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.

Realme X2 Pro Review : Proof a great phone need not be expensive in 2020

Realme X2 Pro Review : Proof a great phone need not be expensive in 2020

The Realme X2 Pro was first announced in October of 2019 and features a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED 1080 x 2400 pixel display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC, and a price starting at around $330 USD. They key to understanding how a device of this combination of prices and features could exist lies in the aim of the company and the range of prices at which the device is offered. For its base price, this phone is surprisingly great.

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Leica M10 Monochrom is a new $8k camera with no color

Leica M10 Monochrom is a new $8k camera with no color

In the traditional camera war on mobile camera phones, Leica's taken a daring strike with the Leica M10 Monochrom. This is a monochrome camera - a camera which omits all color filters in favor of ultimate photo power in black and white. Inside this camera is a brand new high-end 40-megapixel "true black-and-white" sensor paired with the newest in digital connectivity and up-to-date photo technology.

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The iPhone vs Galaxy war forces 5G phones to start cheap

The iPhone vs Galaxy war forces 5G phones to start cheap

Within the next year, there's a good chance you'll want a new iPhone with 5G connectivity. Or a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone with 5G connectivity - or some other brand. Given the brand dominance of those two companies in the smartphone realm, it's statistically sound to suggest that there's a good chance you'll chose a phone from one of those two brands.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC: All confirmed new and retro Pokemon so far

Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC: All confirmed new and retro Pokemon so far

Today we're taking a peek at the latest news for Pokemon Sword and Shield with special regard for the DLC coming in 2020. Two different expansions are coming for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, and both are set to bring on a unique set of new - and old - Pokemon to this region's ever-expanding Pokedex. It will be Galar, but so, so much more.

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Cyberpunk 2077 release date delayed right into Avengers

Cyberpunk 2077 release date delayed right into Avengers

This morning the folks at CD PROJEKT RED announced a slight delay in the release of their next major game Cyberpunk 2077. This game is massive, or so they've suggested, so they're going to need just a LITTLE more time to make sure it's up to the fidelity with which it should be delivered. No comment has yet been sent on the situation by one Keanu Reeves.

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Huawei Mate X 1st-gen foldable appears to break, too

Huawei Mate X 1st-gen foldable appears to break, too

In 2019, Samsung Galaxy Fold early review unit display-breaking issue got a lot of press. Other companies like Huawei seemed to delay their own foldable display-toting devices as a result - better to reinforce in the meantime than to have a first-gen disaster, right? Now, after originally delaying their release from a planned June 2019 to an ultimate November 2019 exclusively in China, the Huawei Mate X's launch is... also not so hot.

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LEGO Education SPIKE Prime set released for $330

LEGO Education SPIKE Prime set released for $330

There's a next-level DIY robotics LEGO set out in the world starting this week, and it's called SPIKE Prime! This is a LEGO Education set, which means it's geared toward students - but you're not the sort of person to let a silly thing like that stop you from using the newest in LEGO power enhance the builds you've had brewing, right?

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DARPA-backed living bricks could reproduce, self-heal, and slurp CO2

DARPA-backed living bricks could reproduce, self-heal, and slurp CO2

Researchers have discovered a method with which they're able to create living bricks that turn carbon dioxide into CaCO3, the main ingredient for cement. Studies with Synechococcus cyanobacteria (we'll just refer to it as bacteria from here on out) showed great potential for future building projects when used in combination with sand, carbon dioxide, and a specific range of humidity conditions. Cutting the resulting bricks results in self-healing and reproduction.

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Study shows avoiding convenient foods leads to better health, longer life

Study shows avoiding convenient foods leads to better health, longer life

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Virginia showed two key elements that, over time, "result in obesity and health-related problems." According to their study, those keys are any-time snacking and constant availability of a high-fat diet. The team, led by Professor of Biology Ali Güler of the University of Virginia, found that the modern convenience of 24/7 access to fatty foods are key in our struggle to live healthfully in 2020 and beyond.

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Pokemon GO maps, scanners, trackers, PokeVision alternatives still active today

Pokemon GO maps, scanners, trackers, PokeVision alternatives still active today

The best way to find new Pokemon in Pokemon GO is to head out and walk - BUT - assuming you live in the proverbial Arctic Tundra here in the winter of 2020, you might be seeking alternatives. You want to keep playing Pokemon GO, you want to keep finding new Pokemon, and you want to keep up with your local teams of Pokemon trainers picking up the latest and the greatest top-tier monsters that only appear rarely. For that, you might want to take a peek at a few Pokemon GO maps, scanners, and/or trackers.

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5G Future Forum means your first 5G phone has global potential

5G Future Forum means your first 5G phone has global potential

Today the "5G Future Forum" was announced for the first time. This is a sort of collaboration, a club, an agreement between brands, made for the future of 5G mobile data connectivity. The primary function of the 5G Future Forum (5GFF) is to "collaborate to develop interoperable 5G specifications across key geographic regions." This could be good news for you, a future user of 5G data on your phone, assuming this group does indeed make global 5G interoperability a reality.

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Nubia Z20 2-sided phone just got a price cut

Nubia Z20 2-sided phone just got a price cut

The folks responsible for making the Nubia Z20 just made clear they'd like to get said phone in as many hands as possible, as soon as possible. To make this a reality, they're cutting the base price of the Nubia Z20 down from its original $550 to a cool $500 (approximate pricing) through their US-based online portal. But why would they do such a thing?

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