Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in London, UK, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

Tablets “crashing” warns Best Buy chief

Tablets “crashing” warns Best Buy chief

Tablet sales "are crashing" Best Buy's CEO has warned, describing a resurgence in laptops he ascribes to users stumbling across the limits of the "post-PC" revolution. The ominous news comes on the heels of Apple recording a drop in iPad sales in the most recent quarter, while tablet demand as a whole has dropped across the industry. According to the retail chief Hubert Joly, that's a problem the tablet makers still haven't addressed.

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Meet the chip that wants to make your smartphone an SLR

Meet the chip that wants to make your smartphone an SLR

Mobile chips don't necessarily need to get faster, they just need to get smarter, at least that's what video processing specialist Movidius believes, and it's launching a highly-focused vision processor, Myriad 2, to prove it. The follow-up to the original Myriad 1 co-processor - found inside Google's Project Tango 3D-scanning tablet - Myriad 2 promises a 20x boost in performance at computational photography, such as real-time mapping, 360-degree panoramic video, and more, all with the eventual goal of making the cameras we carry as clever as human vision. I caught up with Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane to find out why you might want Myriad 2 inside your next smartphone or wearable.

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OneNote just got the big Apple update it needed

OneNote just got the big Apple update it needed

Microsoft may be pushing Windows and Windows Phone hard, but that hasn't stopped it from polishing up its apps for Apple's platforms, with OneNote latest to get new features. The Mac, iPad, and iPhone apps have all been tweaked, with four new features including the ability to better secure digital notes, and to attach documents to them.

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Fire Phone teardown: Extra cameras set Bezos tough challenge

Fire Phone teardown: Extra cameras set Bezos tough challenge

Amazon's Fire Phone could have been a potent mid-range challenger had the retailer opted to leave out the 3D interface gimmicks, teardown analysis suggests, with the polarizing quad-camera system an outlier in what's otherwise an exercise in cost-cutting. The final bill of materials for the Fire Phone, released last week, comes to around $205 in components according to IHS iSuppli's calculations, undercutting what Samsung is believed to spend on each Galaxy S5, but more expensive than an iPhone 5s.

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Toyota Mirai name tipped for fuel-cell car launch

Toyota Mirai name tipped for fuel-cell car launch

Toyota's fuel-cell car will launch as the Toyota Mirai, insiders claim, naming the hydrogen-powered vehicle after the Japanese word for "future". The car, expected to go on sale sometime before April 2015, has so far only been known as the Toyota FCV (or "Fuel-Cell Vehicle"), polarizing trade show visitors with its distinctive looks.

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Elon Musk to guest star in The Simpsons

Elon Musk to guest star in The Simpsons

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk may have got an electric car company and - quite literally - rockets off the ground, but his biggest achievement is still in store: a guest appearance on The Simpsons. The billionaire inventor will be appearing as himself (in cartoon form, anyway) in one episode in upcoming Season 26 of the hit show, in which he'll pit his vast fortune against that of Mr Burns.

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Honda axes Insight hybrid and Fit EV

Honda axes Insight hybrid and Fit EV

Honda is quietly weeding out its eco-friendly car range, killing two models and retiring its fuel-cell vehicle as it reacts to disappointing sales. The Honda Insight - notable for being America's first hybrid car - has been axed, after demand dwindled to just a small fraction of the number of comparative models Toyota and other firms are selling.

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EV makers form Smart Grid platform for cleverer charging

EV makers form Smart Grid platform for cleverer charging

The days of plugging a smart electric car into a dumb outlet may be numbered, with eight of the top auto firms joining forces with power companies to work out a universal "smart grid" standard for charging EVs and hybrids. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) aims to build a common language for cars and utilities to speak, allowing them to take advantage of off-peak and nighttime charging rates among other promotions, regardless of which socket they're plugged into.

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Apple TV adds FOX NOW, CNBC and more

Apple TV adds FOX NOW, CNBC and more

Apple TV has gained a jolt of new content this morning, with an update for the set-top box bringing four new sources including FOX NOW. Joining the ranks of Netflix, Hulu Plus, and of course Apple's own iTunes content, the content additions include CNBC for both real-time news streaming and on-demand clips, though you'll need to have a cable or satellite subscription in order to sign in.

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NVIDIA stacks screens for high-res wearables on a budget

NVIDIA stacks screens for high-res wearables on a budget

Sandwiching several cheap LCDs together to fudge a higher resolution version could be the secret to making cheap head-mounted displays, NVIDIA researchers are suggesting, taking an unusual approach to competing in the pixel density race. While Samsung, LG Display and others have been pushing development of high-resolution screens for wearables like Oculus Rift, where smoother quality makes for a more realistic, immersive experience, NVIDIA's strategy is to chase the same goal only with much cheaper parts, potentially pushing chips like the Tegra K1 in the process.

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