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.

iPhone update leak: New Dark Mode, Screenshots, Reminders

iPhone update leak: New Dark Mode, Screenshots, Reminders

In iOS 13 for iPhone and iPad, things are about to get updated in a significant set of ways. Leaks this morning showed the various interesting ways in which the iPhone and iPad will benefit. This update includes the long-awaited Dark Mode, the mode which ALL people crave.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 2019 reboot: All the new specs (with XPS 15 2019 too)

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 2019 reboot: All the new specs (with XPS 15 2019 too)

The XPS 13 2-in-1 was revealed with an updated set of specifications this week alongside its best buddy XPS 15 (non-2-in-1). The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (the newest version for May 2019) has a selection of Intel 10th Gen Ice Lake processors, a 13.4-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio display panel (that's a whole 7-percent larger than the most recent model) and a bigger keyboard and touchpad.

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Red Magic 3 first impressions and hands-on

Red Magic 3 first impressions and hands-on

Today we're having a peek at the latest in a line of "gaming" smartphones released in recent weeks. This device rolls with a 90hz refresh rate (image refresh rater, that is) similar to the Black Shark 2. This device's key rests not just in its display, but its sound, and its connectivity with an abundance of accessories right out the gate.

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Research suggests Leonardo da Vinci had ADHD

Research suggests Leonardo da Vinci had ADHD

Leonardo was voraciously curious, capable of intense study and preparation for great works. But often - notoriously often - da Vinci moved on to new projects before he'd finished the old. New research made public this week found significant evidence leading to the conclusion that the original Renaissance Man had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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iPhone 11 feature leaks release for 2019 and 2020

iPhone 11 feature leaks release for 2019 and 2020

The future of the iPhone is in flux, with predictions of some features appearing while others fade away. According to a report published today, we won't see 5G in an iPhone in 2019, but we WILL see said feature in 2020. That means another year of waiting - maybe. It might also be that 5G changes the game for every smartphone everywhere.

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Inside the Transformers 35th Anniversary Celebration Box

Inside the Transformers 35th Anniversary Celebration Box

This week the folks at Hasbro sent out a number of sizeable cardboard boxes to the media. These boxes contained large arrangements of toys - Transformers toys. It's the 35th anniversary of the original release of Transformers into our collective conscious - and it's apparently time to celebrate. This celebration is connected to the hashtag #morethanmeetstheeye, because of course it is.

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Your OnePlus 7 Pro may have a touchy issue

Your OnePlus 7 Pro may have a touchy issue

An issue appeared on a number of OnePlus 7 Pro units over the past week having to do with its touchscreen. Several users reported their OnePlus 7 Pro triggering its touchscreen in either the upper-right or upper-left of the display - without their finger. Does your OnePlus 7 Pro have an issue such as this?

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Internet backlash won: Sonic the Hedgehog movie kicked to 2020

Internet backlash won: Sonic the Hedgehog movie kicked to 2020

Instead of a November 2019 release date, the Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie will be moved to 2020. This is not the first time a delay of this nature took place in the internet age - but it might be the most important. Because of the less-than-great response given to the first full trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, it's headed back to the shop for repairs and upgrades.

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Snapchat is not private, nor is it safe

Snapchat is not private, nor is it safe

This week a report cited multiple sources from Snapchat describing the non-private nature of the apps' back end. Both iPhone (iOS) and Android versions of the app notwithstanding, Snapchat user data (including Snaps) are accessible with a tool called SnapLion. The SnapLion software is supposedly only accessible by Snapchat employees - but as the rules of the internet state: If it's data that exists, it can be shared.

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Hopsy SUB Compact Tap Review: Mini beer keg machine in effect

Hopsy SUB Compact Tap Review: Mini beer keg machine in effect

Over the last couple weeks we've had a Hopsy SUB Compact Tap on the review bench, and it's been pouring. This machine is a "compact home draft appliance", a machine that pours beer from miniature kegs. The kegs are delivered each month, and I would (if I'd actually subscribed) be sent six Mini-Kegs per month at approximately $15 USD a unit.

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NASA names first commercial partner for Artemis, Lunar Gateway

NASA names first commercial partner for Artemis, Lunar Gateway

NASA's latest announcement in their ongoing mission back toward the moon had to do with power. It was the group known as Maxar Technologies, formerly SSL, in Westminster, Colorado that was at the center of this announcement. It was Maxar that was announced to have won the contract to develop and demonstrate power, propulsion, and communications capabilities for NASA’s lunar Gateway over the next several years.

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VR pants, shoes, gloves, and other things Sony has planned

VR pants, shoes, gloves, and other things Sony has planned

Sony's PlayStation VR system is well and away the easiest form of non-mobile virtual reality in the world at the moment. With the introduction of VR to the console world came the possibility that there'd be more than a couple splits in content - and usability. Interaction with the 3D content in a virtual reality, from your couch, in your living room - that's the true dream. Now add a pair of pants.

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