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.

New Samsung tablets tipped to match iPad Pro with 120Hz, 5G, S Pen

New Samsung tablets tipped to match iPad Pro with 120Hz, 5G, S Pen

It would seem that Samsung's stepping up to the challenge set by Apple's iPad Pro with a pair of new tablets this August. This new set of tablets is rumored to roll out at the same time, at Samsung's next Galaxy Unpacked event, right alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and Galaxy Z Flip 5G. That's quite the collection of devices, and certainly a bigger lineup than any recent event held by an Android-toting smart device company.

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Samsung UV Sterilizer is like a germ-killing coffin of light

Samsung UV Sterilizer is like a germ-killing coffin of light

Today Samsung revealed a wireless charging device called the Samsung UV Sterilizer. This device was manufactured by Samsung C&T, part of the official Samsung Mobile Accessory Partnership Program (SMAPP). This device is both a wireless charger for your phone and a cleaner of sorts... with UV light.

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OnePlus Nord release date event meets first phone imagery

OnePlus Nord release date event meets first phone imagery

Today OnePlus released the details of their first OnePlus Nord event, the event at which the first OnePlus Nord smartphone will get revealed and tapped with a release date. The NORD branding is in place, and the first images of the phone have been shared. This device is set to remind the world of the origins of the OnePlus brand - or so we're to understand - one in which the price of the smartphone is far lower than the quality of the device might make one expect.

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Galaxy Note 9 display color issue persists [UPDATE: Samsung response]

Galaxy Note 9 display color issue persists [UPDATE: Samsung response]

There's an update that was released this year for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 that turned the device's display... sort green. A very similar issue seemed to appear on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra starting in at around the same time - in April of 2020. Samsung suggested that they were hard at work on the issue for the Galaxy S20 Ultra - but the issue seems to persist.

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Google’s 6 new device types list next must-haves for home entertainment

Google’s 6 new device types list next must-haves for home entertainment

Google did some re-arranging and adding to its giant list of Google Assistant device types this week. This list is specifically for connections between devices and to Google Assistant, but the listing itself provides more than just info for aspiring creators. Google's latest subset of types, Smart Home Entertainment Devices, allow us a peek at what Google's analysts have seen for tomorrow's biggest consumers.

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Major battery save coming to your devices via Chrome

Major battery save coming to your devices via Chrome

There's a new feature coming to the Chrome web browser from Google that'll drastically cut down on battery drain on multiple platforms. If you're using a Windows PC, Mac (Apple), Linux (on a PC), Chrome OS, Android, or just Android WebView, you've got the potential to increase your device's battery life by a noticeable amount. It all comes down to throttling Javascript timers.

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July Android security update shows major vulnerabilities, easy fixes

July Android security update shows major vulnerabilities, easy fixes

Today we're taking a peek at the July 2020 security bulletin for Android released by Google this morning. This update includes both Android and Google service mitigation, July 1, 2020 security patch level vulnerability details, and July 5, security patch level vulnerability details with Broadcom, MediaTek, and Qualcomm components.

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Galaxy Z Flip 5G leaks with familiar next-gen look

Galaxy Z Flip 5G leaks with familiar next-gen look

The next Samsung Galaxy Z Flip foldable (foldable display) smartphone was leaked today from several angles. This device looks exceedingly similar to its predecessor, and for good reason. The first Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was part of Samsung's (rather sizable) test run for foldable displays. Now it's time to get the devices out into the world en masse.

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Rian Johnson’s Pokemon GO trailer makes original dream a reality

Rian Johnson’s Pokemon GO trailer makes original dream a reality

Today the folks at Niantic released a trailer for their next major Pokemon GO event, Pokemon GO Fest 2020. This trailer was created by Niantic, The Pokemon Company International, and director Rian Johnson. This video uses a set of clever visuals to remind us of the original dream that was Pokemon GO before it started - the one in which the world would actually feel like it was filled with Pokemon!

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Galaxy Z Fold 2 name leaked with next-gen specs

Galaxy Z Fold 2 name leaked with next-gen specs

The next major Samsung smartphone had a bit of a name leak today to match with a list of specifications leaked over the past few weeks. This device will be the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Fold. It'll fold like a book, where the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip flipped open like a traditional flip phone. Now there'll be two devices with "Z" in the title each year, one "Fold", the other a "Flip".

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Xbox Games Showcase date and time revealed: What to expect

Xbox Games Showcase date and time revealed: What to expect

The Microsoft Xbox Series X main event - or the latest main event, that is - was revealed today with a final release date and time. This Xbox Games Showcase will show major Microsoft games aplenty - including such monsters as Halo Infinite. You'll find the event streaming from Xbox.com, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and, as ironically as possible, Twitch.

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Shiny Pokemon GO watch list today: Party Hats, Balloons, Flying types

Shiny Pokemon GO watch list today: Party Hats, Balloons, Flying types

Starting today in Pokemon GO, here on July 3, 2020, there's a brand new list of Shiny Pokemon in the wild. Spawning during this event in the wild, in Pokemon Raids, and in Pokemon Eggs, you'll find as wide and diverse a list of Shiny Pokemon as there's ever been. Here we're seeing not just bug Pokemon, not just flying Pokemon, but special edition PARTY Pokemon too!

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