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.

Logitech K400 Plus keyboard wants a spot on your sofa

Logitech K400 Plus keyboard wants a spot on your sofa

Set-top boxes and smart TVs may have proliferated, but sometimes there's nothing quite like the flexibility to hooking your PC up to the big screen, and now Logitech has the keyboard to completely the pairing. The Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a relative of the company's original Wireless Touch Keyboard K400, pairing a touchpad with a full QWERTY layout and 33 feet of range.

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iPad multitasking in iOS 9 is surprisingly simple (but huge, too)

iPad multitasking in iOS 9 is surprisingly simple (but huge, too)

Multitasking for the iPad was an iOS 9 feature that prompted whoops of excitement in the WWDC 2015 keynote, but it was quickly followed by concerns that upgrading existing apps might be a nightmare. Turns out, Apple has been eager to explain during its developer event, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, if anything the psychological change required is greater than the coding alterations, something which could have big implications for the much-rumored iPad Pro.

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This is Apple’s big plan for smarter Watch connectivity

This is Apple’s big plan for smarter Watch connectivity

Your Apple Watch and your iPhone are going to get smarter in how they work together, with Watch OS 2 and iOS 9 streamlining security, privacy, and app data delays. The changes build on Apple Watch’s new native app support: where now the apps themselves run on the iPhone and just tell the wearable what to display, with the arrival of Watch OS 2 both the UI and the backend code will be running on the wrist. Not only will that mean greater independence when you’re away from your iPhone, it also paves the way to a more trusting and efficient relationship when the two gadgets are together.

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Apple iOS 9 goes in-depth on reproductive health

Apple iOS 9 goes in-depth on reproductive health

Apple is taking reproductive health seriously in iOS 9, with a new set of comprehensive HealthKit measures that could be essential for those trying to conceive or those trying not to. With software tracking things like menstrual cycles and intended to predict fertility some of the most popular in the App Store, it’s perhaps no surprise that Apple Health should expand to embrace it. Rather than just a few basic metrics, however, HealthKit is aiming for a real insight.

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Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

There's unquestionably an advantage to being the home team, and in Apple Music's case that means coming preloaded on future iPhones while rivals like Spotify are stuck in the App Store. Apple's new streaming platform comes relatively late to the game - though, with Beats Music already under the Cupertino umbrella, it's been at least a stepparent to a streaming service for some time now - and, while that's allowed Tidal, Spotify, and others to grab the earlier adopters, it's also given Apple's team a chance to identify what some of the potential shortcomings in the current market. Turns out, a big part of that comes down to real, actual people rather than just algorithms. While it won't be until the end of June until Apple Music starts accepting new listeners, I got a preview at WWDC following the launch.

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Four things to know about iOS 9 (including who gets it)

Four things to know about iOS 9 (including who gets it)

Apple wasn't short on news during the WWDC 2015 keynote today, but some of the most exciting improvements and changes are around iOS 9. The new operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch isn't expected to hit devices until later this year, but already there are signs of big changes for those using their iPhone in the car, as the control interface of their smart home, and more. Check out the four things you really need to know about iOS 9 after the cut.

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Here’s how much Apple Music will cost you

Here’s how much Apple Music will cost you

Apple Music will launch at $9.99 per month, Apple has confirmed today, though new subscribers to its streaming audio system will get a three month trial to whet their appetite. The new music service will cost "the same as an album," Apple's Eddy Cue pointed out on-stage at WWDC 2015 today, when it launches on June 30. Meanwhile, there'll be a family plan for those wanting to share access between up to six people.

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Drake appears at WWDC to push Apple Music Connect

Drake appears at WWDC to push Apple Music Connect

Apple Music will give artists a place to not only share their music but their inspiration and more, with Connect pages that can be followed by listeners. Exactly what each page will include will be left up to the artists themselves, with support for not only clips of streaming audio but video, status updates, photos, and more. Meanwhile, Apple brought music star Drake - wearing a classic Apple jacket with the rainbow logo, indeed - up on-stage to talk about what Connect could do.

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Soon you’ll be able to watch videos on your Apple Watch

Soon you’ll be able to watch videos on your Apple Watch

Apple Watch is getting standalone video playback, with the new feature coming in watchOS 2.0. While your wrist might not be the ideal place for a feature film - unless you have great eyesight and a really, really strong arm - Apple is positioning the new functionality as perfect for short-form video. That includes the six-second clips popularized by Vine and similar social video apps, and indeed it was Vine which Apple demonstrated on-stage today.

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Apple Watch getting Time-Lapse faces and 3rd-party Complications

Apple Watch getting Time-Lapse faces and 3rd-party Complications

Apple is adding a new bevy of watch faces to Apple Watch in watchOS 2.0, as well as allowing third-party developers to create their own Complications. The new watchfaces will include a Photo face, allowing wearers to see a photo of their choice when they lift their arm, as well as a Photo Album watchface which will pick a different image from a pre-selected gallery, and show it each time. However, if you'd rather leave Apple to pick the pictures, there's a brand new Time-Lapse face.

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