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.

AMD Ryzen pre-order and release date revealed VS Intel

AMD Ryzen pre-order and release date revealed VS Intel

AMD revealed details surrounding their Ryzen Summit Ridge CPUs, including pricing - ready to take on their biggest competitors. This release includes the Ryzen 7 in models 1800X, 1700X, and 1700. These three cards are aimed at out-performing and under-pricing Intel Core processors across the board.

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Minecraft didn’t abandon Windows Phone, but also sort of did

Minecraft didn’t abandon Windows Phone, but also sort of did

This week the folks at Microsoft's Mojang have announced an update for Minecraft on Windows Phone. Not just any Windows Phone, but Windows 10 Mobile - specifically NOT Windows Phone 8. You see, Minecraft stopped getting updated for Windows Phone 8 back in October of 2016, and will never be updated for that OS ever again. For Windows 10 Mobile, however, it's time to get some new features!

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Instagram’s 10x photos or videos per post is just a blog

Instagram’s 10x photos or videos per post is just a blog

The newest update to Instagram will allow users to insert up to 10x photos or 10x videos in a single post. As Instagram makes this change, they also pave the way to the future - a future in which users are able to post more than 10 photos, and more than 10 videos, and put as much text as they want, and maybe even someday have comments and more share buttons, too. Maybe Instagram's next move will be to allow users to post quotes, audio without video, and insert links too. Is Instagram just becoming Tumblr?

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Where can I get 5G data? Verizon’s 11 cities, and soon

Where can I get 5G data? Verizon’s 11 cities, and soon

Verizon's start of 5G-speed data for mobile devices - smartphones, that is - begins in the first half of this year. The company has been careful not to be too specific in giving the exact time and date of the roll-out for 5G data speeds, but has given a set of 11 markets where it'll start. In these 11 markets, 5G will be coming to pilot customers soon.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 release date nears with compelling new photos

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date nears with compelling new photos

A set of photos has leaked with what appears to be a Samsung Galaxy S8 dummy unit phone. This device almost certainly isn't actually a full-fledged Samsung Galaxy S8, but a model created by accessory-makers. This 3D model - as we can safely assume it is - looks very much like the last several rendered images we've come across over the past week. With this new device, Samsung may break new ground by making no flat-screened smartphones in their main Galaxy S initial launch.

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Penny-size frog found in India

Penny-size frog found in India

A 12-millimeter-long frog has been found in India amongst a total of 7 new species reported by scientists. Four of the new species of frog can fit comfortably on a penny. All seven of the new frog species are part of a group that live only in the Western Ghats mountain range in western India. This group of animals are collectively called Night Frogs.

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Oculus Rift gets HTC Vive’s greatest VR art app – Tilt Brush

Oculus Rift gets HTC Vive’s greatest VR art app – Tilt Brush

Google released their virtual reality art app for Oculus Rift this week after months of exclusivity on HTC Vive. This app allows the user to paint in 3D space, using a variety of brushes and different sorts of "paint." The user is allowed to paint with paint, and the user is allowed to paint with light. Inks and drippings can move, and objects created sit in space while the artist transforms their universe.

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UPS drone launched from truck on delivery route

UPS drone launched from truck on delivery route

The folks at UPS said this week that they'd completed their first test of a drone launched from a truck. Of course this isn't the first time any drone has been launched from a truck, but it is the first time that a UPS drone has launched from a UPS truck with a delivery. This same drone delivered said package and returned to the truck while the driver continued on with their daily route.

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Special Items in Pokemon GO and 8x evolutions they activate

Special Items in Pokemon GO and 8x evolutions they activate

The first batch of Special Items for evolutions in Pokemon GO have been released, and today we're running down their uses. To attain one of these Special Items - or Evolution Stones, or whatever one wants to call them - are available from Pokestops. That's where they come from, and they're very, very rare indeed.

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How a new MacBook could reinvent the laptop

How a new MacBook could reinvent the laptop

Today we're taking a real Apple invention and hypothetically applying it to a real Apple product. What we're doing is having a look at a patent made by Apple - a new sort of hinge design for the MacBook. This new hinge could change the way you and I use a notebook and, potentially, blow the rest of the industry away completely.

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How to get Umbreon and Espeon in Pokemon GO

How to get Umbreon and Espeon in Pokemon GO

Eevee now has five different forms into which it can evolve in Pokemon GO. Today we're reporting on every one of the multiple ways in which Eevee is able to evolve in Pokemon GO as of the 19th of February, 2017. That was just after the big push to Gen 2 for Pokemon GO, starting with Pokemon GO APK v. 0.57.2 and Niantic's announcement of 80+ new Pokemon, including Umbreon and Espeon.

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How to get Unown in Pokemon GO: Rare but not quite Legendary

How to get Unown in Pokemon GO: Rare but not quite Legendary

Today we're going to talk about the rarest of the rare Pokemon in the game Pokemon GO for Gen 2 and beyond. These are the Unown, the letters of the game. This game - like previous Pokemon games - have 26+ Pokemon in the "Unown" category, each assigned to their own letter or character. Some of the Unown are not yet released into the game, but the vast majority are available to be found and caught in the wild already.

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