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.

Fire Emblem Heroes tips: seek the free secret bonus Orbs

Fire Emblem Heroes tips: seek the free secret bonus Orbs

There's a button many users miss in Fire Emblem Heroes, a button that requires the assistance of Nintendo to activate. Today we're having a peek at one of the most often-overlooked elements in the many menus of Fire Emblem Heroes, a game that's nothing if it isn't far more complicated than Nintendo's mobile predecessors. Today we're talking about the Blue Button - have you seen it?

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Pokemon GO Valentines Day event update: Porygon, Lickitung, Candy

Pokemon GO Valentines Day event update: Porygon, Lickitung, Candy

Earlier today the Pokemon GO event for Valentine's Day began, bringing double candy, halfsies on Buddy walking distance, and special event surprises too. Niantic was purposely vague about which Pokemon they'd be making more common in this update, suggesting that it was "Pink" Pokemon that'd be more likely to appear than normal. We've been tracking the spawns since the event was turned on, and there are some oddities!

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How Fire Emblem Heroes inspired one guy to spend $900 on week 1

How Fire Emblem Heroes inspired one guy to spend $900 on week 1

This week in Fire Emblem Heroes - launch week, mind you - one fellow spent a whopping $900 (or more, so he suggests) on gacha. Gacha is the monetization technique used in random-toy vending machines around the world, here used to distribute characters in Fire Emblem Heroes. While the game itself is free to play, users are encouraged to attain new characters (heroes) to use whilst playing. Gamer Kookoo22 decided that Fire Emblem Heroes was put together well enough that he'd give the gacha element a go - over, and over, and over again.

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Verizon spills beans on LG Watch Sport and Wear24 LTE

Verizon spills beans on LG Watch Sport and Wear24 LTE

Both the LG Watch Sport and the Wear24 smartwatches with Android Wear were announced by Verizon today as coming with LTE editions. Both of these watches will be coming to Verizon, and the Wear24 will be exclusive to the carrier. The LG Watch Sport will not be an exclusive of Verizon, very likely appearing officially from AT&T later today - so far we've just got leaks of that particular version.

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Galaxy S8 release “photos” show phone fix nightmare

Galaxy S8 release “photos” show phone fix nightmare

The Samsung Galaxy S8 photo leaks shown this week may look like photos of the device placed on a display-friendly mat, but they're renders. That said, major companies like Samsung and Apple have been known to use renders in their presentation of devices on their websites - even in their online stores. Renders such as these can show a whole lot about the device before the teardown repair-people get at it.

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Gameband returns as smartwatch with Atari, Android, Pong

Gameband returns as smartwatch with Atari, Android, Pong

The folks at FMTwo Game Inc. have created a new version of the Gameband, a wearable smart device made for gamers. This new version isn't just a USB storage solution, as their past Minecraft device was - here in 2017, they're making a real-deal smartwatch. They've teamed with the official Atari SA brand and Re-Logic (creators of Terraria) to release special editions of the new Gameband as well as a standard edition. This new Gameband will be pre-loaded with 20 mini-games, several of which are "reconditioned" versions of classics like Pong and Breakout.

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Pokemon GO Valentine’s Day event details plus expanded Gen 2 news

Pokemon GO Valentine’s Day event details plus expanded Gen 2 news

As Valentine's Day draws ever nearer, the potential for Pokemon Go's Gen 2 update grows ever riper. One mighty Gen 2 update has the potential to be as much of a change to the platform as Gold/Silver were to the original series. Clues appeared in the most recent update to the game's APK file for Android pointing to a new set of Johto updates. This collection added to the already significant backlog of not-quite-published bit of code. UPDATE: The Valentine's Day event is official!*

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“Phoenix” Briefcase Solar Generator revealed by Renogy

“Phoenix” Briefcase Solar Generator revealed by Renogy

The Renogy Phoenix is revealed as a solar-powered generator that's fit in a carry-friendly suitcase size. This device looks quite like a briefcase from the outside - not a standard-looking suitcase, mind you, but a briefcase nonetheless. Inside it has an array of solar panels, and on its side it has a collection of ports through which power can flow to the user's devices.

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Huawei Mate 9 Review [International Edition]

Huawei Mate 9 Review [International Edition]

The Huawei Mate 9 represents a real maturation of Huawei in a number of areas - most importantly in the company's dedication to a solid final product. What we've seen from Huawei in the past is a set of fairly good or really great components mixed with questionable execution. Here in the year 2017, Huawei has a smartphone that's ready to compete with the biggest brands in the United States, as well as the rest of the world.

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How to download YouTube mobile live streaming video for iPhone or Android

How to download YouTube mobile live streaming video for iPhone or Android

Mobile live streaming to YouTube will soon be enabled for users with the right set of prerequisites. For everyone else, it's like a combination of a waiting game and a gameified battle to the top. Once creators on YouTube are OK'ed by Google, they'll have access to mobile live streaming to the masses.

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Pokemon GO Update: time to start all over again

Pokemon GO Update: time to start all over again

Pokemon GO has reached a point at which reading news, checking Reddit, and waiting for Valentine's Day (or whatever other event is next) has gotten old. Niantic's lack of a significant update is a clear message to hardcore users. That message is, as the ODB might have said, "Niantic is for the children." In other words, a large amount of players don't play because of software updates or additions to the game, they play because they're kids and don't know the difference.

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Rock Band VR hands-on: Pre-order bundle released

Rock Band VR hands-on: Pre-order bundle released

This week the Virtual Reality version of Rock Band has been released on pre-order for the masses. This game is coming with its own Fender Stratocaster wireless controller for Xbox One or PS4 in a single package. The game as we played it earlier this year was an interesting translation of the classic Rock Band experience into a fully encapsulating environment the likes of which have not been possible up until now.

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