Author Archives: Chris Davies

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

Uber’s CEO bites tongue on Apple giving Chinese rival $1bn

Uber’s CEO bites tongue on Apple giving Chinese rival $1bn

Apple's $1bn investment in China's Didi Chuxing may be a blow for Uber, but company chief Travis Kalanick is paying it coy on how he really feels about the deal. The news that the Cupertino giant was making the single largest investment in the Chinese taxi-summoning service, which boasts more than 87-percent of the market for ride-sharing and over 99-percent for cab bookings, led many to wonder what Uber's response might be, but Kalanick seems more concerned about domestic tension.

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An Apple Passbook driving license for the UK is in the works

An Apple Passbook driving license for the UK is in the works

Drivers in the UK could eventually take their driving license out of their physical wallet and store it in Apple's Passbook instead. The work-in-progress feature - which would see license information stored digitally in the iPhone's virtual wallet - was teased by the CEO of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the UK's equivalent of the US's DMV.

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Folding display Samsung Galaxy X said one of 5 2017 flagships

Folding display Samsung Galaxy X said one of 5 2017 flagships

Samsung's first smartphone with a true folding display is tipped to launch in 2017, one of a rumored five flagship Galaxy handsets for next year. The South Korean firm has already made good use of its skills producing flexible OLED panels, with the Galaxy S7 edge having two wraparound edges where the display curves around the sides of the device.

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What is Didi Chuxing and why did Apple invest $1bn?

What is Didi Chuxing and why did Apple invest $1bn?

Ride-hailing is big business, and if you needed any further evidence the fact that Apple just pumped $1bn into a Chinese Uber-alike should confirm it. The Cupertino firm may have made its money convincing us to upgrade every year to the latest iPhone, but its latest investment shows it has ambitions far beyond just smartphones and Macs. Question is, what exactly is Didi Chuxing?

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Ford’s GT order system turned into America’s Got Talent

Ford’s GT order system turned into America’s Got Talent

We knew demand for the new Ford GT was going to be high - after all, Ford is only initially making 500 of them - but we didn't realize quite how passionate would-be owners might get. For a start, you couldn't just walk into a Ford dealership and slap down your Amex Black for the deposit: instead, the automaker opted for an application process that it would then use to whittle down potential buyers.

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Android VR’s big I/O 2016 reveal confirmed by Google dev console

Android VR’s big I/O 2016 reveal confirmed by Google dev console

The signs that Google is ramping up to take Android into virtual reality just keep piling up, with an announcement of Android VR looking set for next week. The big news about the project was tipped earlier this month to be coming at Google I/O 2016, the company's annual developer event, following whispers that the company had been working on a platform that slotted in underneath high-end headsets like Oculus' Rift.

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Can the $799 Vuze VR camera really compete with GoPro and OZO?

Can the $799 Vuze VR camera really compete with GoPro and OZO?

Virtual reality cameras have been increasing in number over the past year or so, as ways to consume VR content - whether smartphone based, like Gear VR or Google Cardboard, or more significant rigs like Oculus' Rift and HTC's Vive - have proliferated. Usually, though, the decision you have to make is whether you want the best quality, or to burn through the contents of your wallet.

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Audi commits to self-piloted A8 and yearly EVs from 2018

Audi commits to self-piloted A8 and yearly EVs from 2018

Audi is planning to launch a new electrified car every year from 2018, while the all-new flagship Audi A8 will be the automaker's first autonomous vehicle. The news came courtesy of Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, speaking today at the company's Annual General Meeting in Germany, and demonstrates Audi isn't willing to cede the high-tech crown to BMW.

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Apple lost another Siri co-creator to an unexpected rival

Apple lost another Siri co-creator to an unexpected rival

Apple's Siri may be facing attack from upstarts in the virtual assistant space, but it seems it won't be able to count on one of its few remaining co-creators to help mount a defense. Darren Haas, one of the co-founders of the Siri-creating company that Apple bought back in 2010, has reportedly left the Cupertino firm and followed another former coworker to GE.

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Fender’s first ever IEMs want to turn your ears up to 11

Fender’s first ever IEMs want to turn your ears up to 11

Fender might be a mainstay in speakers but until now it hasn't taken the leap to more personal audio. That changes today, however, with the launch of not one but five different sets of IEMs (in-ear monitors), and rather than just big drivers and lots of power, they rely on high-tech magic like 3D printing.

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BMW’s 2021 flagship to be a self-driving EV tech maestro

BMW’s 2021 flagship to be a self-driving EV tech maestro

BMW is promising a flagship electric car for 2021, bringing autonomous driving and all-new cabin design under the banner "i NEXT". The tech-filled vehicle roadmap was revealed by Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, amid praise for the company's electric car momentum, though he did caution that the path to fully self-driving cars still had plenty of potholes to navigate.

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With Nomads for Gear VR, Oculus embraces new age of film

With Nomads for Gear VR, Oculus embraces new age of film

When going to the movies involves strapping a virtual reality headset to your face, you have to be delivering more than the local IMAX, but Oculus is confident a new golden age is almost upon us. Released today, Felix & Paul Studios' Nomads app for the Gear VR takes what has, until now, been a fairly gaming-focused device and turns it into an anthropological safari.

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