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.

Galaxy Note 8 Sale Uber Alles OR Why I’ll wait for iPhone X

Galaxy Note 8 Sale Uber Alles OR Why I’ll wait for iPhone X

Both Samsung and Apple have new smartphones out for sale today, and I've got some opinions about which one I'd choose. If I wanted to pay the smallest amount of money for a top-notch 2017 smartphone (not considering the Google Pixel), I'd have to go with the iPhone 8, which is around $700, on pre-order starting today. If I wanted the most impressive hero phone this year and I needed to order right this minute, I'd choose the Galaxy Note 8.

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The Polaroid OneStep 2 just brought back the original …sort of

The Polaroid OneStep 2 just brought back the original …sort of

The Polaroid OneStep 2 i-Type Camera is a modern recreation - reboot, if you will, of the original Polaroid OneStep. The original Polaroid OneStop was made in 1977, and the subsequent line of OneStop Polaroid self-printing photo cameras made Polaroid a household name. In 2016, the company "The Impossible Project" created "The Impossible I-1", a self-printing photo camera that used self-printing photo film made in the last remaining Polaroid film-printing factory in the world.

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iPhone X : How do I deal with The Notch?

iPhone X : How do I deal with The Notch?

The iPhone X's notch sparked a conversation this week between designers, users, naysayers, and notch-lovers alike. What we've done here is explore some of the first reactions to the notch's now-official presence on the iPhone X. We've also taken a brief look at what Apple has announced as Human Interface Guidelines for the iPhone X - and the notch specifically.

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Pokemon GO just committed a cardinal sin, so I quit

Pokemon GO just committed a cardinal sin, so I quit

Niantic just initiated a feature in Pokemon GO which has made me feel like it's time to quit the game. I've played since before day one - I was an early tester, and I've played almost non-stop since that time. Now I think it's time to throw in the towel. Not because of Raid Battles, and not because of the ever-changing gym. Not even because I've completely run out of cash and am now homeless because of the game (though that bit's a big blown out of proportion.)

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Elon Musk just made a SpaceX FAIL video

Elon Musk just made a SpaceX FAIL video

The many crashes of SpaceX were just captured in a single video edited by none other than Elon Musk. Musk is the founder and CEO of the company, and the video contains the many failed attempts at landing their Orbital Rocket Booster before pulling out a win. This is quite likely the most expensive FAIL compilation ever made for YouTube.

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See Saturn’s beauty as Cassini crashes into it

See Saturn’s beauty as Cassini crashes into it

A 13-year journey ends this week as Cassini–Huygens crashes into the face of Saturn - and we get to see it all happen. At the end of this journey, NASA is celebrating with an E-Book called "The Saturn System : Through the Eyes of Cassini." This E-Book was made free this week, and from it we've got a few passages and big set of photos to share with you today. These are just a few of the 450,000 photos captured by Cassini on its journey from Earth to Saturn.

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Equifax data breach: The shocking security just got worse

Equifax data breach: The shocking security just got worse

Another Equifax portal was found to be negligent in keeping up with security protocol this week. This portal was discovered by Hold Security LLC, which found a new online portal for Equifax employees to manage credit report disputes (with personal info inside). This portal was guarded only by a single name/password digital doorway whose name and password were both "admin".

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iPhone 8 and X have a sort-of secret weapon in NFC

iPhone 8 and X have a sort-of secret weapon in NFC

Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X have a new feature that Apple says doesn't come with any previous iPhone - for now. This feature is an opening up of the hardware that's already in quite a few iPhones from the past few years, a piece of hardware that allows Apple Pay to function. I'm speaking, of course, of the iPhone's NFC reader.

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This DIY iPhone X Mini is bonkers

This DIY iPhone X Mini is bonkers

For the cost of a couple of iPhone cases, a DIY expert in China has converted an iPhone 5 to an iPhone X... sort of. What results from the unscrewing and cutting and jamming in of parts this user has performed is an iPhone X Mini - an iPhone 5 with as little bezel as possible. Of course creating such a Frankenstein's Monster of a phone required that a little bit of the phone be removed - namely the charging port and the speakers.

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iPhone 8 hands-on: not quite X, better than 7s

iPhone 8 hands-on: not quite X, better than 7s

The iPhone 8 is what we expected to be the iPhone 7s - but just a little bit better. Or a whole lot better, if you're Apple making the case for skipping this year's expected "s". The iPhone X, on the other hand, has a few innovations that make it a monster compared to previous iPhone models - even compared to the iPhone 8. Or is it?

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Animoji is Apple’s animated emoji for iPhone X only

Animoji is Apple’s animated emoji for iPhone X only

Your face will be tracked by the iPhone X, and in turn the emoji you send to your best friend will make your facial expressions. It's a concept Apple calls Animoji, and it'll be coming to iOS 11 very soon. Users will be able to access iOS 11 on September 19th - but the iPhone X will be the first with Animoji in full effect. This is all thanks to the numerous sensors and camera up front of the iPhone X, all there primarily for face authentication, AKA Face ID.

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iPhone X release date and pricing details

iPhone X release date and pricing details

With the iPhone X's reveal today, Apple turned the iPhone pricing structure on its head. We've grown accustomed to there being two iPhones at the top of the totem poll, then a couple or a few more just below. Before now, that meant the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were at the top, followed by the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus below, followed by the iPhone SE. With the iPhone X , there's a new monster in town.

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