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.

Starbucks delivery in 2015 teases coffee chain

Starbucks delivery in 2015 teases coffee chain

A periodic trip to Starbucks is a daily grind for many, but the coffee chain is looking to streamline that with the ability to not only order a drink through its app, but have it delivered too. The service - which will include both drinks and food items - is expected to launch in the second half of 2015, Starbucks confirmed, with chief exec Howard Schultz describing it as "our version of e-commerce on steroids." It's not the first attempt to use the Starbucks app in non-traditional ways, though the heat is on with the company failing to meet investor expectations.

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Sonos for Android Wear will put controls on your wrist

Sonos for Android Wear will put controls on your wrist

Sonos is testing Android Wear support for its whole-home music platform, allowing wearers of smartwatches running Google's platform to quickly control playback. The new functionality would mean listeners could access play/pause controls as well as skip tracks forward and back from their wrist, and is currently being trialled for participants of the Sonos Beta program who also have an Android Wear device such as the Moto 360.

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Outlook for Mac is here (but there’s a catch)

Outlook for Mac is here (but there’s a catch)

The new Outlook for Mac has finally made its much-anticipated debut, revamping the email app for Apple's computers with a boost in performance and a switch to the cleaner UI we've seen on other recent Microsoft apps. Matching more closely its iPad, iPhone, and Android Outlook Web App counterparts, as well as Outlook's web and PC versions, the new email app should also run faster and crash less than before, thanks to Microsoft's backend improvements. However, before you get too excited, there's a strong possibility that you won't be able to use it.

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Amazon: Yes, we screwed up on Fire Phone

Amazon: Yes, we screwed up on Fire Phone

Too expensive, glitchy early software, and missed expectations: Amazon got burned with the Fire Phone, and the company's execs are owning up to that fact - though that doesn't mean it's the last smartphone the online retail behemoth will be doing. Amazon took a $170m hit on the little-loved Android phone - which includes face-tracking cameras, and can be used to visually scan products and then hunt for them on its virtual shelves - confirming a huge write-down on unsold stock in its recent financial results. According to its devices chief, not only is Amazon ready to take the blame for the disaster, but it thinks the problem was incredibly simple.

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Mark Zuckerberg Q&A to address crowdsourced questions

Mark Zuckerberg Q&A to address crowdsourced questions

Burning question for Mark Zuckerberg? Curious about how he learned Mandarin, or why your friends just don't get the message that you're not interested in a game of Candy Crush? The Facebook CEO is kicking off a series of online Q&A sessions, the first on Thursday, November 6th, dubbed "Q&A with Mark" in which he'll address the curiosity of social networking users in a live streaming video.

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Tim Cook isn’t gay for you

Tim Cook isn’t gay for you

Let's talk about Tim Cook being gay. Or, actually, let's not talk about it at all. The Apple CEO's unexpected open letter today, discussing his reasons for suddenly talking about his sexuality and the feelings of responsibility to use his platform to further the understanding of LGBTQ issues, confirmed what many had believed for years. It also met with its fair share of "so what?" comments. The strength of reaction to who one man - even one very influential man - loves has varied widely, of course, but what's been eye-opening to me is the number of people who not only don't see why it's a big deal, but can't understand why anybody else might think differently.

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Microsoft Band hands-on – Admirably Flexible Fitness

Microsoft Band hands-on – Admirably Flexible Fitness

Who would've thought it would be Microsoft that would embrace cross-platform wearables so thoroughly, and indeed first. Microsoft Band is, on the face of it, the company's play for the fitness and health market, trailing Android Wear to market but beating Apple Watch by a number of months. However, where Google and Apple's approaches are resolutely wedded to their own individual platforms, Microsoft has spread wide its arms and made Microsoft Band play nicely not only with Windows Phone but with Android and iPhone too, and you don't have to sacrifice 99-percent of the functionality in doing so. I strapped the rubberized, touchscreen-toting health band to my wrist to find out more.

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AT&T quietly enables Cascade-like single ID with Gear S watch

AT&T quietly enables Cascade-like single ID with Gear S watch

Samsung's Gear S is spreading, with AT&T confirming its launch plans and pricing for the 3G-enabled smartwatch. The curved AMOLED wristband will hit AT&T shelves on November 7th, AT&T said today, priced at $199.99. Unlike T-Mobile USA, however, which announced a new, wearable-specific data tariff for the Gear S earlier today, AT&T is taking a different approach, and going some way to addressing how users are contactable when they're carrying multiple devices each with their own network identity.

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Motorola Mobility is now in Lenovo’s pocket

Motorola Mobility is now in Lenovo’s pocket

Lenovo is now the proud owner of Motorola Mobility, the ink finally dry on the acquisition of the smartphone company. Brought out from under Google's umbrella - or, as some might argue, from beneath its shadow - the deal will see Motorola continue to operate its own brand, as well as further develop the Moto and DROID franchises that have included recent releases like the Moto X and the DROID Turbo. It also means a return to the Chinese market, something Motorola has been absent from for some years.

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T-Mobile prices up Samsung Gear S with special wearable plan

T-Mobile prices up Samsung Gear S with special wearable plan

With built-in 3G and a curved AMOLED touchscreen, we weren't quite sure how much the Samsung Gear S smartwatch was going to cost, but T-Mobile USA has put those questions to bed with availability news for the connected wearable. Headed to stores on November 9th - and up for pre-registration today - the Gear S will also get a new, low-cost data plan specially designed for information-sipping gadgets. Priced at $5 per month, the plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data (up to 500MB of which is at full-speed), and paves the way for other connected devices that want access to carriers' mobile networks.

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