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.

This Darth Vader plot twist just shocked the Star Wars universe

This Darth Vader plot twist just shocked the Star Wars universe

A new canon (read: part of the official Star Wars story) comic book revealed a twist in the Star Wars universe the likes of which we've only ever seen in movies before. Star Wars hasn't been one to shy away from twists in storyline, not since the first film - but now, here, something has happened. In a comic book released here in the first weeks of 2020, Darth Vader went searching for secrets about his past, and what he found was... quite unexpected. NOTE: The following contains SPOILERS for the 2020 comic book Darth Vader #1 from Marvel Comics!

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Fashionable new mophie iPhone chargers arrive at Apple Store

Fashionable new mophie iPhone chargers arrive at Apple Store

A set of new mophie brand "powerstation" universal Lightning connector USB chargers were revealed for release at Apple stores this week. In the mix are the powerstation, powerstation plus, and powerstation plus XL, each in a variety of new colors. Each of these new devices includes feature 18W fast charge to charge up the newest iPhone devices as quick as possible.

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Wacom caught tracking user on drawing tablet [UPDATE]

Wacom caught tracking user on drawing tablet [UPDATE]

In early 2020, an intrepid Wacom drawing tablet user by the name of Robert decided to do some investigative work on his beloved drawing tool. To do this, he employed the help of in-between software - that which allows a user to see what data's being sent from a device to a 3rd-party server via the internet (and vice versa). His findings did not please him.

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Huawei may join Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo in GDSA to battle Google, Apple

Huawei may join Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo in GDSA to battle Google, Apple

The most massive mobile smartphone brands in China are meeting to join forces to take on Google and Apple's global dominance of the smartphone industry. To make this happen, Huawei is in talks with a group that already involves Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo, in what they call their Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA). The GDSA is a platform that aims to present a new app store (for starters) in a world that'd otherwise have them dependent on Google Play and the Google Services package for Android - and, of course, unable to use iOS or the Apple app/content ecosystem for their devices whatsoever.

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Soon, iPhone and Apple Watch will work like keys for cars

Soon, iPhone and Apple Watch will work like keys for cars

The latest beta version of iOS 13.4 was released this week with reference to code for a system called CarKey. Apple Watch and iPhone users that are capable of working with this software will be able to use NFC to unlock certain cars - just so long as they're authorized. This system also suggests that users will eventually be able to use Apple Watch and/or iPhone devices to start cars without need for a separate key.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G leak tips Samsung’s secret weapon VS iPhone

Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G leak tips Samsung’s secret weapon VS iPhone

Today we're looking at the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in imagery released before the official launch event. The Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra are rumored to appear together during an event on February 11, 2020, but until then, we're looking to the rumor mill to help us decide which device would be most worthy of our hard-earned dollars. Today we've got a list of specifications and a clear look at the lot.

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Galaxy Buds+ leaked as AirPods’ nightmare at $149

Galaxy Buds+ leaked as AirPods’ nightmare at $149

Today we're taking a peek at the latest leak of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, a pair of wireless earphones (or earbuds, if you prefer) that challenge Apple AirPods in the spring of 2020. The Samsung offensive with their second-generation Galaxy Buds could be considered an extension of the family. The features of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are extremely similar to those of the original Samsung Galaxy Buds (no + mark), but they cost just a TINY bit more for a decent boost to battery power - and an extra microphone.

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Is your smart home secure? Philips Hue Smart Bulb hack says no

Is your smart home secure? Philips Hue Smart Bulb hack says no

Security researchers proved this week that worries about the vulnerabilities of the future Internet-Of-Everything smart home were well founded. They've shown that a hack into a Philips Hue smart lighting system would allow them access to the smart hub at the center of a smart home. With this hack, malware could be implanted, and chaos could ensue.

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Galaxy S20 leaked by Samsung itself, 5G unconfirmed but likely

Galaxy S20 leaked by Samsung itself, 5G unconfirmed but likely

Samsung's official accessory page in Germany leaked a few looks at the Samsung Galaxy S20 on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The leak suggested that the standard model Samsung Galaxy S20 would have a centered, circular punch-hole camera up front (in a fullscreen "Infinity" panel) and a set of several cameras at its back. This view confirms a lot of what we've previously reported via leaks and insider tips.

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Ricoh WG-70 camera lets you take macro photos underwater

Ricoh WG-70 camera lets you take macro photos underwater

Today the latest version of their digital compact WR series camera line with the WG-70. This is the camera line that Ricoh makes to command the rugged handheld digital camera market, doing so with claims that rival the vast majority of other hobby cameras. The ruggedness of this camera seems almost more important than the media which it's meant to capture - it's tough!

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Iowa caucus Shadow voting app “error” was inevitable

Iowa caucus Shadow voting app “error” was inevitable

The Democratic caucus in Iowa on Monday, February 3, 2020, was a mess because of an error in judgement. It was decided that the process would be facilitated by an app called "IowaReporterApp" to send election tally data from individual precincts to the Iowa Democratic Party. This app was created by a group called Shadow Inc., a for-profit technology development group that was contracted by the Iowa Democratic Party for this one purpose.

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Big iPhone 12 leak lets you list Apple’s first 5G phones

Big iPhone 12 leak lets you list Apple’s first 5G phones

Today we're taking a peek at what's likely the final iPhone 12 / iPhone 2020 lineup for the most major Apple event of the season. The designs will likely be the opposite of shocking to you, the informed reader, here in January of 2020. That's due in a big way to the large number of leaks we've seen of the iPhone 12 (complete with 5G) over the last several weeks.

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