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.

Pokemon GO Fest ticket sales price, no Pokecoins

Pokemon GO Fest ticket sales price, no Pokecoins

Tickets to Pokemon GO Fest are live, as of the morning of June 15, 2020. This event will include a $14.99 USD price tag (plus applicable taxes and fees) in order to get a virtual ticket to play in Pokemon GO Fest 2020. This event's tickets cannot be purchased with PokeCoins - partially because Niantic plans on donating proceeds from GO Fest ticket sales (at least $5 million) to good causes.

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Star Wars: Squadrons release date, price, and VR cross-play revealed

Star Wars: Squadrons release date, price, and VR cross-play revealed

Today we're taking a peek at the release details of Star Wars: Squadrons. This is the newest EA Games / Motive Studios release in the Star Wars universe, centered on 5v5 dogfights in starfighters piloted by New Republic (rebellion) pilots and pilots fighting on the side of the dying Galactic Empire. Now that the Death Star II has been destroyed, and both Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine along with it - things are different, and attitudes have changed.

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Xbox Series X Smart Delivery means old game buys stay free

Xbox Series X Smart Delivery means old game buys stay free

Microsoft expanded Smart Delivery for the Xbox Series X today with a variety of big-name game titles. With Smart Delivery, users will be able to play games on Xbox Series X that they'd previously purchased on systems like Xbox One and Xbox One X. Microsoft suggested that all Xbox Game Studios games that are "Optimized for Xbox Series X" will "support Smart Delivery."

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Did you know? Facebook reminds us they own these companies

Did you know? Facebook reminds us they own these companies

This week the Facebook for Android app updated the way they show their brand - with all sorts of icons. You'll see Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus. This is just the tip of the iceberg, really, as Facebook's ramped up acquisitions of companies over the last several years. Do you know if your favorite app and/or service is owned by Facebook? Let's take a look at the list of names that are actually owned and/or run by Facebook, from top to bottom.

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Old games, new content: Spider-man, GTAV, Destiny 2, now this is the way

Old games, new content: Spider-man, GTAV, Destiny 2, now this is the way

Over the last week we've become very aware of the fact that game developers are trying for a sea change. It might instead be that gamers are the ones that've made this change happen - maybe developers are only doing what the market demands they do in order to survive. In any case, we've seen three major games announced as new, their developers revealing that instead of making new games, they'll be putting more time and effort into the games that people already love.

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Android 11 Beta Voice Access update makes a big difference

Android 11 Beta Voice Access update makes a big difference

This afternoon Google released Android 11 Beta for Pixel 2, 3, and 4, with a very obvious upgrade to Voice Access. This is a feature in Android that allows the user to make commands - it's part of the "OK Google" and Google Assistant family. This feature now, far more accurately than ever before, understands screen context and content, so you can ACTUALLY control your phone without touching your phone.

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Android 11 Beta changed trashing files forever

Android 11 Beta changed trashing files forever

A brief period of safe-keeping appears in Android 11 for 3rd-party apps trashing files (like photos and videos), thanks to MediaStore API. Storage access with Android 11 includes a sort of recycling bin - or safety net between the trashing of a file and that file's actual complete annihilation. This could be good news for the clumsy, or bad news for those prone to self-incrimination.

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ISS lab test success on path to coldest lab in known universe

ISS lab test success on path to coldest lab in known universe

Aboard the International Space Station, physicists worked in a unique laboratory to create a Bose-Einstein condensate. With this quantum matter, scientists will be able to further (and better) explore the wide universe of quantum physics. The results of the proof-of-principal released in a research paper in Nature this week show that this Cold Atom Lab can "successfully exploit the microgravity of space in ways that should allow scientists to create phenomena that would be impossible on Earth."

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Pokemon GO will stop working on these phones soon

Pokemon GO will stop working on these phones soon

Today the folks at Niantic responsible for developing Pokemon GO revealed that they'd be ending support for some older devices. The main devices that'll be taken out are Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and Samsung Galaxy J3. The Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 will be taken out as well - as will the original Motorola Moto G (the epic classic low-cost, high-value device). There'll be more devices that are cut from functionality, too.

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Galaxy Note 20 leak says Samsung’s back to fan-favorites

Galaxy Note 20 leak says Samsung’s back to fan-favorites

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 was tipped today to be coming with a flat display. That might not seem like a big deal to you if you've not been using Galaxy Note devices for the past half-decade or more - especially if you've never tried to use a stylus on a display with curved edges. But if you have used a Galaxy Note with what they call an "Infinity Display" with curved edges, you might well know how annoying it can be to keep... falling off the edges.

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Sony PlayStation 5 revealed: Original and Digital Edition

Sony PlayStation 5 revealed: Original and Digital Edition

The Sony PlayStation 5 console was revealed in full in the afternoon of June 11, 2020. This was the first time the public was shown a full view of the console - along with its first set of accessories. This PS5 was shown at an event that largely focused on games that'd be released on the machine, not all at launch, but certainly all in a way that was meant to demonstrate the power of the console.

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PS5’s best game yet is about a stray cat

PS5’s best game yet is about a stray cat

The game's name is Stray. It was revealed this afternoon by Sony at their big PlayStation 5 game event. This was before the actual console hardware was revealed, but after the console's specs were revealed. We know what the controller looks like, we know how the controller works, we know there'll be a bunch of awesome games for the console - and now we know we'll be able to test out the graphics and hardcore processing abilities of the PS5 as we explore a futuristic city as a stray cat.

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