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.

Facebook Avatars released for some users: Will digital clothing sales come next?

Facebook Avatars released for some users: Will digital clothing sales come next?

Facebook has a bitmoji-like system ready to roll in the USA starting today called Facebook Avatars. They'll be delivering this system via Facebook in Messenger and in the Messenger app and webpage. If you're using Messenger anywhere, right now, you'll likely have access now or very soon. If this system is everything we've been told so far, there's little reason why Facebook wouldn't use Niantic's Pokemon GO system of accessory sales for users of all sorts in the very near future.

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Foldable dream iPhone is too wild for reality: Here’s why

Foldable dream iPhone is too wild for reality: Here’s why

A foldable display iPhone concept was revealed by iOS Beta News in a video called "iPhone Flip" here in May 2020, and it looks fantastic. It's novel, it'd be surprising and delightful if Apple ever really did reveal such a thing as a real product. But a foldable display on an iPhone - with another display on its back - isn't just unlikely as an Apple product, it's impossible. Apple would never create a device with so many potential avenues for failure.

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OnePlus 8 Pro camera seems to “see through” x-ray style: Nintendo Switch, iPhone, Nest

OnePlus 8 Pro camera seems to “see through” x-ray style: Nintendo Switch, iPhone, Nest

If you happen to be holding a OnePlus 8 Pro right now you might have access to a camera mode that allows you to see through objects. This is the effect generated by the device's dedicated Photochrome camera. Per OnePlus, "apply the Photochrome filter on the Color Filter Camera to turn ordinary scenes into surreal landscapes." It's not quite so simple as all that, dear OnePlus.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater bundle includes awesome re-issued retro hardware

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater bundle includes awesome re-issued retro hardware

The THPS (Tony Hawk's Pro Skater) 1+2 release for 2020 is in-effect this week with pre-order bonuses and a bundle with a real skate deck. Assuming you've played the original game and/or THPS 2, you've more than likely seen the Birdhouse Falcon 2. Whether you know the name or not, you'll recognize the image. The design is iconic, and with this release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2, the deck's been re-issued with a bit of THPS flare, as the Limited Edition Full Size Birdhouse Falcon 2.

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Galaxy Fold price cut to “clear inventory” before 2 and 5G

Galaxy Fold price cut to “clear inventory” before 2 and 5G

Several leaks of Samsung's plans for the next generation of foldable display-toting smartphones suggest now's the time to buy - if you're not worried about having the absolute newest iteration of the tech. The Samsung Galaxy Fold 1 will apparently be sold on a significant discount with a slightly different title: The Samsung Galaxy Fold Special Edition. The difference will be... the price, and that's it.

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Alienware Area-51m R2 is Dell’s new highest-end gaming laptop

Alienware Area-51m R2 is Dell’s new highest-end gaming laptop

The Dell-made Alienware Area-51m R2 revealed today, May 13, 2020, is Dell's highest-end gaming laptop. This machine works with an Intel 10th Gen Core S-series processors, and a choice between NVIDIA GeForce RTX Super graphics cards or AMD Radeon graphics. These laptops include "updated internal cooling technology" as well as 4K UHD display panels - all in a neat package that'll cost users three thousand dollars right out the gate.

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Dell, XPS, Alienware computer release dates and prices revealed for Spring 2020

Dell, XPS, Alienware computer release dates and prices revealed for Spring 2020

Today we're taking a look at a variety of Dell computers set for release in May, June, and "Summer" 2020. You'll find the Dell XPS 15, XPS 17, and XPS Creator Edition ready to roll soon along with the latest refreshes and editions of the Dell G3 and Dell G5 for gaming, and Alienware computers of several sorts. On the list with upgrades aplenty are the Alienware Area-51m R2, the Alienware m15 R3, and the Alienware m17 R3. There's also an Alienware Aurora R11 and a brand new Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor to boot!

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Galaxy Note 20+ will have a very different display than non-Plus 20

Galaxy Note 20+ will have a very different display than non-Plus 20

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20+ will apparently be very different machines. Word from Ross Young this morning suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ will have LTPO tech in its display, while the Galaxy Note 20 has LTPS. What's the difference, you might wonder, and why should I care if the device tech has a single letter different in its name?

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Instagram reveals bulk comment delete, Pin Comment for power users

Instagram reveals bulk comment delete, Pin Comment for power users

Two new features for Instagram were revealed this week for users that have to deal with large numbers of comments. Power users on Instagram - influencers, photographers, and general celebrities - will benefit most from the two new features shown as part of the fifth edition Community Standards Enforcement report from Instagram and Facebook. Not all users will be able to use these features at first - they'll be appearing on iOS first, Android second. It does not appear that users will be selected for testing based on any sort of follower count or popularity - this is out there for everyone, it'll just be most useful for those users that need to deal with masses of followers.

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Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 remaster release date and gameplay revealed

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 remaster release date and gameplay revealed

The original Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and THPS2 were announced in a single collection, remastered with original maps, skaters, and songs. It's not clear yet whether we'll see ALL the same maps, skaters, and songs, but still - it's gonna be neat. The game will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and it's out on pre-order right this minute.

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Schwarzenegger returns to Predator as Dutch, fills in plot

Schwarzenegger returns to Predator as Dutch, fills in plot

The game Predator: Hunting Grounds will fill in the blanks with what Arnold Schwarzenegger's character Dutch has been up to since his appearance in Predator (1987). And it's no voice-alike, it's the real deal. After director John McTiernan's original film, the original plan was to see Dutch return in Predator 2 in the role essentially filled by Gary Busey. Now, 33 years later, we get to see Schwarzenegger return to the Predator universe, in his original role, in an officially licensed expansion of canon in the game Predator: Hunting Grounds.

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Nintendo Switch supply in trouble

Nintendo Switch supply in trouble

How, in a time when the Nintendo Switch sold better than ever, could Nintendo find themselves in a position where they can't make more? For Nintendo, the COVID-19 pandemic's been a double-edged sword. While quarantine life around the world's provided at-home gamers a reason to own and use a Nintendo Switch, the same quarantine's made it difficult to produce enough supply to meet demand. Today reports from Malaysia and the Philippines suggest the bottleneck's gotten worse.

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