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.

Galaxy Note 9 update brings major camera Night Mode upgrade

Galaxy Note 9 update brings major camera Night Mode upgrade

This week the folks at Samsung released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This update was just over 700MB in size and included Security Patch Level: June 1, 2019. In addition to the standard device stability improvements and bug fixes, Samsung delivered significantly improved camera performance, along with the first implementation of Night Mode.

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This app made ‘Dark Knight’ phone mic spy tech a reality

This app made ‘Dark Knight’ phone mic spy tech a reality

Remember that time in Batman: The Dark Knight when they hacked into every phone in the city and used audio matching and GPS to locate The Joker? It would seem that the app developers behind the app LaLiga had the same idea as Bruce Wayne - because they've essentially made that nightmare a reality. With their app, they've been detecting pubs and bars broadcasting pirated football (soccer) matches illegally, using geofencing and live audio from everyday users with their LaLiga app.

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Hot Wheels ID x Apple Store is the Tickle Me Elmo of 2019

Hot Wheels ID x Apple Store is the Tickle Me Elmo of 2019

I can't say for sure - because nobody knows for sure - but I'm calling it right now: Hot Wheels ID just stole Christmas. Using a bit of the magic summoned by the Apple x Anki Overdrive remote control car toy collaboration and some established-brand PR power - plus some features over which kids will likely flip their lid - Hot Wheels ID just struck gold. Again, I'm just making some informed guesses here - but take a look and see what you think.

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Verizon Smart Locator tracks with mobile data, max 5-day battery

Verizon Smart Locator tracks with mobile data, max 5-day battery

The Verizon Smart Locator was revealed today as a tiny piece of hardware that contains its own very simple processor. And that's it. This device has a pre-installed SIM card to connect to mobile data with Verizon, a Li-Ion battery that's 400mAh large, and can be recharged using a USB cord. It's a tracker - one that, unlike most trackers, is not limited to Bluetooth range.

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Shiny Pokemon GO Fest unlock steps and a pair of surprise shinies

Shiny Pokemon GO Fest unlock steps and a pair of surprise shinies

To gain access to easier-than-normal Shiny Pokemon for Pokemon GO Fest starting this week, you'll need to follow some steps. Today we're taking a look at the steps you'll need to take to get to a new, more extraordinary place in your Pokemon GO journey via Global Challenges and Rewards for Pokemon GO Fest - with the newly rebranded Pokemon GO Global Challenge list.

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Seven new macOS ‘portable personal computers’ just appeared

Seven new macOS ‘portable personal computers’ just appeared

This week the folks at the Eurasian Economic Commission database posted several new Mac models previously undisclosed to the public. These model numbers might not necessarily mean a whole lot to the lay person on their own, but in the context of previous Apple hardware, they're telling. In the mix were all of the following: A2141, A2147, A2158, A2159, A2179, A2182, and A2251.

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Google’s Pixel 4 strategy just made Apple the copycat

Google’s Pixel 4 strategy just made Apple the copycat

For the past several days, the Google Pixel 4 seemed to leak one tiny detail every few hours. The earliest major leak seemed to be a set of 3D renders of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, in part of their glory (not all their glory, as the design details didn't seem complete). That leak looked really, really familiar - especially when compared to the also-leaked hardware designs of what's assumed to be the iPhone 11. With neither phone acknowledged as existing, who was the copycat?

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Google Drive and Photos divorce: Who gets what?

Google Drive and Photos divorce: Who gets what?

Google Drive and Google Photos will soon de-sync photos and videos hosted between the two. Google suggested that "automatic sync" between the two services was just "confusing" for users, so they've decided to "simplify" the experience. Accidental deletions and appearances of counting data twice will soon be out the door - sort of.

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AT&T Galaxy S10 5G released, but not for you

AT&T Galaxy S10 5G released, but not for you

Before the official launch of the AT&T consumer version of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the company has something different in store. AT&T's decided to release their Galaxy S10 5G through its AT&T Developer Program first, for "AT&T Business customers and 5G developers" only. But why?*

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Pixel 4’s Pixel Aware may be Google’s next secret weapon

Pixel 4’s Pixel Aware may be Google’s next secret weapon

The Google Pixel 4 leaks are off with a bang this week, with imagery of the phone lineup and features coming in hot and heavy. Clues appearing today suggest there's a sort of feature that'll make use of the Project Soli sensor first revealed by Google in 2015 (and approved by the FCC for testing early this year). Android Aware, or Pixel Aware, it's likely called, or just "Aware". This system could change the way we interact with smartphones forever.

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ASUS now supporting 3rd-party Android OS developers with free devices

ASUS now supporting 3rd-party Android OS developers with free devices

ASUS just send their new ZenFone 6 smartphone to a number of 3rd-party developers on non-Google versions of Android. It's apparent that ASUS contacted the developer-centric XDA Developers Forum at some point this year, and this week they've announced a the collection of developers with which they've worked. As it were, the folks at XDA seem to have done the selecting - but the list shows a who's who for users who've not kept up with the whole rooting/modifying Android smartphone community over the last several years.

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This app puts your phone on your desktop, Windows, macOS, Linux included

This app puts your phone on your desktop, Windows, macOS, Linux included

The app called scrcpy was released in version 1.9 this week with features that make it the most advanced (yet simple) Android phone mirroring app in the world. This app allows the mirroring of any Android smartphone* using USB (or TCP/IP, wirelessly) and requires no rooting or specialized knowledge. This app works on GNU/Linux, Windows, and macOS, and it's free to download and use.

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