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.


Should I trust the OnePlus 5T?

Should I trust the OnePlus 5T?

As the OnePlus 5T is released worldwide, we've discussed the lifecycle of each OnePlus device - and the software updates therein. Upon setting out the entirety of OnePlus' short company history, it's clear that this is no ordinary brand. Updates come quicker in some areas, and not at all in others - this is no Apple, that's for sure.

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Kudos is a Black Mirror nightmare brought to life

Kudos is a Black Mirror nightmare brought to life

The same crew that tried bringing an Uber-like model to city busses is now attempting to replace server tips with digital ratings. Instead of an amount of cash given to a restaurant server after friendly, prompt, helpful service, they'd instead receive some stars in an app. The Black Mirror episode Nosedive is about almost exactly this same thing.

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Galaxy S9 may equip iPhone X innards

Galaxy S9 may equip iPhone X innards

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 both have facial recognition abilities, but not to the degree the Galaxy S9 might. A new report suggests that Samsung is currently in the process of sourcing their own 3D-sensor, not entirely unlike what Apple has in the iPhone X. But what would Samsung do to differentiate themselves further from their competitors - surely not continue to rely on curved edge displays alone?

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Pokemon GO Thanksgiving event is tiny, but more is coming

Pokemon GO Thanksgiving event is tiny, but more is coming

This Thanksgiving in Pokemon GO, Niantic's announced that users will have the opportunity to earn rewards. Last year's Thankgiving event, bonuses where given to all those players walking and catching Pokemon during the holiday where exercise is needed the most. This year Niantic decided that users need to exercise an extreme amount just to - possibly - maybe - EARN those rewards, the hard way.

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Black Friday’s 4K smart TV dark horse is NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Black Friday’s 4K smart TV dark horse is NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Today the NVIDIA SHIELD TV was announced to have its price kicked temporarily in the bottom, just in time for Black Friday 2017. This is the device is easily my own top recommendation for smart TV central hub, and has been for the past two years, as well. While this machine is already a decent price without discount, here on Black Friday its cut down to the lowest price it's ever been (in its current form, with 3-free months of YouTube Red to boot.)

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 release day in-game purchase updates

Star Wars Battlefront 2 release day in-game purchase updates

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 had some changes announced this week just before release day. As such, we're going to run down what you're going to need to expect from the game when release day arrives. Instead of the mess of a set of in-game micro-transactions originally available in the early release of the game, all in-game purchases have been turned off, for now.

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Star Wars Gift Guide 2017

Star Wars Gift Guide 2017

Over the past few months we've been rounding up some of the most epic or otherwise nice-yet-affordable Star Wars gifts for this holiday season. What we've got is what you'll see below. This list includes a Star Wars record player, an electric vehicle for kids, and some star wars stationary. Basically all levels of gift cost are included here - from the extremely inexpensive to the Favorite-Aunty-Costly.

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Battlefront 2: Reddit meme-troopers just saved the day …for now

Battlefront 2: Reddit meme-troopers just saved the day …for now

This week Reddit changed the mind of EA on a game they were just about to release called Star Wars: Battlefront II. This game was looking amazing at first, then the public turned sour at EA's reveal of in-game transactions. After days of bad press from game and tech blogs and a massive front-page-fiasco on Reddit, EA "heard you loud and clear."

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Galaxy S9 pre-release leaks: fixing these S8 mistakes

Galaxy S9 pre-release leaks: fixing these S8 mistakes

The Samsung Galaxy S9 was the subject of a number of tips today and over the past few days, largely with respect to device size. What we've gotten to know about this device is, first and foremost, it'll look different from its predecessor. According to feline-icon'ed South Korea-based tipster Ice Universe, the Galaxy S9's backside in particular "will change a lot."

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WiZ smart lighting Review: LED bulbs and projector

WiZ smart lighting Review: LED bulbs and projector

We've been using a set of WiZ smart LED lights for the past week to see how they stood up to their closest competitors. In the world of smart bulbs - especially when we're talking about SIMPLE smart home lighting systems, there's one stand out brand: Phillips hue. Today we're going to run down the reasons why the new-to-America brand WiZ is more than a fly-by-night smart lighting competitor - they might just have hue beat.

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Fantastic Beasts Grindelwald photos, actors, and Dumbledore too!

Fantastic Beasts Grindelwald photos, actors, and Dumbledore too!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie is well on its way, heading to theaters in just one year from now. THIS MORNING: The next Harry Potter universe's Fantastic Beasts movie was revealed today in fabulous fashion. This movie will be called Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and it'll be jam-packed with actors that'll take some of the most notorious roles of the film and book series. That means Gellert Grindelwald, Newt Scamander, and none other than Albus Dumbledore himself.

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OnePlus 5T vs 5: specs, pricing, release dates

OnePlus 5T vs 5: specs, pricing, release dates

This morning we saw the OnePlus 5T for the first time, and now we're comparing the device to its nearest predecessor. The OnePlus 5T is meant to be a half-step between this past generation and the next, with a T to signify the change. As OnePlus suggested onstage today, the letter "T" is in place because Apple uses an "S" for their half-step phones every other year.

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