Author Archives: Chris Burns

Currently managing editor at SlashGear, Chris Burns has been with the site for more than a decade. With a background in graphic design, Chris' eclectic coverage spans UX, 3D printing, mixed reality, and new media, in addition to bringing his exacting eye for detail to smartphones and tablets. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

iPhone 14 redesign leaks tip release date selection shock

iPhone 14 redesign leaks tip release date selection shock

It may be time to adjust your expectations for the iPhone 14 smartphone line. Today we're taking a peek at the latest rumors surrounding this next-generation device, its variations, and ways in which it'll change the way we see the smartphone. If this year's iPhone design is a "tock", the year 2022 will certainly be a "tick" year for Apple.

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YouTube Music features added to Wear OS 2 watches: Fossil, Michael Kors, TicWatch

YouTube Music features added to Wear OS 2 watches: Fossil, Michael Kors, TicWatch

Google announced a set of feature updates to their wearable platform Wear OS this week, starting with YouTube Music for some Wear OS 2 devices. This newest update expands the feature abilities of Google's main music service beyond the few devices in the world running Wear OS 3. Now, even if you own one of the first list of Wear OS 2 devices (as shown below) you'll be able to listen to music offline, without a phone - so long as you're a premium subscriber.

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A real Nokia Tablet at last: Android inside

A real Nokia Tablet at last: Android inside

Nokia revealed they'd be releasing a new tablet in October of 2021. They compared said device to their 2017 release of their newest take on the indestructible smartphone - the legendary Nokia 3310. Now, here in the year 2021, it's time to revive the dream that Nokia designers have been teasing for what seems like forever.

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Peak Design Mobile modular magnetic accessory line launches in time for iPhone 13

Peak Design Mobile modular magnetic accessory line launches in time for iPhone 13

Peak Design released their full mobile ecosystem of magnetic and protective accessories today, coordinated with the launch of Apple's iPhone 13. This collection was part of a Kickstarter back in December of 2020 and rolled out for general availability for the first time today. The mobile line starts with the "Everyday Case", available for iPhone 11, 12, 13, and Samsung Galaxy S21.

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Five features to un-do in iOS 15 for your iPhone

Five features to un-do in iOS 15 for your iPhone

Today we're taking a peek at iOS 15 and a few ways in which it's changed some very basic features in your iPhone. If you've been using your iPhone for quite a few years and have gotten used to the way you've done business, chances are the update to iOS 15 threw you for a bit of a loop. The good news is, nothing is set in stone, and basically everything that's changed can be effectively un-changed.

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China name-checks Bitcoin, Ethereum, TEDA in blanket crypto ban

China name-checks Bitcoin, Ethereum, TEDA in blanket crypto ban

The People's Bank of China just released a note that effectively outlawed cryptocurrency in China. This note was issued to "the people's governments of all provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities under the Central Government, and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. That's basically everyone in China - every Chinese citizen, anyway. They're targeting what they're called "virtual currency trading hype activities" of all sorts.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra massive leak shows entirely too much

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra massive leak shows entirely too much

It would appear that the leaks are coming early this year for the next-generation Samsung Galaxy S device collection. Today we're seeing the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, the highest-end version of the Samsung Galaxy S series for the year 2022. This device has a quad-camera system on its back and an S Pen similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20. This device has an S Pen slot, too - allowing the stylus to fit in and be carried by the phone, again not unlike the Galaxy Note series.

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Parrot ANAFI Ai early access program revealed for pro-droning

Parrot ANAFI Ai early access program revealed for pro-droning

There's an early access program coming to the likes of the Parrot ANAFI Ai 4G LTE-connected drone. This is the sort of program you get in on if you're a hardcore drone user, if you're the sort of professional who uses drones for high-level visuals or 3D scanning, and for those that wish to be the first users of the Parrot ANAFI Ai 4G robotic UAV. Parrot does make clear that this is for "professional drone operators"... but that's you, right?

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Update your new iPhone, iPad before you play music

Update your new iPhone, iPad before you play music

Apple Music appears to be the center of attention in a code mix-up today in certain iPad and iPhone devices. The fix is relatively simple - all one needs to do is update their device with a simple visit to Settings - General - Software Update. Without said update, some users have found that restoring a new iPhone or iPad from backup results in the inability to access certain Apple Music features.

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Pokemon GO Halloween leak 2021: Spooky time!

Pokemon GO Halloween leak 2021: Spooky time!

This week we got a peek at the next major event in the Pokemon GO universe: Halloween! This will more than likely NOT be called Halloween, exactly - since it's generally been called something like "Autumn Festival" in the past - but still, it's time for GHOSTS! This event was the very FIRST special event in Pokemon GO in the first year of the game's existence, and it remains one of the most exciting events of the whole year now!

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This iPhone update isn’t fun, but you’re gonna need it

This iPhone update isn’t fun, but you’re gonna need it

Today an update for iOS was released for both iPhone and iPad, and along with it, some real fixes. This update patches vulnerabilities and security issues of several sorts, mainly for devices released before iPhone 7 - that is, before the year 2016. If you have an iPhone or iPad newer than this, it's still important to check for updates, especially security updates, but you're probably fine for now.

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Twitter brings Bitcoin aboard, NFT might be next

Twitter brings Bitcoin aboard, NFT might be next

Twitter started using Bitcoin this week with the addition of a feature called Tips. You might've seen Tips in Twitter before when it was called "Tip Jar" - now it's just Tips. This Tips feature also just rolled out to all iOS users around the world - and Android is next.

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