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 might be safer than an iPhone

Huawei might be safer than an iPhone

Let's talk about why Huawei's under fire right now, and why their smartphones aren't any more dangerous to you than an iPhone. This week I've been speaking to people from all over the United States about the value of a smartphone, how Huawei's taking over the world, and why trust in one phone company means trust in a government. Now let's get down to the nitty gritty: Is it safe to use a Huawei phone in 2019?

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Research shows another reason to stop buying diamonds

Research shows another reason to stop buying diamonds

Researchers have found proof that diamonds were formed (and are probably still forming) below the surface of the ocean's floor. In a laboratory environment, these researchers conducted a series of high-pressure experiments with marine sediment samples and a peridotite rock. Once they got pressure and temperatures high enough, salts began to form - and with them, evidence of diamond inclusions and deep-sea ancient world diamond formation.

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2019 National Spelling Bee: How to watch live video feed, list 12 most challenging words

2019 National Spelling Bee: How to watch live video feed, list 12 most challenging words

We're near the end of the 2019 official Scripps National Spelling Bee, and it's time to tune in. This world-renowned bee started with 550 spellers from across the United States, and we're down to 12. Today we're going to list all the most important information you'll need to know to immerse yourself in the bee, from video streaming sources to the most challenging words yet spelled.

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New Dark Crystal trailer from Netflix: Like Jim Henson and Frank Oz never left

New Dark Crystal trailer from Netflix: Like Jim Henson and Frank Oz never left

Did you know there was a new Dark Crystal movie coming out soon? Earlier today, I had no idea. Then I saw there was a Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance trailer out, and bang! My world changed, thanks to whoever worked with Netflix to make this happen. Before we go any further, look at this trailer and have your mind shattered.

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Meizu 16Xs released with 6.2-inch display for $245 USD

Meizu 16Xs released with 6.2-inch display for $245 USD

There's a new phone from Meizu out this week with a 6.2-inch Samsung-made AMOLED display for $245 USD. This device has a 4000mAh battery inside, 48MP triple lens camera system on its back with "super wide angle" and a ship date within two weeks of now. The only real drawback here is the lack of a US-specific release, as it'll be directed first at Europe, then to India and Asia-based countries in July.

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LEGO Apollo 11 Lunar Lander joins 7 new sets depicting NASA’s future

LEGO Apollo 11 Lunar Lander joins 7 new sets depicting NASA’s future

The LEGO Group announced a whole bunch of new outer space sets this morning, all of which were inspired by NASA. The entire collection for this season includes seven LEGO CITY Space sets and a single LEGO CREATOR Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander. This is one of the biggest single blasts of space sets from LEGO in a single season since the start of LEGO Space theme sets 40 years ago!

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Ace Frehley Origins Vol. 2 completed: Covers Cream, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin

Ace Frehley Origins Vol. 2 completed: Covers Cream, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin

This afternoon the outer space-centric former KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley announced completion of his latest album: Origins Vol. 2. That's a follow-up to the 2016 album "Origins Vol. 1" which debuted at number 23 on the Billboard top 200. Did you know people still buy CD albums? It's apparently true! Ask Ace Frehley - he still sells thousands of CDs - and he's making more this year.

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Pokemon GO Snorlax sleeping secret guide: One shot catch, Shiny Slakoth

Pokemon GO Snorlax sleeping secret guide: One shot catch, Shiny Slakoth

Today we've got some real deep-dive info on the Sleeping Snorlax and the Shiny Slakoth alike. Both of these Pokemon were released this week in the strangest set of features to come to the game at the start of summer since... ever. What better way to jump in on the most busy Pokemon GO season of the year than to drop a couple of super nap-time-happy monsters?

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OnePlus 7 Pro update with camera fixes: See our before/after photos

OnePlus 7 Pro update with camera fixes: See our before/after photos

Over the past week we've been keeping up with the relatively few issues OnePlus 7 Pro users had with software right out the box. In the mix is an "optimized" Double Tap to Wake and Ambient Display - both of which had some tiny issues (at least with SOME users) in the first week since release. There's also a set of improvements for the camera.

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Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding release date, gameplay trailer deluge

Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding release date, gameplay trailer deluge

Hideo Kojima's returned to the realm of next-generation gaming - as if he'd ever really left. He's no longer working with Konami, and will probably make no more Metal Gear Solid. Now he's fully immersed in the realm of Death Stranding, a game that's been in development with Kojima Productions (his own production studio) for at least three years.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Smart Viewer RD runs standalone, PC, phone-based AR and VR

Qualcomm Snapdragon Smart Viewer RD runs standalone, PC, phone-based AR and VR

There's a cool headset capable of both AR and VR, and Qualcomm's at the helm. They've created this "Qualcomm Snapdragon Smart Viewer Reference Design" as a sort of guide for other manufacturers to make their own, to sell to you. As such, you probably won't be using this headset specifically, but the resulting headsets made by brands you've heard of before. Cross your fingers for soon.

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Microsoft Modern OS: What we know about the anti-Windows

Microsoft Modern OS: What we know about the anti-Windows

Microsoft gave some hints about their next operating system during this year's Computex conference. It could still be called Windows, maybe Windows Lite, but probably (and hopefully) it's got a name that's completely new. This next-generation operating system will utilize the omnipotence of the internet to create a secure, solid experience that's better than what's expected by users.

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