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.

LG G6 Unlocked version release date today for most carriers

LG G6 Unlocked version release date today for most carriers

There's a new version of the LG G6 available as of this morning, one without a lock on it. This unlocked LG G6 is the first able to work with all major US carriers interchangeably. That includes GSM and CDMA carriers, the top three in the USA including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. This version of the device is the "North American Variant" of the unlocked phone, and includes mostly identical specs to that of the carrier editions.

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Pokemon GO Update PSA: Now’s the time to stop (cheating)

Pokemon GO Update PSA: Now’s the time to stop (cheating)

Niantic has made Pokemon GO's hacker, spoofer, and cheater scene their primary target. If what we're to understand is entirely true, Niantic's leadership has made it a priority to take hardline measures against the otherwise relentless Pokemon GO cheater community. Not least of all because of the amount of revenue the company has generated over the months Pokemon GO has been active, Niantic is now in a position to dismiss any potential cash they'd be getting from gamers that do not want to play by the rules.

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MacBook Pro gets its ports back (VIA Satechi)

MacBook Pro gets its ports back (VIA Satechi)

A new USB-C "Type-C Pro Hub" from Satechi has suddenly made the MacBook Pro seem like a professional again. Plugging in to the left or right side of the MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch models, this hub adds multiple connections to the notebooks. Satechi's hub is delivered in Silver or Space Gray to match the Silver and Space Gray colors of the MacBook Pro as delivered by Apple. Metal for metal, multiple ports added to the relatively port-hungry notebook.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release 2017: time tips “2x” details

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release 2017: time tips “2x” details

This week details in a recently-published set of design files from Samsung suggest that the Galaxy Note 8's backside will have two cameras. This information should not come as a surprise to those watching this space extremely closely - there was just a tip about this same sort of thing just a few days ago. Now with the return of some documents first filed all the way back in November of 2016, it's time to start hypothesizing in earnest.

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Smartisan out-designs other Androids (and Apple?)

Smartisan out-designs other Androids (and Apple?)

There's a new smartphone coming from the folks at Smartisan that goes by the name "U Pro". If you've never heard of the brand Smartisan before, you're not alone. This little-known China-based brand opened shop in the year 2012 and has since launched several rather nicely-designed smartphones. Now, if only we could get them to expand beyond their basic coverage area.

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Watch Mister Rogers marathon streaming for 2.5-weeks, starting here!

Watch Mister Rogers marathon streaming for 2.5-weeks, starting here!

Starting on the 15th of May, 2017, the original Mister Rogers Neighborhood will be streamed in its entirety, all 886 episodes, via Twitch. The entire marathon of this PBS KIDS show, from The Fred Rogers Company, will take place starting on May 15th at NOON Pacific Time (that's 3PM Eastern Time) and last until June the 3rd. This marathon will have not only episodes available online already, but some "that have only aired once and are unavailable elsewhere online."

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Mother’s Day gifts guide 2017 by SlashGear

Mother’s Day gifts guide 2017 by SlashGear

Today we've got a guide for gifts that only the most awesome moms are going to want. The sort of moms that would rather have a chameleon night lamp than another hand-made Mother's Day card. Or both, you know, alongside a bag of her favorite candy - the stuff that any mom would always appreciate should always be in the gift-giving package.

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Today’s Pokemon GO update [APK Download]

Today’s Pokemon GO update [APK Download]

Pokemon GO has been updated today with changes to the Pokemon Gym, Berry feeding, and sponsored Pokestops and/or real-world events. The vast majority of these changes remain behind-the-scenes, in the code. For many of the changes that've appeared but aren't yet fully active, the push could happen at any moment - but users will need the updated app file loaded to their smartphone to make it happen.

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This is NVIDIA’s Project Holodeck [Release and Demo]

This is NVIDIA’s Project Holodeck [Release and Demo]

This week at GTC 2017, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang revealed Project Holodeck to the masses. This system "brings visually stunning, collaborative, and shareable VR to everyone." The first demonstration had several users standing near a vehice rendered with 50,000,000 polygons - that's inside a virtual, shared space. The vehicle was a $1.9-million dollar supercar showed off via Christian Koenigsegg.

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Why did Amazon Echo Show just cannibalize this major Alexa advocate?

Why did Amazon Echo Show just cannibalize this major Alexa advocate?

There's a product out there with nearly the same capabilities and general aim as Amazon's Echo Show. That's the Echo Show, the product that Amazon announced this week. The Echo Show, you see, is a touchscreen display with a user-facing camera, a mic, and a speaker. The product known as The Nucleus is a touchscreen display with a user-facing camera, a mic, and a speaker - and the differences are few.

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This is Google Fuchsia OS preview [APK download for Android]

This is Google Fuchsia OS preview [APK download for Android]

Google's next operating system goes by the name (or codename) Fuchsia, and this morning I loaded it on my Pixel XL. Just yesterday we were rummaging through the files provided by Google developers on Github - and inside we found a bunch of bits and pieces that make for a rather awesome look at the future. Today with the help of HotFix Computer Repair maestro Kyle Bradshaw, we've got a path to the APK to get a feel for Armadillo on a smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date heralded by another “Note”

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date heralded by another “Note”

There's another Galaxy Note coming from Samsung before the onset of this year's big release, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. That is the refurbished version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 - but not just known as the Galaxy Note 7. This new version is almost identical to the doomed Galaxy Note 7 released last year, but here in 2017 it'll be released on a small scale as the Galaxy Note 7R.

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