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.

Oculus Quest 2 update ads 90Hz refresh, Move tracking

Oculus Quest 2 update ads 90Hz refresh, Move tracking

The next software update for Oculus Quest ads some features for both Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2. For Oculus Quest 2, specifically, this update will add native support for 90Hz refresh rate "across the entire platform. The display system in the VR headset was able to support 90Hz before, but it was relegated to a few key bits of the ecosystem. Now that's gone broad.

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AirPods 3 launch in 2021 could change your gift plans

AirPods 3 launch in 2021 could change your gift plans

As we approach the 2020 holiday shopping season, Apple's AirPods appear to be a likely target for the "has everything" gift-getters of the world. A tip this week from TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that Apple will begin manufacturing AirPods 3 in early 2021. The big question here is: Should you wait to buy a new pair of AirPods now?

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Galaxy S21 leak shows two sizes – where are the rest?

Galaxy S21 leak shows two sizes – where are the rest?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 and Samsung Galaxy S21+ were shown in a leak of components overnight. Details of the features included with the Samsung Galaxy S21 family appeared here, courtesy of the way in which these images appear - as guides for accessory makers and/or display covers. In these images, we see that the Samsung Galaxy S21 family pushes the display punch hole to the limits of the top of the display - nearly reverting back to a notch.

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The Mandalorian Season 3 confirmed amid blurry eggs

The Mandalorian Season 3 confirmed amid blurry eggs

It's not as if The Mandalorian were going to stop any time soon. It's the main force of sales power in the Star Wars universe right this minute, showing no signs of slowing down as droves of toys, clothing, and household goods appear in time for the holiday season 2020. But just to be sure - Disney confirmed the third season for the masses.

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Do we depend too much on “free” big tech services?

Do we depend too much on “free” big tech services?

In the tech services world year it became clear that the free ride is over. We're talking about everything from email to music streaming, photos to files. That which seemed too good to be true was indeed too good to be free. Now is the point at which you'll do well to consider which services you cannot do without, and which services you should end - before they start burning a hole in your pocket.

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Google cloud storage update – use it or lose it

Google cloud storage update – use it or lose it

Google reminded us again of the terrible, inevitable truth of cloud storage and services. You cannot depend on any one company to hold your data forever. Allowing your photos and videos and whatever other files you've got resting in Google's servers, be it in Google Drive, Google Photos, or even Gmail - Google holds the keys. Google made the case for downloading and/or keeping your files to yourself multiple times over the past year - now's the time to exit.

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PayPal cryptocurrency update includes Bitcoin, BCH, Litecoin, Ethereum

PayPal cryptocurrency update includes Bitcoin, BCH, Litecoin, Ethereum

The latest update to PayPal enables cryptocurrency - Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and the like - holding and trading. PayPal tested cryptocurrency features for a small set of users in the weeks between October and now - now it's time for all USA-based PayPal users to get a shot at using several digital currencies on the platform. As of yet, cryptocurrency features are available only inside the USA, while select international markets will launch in the first half of 2021.

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Major Fortnite feature updates – Unreal Engine 5, 120fps, Xbox Series X

Major Fortnite feature updates – Unreal Engine 5, 120fps, Xbox Series X

Fortnite is at a major turning point as it reaches into the next generation of home gaming consoles and transitions to the next edition of Unreal Engine. Epic Games' own Lead Console Programmer Ben Woodhouse spoke up this week about the future of one of the most popular games in the world.

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New Shiny Pokemon GO study finds the rare rates

New Shiny Pokemon GO study finds the rare rates

A new study conducted by the folks at The Silph Road showed the rates at which Shiny Pokemon appear in Pokemon GO. This newest study is ongoing, which means the rates of capture could change. For now, though, it would appear that the new model confirms what you might've suspected all along: You're not losing your mind, Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon GO are rarer than expected.

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Sleevenote is a retro-futuristic music player for album art

Sleevenote is a retro-futuristic music player for album art

There's a music-playing device in the making called Sleevenote. This device has a focus on albums, with a display that's a square. The square panel displays the cover of the album that's playing via Bluetooth or through the device's headphone jack.

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Next Mars rover landing final 100-day countdown begins

Next Mars rover landing final 100-day countdown begins

We're now less than 100 days from the landing of the next NASA-made Mars rover. The remote control vehicle with sample-collecting abilities is called Mars 2020 Perseverance. The mission originally launched from our planet Earth back on July 30, 2020, and it'll land on February 18, 2021. Let's take a peek at what this new rover can do - and what it set out to do in the first place.

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This phone is $100 and it’ll apparently last at least 4 years

This phone is $100 and it’ll apparently last at least 4 years

Today we're taking a peek at the device called Teracube 2e, the newest in a line of devices made by the Teracube company. This group makes smartphones with long warranty guarantees and prices that... don't seem real. This device is an Android smartphone with a 6.1-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with 64GB internal storage, microSD card slot, headphone jack, and a 4000mAh replaceable(!) battery. How can this be?

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