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.

Huawei caught faking phone photos, yet again [UPDATE: Statement]

Huawei caught faking phone photos, yet again [UPDATE: Statement]

Another set of marketing campaign photos from Huawei turned out to be taken by a camera other than the one they'd been promoting. This month's culprit was the Huawei P30, a smartphone that actually, truly does have an impressive camera - with neat effects. Instead of using this device to capture photos with which to impress potential users, Huawei decided to go a more familiar route.

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Welcome to Apocalypseburg LEGO Review: Epic Ape!

Welcome to Apocalypseburg LEGO Review: Epic Ape!

Today we're looking at The LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part LEGO set 70840 "Welcome to Apocalypseburg!" This is easily one of the most massive LEGO sets we've put together and certainly the most extravagant in the minifigure universe. This set is a whopping 3,178 pieces large, and it's not for the feeble of heart. It's a doozy and a half, of that you can be sure.

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Report: Apps that send info to Facebook without your consent

Report: Apps that send info to Facebook without your consent

A couple of agencies took a peek at how Advertising Giant Facebook uses info on mobile device owners without their consent. It's become apparent that more than a few very, very popular apps on both Android and iOS are guilty of this info sharing team-up. Using data trackers and process readers, both Privacy International and MobilSicher (mobile secure, in Germany) have provided basic lists of Facebook affiliate apps.

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OnePlus 7 leak promoted by online retailer

OnePlus 7 leak promoted by online retailer

This afternoon the OnePlus 7 was leaked in full by a retailer online - or so it would seem. This retailer has done the same thing in the past - apparently leaking devices well in advance of actual launch. What separates this situation from the rest is the subject matter - and the fact that it's reflecting some of the analysis we've done in the recent past.

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Huawei Watch GT Active and Elegant leaked, look familiar

Huawei Watch GT Active and Elegant leaked, look familiar

Two new editions of the Huawei Watch GT were leaked with minor changes from the original. All run the same software - a mobile OS made by Huawei for devices just such as this - and connect with Android and iOS. Each looks almost identical to the other - save some of the tiniest details in industrial design. Both new watches are likely set to launch with the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.

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Ancient human bone tattooing kit unearthed in Tonga

Ancient human bone tattooing kit unearthed in Tonga

Researchers dug up what's now the world's oldest tattoo kit of its kind ever recovered. Four individual bone combs were found at a site in Tonga, Polynesia, and were revealed to the public this week. These implements confirm that the angle-hafted bone comb technology still used today has been in use for approximately 2,700 years or more.

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NASA shares SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown video after milestone mission

NASA shares SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown video after milestone mission

NASA shared a video of the SpaceX Crew Dragon reentry and splashdown this morning, completing Demo-1 flight test in its entirety. This is a historic video - and event - due to its place in returning human astronauts to space via commercial means. Now that this test is complete, SpaceX can move forward with tests with humans onboard craft of similar stature.

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Simple Apple AR glasses tipped for 2020

Simple Apple AR glasses tipped for 2020

The start of 2020 might well be the most exciting in years from an Apple fan's perspective. A prominent - and usually quite accurate - analyst by the name of Ming-Chi Kuo suggested Apple will likely release their first AR glasses in the second quarter of the year 2020. This will be an accessory, not a self-contained piece of hardware, according to the analyst - at least in its first edition.

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This is the last Blockbuster store on earth

This is the last Blockbuster store on earth

It's the end of an era we thought was already over. The final Blockbuster down under - in Australia - will close at the end of this month. But fear not! This is not the last Blockbuster in the world. The last Blockbuster in the world is inside the United States. That last Blockbuster movie rental store in the entire world is located in Bend, Oregon.

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Android product rewards revealed by Google

Android product rewards revealed by Google

As of this week there's a sort-of new way in which mobile apps are making users do work. It's a rewards program, given to developers to make the most out of users who wouldn't otherwise be coughing up cash for the games they play. Now developers can get money three official ways: App sales, subscriptions, and product rewards. But wait, wasn't that already a feature?

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Samsung Good Lock update released for Android 9 Pie

Samsung Good Lock update released for Android 9 Pie

Today users of several sorts of Galaxy S10 and S9 and Note smartphones will be able to download the newest version of Good Lock. This is a Samsung-made app available through the Galaxy Store app, right now, for free. This app works on Galaxy smartphones only, and was just updated to work with Android 9 Pie. This app update was meant to be released tomorrow, but was released today instead.

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How haqnii, yogi.mp4, and yogqq dominated Instagram likes

How haqnii, yogi.mp4, and yogqq dominated Instagram likes

Today there's a bit of business going on in Instagram with a crew of developers in Indonesia. Users @haqnii, @yogi.mp4, and @yogqq, as well as others, have set up a bit of a trick on Instagram. They've created a loop, with which any person who follows and comments with a tag will be up-voted by hundreds of accounts (all of which are run by bots). But that's not the end goal - that's just the hype.

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