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.

The Best Nerdy Gift Ideas for Men and Women (Christmas 2016)

The Best Nerdy Gift Ideas for Men and Women (Christmas 2016)

Our 2016 collection of "Nerdy" gift ideas for both men and women includes offbeat products we really love. We have personally tested each of the products on this list and have enjoyed their abilities and features thoroughly. Some items are meant to be helpful - tools and such - while others summon our most base joy centers. We're talking about toys for adults here - moms and dads, here - in a list made with the SlashGear reader in mind.

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NES Classic Edition Walmart, GameStop, Target, what’s back in stock today

NES Classic Edition Walmart, GameStop, Target, what’s back in stock today

Where can I buy a Nintendo NES Classic Edition today, Black Friday, the most notorious shopping day of the year? If you live in New York City, you might actually have the most luck of all finding the NES Classic Mini (if that's what you prefer to call it). Reports on the ground suggest that the official Nintendo Store in NYC not only had stock this morning, but are handing out wristbands to fans throughout the day to reserve the NES Classic for the future.

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Pokemon GO Thanksgiving event guidance and how to find Ditto

Pokemon GO Thanksgiving event guidance and how to find Ditto

The Pokemon GO Celebration event (aka Pokemon GO Thanksgiving) is in full effect today and through the end of the weekend. As such, we've got the guidance for the players that wish to make the most of it. From Thursday until Sunday night here in late November, the next in a series of Pokemon GO events is on... on like Pokemon.

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Ditto Pokemon GO update (and how to find it)

Ditto Pokemon GO update (and how to find it)

This week Niantic enabled Ditto, one of the final 150 Pokemon available in the first wave of Pokemon GO pocket monsters. This unique creature allows its user to battle as an opposing Pokemon, transforming before a battle begins. As such, this Pokemon brings on a whole new dynamic in gym battles around the Pokemon GO universe. Users aiming to find Ditto as they would a normal Pokemon will be utterly confused, as this Pokemon does not act like any Pokemon that's come before it.

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Pokemon GO update news: CP increase tips and Thanksgiving

Pokemon GO update news: CP increase tips and Thanksgiving

This week we're detailing and dealing with the Pokemon GO update which threw the masses into a tizzy. CP madness - up for some Pokemon, down for other Pokemon, and yelling abound. Right at the gate for the days-long Thanksgiving event in Pokemon GO and we get our first big adjustment to CP values for almost every single Pokemon - even the ones you forgot you caught in the first place.

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Galaxy S8 release specs detailed to win VS Galaxy S7

Galaxy S8 release specs detailed to win VS Galaxy S7

Specifications and features for the Samsung Galaxy S8 appear to have leaked in a document which outlines the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. This is the next-generation processor set to be released by Qualcomm, first announced earlier this month. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 has had several specifications shared by the company before - now it would seem that the rest have been filled out.

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Yeehaw is a 3D printer ideal for kids (priced that way, too)

Yeehaw is a 3D printer ideal for kids (priced that way, too)

Yeehaw is a 3D printer made specifically with kids in mind - made to be safe, simple to use, and inexpensive. This printer was built to allow kids to print their own toys, and tools, and all manner of tiny oddities. It does so with an always-expanding library of 3D objects available for download as well as an app that allows kids to create 3D objects with big pixels in 3D space.

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Neato Botvac Connected gains voice control via Alexa

Neato Botvac Connected gains voice control via Alexa

Amazon's Alexa now works with the Botvac Connected with devices like Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. This is just the latest in a long line of devices that are making the jump to smart home congruity with Alexa, making Amazon a voice command leader with several devices for smart home enthusiasts. This is the first official collaboration between Amazon Alexa and Neato - and it probably won't be the last.

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Disney’s Cars 3 trailer, IMDB cast, plot run teaser in detail

Disney’s Cars 3 trailer, IMDB cast, plot run teaser in detail

The Cars 3 Teaser trailer for the 2017 film of the same name has been released along with a short cast list. This first teaser trailer shows 50 seconds of video making clear a set of major upgrades in video graphics. This won't be your Papa's Cars - and it certainly won't be the oddity that was Cars 2. It'll be something more intense, more personal, and hopefully more simple.

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NES Classic Edition now in stock for Walmart’s lucky few

NES Classic Edition now in stock for Walmart’s lucky few

The NES Classic Edition appeared in stock in small numbers at various Walmart, Toys R Us, and Best Buys this weekend. Speaking with SlashGear on condition of anonymity, sources confirmed that orders from administration forced (or will force soon) remaining stock onto store shelves. As such, on both Saturday and Sunday, hidden stock appeared in several stores in several major metropolitan areas inside the USA.

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How the Pokemon GO CP increase update rebalances the game

How the Pokemon GO CP increase update rebalances the game

Pokemon Go power is up across the world today as Niantic announces Pokemon CP increase is not a glitch. What Niantic suggests, instead, is that they've done work in balancing Pokemon against one another. Niantic is attempting to make sure the game is fair for all users as our first Thanksgiving event approaches. This means users that aren't next to a water source where they can catch Magikarp, for example.

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Trump’s CIA chief pick makes encrypted chat popular again

Trump’s CIA chief pick makes encrypted chat popular again

Donald Trump's impending presidency and Pompeo pick for CIA has sent downloads of secure encryption chat apps skyrocketing. According to the makers of the encrypted messaging app Signal, they've had a 400 percent growth increase since election day this month. Moxie Marlinspike, co-founder of OWS, makers of Signal, they've "never really seen any single event that's resulted in this kind of sustained, day-over-day interest." According to Marlinspike, this may be because of fears that Trump's impending control of "the least accountable surveillance apparatus in the history of the world."

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