Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

LEGO Movie 2 Minifigure packs revealed

LEGO Movie 2 Minifigure packs revealed

Today we're taking a peek at the first wave of Minifigure blind packs from the movie which is forthcoming. This is a release similar to that of the blind bag collection released with the first movie, with both main, major characters and minor, obscure characters in the mix. This might well be the only place you're able to find some of these oddities - and they're all wild, of that you can be sure.

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Qualcomm Apple war chip-blocked iPhone 7, slows race to 5G

Qualcomm Apple war chip-blocked iPhone 7, slows race to 5G

The latest in the Apple Qualcomm squabble is a testimony from the iPhone maker, suggesting that Qualcomm's not been keen on supplying chips since their FTC trial began. Apple COO Jeff Williams testified during the US Federal Trade Commission trial against Qualcomm, suggesting that it seems as though once Apple filed (several) lawsuits against Qualcomm, Qualcomm's been unwilling to "support [Apple] with new design wins past that time."

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Netflix price just increased: Yes, you’re paying more ASAP

Netflix price just increased: Yes, you’re paying more ASAP

Netflix just announced its plan to raise the price of its most popular price plan right in the face of the biggest expansion of competition it's ever faced. New streaming services are coming from Disney, WarnerMedia, and NBCUniversal in the near future - but it would appear that Netflix won't be backing down. What's Netflix going to do with all that cash? Why, buy more shows and movies, of course.

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Nike Adapt BB shoes make Power Laces a reality

Nike Adapt BB shoes make Power Laces a reality

A new pair of shoes from Nike turned the Back to the Future II concept into reality - and beyond. This isn't another iteration of the Michael J Fox MAG shoe. Instead, it's the first "custom show for everyone," so says Michael Donaghu, Nike VP of Innovation. Inside the first Nike Adapt BB shoe is what Nike describes as an "intricate lace engine" that advances the state of shoelaces for the first time in hundreds of years.

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Galaxy S10 release date blues

Galaxy S10 release date blues

Today we're taking a peek at what it'll mean for the Samsung Galaxy S10 to release in its entirety come early March, 2019. This is the likely timeframe for the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10E, and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, after all. At that time we'll get three new phones and, when it comes down to it, not a whole lot of change from one year to the next.

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Report: As Social Media distrust grows, forums return to vogue

Report: As Social Media distrust grows, forums return to vogue

A recent survey with Tapatalk suggested that the end of social networking may be near - or at least it may be the end of trust in said networks. Before you drop too deep into the findings, remember here that Tapatalk is a Forum-centric business - because of this, they've got a pretty good reason to suggest forums are on the uptake. Assuming they're completely on-the-level, the survey's results are pretty gosh-darned interesting, and unexpected.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Review: Behold the Display Beast

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Review: Behold the Display Beast

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review you're about to read is centered on battery life, real-world use, and long-term viability. Some of this will need to be estimated based on the amount of time we've had the device thus far - we've not yet had the Mi Mix 3 for a long term. As we continue to use the Mi Mix 3, we'll continue to update the review.

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OnePlus 7 leaks tips radical departure

OnePlus 7 leaks tips radical departure

The first major leaks of the OnePlus 7 were revealed over the weekend, and the first full picture we've got suggests the company's making their biggest changes yet. This newest OnePlus smartphone looks like it'll be significantly different from devices in the past. Not just because it looks different from its predecessor, but because it might well become unique unto itself. That'd be different from previous years in which OnePlus followed along with related company OPPO's leads.

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Unity: SpatialOS games are safe, Improbable isn’t

Unity: SpatialOS games are safe, Improbable isn’t

Earlier this week it was reported by Improbable that their system SpatialOS was in violation of an updated terms of service from Unity. Because of this update, said Improbable, SpatialOS games might not work in the near future - at least not with Unity tech. That would've been a major problem for some games/developers if it were true - but it wasn't. At least, not entirely. It wasn't the entirety of the story - so says an update from Unity.

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HTC Vive Cosmos up close: Pre-active, not quite turned on just yet

HTC Vive Cosmos up close: Pre-active, not quite turned on just yet

Today we're getting up close and personal with the HTC Vive Cosmos, a VR headset made for the masses. The device itself doesn't power on - not for the press at the moment, anyway. Instead we're forced to only look at the most basic elements at play - the industrial design, and the details we've been given by HTC on its near future.

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Galaxy S10: 5 things we’ll see on February 20

Galaxy S10: 5 things we’ll see on February 20

Today we're talking about expectations for Samsung's next big event. Based on what we've learned over the last few weeks AND what we've learned in just the past 24 hours, we've got a pretty interesting list to roll down. The following is all about that February 20th event that'll reveal the Galaxy S10, first and foremost.

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Royole Foldable Display and FlexPai hands-on: Mobile bendy phone screen time

Royole Foldable Display and FlexPai hands-on: Mobile bendy phone screen time

The world's first fully functional and out-for-sale device with a foldable display came from Royole. They'll forever get to keep that as a point of distinction. They'll also be able to point out, in the future, that it was they that made the device with Android, folding backward, and without the need for a display cover - though we'd probably want one in this case. There's also the display itself, and its absolutely incredible thinness.

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