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.

Surface Laptop: The 5 things you really need to know

Surface Laptop: The 5 things you really need to know

There are a few different things users will need to know before they purchase - or once they've already purchased - the Microsoft Surface Laptop. In this device is Microsoft's newest best hope to take on their biggest competitor's main notebook - the MacBook. At the same time, this device is the headliner for a software suite that's not necessarily going to work all that well for all the people who plan on purchasing the hardware.

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This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

In front of a Senate hearing committee SpaceX confirmed this week their plans to create a global internet provider service using space satellites. This service would not be free, but would assist in the FCC's goal of covering the United States with at least 25 megabits per second (“Mbps”) broadband service. SpaceX is not "giving the world internet" for free - as some news sources have misunderstood and reported - instead, they're planning to profit from a service that's sorely needed by the planet.

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How OnePlus 5 will break 3T’s new release date scheduling

How OnePlus 5 will break 3T’s new release date scheduling

This week the folks at OnePlus have confirmed that the OnePlus 5 will be released this summer and that it will, indeed, be called the OnePlus 5. A post to Twitter this morning by the official OnePlus Twitter account added some credence to previous rumors of the name for the phone with two words: "True Story". In doing so, they've not only suggested that the phone was named after a basketball player, but that some other rumors are true.

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Star Wars TFA movie easter egg: Alternate Ending (for The Last Jedi assist!)

Star Wars TFA movie easter egg: Alternate Ending (for The Last Jedi assist!)

The director of The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson) apparently asked the director of The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams) to change the end of his film. Johnson revealed this information this week alongside tiny details about how involved he was during the creation of the first film. At this point we've got to warn you that you'll want to turn back if you're not all about spoilers - though the spoilers are mainly for The Force Awakens, not so much The Last Jedi. Though if you want to be entirely vegan about the next film, now's the time to click out.

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Pokemon GO grass event start time and Shiny Eevee

Pokemon GO grass event start time and Shiny Eevee

The next Pokemon GO in-game event has been detailed - just in time for what'll be one of the first t-shirt-weather weekends of the year for many players up north. Just as predicted by sources such as *cough* SlashGear *cough* earlier today, it's just the right time for another Pokemon GO event. Now that we've seen a behind-the-scenes update, it's time for the big show - grass style.

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May the fourth be with you: Digital Star Wars media to celebrate

May the fourth be with you: Digital Star Wars media to celebrate

May the 4th be with you, all you Android and iOS users, it's a day of celebration for the likes of Star Wars fans everywhere. As such, developers of Star Wars apps and games have put their best force forward with a few price-chops. Google's done a decent job of arranging and displaying the lot - right alongside 5 of the 7 movies that are currently out and available for download, plus comics, plus books, plus soundtracks - though the last few aren't on sale, exactly.

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Promo Code Pokemon GO Update 2 imminent: the obvious clues

Promo Code Pokemon GO Update 2 imminent: the obvious clues

The next phase in Pokemon GO is coming very soon, as evidenced by several updates from Niantic, both in public and behind the scenes. As Niantic has suggested, three big updates to Pokemon GO will be initiated before the end of the year. One of these events has a lot to do with Promo Code releases. As the Promo Code section in the game APK download has been added, it won't be long before the first part of the Pokemon GO event series is initiated.

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A select list of May the 4th Star Wars sales now live

A select list of May the 4th Star Wars sales now live

A bunch of Star Wars-themed events are taking place starting today, the 3rd of May, and last until the end of May the 4th (be with you). This is the ump-teenth time in a row that Star Wars has been celebrated on the 4th of May - back since the first Star Wars Geek heard those fabulous 6 words in that order. Fourth really sounds like Force - so let's use it to fill the bottomless pit of need for more Star Wars merchandise and special events, forever!

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Waymo says Uber made “cover up scheme” to steal self-driving car tech

Waymo says Uber made “cover up scheme” to steal self-driving car tech

In a legal battle between Alphabet's Waymo (previously under Google) and Uber is raging in California. Revelations today suggest that Uber may have given a former Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski $250-million in stock options in exchange for a massive amount of data (9.7GB, according to Waymo outside attorney Charles Verhoeven) essentially stolen from Waymo computers. Of course it's not all that simple - there's another company in between Waymo and Uber, but Google suggests that the company in question was created only to act as a shell to cover Levandowki's tracks.

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Apple’s paper bag patent granted

Apple’s paper bag patent granted

Back in July of 2016, Apple filed a patent for a paper bag - here in May of 2017, Apple has been granted that patent. Invented by an impressive 22 people and filed for a term of 15 years, Apple now owns the ornamental design for the bag that Apple products come in when sold by Apple Stores. This is the sort of bag that customers feel guilty about throwing away, it's made so extremely well and designed so nicely.

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Pokemon GO Promo Codes with Item Unlocks Updated

Pokemon GO Promo Codes with Item Unlocks Updated

Live as of this morning, Pokemon GO Promo Codes are being entered into the game en masse for item redemptions. As of the publishing of this article, the folks at Niantic suggest that Promo Codes will be used to "unlock items with exclusive Pokemon GO promotions." This means that we'll be posting all the codes available just as soon as they're made available - assuming Niantic doesn't tie each individual code to the user.

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Google Wallpapers app update expands curated image collection

Google Wallpapers app update expands curated image collection

This week the folks at Google responsible for developing their Wallpapers app have released a big update. Big for a wallpapers app, that is to say - but big nonetheless. This app update brings on a new collection of images from the likes of Google Earth, the social network Google+, and other similar sources. This is the same app available on Google Pixel smartphones, made ready for the vast majority of Android smartphones in the wild.

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