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.

Pokemon GO Promo Codes : Birthday / Solstice Event Warning!

Pokemon GO Promo Codes : Birthday / Solstice Event Warning!

Here near the 1-year mark after the birth of Pokemon GO, the game contains a new space for entering Promo Codes. This week we've been privy to some nefarious signals coming from a small - but significant - faction of users who plan to use the lack of Promo Code knowledge available to the public to their advantage. Today we're here to get ahead of the curve and put a stop to this trickery before it gets the chance to take hold and fester. Here's how Promo Codes work, and where to get them:

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Surface Pro Review 2017

Surface Pro Review 2017

The Surface Pro Review we have here passes judgement on the Surface Pro released in June of 2017, as first outlined earlier this year. With the newest version of the Surface Pro, Microsoft made an equivalent to the iMac G4 by combining two important elements. The Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) is both enjoyable to use in a unique way, and it’s reliable. The unique/enjoyable factor comes from the keyboard attachment – the one that doesn’t come standard with the Surface itself.

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Google Pixel XL 2 gets even bigger (6P size returns!)

Google Pixel XL 2 gets even bigger (6P size returns!)

The next big Google phone, likely called Google Pixel XL 2, seems to be getting as big as the company's original huge phone: the Nexus 6P. This week speculation came of the cancellation of the mid-sized Pixel 2 thanks to a series of insider tips (linked below). Because Google's been working on three new devices for the next wave, instead of two, the cutting out of the mid-sized device won't have that giant an effect on the everyday average consumer. We'll weep for the lack of a 5.5-inch display, but the device we'll get will probably be better off for it.

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Razer Blade Stealth 13.3-inch Gunmetal update detailed

Razer Blade Stealth 13.3-inch Gunmetal update detailed

A new edition of the Razer Blade Stealth was revealed this week by the company that's also pushing Gunmetal. This is the first time this notebook has been offered in Gunmetal casing color - and the first time it's rolling with a larger display. This display has a cool 3200 x 1800 pixel across a 13.3-inch touchscreen panel. Display size up, bezels down, 4K still available as an option.

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Facebook Safety Check update starts TODAY

Facebook Safety Check update starts TODAY

This week the folks at Facebook have released their newest Safety Check update that you and your family need to pay attention to. As Facebook is one of the most-used services on a smartphone in the world, they're pushing a lot of resources into their Safety Check system. This is the system that allows quick action for people in danger zones when terrorist attacks, natural disasters, or otherwise life-threatening events occur.

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Pokemon GO event tricks [fire and ice UPDATE]

Pokemon GO event tricks [fire and ice UPDATE]

This afternoon the Pokemon GO Solstice Event - AKA Fire and Ice event - launched with a set of secrets. While Niantic did suggest certain XP bonuses would be appearing during this event, they did not get super specific. Now that the event has been going for a short bit, we've got the full details. This is how trainers will want to make the most of their week-long event top to bottom.

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Why is $POT so high? PotCoin, North Korea, Dennis Rodman

Why is $POT so high? PotCoin, North Korea, Dennis Rodman

Over the past 24 hours, the cryptocurrency known as PotCoin, or $POT, has risen over 81-percent. That's nuts - and it doesn't just happen because a lot of investors suddenly happened upon the little-known coin. The reason PotCoin is suddenly cashing in in a big way has very little to do with its first sponsorship of an American peace-brokering mission with a foreign entity. PotCoin just sent Dennis Rodman to North Korea.

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Google Pixel 2 takes on iPhone with Apple’s own chip designer

Google Pixel 2 takes on iPhone with Apple’s own chip designer

Google just hired Apple's processor designer for mobile products, and they've put him in charge of making their own Pixel SOC. Manu Gulati worked with companies like AMD and Broadcom before moving to Apple in 2009, leading as inventor on a number of key processor-related patents. This may mean that Google will follow in Apple's footsteps for the Pixel 2 or Pixel 3 (probably 3, at this point) - which could mean the axe for Qualcomm from Pixel devices.

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Tim Cook confirms Apple autonomous car system

Tim Cook confirms Apple autonomous car system

This week Apple's CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company was "focusing on autonomous systems" for vehicles. Speaking with Bloomberg Television, Cook suggested that autonomous cars are "a core technology that we view as very important," going on to suggest that it is "probably one of the most difficult AI projects to work on." This is the most plain and public statement Apple has made on autonomous car tech yet.

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Man sentenced to death for Social Media “Blasphemy”

Man sentenced to death for Social Media “Blasphemy”

A man has been sentenced to death this week in a government court of law for committing "blasphemy" on Facebook and WhatsApp. Mr. T. Raza, age 30, was found guilty in a government-sanctioned "antiterrorism court" in a first for the country. This man will be put to death for his crimes against society unless he appeals the sentence, at which point it'll be taken to a higher court.

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Pokemon GO Event update: Fire and Ice start and end times!

Pokemon GO Event update: Fire and Ice start and end times!

The first day of the Pokemon GO Event of Fire and Ice is upon us. Soon, the first Solstice event from Niantic for Pokemon GO will bring both fire type Pokemon and Ice type Pokemon to the mix, making both more common for all users all around the world. This is the first Pokemon GO event in which two different Pokemon types are included in a common push.

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Keep your eye on $ETH or Ethereum’s major weakness

Keep your eye on $ETH or Ethereum’s major weakness

Investors in Ethereum have seen massive rises in price over the past month - but that's all going to end soon. I'm not certain, of course - nobody can know absolutely what's going to happen in any market, cryptocoin or otherwise. But what I'm seeing and what I'm hearing is that a coin that went from around $240 to nearly $400 in a month isn't going to stick there for long. Not because of investors getting jumpy, necessarily, but because of the reasons for the rise.

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