Author Archives: Chris Burns

Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, Chris Burns responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SlashGear. Follow him on Twitter @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.

Ripple price dips as Coinbase rumor doused (XRP BTC)

Ripple price dips as Coinbase rumor doused (XRP BTC)

Coinbase made a significant announcement this afternoon regarding, but not mentioning specifically, Ripple (AKA $XRP.) As the announcement was made, the price of Ripple ($XRP) fell, there was a dead cat bounce, and the coin's worth continued to tank in a downward direction. If there's one single reason why an investor's worth in USD or BTC today is halved, it's because they put a whole lot of faith in the future of XRP.

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Meltdown and Spectre reveal Firefox passwords

Meltdown and Spectre reveal Firefox passwords

Firefox creator Mozilla confirmed Meltdown and Spectre flaws could be used to extract login info from users online. The chances of this happening to the average user are slim, but still most certainly significant. This adds to the already-massive set of devices and situations in which either Meltdown or Spectre could have effects on computer users.

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Pokemon GO failed us all

Pokemon GO failed us all

Today I'm going to tell you why Pokemon GO is a game of diminishing returns. At the beginning, Pokemon GO was a great idea. Google creatives made a video showing how augmented reality might make the perfect ecosystem for a worldwide Pokemon game in which monsters could be found wandering a real world. Real battles could be fought, real encounters would happen, and capturing new Pokemon would be super fun. That only sort of happened.

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Bitcoin price tips as Merrill Lynch tries bigger block

Bitcoin price tips as Merrill Lynch tries bigger block

Bitcoin price fell early this morning after a report that Merrill Lynch barred advisors and customers from Bitcoin. The company decided they'd attempt officially to block itself from both Bitcoin as well as the brand new Bitcoin Futures Market announced by Cboe Global Markets Inc. and CME Group Inc. back on December 11th, 2017. Bank of America Corp's brokerage arm blocked themselves from Bitcoin on December 8th - the U.S. brokerage arm of UBS Group AG has also reportedly blocked itself from all bitcoin-related products.

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Global warming’s next victim: Chocolate

Global warming’s next victim: Chocolate

Researchers reported this week that cacao plants are on the decline thanks to dryer weather and warming temperatures worldwide. To battle the oncoming nightmare of a world without chocolate, researchers and scientists at UC California and UC Berkeley teamed up with the Mars company and IGI. Together, the've begun to modify the genes of cacao crops to allow them to survive this planet's changing climate.

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Intel’s bug response: It’s not just us! [UPDATE: AMD, ARM, Google statements]

Intel’s bug response: It’s not just us! [UPDATE: AMD, ARM, Google statements]

This week Intel found themselves on the wrong end of the controversy stick as a bug, flaw, or whatever you'd like to call it, appeared on Intel computers. What they suggest is that they are not the only company whose products are "susceptible to these exploits." Intel made clear several times in a comment to the press that they were not the only hardware manufacturers that are part of this mess.

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CPU flaw: Key details of the huge processor problem [Fixes are here!]

CPU flaw: Key details of the huge processor problem [Fixes are here!]

An Intel bug was just announced which could have negative effects on the performance capabilities of computers all over the world. Before we go any further, I need to be clear in saying this will not have a significant effect on most users, or so we're lead to believe thus far. Intel has not released all the details on the issue, but we do have a general idea of what's happening and what to expect.

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Bitcoin price today: BTC USD Highs and Lows to keep an eye on

Bitcoin price today: BTC USD Highs and Lows to keep an eye on

Today we're looking at a healthy bull run for Bitcoin - at least here in the first half of the day. This comes after a quick breakout earlier in the week which resulted in a whole lot of altcoin drops - thanks to those with weak hands and little understanding of how quickly this market turns around. Remember, this isn't the stock market. We're talking major changes in weeks or days, not months or years.

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iMac Pro teardown: Modular parts, hard modularity

iMac Pro teardown: Modular parts, hard modularity

The folks at iFixit have torn down the newest Apple mega-computer, the iMac Pro. This computer looks like an iMac - that is, an all-in-one computer with a sleek stand - but it's got the guts of a much more powerful beast. As the folks at iFixit said, "this iMac Pro isn't jut a reskinned iMac after all."

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Fuchsia spotted: Google’s unreleased software now on new hardware

Fuchsia spotted: Google’s unreleased software now on new hardware

It's time to talk about Google's software called Fuchsia again. Today it's become apparent that Fuchsia is running on the Google Pixelbook. Fuchsia is a new(ish) operating system Google's been working on for many months. The Google Pixelbook is the notebook equivalent of a Google Pixel smartphone, instead running Chrome OS right out the box.

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Bitcoin price climbing, Bittrex down (BTC USD trading)

Bitcoin price climbing, Bittrex down (BTC USD trading)

This morning thousands of coin traders found Bittrex unable to trade Bitcoin, Ethereum, or any other sort of cryptocurrency. While this COULD have some effect on the price of Bitcoin, the results will likely be negligible. If South Korea couldn't do it, one trading post out of many most certainly won't do it.

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Intel AMD processor details leak: Kaby Lake likely

Intel AMD processor details leak: Kaby Lake likely

A brand new Intel Core i7-8809G processor was just discovered lurking in the company's overclocking listings. This processor is quad-core and rolls with two different sets of options for graphics processing. Intel HD Graphics 630 isn't particularly surprising, but the other option points to the future: Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics.

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