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.

Ugly iPhone 8 leak: If this is real, you won’t be happy

Ugly iPhone 8 leak: If this is real, you won’t be happy

This afternoon a set of photos of the iPhone 8 - or what appears to be the iPhone 8 - leaked in China. These images show a relatively official-looking piece of hardware - albeit a less-than-ideal version of what we expected. In this version of the iPhone 8, we see the Touch ID hole - the fingerprint reader - set on the back of the phone. Just the place we'd crossed our fingers it'd never end up.

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PlayStation 4 5.0 Beta System Update: How to get this game-changer

PlayStation 4 5.0 Beta System Update: How to get this game-changer

The most mega-large of updates to the base system UI and features of the PlayStation 4 (PS4) is available to the public now. While not every member of the public will be given access, the front door was effectively thrown open by Sony this week. All that lies between you and the next generation in PlayStation 4 software is a Sony guard at the door that checks to see if you're on the waiting list - so to speak.

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Segway hack: Hoverboard fires were tip of the iceberg

Segway hack: Hoverboard fires were tip of the iceberg

Hoverboard fires weren't enough to deter some users from rolling these two-wheeled vehicles. Now we've got hackers taking to the streets, too. What one security company found in a popular Segway-brand Hoverboard will be enough to turn your stomach - or at least scrape up your knees as your Hoverboard is remotely commanded to stop, quite abruptly.

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This is Donald Glover as Lando (and Chewie’s wife?!)

This is Donald Glover as Lando (and Chewie’s wife?!)

Today we've gotten a couple looks at what Donald Glover is going to look like in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars film. While it should be relatively obvious that his appearance won't change drastically - Lando's just a man, after all - we do get to see some sweet costume images. Very, very small images that I feel border on cruelty - thanks Ron Howard! Now, to start making that super-duper-early cosplay jacket in yellow...

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Galaxy S8 Bixby Voice: How to get started

Galaxy S8 Bixby Voice: How to get started

This week Samsung's Bixby Voice feature begins to roll out to users everywhere - here's how to get it. This system is a relative long-time-coming, when we consider how long it was since Samsung revealed the feature for the phone. Just as the phone itself was first announced, so too was Bixby's ability to speak with its master - you, the owner of the Galaxy S8.

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News of Pokemon GO Fest photos and map details leaked: look!

News of Pokemon GO Fest photos and map details leaked: look!

Photos suggest that Pokemon GO Fest has begun to be set up by Niantic this afternoon in Chicago. Pokemon GO Fest is the first massive Niantic-hosted real-world event for Pokemon GO, and its set to take place this Saturday. Have a peek below at a series of photos captured by local citizens heck-bent on making sure we see this event setup every step of the way!

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Photoshopped fakes trick you all the time, researchers report

Photoshopped fakes trick you all the time, researchers report

Photo manipulation tricks human eyes very easily according to a new report. Three researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick have done a number of tests to conclude that "people have poor ability to identify whether a real-world image is original or has been manipulated." In other words - humans do not have any sort of innate sense for discerning reality from computer-edited photography, AKA Photoshopping.

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Snapchat back-to-back Snaps is a gamechanger: how to get it

Snapchat back-to-back Snaps is a gamechanger: how to get it

The new version of Snapchat allows you two record up to six Snaps in a row. With this new ability, Snapchat users will be Snapping faster than they've ever Snapped before. They'll be Snapping so much, they'll have no trouble sharing Snaps with every single person on their list of Snaps all Snappin' day long. Also note: 6 Snaps in a row is the new limit - but there's no knowing how far Snapchat will go next.

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These iPhone 8 pictures show display on in high resolution

These iPhone 8 pictures show display on in high resolution

The collection of photos of the iPhone 8 we're about to show you basically spoil the whole phone reveal. While we cannot be certain that we're looking at the iPhone 8 - or whatever it'll be called - until Apple reveals it, there's good reason to believe that the design (as it stands now) is right on point with the images we're about to show. Some of these images are renderings, some of these images are photos.

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Apple’s 2018 iPhone’s key parts may be made by its arch-rival

Apple’s 2018 iPhone’s key parts may be made by its arch-rival

Samsung will once again produce the processors Apple needs for the company's best selling product according to a report from Korea. This move would place Samsung's chipmaking factories back in line with iPhone hardware after losing their contract with Apple to TSMC in the year 2013. That was a chip contract loss for the history books.

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Pokemon GO News: New Pokestops Added, and we need more!

Pokemon GO News: New Pokestops Added, and we need more!

There's a pattern for the adding of Pokestops and Pokemon Gym locations in Pokemon GO - and it's just changed! Reports from users on The Silph Road and the main Pokemon GO Reddit suggest that the latest changes in Portal have begun to take effect. While Pokemon GO locations were previously only changing on each Tuesday of the week, they're coming now all the time! And we want a whole lot more!

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MySpace security hijack: How your old account can haunt you

MySpace security hijack: How your old account can haunt you

MySpace accounts can be hijacked with only three pieces of easy-to-attain information. Once the attacker has the URL for the account they want to break into, they need only head to the Account Recovery page. While this would normally be a place where some sort of human user would verify information - or at least an email would be necessary - this situation requires nothing of the sort. It's incredibly easy to break into any MySpace account right this minute.

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