Author Archives: Chris Burns

Currently managing editor at SlashGear, Chris Burns has been with the site for more than a decade. With a background in graphic design, Chris' eclectic coverage spans UX, 3D printing, mixed reality, and new media, in addition to bringing his exacting eye for detail to smartphones and tablets. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition wireless charger isn’t what I expected

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition wireless charger isn’t what I expected

Amazon made some interesting decisions when it came to the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition and its wireless charger. There is a wireless charger for this device, and this device only. Amazon made a point to show a list of devices that do not work with this e-reader device, and suggested that the Amazon-made charger is the best item to buy to wirelessly charge this device. Why so specific?

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Facebook Portal Go and Portal+ revealed: Portable and giant

Facebook Portal Go and Portal+ revealed: Portable and giant

This afternoon Facebook revealed a pair of new smart video calling devices called Portal Go and (the newest version of) Portal+. These devices are just the latest of a series of "Portal" video calling devices of varying sizes. Facebook is calling the Portal Go their "first-ever portable Portal." For... if you ever wanted to... make calls on a screen on... the go.

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Book of Boba Fett episode titles leaked: Released back home!

Book of Boba Fett episode titles leaked: Released back home!

Today the first season of Book of Boba Fett TV show episodes leaked with some interesting implications. While the first episode in The Book of Boba Fett will be called "The Champion", it'll also have a "Chapter" number, just like The Mandalorian. There's a suggestion here that while The Book of Boba Fett isn't just The Mandalorian Season 3, it is the next part of this Mandalorian-related string of stories.

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Pokemon GO Furfrou must-know facts: Forms, Shiny, Evolution, Moves

Pokemon GO Furfrou must-know facts: Forms, Shiny, Evolution, Moves

Furfrou is not the most common Pokemon in the world. It's the most perfect fashionable Pokemon for Fashion Week 2021, but it's not out there this week in numbers as common as a Community Day Pokemon. Instead, it's available as a once-per-day Photobomb (try to take a photo of a Pokemon in the game and see), where it'll spawn in the wild as a result. It's also the encounter reward in a couple of quests. Now, let's talk about forms.

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Pixel 6 Live Translate might finally live up to Google Goggles’ promise

Pixel 6 Live Translate might finally live up to Google Goggles’ promise

An early peek at the inner workings of the Google Pixel 6 appeared to show the newest version of the device's Live Translate feature. Much like the device's ability to tell the user the artist and title of a song played locally, the Google Pixel 6 has the ability to translate languages in real time. It's entirely possible this feature will also appear on a variety of smartphones running Android 12 in the near future.

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Akai Professional MPC Studio takes tactile music control up a notch

Akai Professional MPC Studio takes tactile music control up a notch

A new music production system by the name of MPC Studio was revealed this week by Akai Professional. This device works with new MPC2 Desktop Software DAW for both PC and Mac computers and rolls with 16 "full-size" pressure and velocity sensitive pads. Each of these pads works with RGB backlighting and aftertouch tech. This device will be made available starting today - straight from the makers of said hardware.

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Pokemon GO Fashion Week: Shiny Furfrou?

Pokemon GO Fashion Week: Shiny Furfrou?

Pokemon GO has a Fashion Week, again, this time playing out with the most fashionable monster in the game: Furfrou! This week's events are largely focused on aesthetics. That means avatar items galore, special costume Pokemon, and a new mechanic that allows certain Pokemon to change the way they look.

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Netflix makes games now: Eden Unearthed for Oculus VR released first

Netflix makes games now: Eden Unearthed for Oculus VR released first

Netflix released their first video game today, a VR title by the name of Eden Unearthed. This game is an "experience" that's not quite entirely through the full Oculus review process yet, so it's out with the group's "App Lab." There may still be "unknown issues relating to comfort, performance, or other factors," in play. The game is based on the TV series (also released by Netflix) by the name of Eden (2021).

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Galaxy S22 leak says smaller display, sleeker body

Galaxy S22 leak says smaller display, sleeker body

The Samsung Galaxy S22 leaks are in full tilt this fall as we've finally jumped over the leak mountain that was the iPhone 13. The Samsung Galaxy S22 family of devices is tipped this week to appear with a newly invigorated effort to cut down edges and ramp up the glory of the all-important front-facing display. With foldable devices attempting to steal the spotlight, the Galaxy S22 needs to go all-out to keep the flat display in fashion.

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PS5 restock and Xbox Series X at Best Buy this week: For real?

PS5 restock and Xbox Series X at Best Buy this week: For real?

Best Buy stores are reportedly ready to release PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles in the USA this week. This would be the first time PlayStation 5 (PS5) would be released in a physical store in the USA at a major-label non-club retailer in the year 2021. It's been a long, weird journey since the two mega-popular gaming consoles were released, and this might be the first real sign that we're headed back to a normal world (as far as console sales in stores are concerned.)

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After iPhone 13: The new tech coming in 2022, 2023, and 2024

After iPhone 13: The new tech coming in 2022, 2023, and 2024

Over the next few years, the iPhone will see some significant changes. This year's iPhone 13 didn't exactly make major waves when it came to upgrades VS last year's model lineup. According to high-level Apple product predictions released this week, the changes will come in the years 2022, 2023, and 2024 in the form of punch hole front-facing cameras, under-display Touch ID, and foldable smartphones from Apple.

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Fortnite Balenciaga update: 3D scanned fashion and the metaverse

Fortnite Balenciaga update: 3D scanned fashion and the metaverse

Fashion brand Balenciaga announced they'd be teaming up with Fortnite this week for some wild outfits. This is a luxury fashion house, this Balenciaga, but they'll be dropping some clothing for Fortnite characters all the same. They'll appear in the game with a new "Balenciaga Fit Set" for four characters.

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