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.

Mother’s Day gifts guide 2017 by SlashGear

Mother’s Day gifts guide 2017 by SlashGear

Today we've got a guide for gifts that only the most awesome moms are going to want. The sort of moms that would rather have a chameleon night lamp than another hand-made Mother's Day card. Or both, you know, alongside a bag of her favorite candy - the stuff that any mom would always appreciate should always be in the gift-giving package.

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Today’s Pokemon GO update [APK Download]

Today’s Pokemon GO update [APK Download]

Pokemon GO has been updated today with changes to the Pokemon Gym, Berry feeding, and sponsored Pokestops and/or real-world events. The vast majority of these changes remain behind-the-scenes, in the code. For many of the changes that've appeared but aren't yet fully active, the push could happen at any moment - but users will need the updated app file loaded to their smartphone to make it happen.

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This is NVIDIA’s Project Holodeck [Release and Demo]

This is NVIDIA’s Project Holodeck [Release and Demo]

This week at GTC 2017, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang revealed Project Holodeck to the masses. This system "brings visually stunning, collaborative, and shareable VR to everyone." The first demonstration had several users standing near a vehice rendered with 50,000,000 polygons - that's inside a virtual, shared space. The vehicle was a $1.9-million dollar supercar showed off via Christian Koenigsegg.

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Why did Amazon Echo Show just cannibalize this major Alexa advocate?

Why did Amazon Echo Show just cannibalize this major Alexa advocate?

There's a product out there with nearly the same capabilities and general aim as Amazon's Echo Show. That's the Echo Show, the product that Amazon announced this week. The Echo Show, you see, is a touchscreen display with a user-facing camera, a mic, and a speaker. The product known as The Nucleus is a touchscreen display with a user-facing camera, a mic, and a speaker - and the differences are few.

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This is Google Fuchsia OS preview [APK download for Android]

This is Google Fuchsia OS preview [APK download for Android]

Google's next operating system goes by the name (or codename) Fuchsia, and this morning I loaded it on my Pixel XL. Just yesterday we were rummaging through the files provided by Google developers on Github - and inside we found a bunch of bits and pieces that make for a rather awesome look at the future. Today with the help of HotFix Computer Repair maestro Kyle Bradshaw, we've got a path to the APK to get a feel for Armadillo on a smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date heralded by another “Note”

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date heralded by another “Note”

There's another Galaxy Note coming from Samsung before the onset of this year's big release, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. That is the refurbished version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 - but not just known as the Galaxy Note 7. This new version is almost identical to the doomed Galaxy Note 7 released last year, but here in 2017 it'll be released on a small scale as the Galaxy Note 7R.

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How to post a GIF on Instagram

How to post a GIF on Instagram

Today we're having a peek at the latest step-by-step process a person would have to take on Android or iOS to post a GIF on Instagram. Strictly speaking, there are no ".GIF" files on Instagram at the moment - any that are, aren't animated. There is a way to deliver the moving image picture that is the GIF to Instagram, however, in the form of a tiny converted video clip.

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Beyond Android: Our first look at Google Fuchsia

Beyond Android: Our first look at Google Fuchsia

Today we're having our first look at the project code-named Google Fuchsia - a mobile OS that departs from Android and Chrome. While Google's Chrome OS and Android OS were both based on Linux, Fuchsia is not. Fuchsia OS is based on Google's own "Magenta" microkernel, not to be confused with the Google AI music project of the same name. Fuchsia is all about speed, performance, and beauty.

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Agents of Mayhem is basically Saints Row 5 [Trailer 2]

Agents of Mayhem is basically Saints Row 5 [Trailer 2]

One viewing of the gameplay trailer for Agents of Mayhem will make a Saints Row fan understand: this is basically SR with a different title. Volition and Deep Silver are making no effort to disguise the fact that this game exists in the Saints Row universe. They've just called it something else - just so we don't expect any gang-based action.

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Pokemon GO Grass Event extended: here’s how (no promo code needed)

Pokemon GO Grass Event extended: here’s how (no promo code needed)

Over the weekend Niantic's latest Pokemon GO update in event fashion rang in the start of Summer just a bit early. The first day of summer is officially June 20th, but with a Grass Event for Pokemon GO, it started on Friday. That would have been all well and good, Bulbasaurs for everyone, all good in the game - but something went wrong.

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Pokemon GO soft ban issues plague Grass Event – try this fix!

Pokemon GO soft ban issues plague Grass Event – try this fix!

Everything runs away in Pokemon GO now that the Grass Event has started, and Pokestops are not working! What's the deal, you might be wondering - did the Grass-type Pokemon stage some sort of digital rebellion to soft ban me into a crying fit? How to I initiate a soft ban fix? There's bad news and there's good news - the bad news is that some players are going to have to go a few hours without playing the game properly. The good news is - there's a fix for those players lucky enough to know how to break a soft ban.

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Pokemon GO Grass Event update and a mystery ‘mon

Pokemon GO Grass Event update and a mystery ‘mon

The Pokemon GO Grass Event has begun in earnest and the whole in-game universe is aflutter with Pokeballs flying directly at the faces of green pocket monsters. Much of what this event will bring has already been revealed - mostly having to do with the type of Pokemon that are a lot more common for the next 84 (or so) hours. There's still a question about alternate-color Pokemon in the wild, though - is that Bulbasaur shiny? Or is it just Niantic playing a trick on the Pokemon GO community?

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