facebook and WhatsApp. Mr. T. Raza, age 30, was found guilty in a government-sanctioned "antiterrorism court" in a first for the country. This man will be put to death for his crimes against society unless he appeals the sentence, at which point it'll be taken to a higher court.

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Pokemon GO Event update: Fire and Ice start and end times!

Pokemon GO Event update: Fire and Ice start and end times!

The first day of the Pokemon GO Event of Fire and Ice is upon us. Soon, the first Solstice event from Niantic for Pokemon GO will bring both fire type Pokemon and Ice type Pokemon to the mix, making both more common for all users all around the world. This is the first Pokemon GO event in which two different Pokemon types are included in a common push.

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Keep your eye on $ETH or Ethereum’s major weakness

Keep your eye on $ETH or Ethereum’s major weakness

Investors in Ethereum have seen massive rises in price over the past month - but that's all going to end soon. I'm not certain, of course - nobody can know absolutely what's going to happen in any market, cryptocoin or otherwise. But what I'm seeing and what I'm hearing is that a coin that went from around $240 to nearly $400 in a month isn't going to stick there for long. Not because of investors getting jumpy, necessarily, but because of the reasons for the rise.

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Moto E4 Plus release dates, specs, and oddities

Moto E4 Plus release dates, specs, and oddities

This morning Motorola and Lenovo made clear their intentions to release the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus. These devices will be available in a "variety of sophisticated metal finishes" around the world - this is a phone that people everywhere will want to take a peek at. The Moto E4 Plus is the one we're interested in due to its 5.5-inch display for a price that's lower than average. Meanwhile the standard Moto E4's nothing to scoff at!

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Pokemon GO event schedule for June: update UNOWN!

Pokemon GO event schedule for June: update UNOWN!

Niantic news this week included an expansive list of Pokemon GO events to celebrate their most successful game's 1-year anniversary. Inside this list of events is a pattern of details that'll very likely show us the future of the game. That includes real-life real-world events, birthday party action, extra EXP, and new Pokemon, too.

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Pokemon GO FEST event has Niantic’s biggest update ever

Pokemon GO FEST event has Niantic’s biggest update ever

Today Niantic revealed Pokemon GO Fest, a Pokemon GO event made to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the game. This game has grown immensely since the first day it was out, and Niantic's making a monstrous set of events to let their fans know that they mean business. This Pokemon GO FEST will contain more than one event over the next few weeks, starting with the Ice and Fire event we reported on earlier this week. A few changes have been made to the proceedings, too!

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Android O Preview update 3 downloads released

Android O Preview update 3 downloads released

This afternoon the third preview version of Android O was released to the public. Users of all sorts can take part in the release of this newest version of Android - regardless of the name "Developer Preview" - since it's relatively stable as such. Regardless - take caution: this version was released by Google, and is part of the public Beta program, but any software that's released before it's public release finalized might have some bugs in it.

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Google Pixel 2 and the detail war with iPhone 8

Google Pixel 2 and the detail war with iPhone 8

This morning we're having a look at what Google's Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2, and Pixel XXL 2 will be. The names for these next devices are not set - not publicly anyway. Final details for the next set of Google Pixel phones, be they a set of 2 or a set of 3, likely hinges partially on Apple's plans for their 2017 set of iPhone devices.

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Father’s Day Gifts Guide: SlashGear’s 2017 top picks

Father’s Day Gifts Guide: SlashGear’s 2017 top picks

Today we've got a list of gift ideas for Father's Day for both standard dad-type dads and the off-the-wall dads we know so well. In this buyers guide of sorts, we're looking at some of the newest and most awesome bits and pieces we've gotten our hands on over the past few weeks. We've got a few old surefire hits in here as well.

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The best movies on Netflix today

The best movies on Netflix today

Today we're going to run down a list of the most watchable and re-watchable movies on Netflix for June of 2017. To make this list, we've gone over the films we've watched over the past few months and compared them to a wide variety of top movie lists across the most excellent publications available today. Cross-referencing this with the list of new movies available to Netflix this month, we've got ourselves a list that'll satisfy all tastes.

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