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.

Homeboy WiFi camera cuts power cord with 3 month battery

Homeboy WiFi camera cuts power cord with 3 month battery

WiFi cameras like Dropcam aren't new, but while baking in wireless connectivity has helped cut one cord, they've always needed to be plugged into a power supply. Now, Homeboy claims to have severed that second tether, with its eponymous camera running on batteries and promising around three months of use from a single charge. That makes positioning all the easier, and Homeboy has taken advantage of that with a magnetic base that means the camera can be pointed in any direction or even hung upside-down from the ceiling.

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Zepp sports sensor now pits you against pro athletes

Zepp sports sensor now pits you against pro athletes

Zepp's fancy sports tracking nugget could always show you how your golf or baseball swing was shaping up, but a new deal with pro-level athletes can now tell you how you compare with those earning big bucks in the sports. Zepp launched back in 2013, a 1-inch square dongle that clips to your golf glove or baseball/softball bat and comes filled with sensors to track movement in 3D and then feed performance stats to a companion app. Now, though, there's a whole new level of training aid integrated, including 3D modeling, as well as a free version of the app to get an early taster.

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Kindle Voyage starts shipping (but prepare for a wait)

Kindle Voyage starts shipping (but prepare for a wait)

In the market for a new ereader? Amazon's hoping you'll opt for a Kindle Voyage, with the 300dpi digital book we reviewed yesterday beginning to ship to pre-order customers, alongside its new tablet siblings, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and the Fire HD Kids Edition. Voyage is, as we ourselves found, certainly Amazon's best E Ink Kindle to-date, but that technology also comes with a hefty price tag attached.

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Forget 3D printing: Carvey 3D wants to domesticize the CNC

Forget 3D printing: Carvey 3D wants to domesticize the CNC

3D printers aren't exactly rare beasts these days, even those intended for your table-top, and so you need to do something different if you want to stand out in the space. Inventables believes its done just that with Carvey, not so much a 3D printer as a 3D carver, domesticating the same sort of CNC processes as big-name firms use to craft laptop casings, unibody smartphones, and jewelry. With a custom carving app, and the ability to machine everything from cork and wax through metals like copper, brass, and gold, and even carbon fiber and circuit boards.

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Ford slashes Focus Electric sticker amid tougher EV fight

Ford slashes Focus Electric sticker amid tougher EV fight

Ford has slashed the price of the Focus Electric for the second time in less than eighteen months, as it tries to keep the electric car competitive against increasingly affordable rivals from Nissan and others. The EV had launched as a conversion of the regular gas Focus back in 2011, slowly spreading in availability across most of the US, though sales have remained underwhelming. In fact, less than 4,000 Focus Electric cars have been bought since it hit showrooms.

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Dodge just priced up its crazy 707 HP Charger SRT Hellcat

Dodge just priced up its crazy 707 HP Charger SRT Hellcat

Dodge has been on a roll with indecently powerful supercharged cars that can take on genuine supercar exotica at a fraction of the price, and that looks likely to continue with the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat getting priced up today. The 707 HP sedan, more powerful than Porsche's Panamera, was revealed back in August as the four-door follow-up to the Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe we drove earlier this year, though at the time Dodge wouldn't put a number on quite how much each of those angry horses would cost you.

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You can download iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support now

You can download iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support now

Just as promised, iOS 8.1 has arrived, landing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and paving the way for Apple Pay among other features. The new software, officially announced by Apple last week during the same event it debuted the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and iMac with Retina 5K Display, is a free download, though if past iOS releases are anything to go by, Apple's servers are likely to be hammered first thing and installations may be sluggish.

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Lexus prices up 2015 NX and RC F

Lexus prices up 2015 NX and RC F

Lexus has priced up its new NX baby-SUV for 2015, as well as putting a final tag on its slinky RC F coupe, as it prepares to take on its German rivals and shed what remains of its stuffy, anonymous image. The 2015 NX, which we drove back in July, distills the company's larger RX SUV into something a little more affordable as well as with a smaller footprint, though ramps up the distinctive - and polarizing - styling in the process, particularly on the F SPORT model with its even larger "spindle" grille.

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Dropbox Touch ID support adds fingerprint cloud lock

Dropbox Touch ID support adds fingerprint cloud lock

Dropbox has added Touch ID support to its app for iPhone and iPad, putting a biometric barrier in the way of accessing files saved in the cloud storage system. The security addition, which builds on Apple's opening up of Touch ID as an authenticator for third-party apps in iOS 8, joins the existing PIN code lock which can optionally be enabled, demanding your fingerprint before it will let you browse through folders or upload new files. It comes at the tail-end of a PR war for Dropbox, as it attempts to distance itself and its security measures from a recent hack.

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iShower2 puts a conference call in your bathroom

iShower2 puts a conference call in your bathroom

Ever find yourself in the shower wishing you could catch up on the latest conference call or listen to Spotify? Niche, perhaps, but since the smart home won't be satisfied until the place you scrub yourself with a flannel is fully connected, iDevices hopes you'll consider putting its new iShower2 alongside your medicated shampoo and that novelty soap your parents brought you back from their last vacation. A wireless, waterproof speaker, it hooks up via Bluetooth to a phone or tablet up to 200 feet away.

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