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.

New Star Trek shows Spock, Pike in decade before Kirk

New Star Trek shows Spock, Pike in decade before Kirk

Spinning off bits of Star Trek: Discovery, CBS revealed they'd launch Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, a show about the U.S.S. Enterprise before Captain Kirk. This is the latest in a long, strange journey the Star Trek universe has taken from the very first appearance of the universe, with the Pilot episode of the original Star Trek. It was there that we first met the crew that we'll once again see operate with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

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Ubisoft just made 2x kid-friendly Assassin’s Creed games free

Ubisoft just made 2x kid-friendly Assassin’s Creed games free

As part of the gaming "Play Apart Together" campaign going on here in the summer of global pandemic, Ubisoft's giving away a couple games. They're releasing Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece, and Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt, both for free, in a window one week long. Where Assassin's Creed is a game about historical missions run by ancient hunters of humans, Discovery Tour is all about the history - without all the violence.

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Apple just acquired NextVR for magical, virtual event presence

Apple just acquired NextVR for magical, virtual event presence

The latest major acquisition made by iPhone company Apple was that of NextVR, a company that deals primarily in the broadcast of sports events in virtual reality. Users of NextVR's platform in the past have had access to NBA games for basketball, boxing, NHRA racing, WWE (wrestling events), ICC soccer, and other events. This system is still active (for the moment) on the VR platform Oculus GO.

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GTA 5 free from Epic right now: Cheat codes revisited

GTA 5 free from Epic right now: Cheat codes revisited

Today we're taking a peek at Grand Theft Auto V (aka GTA V, or Grand Theft Auto 5), as it's released for free on the Epic Games Store temporarily. This game was originally released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, as well as desktop via Windows, with a release date of September 17, 2013. Now, 7 years later, the game was given a temporary "free" release window on the Epic Games Store for Windows PC.

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Google Pixel 4a wallpapers leak one key detail

Google Pixel 4a wallpapers leak one key detail

It would appear that Google's had a bit of a leak of wallpapers for the Google Pixel 4a, a smartphone that's not yet meant to be revealed to the public. The smartphone will more than likely bring a set of smartphone cameras akin to that of the Google Pixel 4, with features otherwise similar to, but not quite as extravagant as, the Pixel 4. That'd be very similar to what Google delivered with the Google Pixel 3a last year. This year we've got the device's wallpapers early, and let me tell you this: They are STRANGE.

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Epic Games Store is down, but don’t worry

Epic Games Store is down, but don’t worry

Today Epic Games had a bit of a mishap, and it's ongoing as this article is set to go live. The situation here has to do with the release of the game Grand Theft Auto 5 (AKA GTA V) being given away for free. Imagine, one of the most interesting open world games ever made, given away for free, at the end of the school year, during a global pandemic - what could go wrong?

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Facebook Avatars released for some users: Will digital clothing sales come next?

Facebook Avatars released for some users: Will digital clothing sales come next?

Facebook has a bitmoji-like system ready to roll in the USA starting today called Facebook Avatars. They'll be delivering this system via Facebook in Messenger and in the Messenger app and webpage. If you're using Messenger anywhere, right now, you'll likely have access now or very soon. If this system is everything we've been told so far, there's little reason why Facebook wouldn't use Niantic's Pokemon GO system of accessory sales for users of all sorts in the very near future.

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Foldable dream iPhone is too wild for reality: Here’s why

Foldable dream iPhone is too wild for reality: Here’s why

A foldable display iPhone concept was revealed by iOS Beta News in a video called "iPhone Flip" here in May 2020, and it looks fantastic. It's novel, it'd be surprising and delightful if Apple ever really did reveal such a thing as a real product. But a foldable display on an iPhone - with another display on its back - isn't just unlikely as an Apple product, it's impossible. Apple would never create a device with so many potential avenues for failure.

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OnePlus 8 Pro camera seems to “see through” x-ray style: Nintendo Switch, iPhone, Nest

OnePlus 8 Pro camera seems to “see through” x-ray style: Nintendo Switch, iPhone, Nest

If you happen to be holding a OnePlus 8 Pro right now you might have access to a camera mode that allows you to see through objects. This is the effect generated by the device's dedicated Photochrome camera. Per OnePlus, "apply the Photochrome filter on the Color Filter Camera to turn ordinary scenes into surreal landscapes." It's not quite so simple as all that, dear OnePlus.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater bundle includes awesome re-issued retro hardware

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater bundle includes awesome re-issued retro hardware

The THPS (Tony Hawk's Pro Skater) 1+2 release for 2020 is in-effect this week with pre-order bonuses and a bundle with a real skate deck. Assuming you've played the original game and/or THPS 2, you've more than likely seen the Birdhouse Falcon 2. Whether you know the name or not, you'll recognize the image. The design is iconic, and with this release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2, the deck's been re-issued with a bit of THPS flare, as the Limited Edition Full Size Birdhouse Falcon 2.

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Galaxy Fold price cut to “clear inventory” before 2 and 5G

Galaxy Fold price cut to “clear inventory” before 2 and 5G

Several leaks of Samsung's plans for the next generation of foldable display-toting smartphones suggest now's the time to buy - if you're not worried about having the absolute newest iteration of the tech. The Samsung Galaxy Fold 1 will apparently be sold on a significant discount with a slightly different title: The Samsung Galaxy Fold Special Edition. The difference will be... the price, and that's it.

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Alienware Area-51m R2 is Dell’s new highest-end gaming laptop

Alienware Area-51m R2 is Dell’s new highest-end gaming laptop

The Dell-made Alienware Area-51m R2 revealed today, May 13, 2020, is Dell's highest-end gaming laptop. This machine works with an Intel 10th Gen Core S-series processors, and a choice between NVIDIA GeForce RTX Super graphics cards or AMD Radeon graphics. These laptops include "updated internal cooling technology" as well as 4K UHD display panels - all in a neat package that'll cost users three thousand dollars right out the gate.

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