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.

Our biggest iPhone 5G fear is unlikely in 2020 insists analyst

Our biggest iPhone 5G fear is unlikely in 2020 insists analyst

Both sorts of 5G iPhone will be ready for the 2020 season, so insisted top Apple-centric industry and trends analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This is a very similar prediction to one made by this same analyst at the tail end of 2019. Normally a second prediction of such extremely similar content would not be necessary - but for the appearance of alternate predictions that've made their way to headlines over the past couple of weeks.

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NYC history lives in new world’s-largest Harry Potter store

NYC history lives in new world’s-largest Harry Potter store

The first official Harry Potter flagship store was announced to be opening in New York City in 2020. This store will be three floors high, covering over 20,000 square feet of retail space. Inside, Warner Bros promises "a number of exciting retail experiences that evoke the magic of the Wizarding World."

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Realme 5i is a 6.5-inch phone with a giant battery for around $125

Realme 5i is a 6.5-inch phone with a giant battery for around $125

The smartphone called Realme 5i was revealed today with a 6.5-inch display and a 5000mAh battery. If you're the sort of person that wants a very large display, but doesn't mind if that display has relatively low resolution, AND you want a massive battery, this might be a phone in which you should be interested. The only real hurdle you'll be dealing with is access - for example, this phone might never be released inside the USA.

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Pokemon GO 5G aims to bring Pokemon to “the real world”

Pokemon GO 5G aims to bring Pokemon to “the real world”

Niantic is working to leverage the oncoming new world of 5G connectivity to allow Pokemon GO to become the primary Pokemon game. The Pokemon Company and Niantic have a sort of interesting relationship at the moment, what with Niantic creating the Pokemon GO game separate from the standard development of each new generation of Pokemon. But as 5G begins to cover the world with high-speed streams of connectivity, and Niantic's future vision for gameplay with Pokemon GO begins to bloom, The Pokemon Company may have to - sorta - re-negotiate their position.

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Xiaomi Mi 10 5G and Mi 10 Pro spilled in one major leak

Xiaomi Mi 10 5G and Mi 10 Pro spilled in one major leak

The next major 5G smartphone coming to market was leaked this afternoon in the form of the Xiaomi Mi 10 5G. This is one of two devices in the family - the other has "Pro" in its name. The only major difference between the standard and the Pro versions of this smartphone appears to be a different array of cameras on its back, headed by a gloriously absurd 108-megapixel primary camera.

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Panasonic VR glasses are a steampunk dream for 5G

Panasonic VR glasses are a steampunk dream for 5G

Panasonic HDR-capable UHD VR glasses shown this week at CES 2020 showed the world that such devices needn't look like a boxy nightmare. Where the first several generations of VR headset from companies like Oculus and HTC brought about a new sort of design language with the hunk-on-face look, the Panasonic design looks like they dropped in from an alternate dimension to bring us some VR glasses that'd be right at home in The Matrix.

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NASA Artemis rocket takes same ferry trip as Apollo 11

NASA Artemis rocket takes same ferry trip as Apollo 11

This week NASA loaded their first Artemis mission Space Launch System (SLS) Rocket Core Stage onboard the Pegasus barge in New Orleans. This stage of the hardware needed for Artemis was loaded onboard the barge on January 8th with plans to deliver to NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. This ferry journey mimics that of the NASA Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Samsung Indoor Gardening Appliance revealed at CES 2020

Samsung Indoor Gardening Appliance revealed at CES 2020

The Samsung "Indoor Gardening Appliance" is a new device that'll allow users to grow plants inside their home. From the outside, this appliance looks simple. Much like Samsung's other modern appliances, this piece of hardware is made to be a part of your established home life - unassuming, simple, and generally aesthetically pleasing. This Indoor Gardening Appliance was revealed at CES 2020.

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Pokemon Home release date (and a cloud refresher)

Pokemon Home release date (and a cloud refresher)

Today the folks at The Pokemon Company released a bunch of new info on multiple Pokemon games as well as the cloud-based Pokemon storage and trading system called Pokemon Home. This was all included in a single video stream, and Pokemon HOME was blink-and-you'll-miss-it quick, but it was there! Now's the time we get pumped up about the biggest missing component of Pokemon Sword and Shield, next month!

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Apple’s cheapest new iPhone 5G likely looks like this

Apple’s cheapest new iPhone 5G likely looks like this

The least expensive way to purchase a "new" iPhone in 2020 will likely take the form of the device that's leaked today. The images you're about to see of this phone come from people who've attained CAD drawings of the iPhone - that means a few things. They likely know the position of the cameras, the microphones, the display, the buttons, and the overall size of each of these elements. They don't likely know the color or the exact nature of the corners or edges of some key elements.

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Anxiety study shows common factors in feeling better

Anxiety study shows common factors in feeling better

A group of researchers led by Esme Fuller-Thomson of the University of Toronto showed some good news on anxiety and GAD. GAD is generalized anxiety disorder, the subject of Fuller-Thomson's mental health study that worked with a sample of more than 2,000 people. Each of these study subjects had a history of GAD.

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Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro has flat display, extra battery potential

Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro has flat display, extra battery potential

Samsung revealed a new Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro smartphone for the 2020 generation. This is the 5th-generation "XCover" smartphone in the Galaxy line, one whose predecessor was first launched all the way back in 2017. This is a phone made for the sort of people who don't often replace their smartphone because they've got a phone that lasts for a long, long time. The XCover Pro works with a 6.3-inch FLAT LCD display and a removable battery.

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