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.

YouTube claims to ‘tackle hate’ while LGBTQ harassment continues unabated

YouTube claims to ‘tackle hate’ while LGBTQ harassment continues unabated

This week it's become clear that YouTube is in a rough way between aiming to stop hate speech and actually enforcing their own rules. The biggest case comes in the form of Carlos Maza, writer and producer of research and media coverage of LGBT issues. He's been the target of intense harassment at the hands of ultra-right-wing hate channels on YouTube for the past two years. Upon notifying YouTube about his situation, YouTube suggested that no issue fell within the scope of their policies.

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Simple apps aim to transform your Android phone (and they’re free)

Simple apps aim to transform your Android phone (and they’re free)

A set of open source utility apps for Android were developed under the name Simple Mobile Tools. They've been in the works now for three full years, and they're very much a full replacement for Android device apps as follows. You'll find a Gallery, Calendar, Notes, Contacts, File Manager, and a Draw app. All are out on Google Play for free for their birthday.

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Galaxy Note 10 release continues shrinking trend as price rises

Galaxy Note 10 release continues shrinking trend as price rises

By the time of the release date for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, the display will take advantage of some of the quickest-evolving tech on the planet today. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will still be coming in August of 2019, unless some major event throws this release off-course. We're expecting the price to bust through the $1k point right out the gate.

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Here’s how to block robocalls and spam on your iPhone with iOS 13

Here’s how to block robocalls and spam on your iPhone with iOS 13

With the update to the latest version of iOS on your iPhone, there'll be a new option to block spam calls. This action blocks robocalls, spam, and basically any other sort of phone call you know you wont want to answer, automatically. This system apparently uses "Siri intelligence" to work - but don't worry, it'll work just fine!

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The best Pokemon GO Pokemon ranked for Early Summer 2019

The best Pokemon GO Pokemon ranked for Early Summer 2019

Today we're doing a bit of a rundown on the most awesome - read: not necessarily Shiny Pokemon - in the game. When we say good, we mean best: Best for battle in the game Pokemon GO. These top Pokemon list inclusions might not transfer to other games, they're only really mathematically accurate here in the mobile game, here in the summer of 2019.

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Astronomers are demanding SpaceX’s Starlink satellites face extra regulations

Astronomers are demanding SpaceX’s Starlink satellites face extra regulations

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) released a statement this week showing concern for the coming waves of private organization launches of satellite constellations. A satellite constellation is a group of satellites all working together in a carefully organized grid. It's like an extra sphere of stuff around our earth, in low-earth orbit, and it could get messy.

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Xiaomi and OPPO in-display cameras let us peek at the future

Xiaomi and OPPO in-display cameras let us peek at the future

This week the Android-centric brands Xiaomi and OPPO showed their own next-generation technology to the public. The releases were sort of offhand - not exactly like a press release, and certainly not in a way as massive as a full press event. Instead, both companies have decided to show the tech via Twitter.

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Never give up: Stone tools were invented more than once

Never give up: Stone tools were invented more than once

Researchers released a new paper this week which suggested stone tools were invented here on Earth more than once. At one point they started to appear in Kenya, then at another point - several hundred thousands of years later - they began to appear again. This isn't what our teachers taught us in grade school.

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iOS 13, iPadOS, tvOS 13, macOS Catalina release date and Beta today

iOS 13, iPadOS, tvOS 13, macOS Catalina release date and Beta today

This afternoon some users will gain access to iOS 13, iPadOS, and the newest desktop operating system for Apple computers, macOS Catalina. Those users will all need to have developer accounts with Apple before they attempt any sort of download whatsoever. Once they're ready to roll, they'll need only to head to the developer portal at Apple to collect their software as such.

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Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display XDR prices and 2019 release dates

Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display XDR prices and 2019 release dates

In the 2019 Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display we've got the most powerful, massive, and expensive top-end Apple computing hardware ever made. The Mac Pro for 2019 is modular, which means you'll be able to buy a bunch of different configurations, also right out the gate. To make full use of the power coming with this Mac Pro, Apple's delivered the Apple Pro Display XDR, a monitor that's also quite unique.

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This is the new Mac Pro: Professionally modular, thermally sound

This is the new Mac Pro: Professionally modular, thermally sound

The Mac Pro is back, and it looks like a completely new piece of machinery. This device is both about simple, stark refinement on its outside and high-powered MacOS-based processing on its inside. It's sort of like the cheese grater aesthetic never went away - and it's back now with far more intense elements - and it's all modular! [UPDATE: And by that I mean it's largely modular, not ALL modular.]

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Safari just made iOS 13 Google-friendly

Safari just made iOS 13 Google-friendly

In what might be the biggest Android user-aimed feature of the year, Apple just added Google Docs support to Safari. Safari is Apple's web browser for iOS, and it's just been delivered a slew of new features. For those users that've never taken the time to download the Google web browser Chrome, these features might seem new and amazing.

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