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.

Gym Pokemon GO update tipped with a Fighting Type event

Gym Pokemon GO update tipped with a Fighting Type event

In addition to news of Custom Pokestops popping up for users around the Pokemon GO universe, word of a new Fighting Type event has surfaced. The first bit of information comes from Niantic right up out in the open. According to the Niantic Help Twitter account, there can be little doubt that a submission system for Pokestops is in the mix for the near future. We promise not to try to make the rock pile behind our house a Pokestop - fingers crossed!

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Galaxy S8: How to bypass the Iris Scanner with a photo and a contact lens

Galaxy S8: How to bypass the Iris Scanner with a photo and a contact lens

The folks at Chaos Computer Clubs have shown how to bypass biometric security on the Samsung Galaxy S8 with a set of simple tools. Infrared camera capture of the target user's face creates a photo which is then printed. This printed photo is combined with a contact lens, and placed in front of the smartphone. The next step is opening the phone - which then allows the user in without real eyeballs.

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One potential problem with the HTC U11

One potential problem with the HTC U11

My one concern with the HTC U11 is the same as with previous models from lesser manufacturers. Where HTC's smartphones excel in unique design, they give me a chill for those users that are prone to clumsiness. HTC is right on the borderline with popularity in smartphones, where 3rd-party accessory brands decide whether making a case will be worth the effort.

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“Genius” author Walter Isaacson on Einstein vs Leonardo vs Steve Jobs

“Genius” author Walter Isaacson on Einstein vs Leonardo vs Steve Jobs

This month we had a chat with author Walter Isaacson about his work on humanizing several of histories most influential geniuses. Isaacson is the author of Steve Jobs' most famous biography - you might remember him from this 60 Minutes interview given after Jobs' death. In 2007 he released the book "Einstein: His Life and Universe", and in 2017, National Geographic began releasing the episodic TV series "Genius" using Isaacson's biography.

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The next Pokemon GO event tipped X2 [Promo Codes Update]

The next Pokemon GO event tipped X2 [Promo Codes Update]

As the Pokemon GO Rock Event winds down, the next event begins to brew. Information on the next event in Pokemon GO has been tipped to us as a companion for the Gym overhaul. This fabled overhaul of the Pokemon Gym system is just about upon us, and with it will come an event that's quite similar to the one we're in the middle of right this minute.

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Why Sony’s Venom (2018) movie is a huge mistake

Why Sony’s Venom (2018) movie is a huge mistake

The folks at Sony that own the rights to Venom, from the Spider-Man universe, are about to make a huge mistake. Instead of waiting for the next Spider-Man film to be released - by Disney-owned Marvel - they're releasing Venom in their own separate Sony universe. That means no cross-overs - and no tie-ins with any of the established characters already out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Here’s how to try Android O Beta right now [Download]

Here’s how to try Android O Beta right now [Download]

This week Google released the Public Beta download for Android O, the next new version of Android. This version of the software introduces some radical chances to the mobile operating system, including picture-in-picture mode, notification dots, and Smart Text Selection. To take part in the Public Beta, users have only to tap a few buttons and let it go automatic!

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This Galaxy Note 8 3D print video raises release questions

This Galaxy Note 8 3D print video raises release questions

This week a video has appeared with a 3D print of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 3D print. It is believed that this print was made using plans for a real-deal Galaxy Note 8 which would normally be seen by the eyes of a 3rd-party accessory manufacturer. With these plans, a user such as "Concept Creator" is able to get a handle on what the Galaxy Note 8 will feel like and generally look like, too.

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Pokemon GO Event update: the real adventure rock details

Pokemon GO Event update: the real adventure rock details

What the Pokemon GO Adventure Week event was supposed to be is a little different from what it's turned out to be. As far as news on promo codes - any rumors we've heard haven't come up Milhouse, while rock type Pokemon in this event are not exactly the same as the list that some had envisioned. Today we're taking a look at the details that are ACTUALLY in play VS what we were to expect.

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Google VS Root: Why SafetyNet is now standard for developers

Google VS Root: Why SafetyNet is now standard for developers

Blocking apps from being used on rooted smartphones is about to become standard practice. As we found out this morning, Google's latest update to the Google Play Console, as updated during Google IO 2017, includes a Safety Net toggle. This toggle is one of many which give developers a very simple way of allowing some features to be compatible with the apps they make, and others to be kicked from the pack.

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Google Android Themes in O Beta code [Make way for Fuchsia OS]

Google Android Themes in O Beta code [Make way for Fuchsia OS]

This week an intrepid collection of developers have spotted the beginning of user interface themes in Android O for the Google Pixel. This could mean that Google will eventually allow users to theme their software with a set of colors, icons, and wallpapers that are made to make Android more personal. The first "theme" that's appeared is the "Pixel Theme" which includes User Icons 1-8, System Error, Primary, Secondary, tertiary, Quaternary, and Accent colors.

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Pokemon GO Event update: Rock Start Time, Adventure Week News and Guide

Pokemon GO Event update: Rock Start Time, Adventure Week News and Guide

Today begins the 7-day event in Pokemon GO called Adventure Week, so called because of its celebratory attitude. It's also a sort of undercover Indiana Jones party - which you'll find out more about in just a moment. But what you came here to see is when the event begins, for starters. Slap a bike helmet on and get prepared to roll for candy because this event begins this afternoon.

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