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.

Pokemon GO Adventure Sync Nearby: How to catch them all

Pokemon GO Adventure Sync Nearby: How to catch them all

Today we're looking at the newest feature in Pokemon GO: Adventure Sync: Nearby. This system works with technology similar to that of Pokemon GO's always-on GPS tracking for Pokemon Eggs and Buddy Pokemon walking for Candy. The big difference comes in the Pokemon that send up flags for the user - it's not the same for each Pokemon trainer. Instead, this system flags Pokemon that you don't already have in your Pokedex!

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Joker final trailer here: You may not want to watch

Joker final trailer here: You may not want to watch

The final trailer for JOKER was released today with Joaquin Phoenix taking stage in a massive way. The director Director Todd Phillips presents what they're calling "an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen." Let the conjecture begin.

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Motorola E6 Plus leaks with low-cost, high-value potential

Motorola E6 Plus leaks with low-cost, high-value potential

This morning the Motorola E6 Plus was leaked in a set of hands-on photos. This smartphone will likely be revealed by Motorola/Lenovo officially in the near future - for now we've got a few details that lead us to believe that this phone will be a winner. The aim of this phone - and other "E" phones from Motorola - is to get the job done at a low cost, period.

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ZTE Axon 10 Pro tries all the OnePlus tricks for cheap in USA release

ZTE Axon 10 Pro tries all the OnePlus tricks for cheap in USA release

ZTE re-enters the North American market this week with the ZTE Axon 10 Pro, a device that looks to take on phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro. This smartphone costs around $550 in its base configuration and will be available starting today at online retailers like Newegg and ZTE's own online store. This phone could well be the way ZTE recaptures the imaginations (and pocketbooks) of a significant number of citizens of the USA - assuming their product stands up to US review scrutiny.

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Nest Hello doorbell now detects package delivery

Nest Hello doorbell now detects package delivery

Nest Hello smart doorbell (with camera) devices with a Nest Aware subscription were given an upgrade today in the form of package detection. This new system can send a notification to the user's phone when a package has been delivered within their Nest camera's visual range. This same system can send a notification when it believes that a package has been picked up.

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Threads app tipped as Zuckerberg’s ideals made real

Threads app tipped as Zuckerberg’s ideals made real

A potential new Snapchat alternative app "Threads" was tipped in-the-making at Facebook and Instagram. The app seems to be part of Mark Zuckerberg's vision for a private messaging tie between each of the company's main social ecosystems. That'd likely include account connections between Facebook and Instagram, but mention of WhatsApp integration was notably absent from report details.

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Microsoft Surface event set for October 2 with dual-display potential

Microsoft Surface event set for October 2 with dual-display potential

This morning Microsoft sent invitations to a New York City-based special event set for October. This event will almost certainly include Microsoft Surface products, including new devices and refreshed iterations of favorite products from past years. If we're lucky we might even see a USB-C port for power - or a new Microsoft Surface Go tablet. And what of this dual-screen Surface device that's been rumored these past few weeks?

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Sprint activates 5G in Phoenix with Hatch gaming

Sprint activates 5G in Phoenix with Hatch gaming

Sprint's 5G network is ramping up with what they call "True Mobile 5G" in Phoenix Arizona. This is just one of a collection of commercial launches of 5G service for Sprint made live in cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, and Dallas-Fort Worth. Sprint currently suggests they'll soon cover approximately 2100 square miles (with approximately 11 million people expected to be covered in total) "in the coming weeks."

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Pokemon GO Magnetic Lure list with Glacial and Mossy Modules on deck

Pokemon GO Magnetic Lure list with Glacial and Mossy Modules on deck

Today we're looking at the latest update to Pokemon GO with special emphasis on the list of Pokemon attracted by the Magnetic Lure Module. This lure was given a kick in the pants this week as it's part of the latest Pokemon GO event. Now that relatively massive numbers of Pokemon GO trainers have a Magnetic Lure in their possession, naturally there's a greater call for a Magnetic Lure list of Pokemon - what's this thing do, anyway?

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Android 10 Dark Mode update and 5x issues

Android 10 Dark Mode update and 5x issues

Today we're taking a brief look at Android 10 (what once was Android Q) and it's most sought-after all-encompassing feature: Dark Mode. Before we get to launch for Android 10, quite a few items need to be addressed - and probably won't be, but we can dream! Users of a certain list of smartphones already have access to this Dark Mode via the latest Android 10 Beta - and as they can attest, it's not all its cracked up to be.

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Multiple Reddit SubReddits banned for apparent spam [UPDATE]

Multiple Reddit SubReddits banned for apparent spam [UPDATE]

A wave of SubReddit bans occurred this afternoon seemingly at once, including but not limited to r/Android, r/cricket, r/MiamiDolphins, r/golf, r/auckland, r/tennisstreams, r/Wellington, r/Minneapolis, and possibly others. This ban wave likely occurred due to an automatic switch to combat malicious spam attacks. It is unlikely that these bans were due to human analysis and admin judgement. UPDATE: Most or all SubReddits banned this afternoon are now back in business - and we're still seeking answers.

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Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro first impressions: OnePlus 7 Pro, but cheaper?

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro first impressions: OnePlus 7 Pro, but cheaper?

This morning the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro arrived in the mail and today we're unboxing the device and giving our first impressions. This device is the latest in the Mi series from Xiaomi, a series that's ready to do battle with recently popular smartphones like the OnePlus 7 Pro. The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro looks the part - but can it face its slightly more expensive brethren?

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