Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

Xiaomi Mi Mix bend test shocks with heartiness

Xiaomi Mi Mix bend test shocks with heartiness

Xiaomi Mi Mix bezel-less smartphone is put through a series of stress tests to see how hearty it is. While this device looks like it'll break the moment it's looked at wrong, it's come through these tests with flying colors. While we're still waiting for a proper drop test, Jerry Rig seems to have proven the basic rugged nature of this device to be solid.

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How I create new PokeStops in Pokemon GO

How I create new PokeStops in Pokemon GO

Creating new PokeStops in Pokemon GO has been a wish of mine since the game was originally launched. As such, I've done everything from submitting queries through Niantic's standard channels to attempting to backwards-engineer PokeStops in the game's code. Only one thing has worked, and the method comes thanks to an intrepid explorer by the name of TheFarix, a fellow living in West Virginia.

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Pixel Launcher tricks expand while Arrow Launcher updates

Pixel Launcher tricks expand while Arrow Launcher updates

The Google Pixel launcher for Android is now available for more phones than just Google's own. Google doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the working abilities of the launcher beyond Pixel and Pixel XL - but it is what it is. At the same time, Microsoft has updated its own Arrow Launcher to take on what Google has with their Pixel phones.

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How I left the Echo Chamber: Part I – Disabling Facebook News

How I left the Echo Chamber: Part I – Disabling Facebook News

Earlier this year I disabled Facebook's News section because of its highly filtered way of doing business. As a writer it's important that I see the internet in as pure a fashion as possible. I don't often visit Facebook for much other than to share photos of my family and friends and to converse with my family and friends. But this news section drew my eye and showed me how terrible the viral nature of "News" sharing was today - so I shut it off completely.

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Pokemon GO update: next event before Thanksgiving plus forecast

Pokemon GO update: next event before Thanksgiving plus forecast

The next Pokemon GO event will be taking place starting this weekend and running until the 23rd of November. This allows the span of the event to command the time in the week before Thanksgiving begins, then ends the day before that holiday begins. This pre-holiday event takes place in three areas in Japan - but for those of you that don't live on that side of the sea, there's also some good news.

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Samsung Harman acquisition could out-pace Apple

Samsung Harman acquisition could out-pace Apple

Today Samsung Electronics Co. announced that they are in negotiations with US-based Harman International Industries, Inc., in an $8-billion all-cash deal. This will easily make for Samsung's biggest acquisition in its history as an electronics maker, and launches the company into the auto industry with swiftness. This buy could also act as another jolt to the automotive industry for refresh rate - a jolt for an industry notorious for being more cautious and conservative than quick to change.

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How I use Google Daydream without a View headset (with Cardboard)

How I use Google Daydream without a View headset (with Cardboard)

Google Pixel users are now able to work and play with Google Daydream without the official Google Daydream View headset. While Google would rather that Daydream VR users use their first Daydream View headset, for sale in their store, there's another way to do it. Google has graciously allowed the Google Daydream environment to be fiddled with by anyone in an effort to draw developers for massive app and game creation.

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Dinosaur Games: Mud Dragon strikes out in ancient pit

Dinosaur Games: Mud Dragon strikes out in ancient pit

Tongtianlong limosus, the Mud Dragon, was caught in sticky mud in China over 66 million years ago - and died there. Of course it wasn't called China back then, and this was when our planet looked a lot different from what it looks like today. But back between 66 and 72 million years ago, the Mud Dragon gasped its last. Not long after the death of the Mud Dragon, our Earth changed drastically.

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NES Classic Edition Amazon, Walmart, GameStop release details

NES Classic Edition Amazon, Walmart, GameStop release details

Today Nintendo's NES Classic Edition was released for sale at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy, and Target. There are a few other places it can be purchased, but for now the only online location is Amazon. This release comes just in time for the holiday shopping season or - some might argue - a bit too early for the holiday shopping season. How is a true retro Nintendo fan supposed to wait several weeks before getting one of these as a stocking stuffer?

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OnePlus 3T may be the Android phone benchmark for 2017

OnePlus 3T may be the Android phone benchmark for 2017

The newest smartphone from OnePlus has been teased as the OnePlus 3T, a device with specifications that trump all previous units. This is not the sort of release that undercuts a previous smartphone. Instead, OnePlus seems to be set on releasing a smartphone that takes everything the OnePlus 3 is and gives it a boost. Whether or not that ends up being fair for OnePlus 3 users seems irrelevant.

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iPhone SE is Apple’s best uninteresting phone

iPhone SE is Apple’s best uninteresting phone

A rumor about the 2017 iPhone lineup has us recall our iPhone SE review and the reasons why this phone has staying power. In that review by Chris Davies, it's mentioned that in this device is a reason for iPhone 5s (and earlier) owners to upgrade. Not because the iPhone SE is better than Apple's alternatives, but because the device fills a hole not addressed by any other phone company today.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 successor detailed as “whole new ballgame”

Samsung Galaxy S7 successor detailed as “whole new ballgame”

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is tipped as aiming to revitalize the good name of the company with three sizes at once. The company's strategy has been considered, says our source, in several different ways. What may end up being the most wise is a three-pronged strategy. In that strategy, a release of the Galaxy S8, a new Galaxy S8 Plus, and the swift return of the Galaxy Note series, too.

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