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.

Garmin gamer smartwatch allows YouTuber heart rate streaming

Garmin gamer smartwatch allows YouTuber heart rate streaming

Garmin made a smartwatch specifically for gamers called Instinct Esports Edition. As the name implies, this is a version of a watch that's already been released, this time made instead with gamers in mind, instead of a primary focus on outdoor sports. This new watch will be sold in stores in time for the holiday season 2020 - you might even see them available for sale later today!

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Razer Chroma refresh: All your gamer gifts and a new controller

Razer Chroma refresh: All your gamer gifts and a new controller

Today we're taking a peek at all the new Razer Chroma devices the company's revealed at once. Everything shown today is either a refresh of a device that's been available before, with better specs, or an entirely new device. This includes the Razer Mouse Dock Chroma, Mouse Bungee V3 Chroma, Bungee V3 (no Chroma), Charging Pad Chroma, Base Station 2 Chroma, Base Station 2 Chroma (Mercury / Quartz), and a completely new Razer Chroma Addressable RGB Controller.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 early leak tips a disappointing downgrade

Samsung Galaxy S21 early leak tips a disappointing downgrade

Today we're taking a peek at the Samsung Galaxy S21 in its several iterations in early leaks and insider tips. This next-generation device is rumored to come in at least three different iterations, two with the name Galaxy S21 (one of these with a PLUS), and one with the name ULTRA. The Samsung Galaxy S21 will likely be a slight bump in specs, but a significant change in industrial design.

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Why won’t my iPhone or Android let me avoid news?

Why won’t my iPhone or Android let me avoid news?

This week it's become apparent that Google's Android is dead set on making me read the news. Google Assistant's daily snapshot now includes news articles now, and they're not always easy to avoid. Before the year 2016, seeing news clips in the starting screen for Chrome, or Firefox, or in half a dozen other places - it wasn't as much of an issue. Now, here in 2020, it seems that I cannot get through a day without news screaming for my attention.

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iPhone 12 teardown shows peek at upgrades

iPhone 12 teardown shows peek at upgrades

The iPhone 12 was shown in a teardown video this week before general availability for consumers. This device is one of two iPhone 12 devices that'll be released in the first wave, the other called iPhone 12 Pro. This standard iPhone 12 has a significantly different hardware design on the outside compared to the last couple of generations of iPhone, so it's no surprise that the insides have changed in several key ways.

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Xbox Series X better than PS5 pre-launch for one key reason

Xbox Series X better than PS5 pre-launch for one key reason

The Xbox Series X has a significant advantage over the Sony PlayStation 5 before launch. Not because the devices aren't capable of the same graphics power, or the Xbox is designed to fit under your television's weird table any better. But because the Xbox Series X rolls with a list of games that'll run with an image refresh rate of 120FPS - a list that's larger than that of the PS5.

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Pokemon GO Verizon code troubleshooting for a treat fix

Pokemon GO Verizon code troubleshooting for a treat fix

Today Verizon announced a Pokemon GO code and special event exclusive. Niantic and Verizon are the latest brand team-up to make Pokemon GO take on another shape, this time with an event, new masks, digital billboards, and a "5G demo" in the game. To participate, you'll need to be a Verizon wireless customer - or you'll need to know someone who is a Verizon wireless customer that'd be willing to give you their code!

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iPhone 12 France double-boxed for earbuds

iPhone 12 France double-boxed for earbuds

Today it's become apparent what Apple's needed to do to include earbuds in France with the iPhone 12. Because France has legal requirements for headphones with all smartphones sold in the country, Apple's green initiative with iPhone 12 isn't quite so sleek. The rest of the world gets one very slim box with iPhone 12, a USB-C cord, and paper documentation. In France, there's a whole EXTRA box.

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iPad Air (2020) upgrade: 5 thinking points before you buy

iPad Air (2020) upgrade: 5 thinking points before you buy

The latest iPad Air was made available for purchase at Apple here in late 2020 - today we're going through the details. This iPad Air (2020, 8th gen) will cost you approximately $600 if you buy it all at once, and it delivers a look and an experience quite similar to that of the iPhone 12 - so what's the big difference? If you already own an iPad, why should you consider buying a new device now?

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Galaxy S21 display set flattens in leaks

Galaxy S21 display set flattens in leaks

The Samsung Galaxy S21 leaks began in earnest this week with with early renders, specifications, and hardware points of interest. Today we're taking a peek at the latest in display glass panel design, starting with the number of machines the company will release and the two sorts of curve. The Samsung Galaxy S21 (also possibly called Samsung Galaxy S30) will have a display that's more "2D" than it's been in the very recent past, with the Galaxy S20.

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Acer ConceptD 7, 7 Pro stay classy while 300 desktop gets RTX 3070

Acer ConceptD 7, 7 Pro stay classy while 300 desktop gets RTX 3070

The Acer ConceptD 7 and ConceptD 7 Pro notebooks joined the Concept D 300 desktop this morning for a big creative reveal. These machines are part of the "creator" aimed line of Acer products, designed to look good and provide processing power aplenty. Because they're so high-end, they carry price tags the likes of which you won't really see elsewhere in the Acer product lineup revealed today.

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Rugged Acer TravelMate, Chrome Spin 513, Chromebox CXI4 are ready for business

Rugged Acer TravelMate, Chrome Spin 513, Chromebox CXI4 are ready for business

Acer revealed new TravelMate laptops, a Chrome Spin, and a Chromebox machine all ready to roll for business in 2020. Three new TravelMate notebooks were revealed with with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, 4G LTE, and MIL-STD 810G military durability standards made with "commercial users" in mind. The Chromebook Spin 513 and the Chromebox CXI4 were revealed with both standard and Enterprise editions.

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