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.

10 misfit Pokemon cut before game release

10 misfit Pokemon cut before game release

Since Satoshi Tajiri created Pokemon in 1995, a surprising number of Pokemon concepts were developed, then cut before official release. For one reason or another, Pokemon of many sorts have made their way into a sort of alternate universe, an Island of Misfit Toys, if you will. Today we're taking a look at 10 of these "failed" Pokemon.

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Shiny Heatran Pokemon GO counters, best CP, and seeking tips

Shiny Heatran Pokemon GO counters, best CP, and seeking tips

Shiny Heatran is live in Pokemon GO and we've got the into you need to find the best ways to counter this fire stomper. The 100% IV Catch CP for this monster is between 2573 and 2681 (with weather boosts) and between 2058 and 2145 (without boosts), and it's got weaknesses to Fighting, Water, and Ground (X2!) If you're rolling against Heatran, you're going to be seeing one of the most awesome-looking Fire and Steel Types in the game - The Lava Dome Pokemon!

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Xbox Series X ports leaked (and not by AMD)

Xbox Series X ports leaked (and not by AMD)

This week AMD's press conference showed an image of what appeared to be the ports on an early version of the Xbox Series X. The video which showed the image was put together by AMD - and the image in question was a pre-made render purchased from TurboSquid, a "3D Models for Professionals" site - you can buy 3D models of just about anything you want there, really. That render was not accurate, but a new bit of insider information from Brad Sams at Thurrott suggests we can get a real idea of what the actual ports may be.

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NEON’s vision of artificial humans has Samsung’s backing but no clear purpose

NEON’s vision of artificial humans has Samsung’s backing but no clear purpose

NEON is an artificial intelligence project, aka "artificial human" project from a Samsung-backed group called STAR Labs. This is not the same as S.T.A.R. Labs from DC Comics, and the artificial human isn't an android. Instead, it's more like a chat bot. Lots of jargon and buzz-words were shared today by the head of the project, Pranav Mistry.

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Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop is no mere concept

Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop is no mere concept

Today we're taking a peek at the Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop. This is a device Razer called "the first truly modular desktop system utilizing the new ultra-compact Razer Tomahawk N1 chassis." The big deal here is the combination of simplicity of industrial design and the complexity of the construction that allows its insides to be seen and easily accessible. This device features a "lock and slide sled mechanism" that'll make the upgrade process super simple.

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OnePlus Concept One revealed with color-shifting glass

OnePlus Concept One revealed with color-shifting glass

Today a new OnePlus Concept One was revealed at CES 2020. This device is essentially a modified OnePlus 7T Pro (effectively) with a leather back* and some electrochromatic glass over its camera lenses. This is a system that'll at least change the way we see how the back-facing cameras on a smartphone are handled - if not the way we expect smartphone glass to be used entirely.

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Linksys Wellness Pods track elderly with wi-fi signals

Linksys Wellness Pods track elderly with wi-fi signals

Linksys Wellness Pods work with Linksys mesh wi-fi devices to track the people living in a home. This system tracks breathing, tracks sleep, and detects falls. The Wellness Pods are one of two parts of the latest round of devices in this home monitoring system from Linksys. The Linksys Vehicle Presence Detection system allows the user to detect motion and/or breathing when the vehicle is turned off, aiming mostly at accidentally forgotten children or pets left in unattended cars.

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Linksys 5G modems and WiFi 6 mesh internet devices revealed for 2020

Linksys 5G modems and WiFi 6 mesh internet devices revealed for 2020

This week Linksys brought their first set of 5G devices to the public at CES 2020. This range of devices is aimed at release for "Spring 2020" and more will be revealed throughout the year. Linksys revealed one 5G mobile hotspot, one 5G modem, one 5G mesh gateway, and one 5G outdoor router. Linksys also showed off a couple of Wi-fi 6 (or WiFi 6 if you prefer) devices, one WiFi 6 mesh router and one Velop WiFi 6 mesh internet system. 5G and WiFi 6 are popping up in a big way here at CES 2020 - look at the full set!

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LynQ smart People Compass released to general public

LynQ smart People Compass released to general public

In 2019, the LynQ team raised a sizable amount of cash via crowdfunding and sold 20,000 LynQ people compasses. That's LynQ, the "people compass" that works with the ability to "keep groups together without need for phones or connectivity." They shipped thousands of units to early backers, now they've got the device available for commercial shipping for the first time.

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Mevo Start revealed: Long-form livestream camera upgrade

Mevo Start revealed: Long-form livestream camera upgrade

This week the folks at "livestreaming camera leader and pioneer" Mevo revealed their newest camera, Mevo Start. This device is a new video camera made specifically for long-form, live video. This camera, they suggest, is made exclusively for consumer and social media influencers - specifically for live video streaming events.

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Sony TV 2020 lineup: from 85-in Z8H 8K LED to smallest 4K OLED ever

Sony TV 2020 lineup: from 85-in Z8H 8K LED to smallest 4K OLED ever

Sony revealed a whole bunch of new 4K and 8K television sets today at CES 2020, and we've got a list of the lot of them. There's a X900H 4K LED collection, X950H 4K LED collection, A8H OLED TV collection, and a single MASTER Series A9S 48-inch OLED TV. At the highest end, they've got the Z8H in 85-inch and 75-inch class categories - that's 8K LED TV in full effect.

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Sengled Edison Filament Bulb brings CES 2020 back to 1879

Sengled Edison Filament Bulb brings CES 2020 back to 1879

The folks at Sengled brought a very vintage-looking piece of tech to Las Vegas this week, to CES 2020. This is the Sengled Smart LED Edison Filament Bulb, with a design that's decidedly old-school. Sengled also has a set of new smart (and not so smart) lighting and smart home solutions out at CES 2020, including Smart LED Candle Light Bulbs, a new Smart Hub, and a Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring.

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