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.

Google Stadia: 5 big questions that still need answers

Google Stadia: 5 big questions that still need answers

With a release date inside 2019, Google Stadia seems like a cloud gaming service that should be pretty much ready to launch. To that end, we've got a few unanswered questions we'd like to explore. Like what will this service cost, and at what point can I play Crysis on my device that was never, ever meant to handle such a massive processing nightmare?

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OnePlus is the Apple of Android software updates

OnePlus is the Apple of Android software updates

Remember back in early 2016 when the OnePlus 3 was first released? Those were heady days - the world was different back then. Now we're nearly 3 years into the future, and a phone that launched with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is still getting updates. It got an update from Marshmallow to Nougat, then to Oreo, now it's about to get an update to Pie. Updates for three years - isn't that supposed to be a feature reserved for the elite kings of mobile, Apple, for the iPhone alone?

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Maybe reconsider deleting that old battery-hog app

Maybe reconsider deleting that old battery-hog app

The lengths some people will go through to avoid working a 9-5 job are just incredible. What we're seeing here today is a fraudster campaign perpetrated by an unnamed "Company X" discovered fitting itself in-between ad networks and their final target, the everyday average Android smartphone user. They did it by hiding, and they did it by draining your battery while they hid.

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How I made my own action figure with silicone and resin

How I made my own action figure with silicone and resin

A few months ago I became interested in the offbeat art of bootleg action figures. I started by following artists and designers on Instagram, and a big part of sharing art like this on Instagram is revealing parts of the product's creation process. I wanted to see if I could make an action figure of my own, so I did it. I attained a few bottles of chemicals, grabbed some cups, cardboard, and tape, and got working.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a release date, and its price is bananas

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a release date, and its price is bananas

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be the first Samsung phone with 5G connectivity onboard, and today its launch details were revealed. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be released with no pre-order program, instead relying heavily on the already strong launch sales numbers and excitement about being first in line to work and play with 5G. The 5G network this phone will come to first is in South Korea, where the phone will cost 1.5 million won.

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Apple TV service event will only matter to you in one way

Apple TV service event will only matter to you in one way

A bit of a leak of Apple's next event showed the content of the announcements the company's about to make. Apple's got some entertainment on-hand in the TV department. They're apparently set to deliver a new service in which they sell subscriptions to services that already sell subscriptions. The biggest differences for you will be in price and in availability - sort of.

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Intel Nervana Spring Crest NNP cards photographed in early state

Intel Nervana Spring Crest NNP cards photographed in early state

Intel Nervana is the company's neural network processor (NNP) brand, relatively newly commercial-facing and already quite powerful. Thus far no Intel Nervana hardware's been widely available - but that ends with the Intel Nervana NNP-L1000, the company's first commercial NNP chip. Today we've got a couple photos of the most basic, but at least basically functional, bits of commercial Nervana in the L1000, codenamed Spring Crest.

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John Wick 3 trailer delivers one perfect Matrix reference

John Wick 3 trailer delivers one perfect Matrix reference

There's a John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019) trailer out right now, and inside it are a few key details. This film is the third of three John Wick movies - so far. Assuming Wick survives this adventure, there's no foreseeable end to the number of AAA films in which Keanu Reeves might participate, John Wick style. Also, this trailer has one VERY obvious reference to The Matrix.

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Intel Xe graphics card hardware, Graphics Command Center aim for NVIDIA, AMD

Intel Xe graphics card hardware, Graphics Command Center aim for NVIDIA, AMD

Graphics card sales have long been dominated by two companies - but that might well be about to change. Intel held an inaugural event for its new program called The Odyssey at GDC 2019 this week. This program is made to connect Intel with enthusiast users - gamers particularly, but other high-end hardware buyers, too. They got the opportunity to see the first Intel graphics card in a very brief set of slides.

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ROKiT phone launch prompts some serious side-eyes

ROKiT phone launch prompts some serious side-eyes

Today a set of ROKiT smartphones were launched at the company's online store and at Walmart online. Two phones are feature phones, one is just about as standard a smartphone as you can get, and two work with glasses-free 3D. The first question you should be asking is: Why would I buy a phone, especially a "3D" phone, without first getting to test it out, in-hand?

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This may be the Galaxy Note 10 in specs

This may be the Galaxy Note 10 in specs

Today we're going over a set of leaked Samsung Galaxy Note 10 specifications that might've just spilled the beans. We're still reeling from the release of the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, not to mention the Galaxy S10E - but it's time to start talking about the Galaxy Note 10 immediately. If Samsung one-ups its competitors, like Apple's iPhone XS Max and the Huawei P30 Pro, it'll be high time the display size changed in the Galaxy Note 10, and its innards to boot.

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Real T2 magnetic liquid metal means wobbly gadget future

Real T2 magnetic liquid metal means wobbly gadget future

Ever wonder that it'd take to make a Terminator robot out of liquid metal? A study was released with the American Chemical Study that showed the future of MLMD, a magnetic liquid metal droplet. It's not exactly ready to be used as a next-generation super soldier just yet, but it's the next big step. MLMD is created with a multimaterial system including liquid metals, iron particles, and electrolytes, and it's ready to stretch.

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