Author Archives: Chris Burns

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

Super Moon April 2020: The biggest one all year

Super Moon April 2020: The biggest one all year

Tuesday night you'll be able to see the most full and large Supermoon of the year 2020. This is called the Super Pink Moon, but it won't actually appear to be pink in color. This one name (of many) includes two separate descriptors, one because it's a Super Moon, another because it's a Pink Moon. This is also the point at which the moon will appear larger than any other one of the Supermoons we see all year long!

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NVIDIA SHIELD makes quarantine bearable in 2020

NVIDIA SHIELD makes quarantine bearable in 2020

I don't have a smart TV, but I have an NVIDIA SHIELD. This little piece of hardware was released in October of 2019 as the most compact version of the NVIDIA SHIELD device line yet produced. It's more than an alternative to products like Amazon Fire TV Stick/Cube, or Apple TV. It's a doorway to the world's best streaming content, complete with a feature that makes old content look better than it's ever looked before.

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Apple tipped to release new “low-cost iPhone” in next two weeks

Apple tipped to release new “low-cost iPhone” in next two weeks

The iPhone SE (2020), the next major iPhone release, could be launched inside the next two weeks. A note released by Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives suggested that mid-April was likely for the release window for Apple's next smartphone, a low-cost successor to the iPhone SE. This device could be called iPhone 9, or could be called iPhone SE2.

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Saints Row 3 Remastered release is ideal for quarantine madness

Saints Row 3 Remastered release is ideal for quarantine madness

Saints Row: The Third, or Saints Row 3, whatever you'd like to call it, is back in a version called Saints Row: The Third Remastered. This game is an open-world sandbox game that's a must-have for the everyday average quarantined adult here in the year 2020. This version of the game will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake reviews seal it: A major quarantine win

Final Fantasy VII Remake reviews seal it: A major quarantine win

As a casual gamer - at best - I haven't yet gotten very deep into the wild world of Final Fantasy. Except for Final Fantasy VII. I've tried the rest - none really kept my attention. But Final Fantasy VII, and now Final Fantasy VII Remake, dropped me into a universe from whens there was no return. There's a part of me that'll remain there forever - and now, during global pandemic, it's a place where I've quite glad I've got a ticket to return.

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Pokemon GO is fun again, thanks to COVID-19

Pokemon GO is fun again, thanks to COVID-19

During the outbreak of COVID-19, novel coronavirus, the global pandemic, and the quarantine therein, Niantic's made Pokemon GO fun again. At the start, the game held great potential. It was the closest a gamer could get to the feeling of finding, capturing, and battling Pokemon in the real world. Then it got complicated. Now, here amid massive changes made by its creator to make the game playable during quarantine, Pokemon GO's become fun once again.

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Alternate Star Wars IX script animated in video

Alternate Star Wars IX script animated in video

Colin Trevorrow wrote a script for Star Wars 9, aka Star Wars IX, that never happened. This movie script was abandoned and a new script was written, that script became Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The abandoned, rumored, mythical script was meant to be used by Trevorrow to direct a film that would have been called Star Wars Duel of the Fates. This was lovingly interpreted, translated, and compacted into a 10-minute animated clip for your consumption.

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FDA expands on 2 coronavirus treatment trials

FDA expands on 2 coronavirus treatment trials

The FDA announced expansions of clinical trials and potential for expanded access programs for two treatments for COVID-19. The FDA announced this latest national effort to bring blood-related therapies for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic this afternoon. The two potential treatment products are called convalescent plasma and hyperimmune globulin.

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Rare coronavirus case appears to stay infective 49 days in early preprint report

Rare coronavirus case appears to stay infective 49 days in early preprint report

A middle-aged man under observation for COVID-19 proved active for 49 days in an early (preprint) report from China. The signs were not severe - his immune cell indicators remained stable. It was his COVID-19 viral load that remained high for a previously unseen amount of time. NOTE: At the point at which this article was published, the original data had not been peer-reviewed - we will be keeping an eye on the original report and will update as necessary.

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Estimote wearables track workers to curb COVID-19 outbreak

Estimote wearables track workers to curb COVID-19 outbreak

The folks at Estimote created a set of devices and software that'll allow a business owner to keep track of their workers remotely. With a "contact tracing dashboard" and Bluetooth devices (worn by each employee), a business owner can keep track of the location and relative health of their workforce. Each wearable device scans for other wearable devices in the area and "registers close interactions."

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Android 11 update DP2.1 released with a fix for jankiness

Android 11 update DP2.1 released with a fix for jankiness

Developer Preview build 2.1 for Android 11 was released this afternoon by Google for the masses. This new update was officially released on April 2nd, 2020, and is build RPP2.200227.014, with Google Play Services 20.06.15 and x86 (32/64-bit) emulator support. This is a relatively minor update to the otherwise most-recent release for developers, that being Android 11 Developer Preview 2, released March 18, 2020.

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That 2-minute coronavirus test FDA approval was a “misunderstanding”

That 2-minute coronavirus test FDA approval was a “misunderstanding”

After claiming they'd received FDA authorization for a 2-minute coronavirus antibody test earlier this week, a company called Bodysphere just changed their tune. They made clear in their press release released at the tail end of March, 2020, that the Food and Drug Administration had approved their coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kit. It all seemed too good to be true. Turns out, it was.

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