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.

OnePlus 5 Review : The big risk pays off

OnePlus 5 Review : The big risk pays off

Our OnePlus 5 review focuses on the real-world use of the smartphone with special regard paid to design and the use of the device's camera. The value of this smartphone is in its ability to perform at or above the level of its competitors whilst costing just a bit less than the most popular smartphones on the market. While the OnePlus 5 costs more than its predecessors, it also has a few features that make it just a bit more premium, too.

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Mark Cuban called Bitcoin a bubble, now he supports an ICO

Mark Cuban called Bitcoin a bubble, now he supports an ICO

Earlier this year Mark Cuban said that Bitcoin was a bubble - and the price of Bitcoin fell significantly immediately thereafter. The price of Bitcoin returned to basically the same price it'd been before Cuban spoke - then went higher. Since then, it seems, Cuban decided that cryptocurrency isn't as bad an idea as he recently thought - and is participating in his first ICO.

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Amazon Echo Show teardown shows glue, lots of glue

Amazon Echo Show teardown shows glue, lots of glue

Inside the Amazon Echo Show is a set of components that would likely be cheaper to replace entirely than to repair. That's what the folks at iFixit seem to have concluded from their initial teardown of Amazon's latest Alexa-infused smart device. This is the first Echo device from Amazon that utilizes a display - and it bares some striking resemblances to the insides of the Amazon Fire Tablet.

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How to use Snapchat Map with Custom Geofilters [NEW]

How to use Snapchat Map with Custom Geofilters [NEW]

This week the folks at Snapchat have decided to make Snapchat Maps useful by allowing users to create their own custom event Geofilters. These filters will be appearing in "On-Demand Geofilters" immediately if not soon. With these filters - created by everyday users or event planners - users will be able to identify their Snaps with lovely animated balloons and images with text placed over them - just like they've never known they've always wanted!

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Exclusive: SHINY Pikachu coming to Pokemon GO

Exclusive: SHINY Pikachu coming to Pokemon GO

This morning we've been given a tip about the release of another rare Pokemon for Pokemon GO: Shiny Pikachu. This RARE Pikachu will be similar to event-centric Pikachu of the past - this time coming within the next week.* This lines up with two events, the first being the first birthday of the game itself, Pokemon GO having come to the public on July 5th, 2016.

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Satechi USB-C to HDMI adapter and cable go fully 4K

Satechi USB-C to HDMI adapter and cable go fully 4K

The folks at Satechi have revealed a couple of new USB-C accessories for those device users that wish to output video from small screens to big screens. Two devices were shown today, one a dongle, the other a cable. The cable has USB-C on one end, and a full-sized HDMI plug on the other. The smaller device is the adapter which has a full-sized HDMI port on one end and USB-C on the other.

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Pokemon GO Raid Distance and new Promo Codes [Try these!]

Pokemon GO Raid Distance and new Promo Codes [Try these!]

Rules that applied to Pokemon Gym Battles in Pokemon GO do not necessarily apply to RAID Battles. This is what players have discovered this week in a number of instances which indicate the direction Niantic is going in with Pokemon GO in the near future. Today we've also got a set of Promo Codes for users all around the world to try - but take a peek quick, they'll be gone in a matter of minutes!

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Bitcoin Mining graphics cards released by ASUS, Sapphire with NVIDIA, AMD inside

Bitcoin Mining graphics cards released by ASUS, Sapphire with NVIDIA, AMD inside

It would appear that one of the biggest names in PC hardware has joined the Cryptocurrency universe with their own mining-friendly graphics cards. ASUS Mining RX 470 and Mining P106 both use NVIDIA GeForce GTX technology to run as efficiently as possible to mine the most cryptocoin for the smallest cost. These cards are "engineered especially for coin mining" and are made to roll with "maximum mega hash rates at minimum cost." UPDATE: A few Sapphire cards have appeared as well, each with AMD Radeon technology inside.

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Facebook breaks its own record, changes incoming

Facebook breaks its own record, changes incoming

This week the folks at Facebook have broken their own record for largest number of active users in a month. Per the CEO and founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, the big blue social network now has 2-billion people in it. "We're making progress connecting the world," said Zuckerberg, "and now let's bring the world closer together. It's an honor to be on this journey with you." To celebrate this milestone, the company is initiating some changes to Facebook.

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Apple Glasses’ big AR push is already causing excitement

Apple Glasses’ big AR push is already causing excitement

Apple Glasses have been teased for possible release by one of the most prominent Apple-centric analysts in the world today. This tip comes from Loup Venture's Gene Munster, who forecasts that Apple Glasses, an AR wearable, will begin to appear in the year 2020. It's projected that the iPhone will reach its peak sales in the year 2019, then Apple's next big thing will be Apple Glasses, which will appear 1 year later.

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Google Home 6x more likely to answer than Alexa, but it doesn’t matter

Google Home 6x more likely to answer than Alexa, but it doesn’t matter

A study published this week found that Amazon Echo with Alexa - and Alexa in general - was not nearly as ready to answer questions as Google's Google Home. The systems were tested by New York firm 360i who suggest they've used their own proprietary software to test both home assistant technologies. In their first brief on the subject, they say that their Voice Search Monitor (VSM) software shows Google Home as "six times more likely to provide an answer than Amazon Alexa."

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iOS 11 download released in Public Beta for iPad and iPhone

iOS 11 download released in Public Beta for iPad and iPhone

Apple just released the Public Beta version of iOS 11 through their download repositories. To take part in this upgrade to the newest version of the software, users will need to follow a few steps - which we've outlined below. This version of the iOS mobile operating system is what Apple called "a giant step for iPhone, a monumental leap for iPad." While the final release is set for this fall, the Public Beta is available now.

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