Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently the senior editor for SlashGear. Based in Bismarck, 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.

This nasal spray stops med-resistant depression in trials

This nasal spray stops med-resistant depression in trials

The nasal spray medication called Esketamine was approved by the FDA this year for treatment of drug-resistant depression - and we've done a bit of an investigation. Over 17.3-million adults in the United States suffer from depression - that's over 7% of all US adults. It's safe to say this affliction affects the way we live our lives - and it'd be a pretty excellent day when we figured out how to adequately treat it.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Game of Thrones edition: Isn’t that odd?

Samsung Galaxy Fold Game of Thrones edition: Isn’t that odd?

The folks at Caviar got their hands on a Samsung Galaxy Fold and decided to bring the bling. They've crafted a gold renditioning of the phone, a reconditioning of the phone, maybe even a remixing of the phone, in Game of Thrones TV show styling. This version of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is also aimed at fans of the next book by George R. R. Martin: The Winds of Winter.

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Pokemon GO Raid Week guide: Shiny Bronzor and 4 more updates

Pokemon GO Raid Week guide: Shiny Bronzor and 4 more updates

This is Extraordinary Raid Week in Pokemon GO, and there's a whole lot of quantifiable data through which we must sift! Much like our previous guides for special weeks in Pokemon GO, we've got the shiny Pokemon of the week: Bronzor - as well as some new rates on Shiny Pokemon popping up as result of the raids themselves. All five tiers of Pokemon Raid Boss are in the mix too!

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Huawei ban list and timeline: Google, Microsoft, Android fallout

Huawei ban list and timeline: Google, Microsoft, Android fallout

Today we're going to run down the effective Huawei ban list, the basics in China-based spy fears, and the fallout. This has a little to do with ZTE, a lot to do with China's government, and what might be the worst bout of luck a company ever had (with regard to their native country's timing for a trade war with the United States). But most importantly, we're going to list all the places Huawei's been banned, rejected, or removed in the recent past.

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Comcast activity monitor may let Grandma stay safe at home

Comcast activity monitor may let Grandma stay safe at home

It would appear that Comcast wants to monetize your health. Word this afternoon is that Comcast is working on a smart home device not unlike that of the Amazon Echo and/or Google Home. Smart home speaker is the name of the game, and Comcast is aiming at making cash via hospitals. If they can keep you out of the emergency room, surely they deserve compensation for your health - and the health of your grandmother?

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Game of Thrones: the ‘real’ ending, via George RR Martin

Game of Thrones: the ‘real’ ending, via George RR Martin

On May 20th, 2019, George RR Martin made an entry into his "Not a Blog" blog about the current state of Game of Thrones. The television series final episode, Season 8, Episode 6: The Iron Throne just popped up, and it was time for the original author to have his say. Not that he had a lot to say about the ending of this particular interpretation of the content. He confirmed that he's still working on additional material for his written ending(s) to A Song of Ice and Fire - and that his ending WILL be different. Or it won't - so he says.

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OnePlus 7 feature apps readied for older phones (with fixes)

OnePlus 7 feature apps readied for older phones (with fixes)

Phones like the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 6 will get a new set of features in an update that'll make them more like OnePlus 7. The OnePlus 7/Pro has a set of features like Zen Mode and Screen Recorder that push the already-excellent phone into the "so many features that I'll probably never use them all" zone. That's a good place to be, especially for people that already own a OnePlus phone.

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PS5 guide to leaks and confirmed details before release

PS5 guide to leaks and confirmed details before release

Today we're looking at the Sony PlayStation 5, or PS5, using all the information we've gathered over the last few weeks. Today is a special day in that over the last 24 hours, we've learned more than was leaked over the past couple of months. Today's pack of information should be enough to assist your decision to start saving up cash to buy the PS5 (or to skip it and buy a few more PS4 games instead).

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Pixel 3a issue: Random shutdown and the fallout

Pixel 3a issue: Random shutdown and the fallout

Several Google Pixel 3a users found themselves at the receiving end of a software issue over the last couple weeks. Users found that their phone will shut down - seemingly at random. The only fix seems to be a hard reset, which apparently does not do the trick for longer than a few hours at a time.

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Galaxy Note 10 preview guide: New specs and feature expectations

Galaxy Note 10 preview guide: New specs and feature expectations

There's a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 coming your way later this year, and it's going to be a doozy of a device. Over the past few weeks we've been gathering and analyzing all reputable Samsung Galaxy Note 10 leaks, and today we've compiled the lot into a relatively easy-reading short format. Here lies the latest report on the Galaxy Note 10 in the weeks and months before its release.

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New Google Glass E2 as team exits X, now Google proper

New Google Glass E2 as team exits X, now Google proper

Google buried the lede with their newest Google Glass press release, focusing on the newest device rather than the group's biggest move to date. The group responsible for Google Glass will, for the first time since inception, move from Alphabet's "X" to Google proper. This move was made, according to Google, to "meet the demands of the growing market for wearables in the workplace and to better scale our enterprise efforts."

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Why Nokia OZO audio on an OPPO phone should light your fire

Why Nokia OZO audio on an OPPO phone should light your fire

What on earth is going on with Nokia OZO Audio, and why is it important to the phone called OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition? Since we've been following along with both brands for approximately a decade, we're ready to explore this strange pairing with aplomb. Nokia is a brand that creates all sorts of things, now - and OPPO is one of the most interesting smartphone brands in the world.

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