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.

Star Wars Day 2021 stash: Toys, pins, and books

Star Wars Day 2021 stash: Toys, pins, and books

Today we're taking a peek at a variety of Star Wars goodies released this week in celebration of Star Wars Day 2021. That's May the 4th (be with you), and we're at a very interesting moment in the history of the Star Wars universe. Disney's release blaster for Star Wars shows and movies is fully loaded and the product-making partners have the licensed goods to make it count.

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Microsoft proves Minecraft was one of their best buys of all time

Microsoft proves Minecraft was one of their best buys of all time

Microsoft reported their Q3 earnings with a few facts about how successful they've been with Minecraft. Minecraft, created by Markus Persson (Notch) was acquired by Microsoft in the year 2014 for approximately $2.5 billion USD. This week Microsoft revealed some facts about how the franchise is doing and where they are with what's widely regarded as the best-selling video game of all time.

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Disney+ Star Wars Day releases revealed

Disney+ Star Wars Day releases revealed

Today we're taking a peek at what Disney+ has planned for releases on Star Wars Day 2021. Star Wars Day is May 4, AKA "May the 4th be with you", a key moment in the year for any Star Wars fan. This holiday is just as much a product and service promotion opportunity as it is a celebration of the Star Wars universe for fans, but so is every other holiday at this moment in history.

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How Epic vs. Apple took us screaming into the future with Zoom

How Epic vs. Apple took us screaming into the future with Zoom

This morning a vast number of listeners were able to take part in the court case of the moment: Epic Games vs Apple. Because of a user error at the start of the audio broadcast of this court case, listeners were treated to a mass of sounds - yelling, screaming, music, and nonsense. This was because the call opened to all participants.

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New Pokemon Snap star ratings checklist at the start

New Pokemon Snap star ratings checklist at the start

Four star ratings in New Pokemon Snap can be captured by following a simple set of rules. If you're playing New Pokemon Snap here at launch, in May of 2021, you'll have a relatively simple time of finding good snaps and ranking up with 4-star ratings. You'll need to start by finding rare Pokemon moments - basically anything strange!

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PSA: Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards could be a crime

PSA: Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards could be a crime

An FBI announcement made clear this late winter/early spring that fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards are illegal. If you make or buy a fake COVID-19 vaccination record card, wrote an FBI representative, "you endanger yourself and those around you, and you are breaking the law." Further, the FBI and HHS-OIG recommend that you do NOT post photos of your legitimate vaccine card to social media - people are using said photos to fake their own cards and commit fraud.

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Marvel Comics movie trailer confirms schedule through Fantastic 4

Marvel Comics movie trailer confirms schedule through Fantastic 4

There's a multi-movie trailer out this morning showing the most brief of confirmations of a new Fantastic 4. The title is one of the most made-and-remade movie lines in the Marvel Comics universe: 1994, 2005, and 2015 all had their own DOOMED sets of characters. Now that Disney owns 20th Century Fox and the movie rights to future Fantastic 4 films, it's time it's time for the World's Greatest Heroes to join the most successful multi-franchise Marvel Cinematic Universe at large.

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The latest YouTube experiment time-sensitive

The latest YouTube experiment time-sensitive

This week Google began a limited YouTube experiment with some users on some videos. Like other YouTube "feature experiments", you might see this feature on a few videos, or you might not see it at all. In some cases, users are able to opt in or out. In this case, there's a way to know for sure if you're part of the party.

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The most insane Star Wars Day product costs $150k and includes a “real” kyber crystal

The most insane Star Wars Day product costs $150k and includes a “real” kyber crystal

The folks at Kross Studio worked with Lucasfilm to deliver one of the most over-the-top Star Wars collectables ever made. It's called the Death Star Ultimate Collector Set, and it'll cost you approximately $150,000 USD. It includes a Death Star Tourbillion watch, an extremely detailed container, and a screen-used kyber crystal movie prop from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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ArtStation joins Epic Games: What will change

ArtStation joins Epic Games: What will change

ArtStation announced a collaboration today with Epic Games that could change the future of the art portfolio ecosystem. At first, things will be the same. Epic acquired ArtStation, but ArtStation will "continue to operate as an independently branded platform." They'll also be "collaborating closely with the Unreal Engine team."

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Shiny Pokemon GO Swablu community day: Finally MEGA

Shiny Pokemon GO Swablu community day: Finally MEGA

Today we're taking a peek at the next Pokemon GO Community Day and discuss why YOU shouldn't skip it. Normally when you see a Swablu in the wild, you... probably just skip it. This monster evolves into Altaria and is generally OK - not great. But wait! This Community Day is different from the rest - this day delivers the first MEGA-EVOLUTION of Altaria, bringing an exclusive new move: Moonblast!

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This Ratchet & Clank demo made me want a PS5 all over again

This Ratchet & Clank demo made me want a PS5 all over again

The latest Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart gameplay trailer makes the PlayStation 5 look like a masterpiece. It looks so great that it's shocking this game wasn't a release title for the console. Not that the PlayStation 5 (PS5) has had any trouble selling units - it certainly hasn't - but still. The trailer you're about to see will make you want a PS5 more than you likely already want a PS5 if you don't already have one now.

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