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.

New Slack Logo gets a Pentagram design reboot

New Slack Logo gets a Pentagram design reboot

A new Slack Logo appeared this week, courtesy of a design language made to take on the future. The new logo is simpler, the new logo is more flat, the new logo is far more versatile. According to Slack PR, "A good reason to change a logo is that it’s not doing the job you want it to do—and because a simpler, more distinctive evolution of it could do that job better."

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The biggest data breach of all time just happened

The biggest data breach of all time just happened

It's time to change your passwords - all of them. A newly revealed collection of email addresses, accounts, and passwords now constitutes the largest set ever exposed. And it appeared just this week. The sheer size of this breach of information eclipses that of any other single incident - and the chances that your email isn't amongst the leaked is small.

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Galaxy S10 units appear in real-world photos, testing

Galaxy S10 units appear in real-world photos, testing

Samsung's sent out test units of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus this week (and in recent weeks), as tipped by multiple leaks. The possibility that these units are out in the wild seems to have been proven by not only photos of the devices out in the wild, but of tests (of multiple sorts) done and reported on by multiple sources. This information comes approximately a month before the big event at which Samsung will reveal the Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10E.

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First Android Q features revealed, including Dark Mode

First Android Q features revealed, including Dark Mode

Today Android Q begins to spill, and all of its lovely insides - Android smartphone and tablet features - begin to leak all over the place. The next version of Android comes after Android Pie, and will likely be called something like Quiche or Queijadinha, or might just be the end of desserts as names altogether. Inside the first leaks of Android Q, one of the most key features appeared - finally, after long last. It's time - or might be time - for Android's Dark Mode.

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When will Bitcoin rise again?

When will Bitcoin rise again?

Analysts weighed in this week on signals for the return of Bitcoin to cash money prominence. While it would appear that Bitcoin reached its floor at around $3,500 USD, there's a whole lot of doubt in the market after the most major drop in the history of cryptocurrency - the fall of January 2018. Volume appeared en masse at the drop from $6k to $3k, but not in a way that necessarily suggested Bitcoin-specific accumulation was about to appear out of thin air.

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Galaxy S10’s secret weapon just leaked: Life Pattern

Galaxy S10’s secret weapon just leaked: Life Pattern

Tipped this morning in a report from South Korea is a new element in the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup called Life Pattern. This Life Pattern feature will appear in the most expensive Samsung Galaxy S10 model, the Samsung Galaxy S10 X. That model will also feature 5G connectivity - where available, and more importantly, WHEN available. We've begun narrowing down the Galaxy S10 X release date range as well.

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The Office just brought Steve Carell to Netflix for a new show: Space Force

The Office just brought Steve Carell to Netflix for a new show: Space Force

The immense success of The Office streaming on Netflix just catapulted Steve Carell back into the limelight with a new comedy series. The series is called Space Force, and by the way Netflix describes it, it'll basically be like Dunder Mifflin with less paper but no less wacky nonsense whatsoever. This "new workplace comedy series" is set to be co-created by Steve Carell and The Office's Greg Daniels.

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PostmarketOS brings old Androids back to life with Linux

PostmarketOS brings old Androids back to life with Linux

This week the creators of postmarketOS came out of the shadows to show what they've been making for the past year. The software system they've created takes old Android devices - and some new - and boots an alternate operating system. This is a Linux distro that boots working software to Android devices that would otherwise be long outside their final official software update.

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64-bit time: Old Android apps about to pull the plug

64-bit time: Old Android apps about to pull the plug

It's that time in the world of Android - time to pull the plug on Android apps not prepared properly for the coming of 64-bit CPUs. It's not as if these newer, faster computing processors aren't already here in Android devices. They've been here before - and they're not going away any time soon. As such, Google's announced their "TIME'S UP" marker for apps that haven't made way for 64-bit hardware - the future of smartphones in general, that is to say.

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Galaxy S8 Android Pie update appears with One UI Beta

Galaxy S8 Android Pie update appears with One UI Beta

An update for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus appeared this week just after the Galaxy Note 8. This update comes in the form of a Beta Program enrollment for a wide variety of Galaxy S8 models. Not ALL models are in the Beta program realm just yet, but chances are you haven't got long to wait, regardless of what model you've got in your pocket or in your hand right this minute.

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iPhone XI leaked in new images

iPhone XI leaked in new images

A set of images of the iPhone XI, as it's apparently called, leaked this afternoon from several angles. This new smartphone looks like it'll change largely in external aesthetics more than it'll change in abilities - but looks may be deceiving. And in this case I think you might want to go ahead and hope looks are very, very deceiving since what we're seeing here looks decidedly un-Apple, if I do say so myself.

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Polar vortex split means Winter is Coming

Polar vortex split means Winter is Coming

In the last week of 2018 on into the first of 2019, the polar vortex above the Arctic split, from one whirling beast into three. As a result of this disruption, this year's cold season may be one of the coldest we've seen in many a year. According to meteorologists watching the system, persistent and acute cold is likely to begin at around the end of this month, January of 2019.

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