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.

Install Windows on a Chromebook in 2019: Campfire dead, what still works?

Install Windows on a Chromebook in 2019: Campfire dead, what still works?

Early indications on Google developer code commits suggest that the early Project Campfire dual-boot solution are dead. They'll be winding down the program immediately. Now it's time to speak about what we'll be able to run instead. We begin with one very helpful sort of keyword: Chrulrabook.

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Is OnePlus 7 (non-pro) cheaper than OnePlus 6T?

Is OnePlus 7 (non-pro) cheaper than OnePlus 6T?

OnePlus users are having a bit of a conundrum this afternoon as they check prices of the new OnePlus 7. That's not to mention the OnePlus 7 Pro, also released today - we're talking about comparing the OnePlus 7 (non-pro) to the OnePlus 6T. They're not the same price - what's the deal? And why can't you buy a OnePlus 7 (non-pro) in the USA?

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Intel chip flaw allowed hackers to watch you browse the web

Intel chip flaw allowed hackers to watch you browse the web

There's a flaw in the vast majority of Intel chips from here back to the year 2011 called ZombieLoad. That's what security researchers are calling it, anyway. The name refers to data a processor cannot handle, a "zombie load" which can be exploited thanks to a code vulnerability in Intel hardware.

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Seashells in ancient amber: A science mystery

Seashells in ancient amber: A science mystery

A mysterious blob of amber appeared in a study published this week in PNAS. In the ancient piece of tree resin were bits of sand and evidence of several sea creatures. How did these sea creatures find their way into one of the most helpful preservers of history in all of nature? And how is it that most of the contents of this amber are far younger than the biggest mystery of all: One very, very old ammonite.

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OnePlus 7 Pro Review: A hero phone with a price to match

OnePlus 7 Pro Review: A hero phone with a price to match

Despite the price being highest at the outset, the OnePlus 7 Pro might well be the company's best value proposition yet. The company is no longer one hell-bent on selling a phone that's shockingly inexpensive. Instead, the OnePlus 7 Pro is a doorway into the future for the company - a future in which OnePlus is able to offer high-end features in a phone that's every bit as much a hero as the biggest names in the industry.

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The OnePlus 6T price drop vs OnePlus 7 release

The OnePlus 6T price drop vs OnePlus 7 release

This morning OnePlus dropped the price of the OnePlus 6T in light of the release of the OnePlus 7 Pro. And the OnePlus 7 - but we'll get to that in a moment. For now let's have a chat about this OnePlus 6T, a device that wasn't really released all that long ago, in the grand scheme of things. OnePlus releases two phones a year - or has released two phones a year for the last several years. That may change, very soon.

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OnePlus 7 Pro: Pricing, Specifications, and Release

OnePlus 7 Pro: Pricing, Specifications, and Release

The OnePlus 7 Pro was revealed today with a release date inside the week and a carrier team-up with T-Mobile USA. This mirrors what the company did with the OnePlus 6T, but in turn switches the lineup for the company in different regions of the world. Inside the United States, the company will sell the OnePlus 7 Pro and the OnePlus 6T.

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OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 features: What’s different in these earbuds?

OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 features: What’s different in these earbuds?

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 were revealed today with a collection of new features. This pair of buds works with a triple-armature driver structure and one GoerTek dynamic driver - plus they sound pretty great. They're designed with the OnePlus 7 family of devices in mind - they match the hardware - but they're smooth and simple enough to collaborate with any phone that supports Bluetooth.

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Updated Pokemon GO maps and trackers that still work

Updated Pokemon GO maps and trackers that still work

It's a dark world out there in the world of Pokemon GO, and it's not ever going to be like it once was. Back when the game began, it was a true wild west of gamers, hackers, Pokemon fans, and developers of all sorts. Now here in 2019, when the game still rages on, the hackers and the developers seem to have left the scene - or so it would seem. Today we're running down a few still-living Pokemon GO Maps and Pokemon Trackers that continue to work with the real live game still in-progress!

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Smartphone vending machines: What could go wrong?

Smartphone vending machines: What could go wrong?

The first smartphone vending machines* were revealed by Xiaomi this week, and they look pretty great. The first "Mi Express" kiosk is out in the wild at Manyata Tech Park in Bengaluru, and it takes what appears to be all forms of payment short of ancient roman gold coins. You can use a UPI account (smartphone payment), cash, debit card, credit card, or a partridge in a pear tree.

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Smartphones are finally getting smart, but at whose expense?

Smartphones are finally getting smart, but at whose expense?

The latest Android update made it clear: Smartphones are, at last, getting smart. The intelligence we've craved for the past decade is essentially on our doorstep. This might be the most significant several years in the history of mobile smart devices. But most people won't even notice. It'll be through updates like the one we're talking about today that smartphones finally, truly, start to earn their name.

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Black Shark 2 Review: The new mid-tier ‘gaming phone’ master

Black Shark 2 Review: The new mid-tier ‘gaming phone’ master

The Black Shark 2 is a gaming phone made by a Xiaomi associated brand. This device is marketed as a 'gaming phone' which means, here, that it's able to play even the most daunting and graphics-intensive mobile games with relative ease - AND that it has bright, shiny lights. It's not unlike what you'd find in your everyday average gamer-made PC, what with all the LEDs and liquid cooling and whatnot. But is it worth the cash?

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