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.

Will your old phone ever get Android Q? UPDATE

Will your old phone ever get Android Q? UPDATE

The latest update to Android from Google is called Android Q - or at least that's what it'll be called until Google gives it a more proper, full name with "Q" at the head. This week marks the final release of the Android Q update series in Beta form before the final release. Users of all sorts - even YOU - can get access to Android Q Beta right now, if they do so dare. This software works with a lot of phones - not ALL phones - but quite a few!

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Apple MFI Certified iPhone car charger from Satechi delivers 72W USB-C action

Apple MFI Certified iPhone car charger from Satechi delivers 72W USB-C action

I don't often write about car chargers for smartphones, largely because the technology just... doesn't change all that often. Since the last time I wrote about a car charger, a significant amount's changed - enough that it makes sense to point out a product from a brand that I've come to trust over the past half-decade via their Apple MFI Certifications, top-notch industrial design, and long-lasting materials.

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Pokemon GO iSpoofer warning: Niantic’s following you

Pokemon GO iSpoofer warning: Niantic’s following you

Pokemon GO hackers and spoofers on iPhone and iPad may want to think twice about using iSpoofer and similar systems this weekend. Niantic's begun taking a closer look at that specific system for GPS fixing in Pokemon GO and will likely expand on bans on Pokemon GO gamers that've cheated with similar systems. This information has not yet been made public by Niantic - and won't likely be made public any time soon - thanks to Niantic's in-place user agreement for the game Pokemon GO. That agreement to which every Pokemon GO player agrees upon signing up for and playing the game - that's the one!

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Galaxy Watch Active2 Under Armour Edition official details

Galaxy Watch Active2 Under Armour Edition official details

So we'd heard rumors of this watch, then on the day the Active2 smartwatch was revealed, there was no info about an Under Armour edition. It didn't seem like that much of a stretch to assume that, maybe at one point there'd been a watch like this in the works but it didn't end up being made - or maybe the original rumor was simply untrue. As it turns out, there IS an Under Armour Edition of the Galaxy Watch Active2 and it is... well...

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Xiaomi’s 100MP camera phone is more than madness

Xiaomi’s 100MP camera phone is more than madness

This week we're hearing from Xiaomi - from the company itself - that they're developing a 100MP camera. That means 108,000,000 pixels in total - 12032 x 9024 pixel resolution. If you think this is "absolutely crazy", per one of their fans Manu Kumar Jain, you might also think you're in a time-loop when you look at the camera phone released half a decade ago by Nokia.

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SoulCycle takes on Peloton with at-home Equinox bike

SoulCycle takes on Peloton with at-home Equinox bike

There's a new multi-brand super hardcore pop-friendly way to get exercise without leaving your living room. The folks at Equinox are adding in-home exercise equipment to compete with the brand Peloton. But before you go any further, make sure you see the BIG disclaimer in the first paragraph below the cut.*

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Is this the cutest robot arm in the world?

Is this the cutest robot arm in the world?

I want this robot arm.* Not in the same way Moss wanted a robot arm in The IT Crowd, but in a way which is mysterious to me, a person who has never owned a robot arm. This is the Mirobot, an open-source desktop robot arm that does not (yet) exist in the world as a product that you (or I) can purchase. But if you've ever seen a robot arm that looks nearly so cute, I demand that you show me that baby robot arm immediately.

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Acer Nitro XF252Q gaming monitor packs FreeSync, 2x speakers, major adjustability

Acer Nitro XF252Q gaming monitor packs FreeSync, 2x speakers, major adjustability

A new wave of top-end gaming monitors are coming this summer, and Acer's bringing some of that first heat with the Nitro XF2 Series. Two models will appear this summer: Nitro XF252Q and XF272 X. The former costs approximately $350, the latter around $550. The former is out in stores now, the latter will be available later this month.

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The newest iPhone VS the best value alternative

The newest iPhone VS the best value alternative

The newest iPhone isn't what's next, it's what's already out in the store right this minute. If you're reading this article before September 12, 2019, the newest iPhone is the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and/or the iPhone XR. Because of the way Apple markets their products, the "best value" smartphone in the world is always, ALWAYS, in the eye of the beholder.

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Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked: What you should expect

Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked: What you should expect

On August 7, 2019, a Samsung Unpacked event will play host to the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. You could also call it a Galaxy Note 10 Plus, or a 10 Pro, whatever you'd like - but chances are Samsung'll stick with the "+" symbol as they've done in the past. Today we're taking a final look at what you should expect will be revealed at the event with info based on rumors, tips, and the like. It's not official until Samsung says so on stage!

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Delete Revolut right now, because of this guy

Delete Revolut right now, because of this guy

This is the way startups work, you'll hear them say, you sign up and expect to work this way. Except when you're a company that suggests you "believe in power of people" and "love the game" - you're not making a change in the world, you're simply moving the suffering from one group of people to another, and profiting in the meantime. That's what it would very much appear is happening with the working culture over at Revolut - and they're not alone.

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Swagtron EB12 electric city bike goes full-size

Swagtron EB12 electric city bike goes full-size

The folks at Swagtron made their share of fold-up or otherwise compact e-bikes in the last several years. Now, with the EB12, they've created a machine that looks for all the world like a standard multi-gear city-aimed adult bicycle. This machine has a diamond road frame and 700c wheels paired with a 250-watt motor (and a 7-speed Shimano drivetrain to boot) for a shocker of an e-bike, to be sure.

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