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.

T-Mobile OnePlus 6T: The fine print details

T-Mobile OnePlus 6T: The fine print details

Today we're looking at the T-Mobile USA version of the OnePlus 6T and what it means to buy. This device is not the same as the OnePlus 6T you'd otherwise buy straight from OnePlus or otherwise. This device ships with different software, is locked down in at least one way, and there are hardware differences as well. Let's talk about the differences.

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Samsung Galaxy Book 2 LTE released: Better than Surface Pro 6?

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 LTE released: Better than Surface Pro 6?

Those users looking for Samsung notebooks will find a couple new devices appearing on shelves today. Much as it was with each previous release of devices that run Windows and/or Chrome, there's always alternatives to the newest of the new. Today we're looking at what these newest bits of hardware provide, and we take a peek at what we might recommend you also consider before buying.

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How do I get a free Google Home Mini from Spotify?

How do I get a free Google Home Mini from Spotify?

This week the folks at Google and Spotify teamed up to deliver the Google Home Mini to families across the United States. This plays in well with Google's plan to get the Google Assistant in every single home in the world, starting with these United States of America. Spotify is also glad to partake, without a doubt, as their partnerships with Google have kept them in the limelight even more than they'd been over the past several years as a premiere source for streaming music around the world.

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Wowstick Mini is a 62-in-1 pen-sized power screwdriver

Wowstick Mini is a 62-in-1 pen-sized power screwdriver

The folks at Standmac have a device called Wowstick Mini they'd like to deliver unto the world. This device is a pen-shaped and slightly larger than pen-sized device made to screw and unscrew all sorts of stuff. Included with the tool is a set of 56 bits and a built-in battery that's rechargeable with an included USB cord.

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Major Flickr update has absurd Free Tier

Major Flickr update has absurd Free Tier

This week the folks at SmugMug announced changes to their newly-acquired service Flickr. Flickr most recently found itself owned by Yahoo, who bought the service all the way back in 2005. The sale of Flickr out from Yahoo's ownership has a lot to do with the Verizon acquisition of Yahoo, which in turn put Yahoo's many brands under their umbrella brand Oath. Oath decided Flickr was better for SmugMug, and sold Flickr to SmugMug as such. Now SmugMug's updating Flickr.

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This long-awaited Sonos update pushed back to 2019

This long-awaited Sonos update pushed back to 2019

This week the folks at Sonos seem to have finally gotten onboard with delivering their Google Assistant update. This update will be released to users in a Private Beta soon. To be a part of the Private Beta, users will need to take part in Sonos' own private beta recruitment* - which will be taking place very soon.

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Jaybird Tarah Pro wireless earbuds suggest industry’s best battery life

Jaybird Tarah Pro wireless earbuds suggest industry’s best battery life

The folks at Jaybird promoted a new pair of wireless sport earbuds this week with a hefty claim. They suggested that their earbuds lead the industry in battery life. They claim that these wireless earbuds have 14-hour battery life. They also suggested that these earbuds have "never-before-seen features inspired by the extreme demands of athletes."

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The Samsung Galaxy foldable phone just got beat by this

The Samsung Galaxy foldable phone just got beat by this

Samsung's Galaxy X (or F, or whatever it'll be called) may well be beaten to the punch by a device called FlexPai. Manufactured and sold by the folks at Royole, the Royole FlexPai is, indeed, what they call "the world's first foldable smartphone." Given the company's development of flexible displays over the past four months, there should probably be no doubt that they're capable of getting this flexible smartphone to market. Now the question is: which market?

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Samsung’s weirdest phone just leaked

Samsung’s weirdest phone just leaked

The Samsung phone you're about to see is weird - and it's always been weird, each year it's been on the market. The phone is part of the W series, a largely high-priced and widely varied specifications-toting smartphone with multiple displays. If you've never heard of the Samsung W series before, you're not alone. Especially if you live in the USA, it's very likely you've never heard of this phone line before.

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Blackmagic eGPU Pro makes many Macs more powerful

Blackmagic eGPU Pro makes many Macs more powerful

The new Blackmagic eGPU Pro was revealed today, aiming to lend AMD graphics power to a number of new Apple computers using Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C). This product is unique in its execution and presentation. While it's a Blackmagic-branded device, it was "designed in collaboration with Apple." This eGPU device will be available straight through Apple Stores and Apple dot com.

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RuneScape for iPhone and Android: Launch time

RuneScape for iPhone and Android: Launch time

The oldest of old school MMORPG gaming was brought to mobile platforms today, in "Old School RunScape Mobile." This is the newest version of the game RuneScape, but it's the oldest version of the game as well. Because this game was made such a long time ago, the requirements for its operation were well below what we, today, have for processing power on our everyday average smartphone and/or tablet.

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The MacBook Pro upgrade you didn’t hear about today

The MacBook Pro upgrade you didn’t hear about today

Today amid announcements of a new MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iPad Pro, one upgrade seemed to slip through the cracks. Not that Apple would announce this sort of thing on its own, but still, there's more power to be had. There'll be new configuration options on Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro starting late November.

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