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.

See the 2nd-largest meteor explosion in modern history

See the 2nd-largest meteor explosion in modern history

This week a set of scientists discovered a meteor explosion that occurred in early December, 2018. The event was detected by other instruments soon after taking place, but now we've got our first visual evidence in fire red and orange. This explosive image comes from the Japanese Himawari-8 weather satellite, and was first reported globally on the 15th of March by Peter Brown at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

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Qualcomm and Apple respond to CA case findings

Qualcomm and Apple respond to CA case findings

Qualcomm just won one of its numerous court battles against Apple this week in San Diego, California, USA. This court case alleged that Apple infringed upon a number of Qualcomm patents with its smartphones iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X. Because the court found Apple's devices to have infringed upon Qualcomm's patents, the jury awarded Qualcomm around $31 million USD in patent infringement damages from July 6th, 2017 through the end of the trial.

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These three gaming features just changed Windows forever

These three gaming features just changed Windows forever

Three announcements were made by Microsoft over the past several months that, together, made Windows a much more user-friendly place. One of these was announced all the way back in October of 2018, and only went live (in part) earlier this week. That was Android screen mirroring for Windows, at long last. The rest has to do with gaming, and the ways it'll be possible in the very near future.

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro released with lesser specs than “Pen”

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro released with lesser specs than “Pen”

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro was announced to have a release date and a price, at last, after its initial showing at CES 2019. This device was revealed alongside a relatively close piece of hardware called Samsung Notebook 9 Pen. What's strange about these devices is the fact that all models have the ability to work with a stylus - it's just that the Pen model has an official S Pen while the Pro uses an "Active Pen".

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pen released online only

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen released online only

Those waiting for the newest Galaxy Note-like device with an S Pen will find it in the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen. Meanwhile the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro looks about as sleek and refined as any Samsung notebook has ever before. Both devices were first revealed back at CES 2019. Both devices are now set to be available on March 17th, 2019.

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Facebook reveals “Not without my consent” program in full effect

Facebook reveals “Not without my consent” program in full effect

Today a new program from Facebook was released in order to combat the sharing of intimate images without shared consent. This is sometimes referred to as "revenge porn" and it's become a major problem across all forms of social media in the past half-decade. Today Facebook's pilot program revealed over a year and a half ago live in a new security-aimed hub called "Not without my consent."

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In 2019, iPhone 11 re-use of these parts may make upgrades easy

In 2019, iPhone 11 re-use of these parts may make upgrades easy

The future of the iPhone rests in the hands of the iPhone 11. Using the popularity of the iPhone XR as a guide, Apple's decisions in pricing models you'll buy will rest in this year's lineup. A report this week from Japan gave us clues in abundance about the 2019 iPhone lineup - with enough detail, even now, to take a stab at separating the three models into pricing tiers and plausibility (for your pocketbook.) Let's look at what we've got so far.

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Facebook just lost two key execs: Why the impact could be huge

Facebook just lost two key execs: Why the impact could be huge

Facebook just announced the loss of two of its most major executives. One was the Facebook head of product, the other was the head of WhatsApp. Chris Cox has apparently been wanting to leave the company for "a few years," according to company head Mark Zuckerberg. WhatsApp head Chris Daniels has also "decided to leave the company" - and Zuckerberg's used the same language in announcing the apparent self-made decisions by both leaders. If we analyze the language used by Zuckerberg in his note today, we can glean a bit before we move on to more grand analysis.

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Hearthstone’s new set may bring back some classic combos

Hearthstone’s new set may bring back some classic combos

The Hearthstone expansion "Rise of Shadows" has a quickly impending release date, and today we're getting to know what the set will contain. Inside the mix provided by this set are a couple new sorts of cards, new artwork, and new 1-player content. But what I'm most interested in right now is the return of some cards and features in the form of "callbacks."

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Soyuz MS-12 ISS Crew Launch live: Heading to first all-woman spacewalk

Soyuz MS-12 ISS Crew Launch live: Heading to first all-woman spacewalk

This morning preparations began for the launch of mission Soyuz MS-12, operator Roscosmos, headed for the International Space Station. This mission will be launched aboard a Soyuz FG rocket from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome. The payload aboard this launch is a mixed Russia and USA International Space Station Expedition 59/60 crew.

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Facebook back online after hours of downtime: Here’s their excuse

Facebook back online after hours of downtime: Here’s their excuse

Facebook was down yesterday, resulting in troubles with all of Facebook's various properties. This includes WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook proper. This is a good example for why one should not rely on one company to provide all of one's means of communication. Today Facebook revealed the reason why it had some troubles in the last day - a "server configuration change." I mean, yes I'm sure that's possible, but really?

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Razer BlackWidow 2019 leads gaming peripheral price cut pack

Razer BlackWidow 2019 leads gaming peripheral price cut pack

The Razer BlackWidow 2019 is a slight redesign of the classic keyboard with adjustments to bring the price down for the masses. This keyboard rolls with Chroma lighting as well as an 80-million keystroke lifespan, so you know its colorful and long-lasting as such. The Razer BlackWidow 2019 is one of a collection of accessories given a reboot this week by the gaming company.

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