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.

How machine learning will be our Gandalf

How machine learning will be our Gandalf

In the near future, we'll be using machines to read research papers and make connections humans have not yet made. A paper published in the scientific journal Nature outlined how old scientific research papers contain "latent knowledge" that we, pathetic humans, are not utilizing fully. As a system called Word2vec proved, the connections are there to be made, and they will continue to be made in a BIG way with machine learning!

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Pokemon GO Armored Mewtwo weakness details leaked

Pokemon GO Armored Mewtwo weakness details leaked

Earlier today details leaked on the next big Pokemon GO release: Armored Mewtwo! This already-mega-powerful Pokemon will come to the game with an ARMORED edition, ready to roll in Raid Battles for a "limited time" this summer. Today we're looking at all the details that've been revealed thus far - and we'll be updating as we learn more!

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Become a data hoarder or become a dependent

Become a data hoarder or become a dependent

Your grandpa and grandma were right about keeping all those buffalo nickels in a big glass jar - they were just a few decades too early. Today I'd like to direct your attention to your photo collection. You've taken hundreds or thousands of photos in the last few years, right? Do you know where all those photos ended up? If you wanted to see the first photos you ever captured using a smartphone, could you do it right now?

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Boeing reveals $100m 737 MAX victim fund after 2018’s record $101bn revenue

Boeing reveals $100m 737 MAX victim fund after 2018’s record $101bn revenue

Today Boeing revealed that they would provide $100 million in funds to victims of the pair of crashes of Boeing 737 aircraft in the last year. Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 resulted in the loss of a total of 346 lives. Divided 346 ways, $100 million comes to $289,017 per person.

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Galaxy Note 10 Plus: Samsung’s invite for release and an unsuspected detail

Galaxy Note 10 Plus: Samsung’s invite for release and an unsuspected detail

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro was suspected as early as November of 2018 - it's been anticipated for several years. What better way to get the full device experience than with the ultimate high-end presentation - the PRO version of the machine? Apple's rediscovering this in 2019 - why not Samsung? This week, our suspicions have been confirmed in one case, and dashed in another!

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Facebook is down, WhatsApp and Instagram also hairy

Facebook is down, WhatsApp and Instagram also hairy

What's the deal with Facebook right now - and what's happening with WhatsApp and Instagram? Several major social networks were effectively put out of commission this morning by a yet-unnamed software issue. While Snapchat and Twitter rest on different, separate servers from the rest, while the rest are owned by Facebook. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are all under the one umbrella, also called Facebook.

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Canon IVY REC is pretty much a new HTC Re

Canon IVY REC is pretty much a new HTC Re

The folks at Canon have a new camera they want you to see, a camera that'll go with you wherever you like, clipped to your belt loop. This camera is the Canon IVY REC, and upon first glance, it reminded us of one of the most strange cameras ever made: the HTC Re. The HTC Re looked for all the world like a fat pipe, the likes of which you'd use to capture video and photos anywhere you went with a tap of its giant physical backside button.

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Pokemon GO update today: Surprise Legendary Raid Hour!

Pokemon GO update today: Surprise Legendary Raid Hour!

This morning Niantic made mention of a very impromptu update for the game Pokemon GO as of this evening. This update to the game will likely happen entirely on the server side of things - so you won't necessarily need to update your app file. This event will likely feature Groudon, for starters, and will start at approximately 6PM local time (wherever you happen to be at that time).

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China forces malware on tourist phones at border: Here’s what they want

China forces malware on tourist phones at border: Here’s what they want

A set of publications took the time to travel to China to investigate a claim that China installed malware on tourist phones at their borders. As it turned out, this practice didn't occur at every single station, but it was certainly happening - and it was government sanctioned. Today we're taking a look at the app that border agents installed on tourist phones as they entered the country. This app was extremely blatant in its techniques and searches.

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Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked 2019: What to expect

Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked 2019: What to expect

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 release date reveal event was announced last night courtesy of the company itself. Today we're going to look at what Samsung's shown so far regarding their next big hero smartphone, and we'll be doing some connecting of the dots. The most important dot, in this case, is the front-facing camera on the Galaxy Note 10, a camera that peeks through a literal hole in the OLED panel, making it an official Infinity-O display.

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Pokemon GO Research: Task glitch and reset!

Pokemon GO Research: Task glitch and reset!

If you found yourself playing Pokemon GO today with one task, then another task re-set not long after you checked the first, you are not alone! A number of players reported today that the tasks they'd been assigned in the morning hours in the early week this week (first week of July) were re-set, seemingly randomly. For once, the most interesting news of the Tuesday doesn't center on Eevee!

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Shiny Pokemon GO hunting glitch discovered at last

Shiny Pokemon GO hunting glitch discovered at last

There's a bit of a glitch in Pokemon GO that's not a big enough deal for Niantic to "fix". This glitch is nicknamed "Skip Catch", and it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect - it skips the lengthy process of waiting for each Pokemon to wiggle around and either escape or remain in your care forevermore. You're going to need two hands to do this method, which is a bit of work, but it's worth the effort if you're looking for Shiny Pokemon en masse.

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