Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently the senior editor for SlashGear. Based in Fargo, 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.

Animal Crossing update lets you jump in the water

Animal Crossing update lets you jump in the water

The newest Animal Crossing: Hew Horizons update is a "Free Summer Update" that'll allow you to swim. Where before now you could catch fish with your fishing pole, or leave your island to visit a friend, now you can just... go ahead and jump. Now's the time to explore the ocean! Just in time for the dawn of July, 2020! It's either this or watch Hamilton - or both!

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TikTok, UC Browser, Weibo, 55 other Chinese apps banned in India

TikTok, UC Browser, Weibo, 55 other Chinese apps banned in India

If you're living in India today, you might be blocked from using a list of apps on your iPhone or Android device. India's government just released a list of 59 mobile apps that are banned in the country as of today. It would appear that the apps on the list are largely made by or distributed by companies and/or developer collectives based in China.

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Shiny Pokemon GO explosion: The best Pokemon to hunt right now

Shiny Pokemon GO explosion: The best Pokemon to hunt right now

This week we've got a BIG list of Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon GO that you'll want to look out for. This is one of the biggest "currently more common" Shiny Pokemon GO lists we've ever encountered, likely because we're running up on a unique Pokemon GO event. Pokemon GO Fest is coming for 2020, the first edition that'll reach the entire world. As we approach this event, we're seeing a BUNCH of Pokemon appearing with 1/75 chances of Shiny Pokemon instead of the usual 1/450.

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Apple Glass patent shows modular system for future hero tech

Apple Glass patent shows modular system for future hero tech

Apple's prospective plans for a "modular system for head-mounted device" were revealed in a newly-public patent posted to the USPTO. The United States Patent and Trademark Office showed this document with inventors Paul X Wang and Dinesh C Mathew, as first filed in April of the year 2019. This could, possibly, point to part of Apple's design language for their eventual release of a pair of smart glasses, imbued with augmented reality abilities and tipped to be called Apple Glass.

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Windows Update deferrals removed to “prevent confusion” for IT Pros

Windows Update deferrals removed to “prevent confusion” for IT Pros

Per Microsoft, deferrals will be removed from the Windows Update settings Advanced Options page starting with the update to Windows 10, version 2004. This update was made by Microsoft in light of changes made to update installation policies for Windows 10, as they began to only target devices running a "feature update version that is nearing end of service." They really, really want these devices updated as soon as possible.

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Amazon just acquired Zoox (not Zoom) for self-driving vehicles

Amazon just acquired Zoox (not Zoom) for self-driving vehicles

Amazon acquired a company called Zoox to "help bring their vision of autonomous ride-hailing to reality." It's important right this minute to be extra clear, here, that Amazon did NOT just acquire the video conferencing brand Zoom - that's a different company altogether. Amazon acquired Zoox, a California-based company "working to design autonomous ride-hailing vehicles from the ground up."

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YouTube beta testing TikTok video size, just like Instagram Reels

YouTube beta testing TikTok video size, just like Instagram Reels

If you're all about the content created in TikTok but you're not excited about the negative news, YouTube might have your back. An update this week from Google's YouTube Help group showed how they were "testing out a way to record multi-segment videos." These videos will have "a maximum length of 15 seconds" - with as many tiny videos (inside a total of 15 seconds) as you like.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 images tip giant screen, single speaker

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 images tip giant screen, single speaker

Today a set of images leaked details for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, a device with a nearly full-frontal coverage display and a large camera array at the back. The back side of this device is quite simple - a rectangle in the uper left-hand corner with an array of high-powered lenses and a giant LED flash. The front appears to roll with a giant display and a single circular cut-out in the center of the device's forehead.

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Cinemark theaters just made home theaters a lot more appealing

Cinemark theaters just made home theaters a lot more appealing

This week the folks at Cinemark Theaters released a video to their Twitter account showing their sanitization process. The video is brief - just 18 seconds long. In the video we see a man by the name of "Marc" in a theater in West Planto, Texas. Marc's job is "sanitizing [Cinemark's] auditorium seats before each movie." The entire situation is strange, to be sure.

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iPhone 12 price may be $100 less than earliest leaks

iPhone 12 price may be $100 less than earliest leaks

The lowest price for a new iPhone 12 was rumored several times over the past several weeks - and it's been pretty consistent. Prices ranged from $649 all the way up to over $1300 USD for iPhone 12, 12 Max, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max. Today a new rumor suggests that Apple won't be ALL IN on 5G connectivity with the iPhone 12, and will have at least one version of the lowest-end iPhone 12 with 4G LTE for a price lower than the previous lowest reported price.

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The Face Mask Exempt Card con and the group behind it

The Face Mask Exempt Card con and the group behind it

There's a printable "Face Mask Exempt Card" out in the wild that the official United States Department of Justice just called out. The card looks semi-legitimate, especially if the person showing the card has a laminating machine - but it's absolutely unofficial an unenforceable in any legal capacity. As noted by the Department of Justice, the card may include a message suggesting that exemption from face mask rules is allowed because of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - but it's all a sham.

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iPhone 12 Pro is shaping up to be a true flagship

iPhone 12 Pro is shaping up to be a true flagship

Over the past several years, the smartphone market's definition of the word "flagship" has changed dramatically. Because of the rate of change and conservative ways in which the biggest names in smartphone brands advance their AAA phones, brands like OnePlus have been allowed to creep up and create "flagship killer" phones. Brands like Huawei, Xiaomi, and OPPO have captured massive amounts of new buyers over the past half-decade, as smartphone ownership saturates the earth and turnover becomes the name of the game. Here in 2020, Apple seems to have decided they're ready to remember what "flagship" truly means for a highest-end mobile device.

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