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.

Renewed rare Pikachu in Pokemon GO shocks betrayed veterans

Renewed rare Pikachu in Pokemon GO shocks betrayed veterans

Yes, there are Pokemon GO veterans already, the game's been out for several years and SOME cool people have played even BEFORE day 1! It's that sort of attitude that's already begun to clash with the release that'll happen in Pokemon GO in the very near future. That very near future will include not JUST one fancy new Pikachu, but SEVERAL super-rare Pikachu that'd been released in the game Pokemon GO in the past.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 official with magical digital bezel

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 official with magical digital bezel

There's a bit of digital magic going on with the next Samsung smartwatch with what they're calling a "digital bezel" of sorts. They've previously released Samsung Galaxy Watch devices with a physical rotating bezel - this has gone over well. Now they want to simplify - so they've kept the bezel's abilities whilst removing the physical rotation - but how?

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New China tariff victims are nerds, gamers, and your wallet

New China tariff victims are nerds, gamers, and your wallet

Tariffs levied against imports of China-made goods mean higher prices for your favorite gadgets, gear, games, and collectables of all sorts. That's the situation in a nutshell. Today, more than ever before, it's become clear how major this disruption will be to your wallet. You, the SlashGear reader, the gamer, the smartphone user, the nerd - you could be any or all of these, and more. If you want to buy new games, gadgets, toys, or gear that were imported from China, you're gonna have to pay up!

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Xiaomi Mi A3 photo samples see value in low-end

Xiaomi Mi A3 photo samples see value in low-end

Today we got the Xiaomi Mi A3 to take an early look before our full review. Today's article (the one you're in right now) will serve as a very simple peek at the Xiaomi Mi A3 and its abilities as a camera. Please take note that this is a sort of preliminary investigation - we'll most certainly have a Xiaomi Mi A3 Review released in short order, as well!

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You should stop using WhatsApp right now

You should stop using WhatsApp right now

Thank goodness I stopped using WhatsApp when I did - things are about to get MESSY. As of this Facebook currently has a content moderation plan*... another NEW content moderation plan I should say... Which will use AI to flag messages before they're encrypted, sending said messages then to Facebook HQ where they can be read by humans. Messages will then be used by Facebook to make their moderator machines smarter and better at detecting term-violating words and phrases from their always-editable lists.

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New Pokemon GO hack out with GPS spoofer, Joystick cheat

New Pokemon GO hack out with GPS spoofer, Joystick cheat

Both iPhone and Android users will find the latest pair of cheats and hacks for Pokemon GO active as of this weekend. Niantic's been on a never-ending quest to quell the rancor of less-than-friendly hackers and villains of the core goal of the game since launch. But when you've got a game that's THIS popular, certain realities seem to creep in and stick. I mean creep with GPS, and move with a phantom joystick.

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DoorDash support phone down? This is just the beginning

DoorDash support phone down? This is just the beginning

Support phone numbers for DoorDash are down or slow-to-respond at the moment due to "issues" with the DoorDash "consumer platform." I say "this is just the beginning" in the title of this article because the ugly truth of DoorDash, its leadership, and its policies have been coming to a head for a while now, and with the legal head of the mess popping up earlier this week, now this, it's plain to see: Nastiness is about to go down.

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Catch Ditto in Pokemon GO Summer 2019 with quick list

Catch Ditto in Pokemon GO Summer 2019 with quick list

To get Ditto in Pokemon GO in the summer of 2019 you'll need to watch a short list of monsters. The list of Pokemon hiding Ditto changes every once in a while, so it's important to have the latest list of Ditto Pokemon available at any given moment. At this very moment, the list of Ditto Pokemon is significantly different from what it was when we first went Ditto hunting - quite different indeed!

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What this Galaxy Note 10 leak means for your pocketbook

What this Galaxy Note 10 leak means for your pocketbook

There's been what might seem like a super miniature leak this afternoon, thanks to Samsung. The leak shows a dongle. This is the sort of dongle that connects a USB-C port to a headphone jack. This can mean only one thing for the Galaxy Note 10 - at least one of the two expected models coming from Samsung soon. It means that the Galaxy Note 10 will be the second major mobile device to ditch a feature we've been taking for granted for far, far too long.

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Should I worry if my phone’s brand is failing?

Should I worry if my phone’s brand is failing?

Today we're taking a quick look at all the major smartphone brands to divine their future health. If you're the sort of person that keeps a smartphone longer than a year, you'll do well to have a basic knowledge of the current state of the device's software updates. If your phone brand falls behind on software updates, chances increase that your phone will be targeted by malicious entities. Like, hackers and stuff.

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Whoops, time to ditch Netflix

Whoops, time to ditch Netflix

A security researcher found something bad in a Netflix app. He tweeted, "Hey Netflix why does your Android app want physical activity data?" Apps distributed by Google Play that abide by the most recent set of rules set by Android must ask the end user for permission to access data generated by certain parts of their phone. Netflix never asked for "Physical Activity" permission before this week.

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Obesity fix bacteria revealed in 2 breakthrough studies

Obesity fix bacteria revealed in 2 breakthrough studies

A report released this week showed newly discovered gut-colonizing bacteria that "protect against obesity." These bacteria were connected directly to metabolic disease and the "diverse communities of intestinal bacteria." These communities of intestinal bacteria, also known as microbiota, "can influence whether obesity develops or not" in the human body.

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