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.

Instagram update refocuses on Shop and Reels

Instagram update refocuses on Shop and Reels

Today a massive update for Instagram is in effect. Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram revealed that they'd be making some "big changes" to the platform, focusing on two tabs for all users. One is Reels, the other is Shop. The refocus in Instagram may well change the social network forever.

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Sony PS5 stock will be a nightmare – no in-store sales by design

Sony PS5 stock will be a nightmare – no in-store sales by design

Sony made it clear that they would not be allowing in-store sales (physical store sales) for the PS5 on launch day. Now that Walmart announced that they'll have stock - and Target too - things are getting complicated. If you're looking for a PlayStation 5, what should you do?

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Study shows nearly 1 in 5 COVID-19 survivors develop psychiatric disorder in 90 days

Study shows nearly 1 in 5 COVID-19 survivors develop psychiatric disorder in 90 days

A study analyzed electronic health records of 62-thousand individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. The full data set included 69.8-million patients in order to compare COVID-19 patients with other unrelated health events. The study found that 18.1% (nearly 1 in 5) of COVID-19 patients were diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days of their first diagnosis of COVID-19.

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Oculus VRCs aim for greater VR access for all – but Facebook concerns remain

Oculus VRCs aim for greater VR access for all – but Facebook concerns remain

Oculus Virtual Reality Checks (VRCs) is a set of technical recommendations "designed to help developers create more accessible VR software." The company suggested today that this set of recommendations will allow developers to make their VR apps more compelling to more people. Areas of focus include audio, visuals, interactions, locomotion/movement, and "other aspects of accessible design."

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Destiny 2 update 3.0.0.1 includes one very important light boost

Destiny 2 update 3.0.0.1 includes one very important light boost

This week Bungie released a major update to Destiny 2, including changes to Rewards, Player Identity, Combat, Activities, and more. In the "more" category are a bunch of items for PC gamers - like NVIDIA cards adding the ability to take advantage of NVIDIA Reflex, "reducing click-to-display latency during gameplay."

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Xbox Series X teardown reveals the massive cooling system

Xbox Series X teardown reveals the massive cooling system

Now that the Xbox Series X is out in the wild, it's time to take a closer look at its insides. The first step is always the most difficult, as it requires that the user break the seal - and effectively void any guarantees they had for repairs with Microsoft and/or the 3rd-party retail company from which they've purchased their Xbox Series X. Once we're inside, the fine folks at iFixit provide a lovely list of identified components.

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Pokemon GO HOME transfer to Sword and Shield activated, with bonus

Pokemon GO HOME transfer to Sword and Shield activated, with bonus

Today the folks at the Pokemon Company revealed a major update to Pokemon GO, Pokemon Home, and both Pokemon Sword and Shield. This latest upgrade makes the long-awaited connection between the games a reality, allowing the transfer of Pokemon from Pokemon GO to Pokemon Home, then from Pokemon Home to Pokemon Sword and Shield. The first time you transfer a Pokemon from Pokemon GO into Pokemon HOME, you'll get a free monstrous Pokemon for use in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

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SpaceX and NASA Human-rated commercial space system certification complete

SpaceX and NASA Human-rated commercial space system certification complete

This week the first commercial spacecraft system in history was officially certified by NASA. This certification is a monumental point of reference in the Commercial Crew Program with SpaceX and their SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with Crew Dragon Resilience.

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OnePlus Nord N10 5G is another Moto G moment

OnePlus Nord N10 5G is another Moto G moment

The OnePlus Nord N10 5G is a turning point for the company - and for you, if you buy the device. It is at this point that OnePlus moves beyond a single line of phones - or two lines of phones (regular and budget), or even three (with the Pro line). Now we've got OnePlus, a budget line with Nord, and another pair of phones (N10 5G and N100). What are we to make of this? We've had the device for enough time now that I'm able to start making serious considerations about not only its features and capabilities, but about what it represents for the company - and you, the consumer of OnePlus products.

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Apple Mac in late 2020 – What’s new and what’s left

Apple Mac in late 2020 – What’s new and what’s left

You might be confused if you visit the Apple Store online in the near future looking for a MacBook. Several products were revealed here in late 2020 with Apple's first chipset made for MacOS. It's important that we know which new Mac products have said M1 chip, and which are otherwise running previous-generation silicon.

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M1 MacBook Pro (late 2020) release date and price

M1 MacBook Pro (late 2020) release date and price

The first MacBook Pro with Apple silicon inside is the MacBook Pro (late 2020) 13-inch. This device is one of three in the first run of M1 devices from Apple. These devices are able to run MacOS app and iOS (and iPadOS) apps and has significantly more processing power than previous-model MacBook Pro machines.

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MacBook Air with M1 gives Apple Silicon its first Mac

MacBook Air with M1 gives Apple Silicon its first Mac

The new MacBook Air (late 2020) was revealed today with an Apple M1 chip and a 13-inch display. This newest MacBook works with two USB-C ports on its left side and no fan inside. This device is the first with Apple's new M1 chip, SSD (with far faster speeds than previous models), and up to 2x more battery time than the previous model.

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