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.

Apple AR/VR headset controller test device leaked

Apple AR/VR headset controller test device leaked

Today we're looking at what's likely an internal testing device made by Apple for the near-future release of AR/VR experiences aplenty. This isn't the first we've seen of this sort of hardware - it's not particularly unlike hardware used by HTC and Oculus/Facebook for their own VR headsets. This new leaked look at Apple hardware is almost certainly meant for internal testing only, as it has a certain... unrefined sort of look.

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Why 400+ Waffle House closures for coronavirus is a bigger deal than you think

Why 400+ Waffle House closures for coronavirus is a bigger deal than you think

Today Waffle House announced that they've currently closed 418 Waffle House locations in the USA, or the MOST LOCATIONS CLOSED AT ONCE, EVER. Due to the historically extreme resiliency plans put in place by the Waffle House organization, there exists an informal measure of disaster severity in the USA called "The Waffle House Index." There are three levels of severity in this metric: Green (normal), Yellow (limited menu, crisis mode), and Red (closed for business).

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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leak looks like it’ll outdo “too much”

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leak looks like it’ll outdo “too much”

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 leak today is based on a variety of tips and rumors from the past several weeks. Based on what we know already, and based on precedent, it should be no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 stands a good chance of out-doing the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Ultra in more ways than one. For example the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will likely have the most expensive base configuration cost of any Samsung Galaxy S/Note family phone ever.

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More free items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

More free items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Today the folks behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons released a set of new items for free. This new set of items comes with some prerequisites - first, you're going to need to have the update version 1.1.0. Then, for one part of the free items collection, you're going to have to download the mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

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Stadia Pro gets 3 new free games, The Crew 2 hits the store

Stadia Pro gets 3 new free games, The Crew 2 hits the store

An announcement from Stadia today suggests three new games are coming to Stadia Pro inside the month of April. That'll bring the total number of games available for "free" on Stadia Pro to 10. Also in the mix are Destiny 2, GRID (racing), GYLT, Metro Exodus (so long as you claim it before March 31), and THUMPER (also so long as you claim before March 31). There's also Steam World 2 DIG, and Steam World QUEST: Hand of Gilgamech.

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Coronavirus Social Distancing Scoreboard is the competition you need to win

Coronavirus Social Distancing Scoreboard is the competition you need to win

A location data processing company called Unacast created a "Social Distancing Scoreboard" for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). This scoreboard's "Social Distancing Score" uses "distance traveled" by people "pre-COVID-19" and now. They cross-referenced this data with reports of people testing positive for COVID-19 throughout the United States. It's not a perfectly scientifically-sound solution by any means - but it is an interesting set of data points.

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Amazon coronavirus delays: Shipping employees test positive for COVID-19

Amazon coronavirus delays: Shipping employees test positive for COVID-19

Several Amazon employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at shipment and/or fulfillment centers in the United States. Amazon seems to be enacting quarantine measures for these employees and asking that employees who had any "close contact" with their infected co-workers to self-quarantine for 14 days. There have also been notable delays in shipments of non-essential items in the last couple of weeks due to COVID-19 and the fallout.

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Wyze Band revealed: $25 of smart band control

Wyze Band revealed: $25 of smart band control

The Wyze Band was revealed today as a $25 smart wearable for your wrist, with a color touchscreen and a wide variety of abilities. This band has the ability to control Wyze devices, connect to a smartphone and deliver notification, is an activity tracker, has heart rate tracking, and works with Amazon's Alexa. This device is available on pre-order right this minute.

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Pokemon GO gets social media feed for optimal addiction

Pokemon GO gets social media feed for optimal addiction

Today the folks at Niantic revealed a social media feed section in Pokemon GO unlike any in the app before. This new feature is called "TODAY", and it sits alongside Field Research and Special Research tasks in the game's readout section. TODAY is a layout with news, updates, and statuses on Pokemon in Gyms - plus Streaks in-progress.

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Huawei P40 Pro revealed in massive leak

Huawei P40 Pro revealed in massive leak

Today the Huawei P40 Pro was leaked in a major way - just before its official reveal and release date. The Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro were meant to be revealed at the same time - likely within the week - but leaksters in Germany got there first. The Huawei P40 rolls with a 6.1-inch OLED display, and the Huawei P40 Pro works with a 6.58-inch OLED display with 90Hz image refresh rate.

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This 550m-year-old jelly bean-like creature is ancestor to all humans

This 550m-year-old jelly bean-like creature is ancestor to all humans

A new bit of research published by the National Academy of Sciences showed evidence of one of the first creatures on this planet with a mouth and a butt. More specifically, this fossil called Ikaria wariootia, is one of the oldest known bilaterians. A bilaterian is an animal with two openings and a trough-gut.

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HP Reverb G2 teased as “the new standard in VR” with Valve, Microsoft

HP Reverb G2 teased as “the new standard in VR” with Valve, Microsoft

There's a new VR headset in town - and it might arrive right on time. Here in the late Winter of 2020, we're all stuck inside on quarantine, avoiding COVID-19, and it might just be the perfect time for VR to catch hold of the masses. Not that VR device makers have been trying to make that happen for half a decade or anything... but still. Per the sneaky release today, this is the new standard for VR.

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