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.

Keurig 2.0 DRM already cracked for coffee freedom

Keurig 2.0 DRM already cracked for coffee freedom

Keurig 2.0, also known as "Keurig tries to lock out rival pod-coffee suppliers by applying DRM to its new machines", has seemingly hit a stumbling block, with the lock-down system apparently already cracked by rival brands. The system, revealed back in May and a feature on Keurig's current range, borrows from the printer ink market in preventing brewers from working with unlicensed pods and instead forcing them to buy Keurig's "approved" supplies.

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New Nintendo 3DS limits detailed: WiFi backup PC-only, no SDXC

New Nintendo 3DS limits detailed: WiFi backup PC-only, no SDXC

Nintendo has further detailed the changes in its new 3DS and 3DS XL, including how existing 3DS owners can upgrade to the improved consoles, along with some of the limitations of the new features. Current 3DS/3DS XL save data can be transferred across, though since the new version uses microSD not SD, Nintendo says the process could end up a little convoluted. Meanwhile, there's also the chance that some of the games you have may not work with the new models.

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NASA approves “most powerful rocket in history”

NASA approves “most powerful rocket in history”

NASA has given the green light to develop the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in history and the method by which the US space agency expects to take humans to Mars. Under development for the past three years, the SLS is the first exploration-class vehicle to make it to development stage since the Space Shuttle, with NASA targeting the first test flight by November 2018 at the latest.

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Nintendo 3DS update adds 2nd stick, better battery, more

Nintendo 3DS update adds 2nd stick, better battery, more

Nintendo has updated the 3DS and 3DS LL (aka the 3DS XL), the Japanese company's glasses-free 3D gaming handhelds, with better 3D effects and improved controls. Revealed during a Nintendo webcast today, the new portable consoles also add a second analog stick - something Nintendo tried to fix with an add-on "Slide Pad" back in 2011 - as well as NFC, opening the door to interaction with the company's NFC-enabled amiibo game figures.

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Samsung HERE for Android deal sidelines Google

Samsung HERE for Android deal sidelines Google

Samsung has cut a deal with HERE, the Nokia navigation provider, to release HERE for Android, an alternative to Google Maps. We'd noted the HERE-powered turn-by-turn navigation on the Samsung Gear S yesterday, but at the time the significance of the software and services agreement wasn't quite clear: this is Samsung doing its level best to oust Google, and affects all Samsung phones not just a niche smartwatch.

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IFTTT premium accounts soon as “IoT glue” gets funded

IFTTT premium accounts soon as “IoT glue” gets funded

Internet-of-things and web service glue IFTTT (If This Then That) will soon launch premium accounts for greater flexibility, as the company celebrates $30m in new funding. The service works as a 21st century exchange between products and services like Gmail, Facebook, Dropbox, SmartThings, and more, allowing simple "recipes" to be set up that prompt different functionality depending on various triggers.

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