Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently the senior editor for SlashGear. Based in Bismarck, 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.

Huawei P30 Pro sneaky videos leak, release dates in tow

Huawei P30 Pro sneaky videos leak, release dates in tow

If the Huawei P30 Pro was meant to be a surprise, someone messed up. Huawei's next massive thriller of a smartphone's been leaked today in the form of a couple videos and photos, too. The Huawei P30 Pro looks to confirm rumored specifications like a 6.47-inch display, or for the non-Pro model a 6.1-inch display. Both devices have Android 9 Pie, almost certainly, and HuSilicon Kirin 980 7nm processors with Octa-core (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU and Mali-G76 MP10 GPU.

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Stadia Crowd Play and State Share take streaming to new dimension

Stadia Crowd Play and State Share take streaming to new dimension

With Google Stadia, cloud gaming is about to get a lot more interactive - especially on the streaming front. Users will be able to stream gameplay in the Stadia platform (in a web browser), and can use Crowd Play and State Share to invite viewers in to play, too. With Crowd Play, it's about joining in live, with State Share, it's about a challenge. All of this was announced with the promise that Stadia would work on desktop and mobile platforms alike.

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Google Stadia’s secret sauce: No cheating, no hacking

Google Stadia’s secret sauce: No cheating, no hacking

Google Stadia is a streaming game platform that works cross-platform by hosting games on Google's servers and streaming to devices of many sorts. Users will be able to play with ease and without needing to worry about toxic players, cheaters, and/or hackers. Using new technology that takes advantage of machine learning, Google will monitor gamers and make certain they're not cheating or acting like a total jerk.

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Google Stadia explained: Cloud as console

Google Stadia explained: Cloud as console

The Google Stadia announcement showed a unique sort of gaming platform where gamers, developers, and streamers (and streaming viewers) are combined. Their wants and needs are all in the mix, and YouTube is also onboard. This is streaming high fidelity AAA games to any Chrome web browser instance, even with low latency. This is the continuation of Project Stream, and the first in a large Google gaming initiative.

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iPod Touch 2019 price and release teased for tomorrow

iPod Touch 2019 price and release teased for tomorrow

It's not long now before we see the next iPod Touch, a device we've not seen refreshed since July of 2015. Word from rather reliable sources suggested this week that a three-device reveal schedule was set for this week, including a new set of iPads, a new iMac, and a new iPod Touch. This device will look and feel similar to that of the most recent iPhone lineup, more than likely.

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HP Reverb VR Headset might’ve hit the sweet spot

HP Reverb VR Headset might’ve hit the sweet spot

The HP Reverb VR Headset Pro Edition has 2x smaller LCD displays where most competitors have larger AMOLED. But the HP headset has more pixels per eye, a larger field of view, and a slightly lighter overall weight than HTC Vive Pro and Samsung Odyssey. This device weighs approximately the same as the current Oculus Rift headset, and works with both Steam VR and Windows Mixed Reality VR systems.

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Inbox by Gmail going away: Plus Google’s other app closing concurrently

Inbox by Gmail going away: Plus Google’s other app closing concurrently

Inbox is going away. The folks at Google responsible for Inbox by Gmail are likely just as bummed about their work's fate as those that made Google Plus. That's the social network Google made, and the Gmail suite of services - a new interface for the email service - that's proved itself less-than-necessary. Google started notifying users via Gmail and Inbox (inside of which there is Gmail) that Inbox is going away on April 2nd.

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Qualcomm’s making the mobile PC real, at last

Qualcomm’s making the mobile PC real, at last

Don't be turned off by the VR-like imagery in this article - this goes way beyond games, VR, and AR. Qualcomm-made headsets are about to get simple, easy to use, and able to be utilized in a number of different ways. If what Qualcomm's got onboard with "Qualcomm Boundless XR for PC" is plausible, there'll be no need for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, or mobile VR headsets of any sort. Those brands might just be using Qualcomm's tech to replace what they've got today with what's common tomorrow.

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Google Cloud for Gaming leaks point toward magnetism

Google Cloud for Gaming leaks point toward magnetism

We're less than a week away from a new Google gaming reveal that's most likely cloud-based, but don't let that fool you. We might well be right on the doorstep of a new sort of mobile device control. Not unlike what we've seen before in a TINY part of Google's big (small) first splash into VR, the control might be physical, rather than digital.

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Security report: These antivirus scanner apps work in 2019

Security report: These antivirus scanner apps work in 2019

A study done by independent security software test group AV-Comparatives showed how few mobile malware scanners actually worked. This group was founded around the turn of the millennium as a student project, and continues to this day in its quest to test the testers - judging and grading security applications of all sorts. The good news is that not many of the apps on the Google Play app store are malicious - the bad news is that the majority of "security apps" available to Android can't detect more than 30% of common Android malware samples.

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New Dune 2020 cast list is inarguably epic

New Dune 2020 cast list is inarguably epic

This morning the new Dune movie's full cast list was revealed by Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Entertainment. This is the newest adaptation of the original Frank Herbert classic tale of those who control the spice in the universe - and tales of its production history are as interesting as anything thus far produced. There is a 1984 film called Dune, but it may as well have never been made as created with such... lack of fervor. Now, in 2020, the real deal comes into play again.

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Black Shark 2 wants to be an Android Nintendo Switch

Black Shark 2 wants to be an Android Nintendo Switch

The release of the gaming phone Black Shark 2 is upon us, despite the major lack of games to make the device worth the effort. Both Android and iOS have very few games that make use of any major amount of processor power in a smartphone or tablet, and the mobile gaming universe continues to be a stumbling block for the gaming industry as a whole. But that isn't about to stop the folks at Black Shark!

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