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.

Snapchat update 10 is here (and you’re gonna need it)

Snapchat update 10 is here (and you’re gonna need it)

This morning the official Snapchat app was updated for both Android and iOS. Seemingly spurred into action by the oncoming waves of update movement from services like Instagram, developers are Snapchat have delivered a quality update of their own. As a number of our readers using the Android version of Snapchat have attested, this update makes all the difference.

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Galaxy S8 reaches peak leak: release date, specs, and features

Galaxy S8 reaches peak leak: release date, specs, and features

The Samsung Galaxy S8 seems to have reached the point in its pre-release timeline where we're privy to most of its release details. This is before Samsung has shared much of anything officially, of course, but with a phone this highly anticipated, there's little chance (it seems) that data leaks would occur. As such, we're running down all the details that we've gathered over the past several weeks, lining them up into the best picture of what Samsung will show off this Spring in the Galaxy S line of smartphones.

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Pokemon GO update: Gen 2 event transfer plus Valentine’s Day

Pokemon GO update: Gen 2 event transfer plus Valentine’s Day

Plans for the next Pokemon GO event have been made for Valentine's Day - and the time is ripe for more Gen 2 monsters. All code changes up unto this point in APK updates suggest the imminent release of another wave of Gen 2 Pokemon. As we've heard little of updates from Niantic since the last "in coming weeks" before the end of the year, one could safely assume some sort of big update is coming soon.

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LG Pocket Photo 2017 keeps what works, adds a trunk

LG Pocket Photo 2017 keeps what works, adds a trunk

This week the folks at LG have reintroduced their Pocket Photo printer, revealing a 2017 edition with a tiny trunk. This device is small enough to fit in a pocket - as were past editions - and prints to tiny photo paper. According to LG Korea, this device "will lead to more sustainable, easier pocket photos in the compact photo printer market" (rough translation).

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Can you use a cell phone while driving? An updated state-based law list

Can you use a cell phone while driving? An updated state-based law list

Is it illegal to drive while talking on a mobile phone without a headset in your state? Driving laws related to smartphone and cell phone use - or mobile phone use, if that's what you want to call it - vary greatly. Individual states change regulations on cell phone use while driving every once in a while - it's a state's issue, not federal, after all. What we're looking at is the laws that apply to each of our 50 United States as of the month of publication of this article - and updates may be applied, but will be noted.

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Apple files 2 suits VS Qualcomm in Beijing, Qualcomm responds

Apple files 2 suits VS Qualcomm in Beijing, Qualcomm responds

This afternoon the folks at Qualcomm have issued a statement on their current state of legal affairs with Apple in China. They suggest that they have not seen the legal complaints issued by Apple, regardless of the Beijing court's press release. Apple's statement on the situation says that they have had disagreements with Qualcomm about royalty costs for technology licenses for many years, and have just recently found it necessary to seek assistance from the courts.

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Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Review: Top Marks

Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Review: Top Marks

Razer's mechanical gaming keyboard line BlackWidow got a redesign with a new name: "V2". Today we're checking out the action on the keys, the color under the keys, and the build quality of the whole keyboard. Razer changed up their game 4 years after launching the BlackWidow mechanical keyboard line with programmable rainbow "Chroma" lighting and by manufacturing their own brand of mechanical switches for the first time. Here in 2017, Razer gave the BlackWidow keyboard a major redesign - refined for a new generation.

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Galaxy S8 “Dex” device release coming to replace your PC

Galaxy S8 “Dex” device release coming to replace your PC

This week the folks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office have essentially confirmed the existence of the Galaxy S8's secret weapon. One of the strangest moves from Samsung - though not entirely unprecedented, with the Galaxy S8 will likely be this: Samsung Dex. This device has been rumored for a short while as a dock which allows the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 to act as their own desktop-like computer.

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Pokemon GO’s “Poke Bank” update revealed for transfer plus trading

Pokemon GO’s “Poke Bank” update revealed for transfer plus trading

Pokemon GO has been spotted in the code for the newest Pokemon Bank app update for the Nintendo 3DS. This is the Pokemon Sun and Moon connection to Pokemon GO we've been waiting for. In this update for the app - one double the size of the Pokemon Bank currently out in the public - major transfer action will be enabled. Of the many games that will be allowed to transfer Pokemon into the Pokemon Bank for cross-app usage, the mobile game Pokemon GO will be enabled.

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Netflix download to microSD card activated: try this

Netflix download to microSD card activated: try this

Netflix app for Android devices has activated the ability to download movies and TV shows to device's SD card. This is not the first time the app has allowed downloading of TV shows and movies to phones and tablets, but it is the first time downloading to microSD card has been allowed. It's taken what feels like an immense amount of time to incorporate offline viewing into this app, but a comparatively little amount of time to bring this much-needed enhancement of an additional save location - good on you, Netflix.

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iOS 10.3 Dev Beta update brings AirPods to Find My iPhone

iOS 10.3 Dev Beta update brings AirPods to Find My iPhone

This morning Apple released iOS version 10.3 Developer Seed software to iPhones, pushing with it a number of new features. To be abundantly clear up front, this is not the public beta version of the software, it's the Developer Beta, which means the public will need to wait a bit longer to get their hands on this software for everyday use. In this newest update, users of Apple's own AirPods with the help of Bluetooth and a secondary device.

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Galaxy S8 specs tipped to include “Infinity” display, headphone jack

Galaxy S8 specs tipped to include “Infinity” display, headphone jack

The latest in a line of rumors for the Samsung Galaxy S8 should make headphone jack lovers and bezel haters happy. This smartphone has been tipped to roll with a display that nearly covers the entirety of the front of the phone, falling off the edges like a Galaxy Edge device of past years, pushing past the logo on the top and the bottom. It's also been suggested this week that the headphone jack won't be going anywhere quick.

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