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.

Staples Connect hub updated as smart home gets lower point of entry

Staples Connect hub updated as smart home gets lower point of entry

Staples is readying a refresh of its Staples Connect home automation system, with a new hub launching this fall packing more radios, and a price trimming for the existing model. The updated hardware - which adds ZigBee and Bluetooth LE, among other things - will arrive alongside a new in-store push for smart home tech, with Staples planning to put interactive displays in the aisles that will demonstrate how more than 150 connected devices can work together, such as lights, wearables, and thermostats.

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Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter tethers Apple’s tempting trashcan

Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter tethers Apple’s tempting trashcan

Apple may have sneakily disguised the Mac Pro as a trashcan from 2001: A Space Odyssey to help it fly under the radar of thieves, but if you're still concerned then there's now a way to tie the cylindrical computer to your desk. A new Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter basically adds a Kensington lock connector to Apple's flagship desktop, stopping it not only from being stolen altogether, but from being opened up, too.

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LG G Watch Review: Android Wear goes square

LG G Watch Review: Android Wear goes square

LG is one of the first onboard with Android Wear, and the G Watch is its first gambit in Google's new smartwatch segment. Unlike the flashier Samsung Gear Live, and the eye-catching - but not yet available - MOTO 360, the G Watch has taken a more discrete route to the wrist. I've comprehensively reviewed Android Wear separately, so this review will focus on the G Watch's own particular strengths and foibles.

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Samsung Gear Live Review: Goodbye Tizen, hello Android Wear

Samsung Gear Live Review: Goodbye Tizen, hello Android Wear

Samsung isn't short on smartwatches right now, but it couldn't resist adding another to the roster with Android Wear, Google's play for the wearable space. Launching alongside LG's G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live borrows heavily from the Tizen-powered Gear 2 Neo, though with some Google Now sparkle thrown in too. I've reviewed Android Wear in full separately, so this review will focus on the Gear Live's own particular abilities and issues.

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Android Wear Review: Your wrist just got smarter

Android Wear Review: Your wrist just got smarter

I've wanted Google Now on my wrist since Google's contextual engine was officially announced. Android Wear, revealed at I/O last week, is the first stage in Google's mainstream play for the wearables space, at launch effectively the Android notifications tray delivered to your wrist. That's something we've seen tried before, from Pebble and others, but with Google Now there's the promise of interactivity too.

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Samsung’s 2014 labor report is out: Missing goggles but no child workers

Samsung’s 2014 labor report is out: Missing goggles but no child workers

Samsung continues to face struggles to ensure safe working conditions for its suppliers, with a new sustainability report for 2014 revealing ongoing labor issues in China including overworked staff and missing protective equipment, though no signs of child workers. The report, which also covers Samsung's efforts to develop more efficient and economical products, took results from third-party audits of 100 Chinese suppliers, and the results aren't entirely good.

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Aereo calls for #ProtectMyAntenna protest

Aereo calls for #ProtectMyAntenna protest

Aereo may have faced a huge set-back in the US Supreme Court and been forced to shut down services over the weekend, but the TV-challenging upstart isn't taking it lying down, turning to users to form a citizen campaign to try to rescue the technology. In a message to customers today, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia laid out the next stage of his plan to save cloud-based antennas, though it won't be an easy journey.

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NASA’s flying saucer gets wet happy ending

NASA’s flying saucer gets wet happy ending

NASA's "flying saucer" has had a wet but happy landing, with the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) finally taking to the skies after several launch delays, and giving positive early signs for potential future Mars technologies. The Saturday flight took place in Hawaii, with the distinctive saucer-shaped craft being dropped 120,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean and then taking thirty minutes to descend into the waves.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata first-drive: CarPlay & Android Auto onboard

2015 Hyundai Sonata first-drive: CarPlay & Android Auto onboard

Hyundai has something to prove in the midsized segment, and the 2015 Sonata is the car it's aiming to do that with. Dropping the droopy design for a tauter, more sturdy appearance, and stepping up its game with more usable performance, clever electronic toys like smart cruise control, and interior space that belongs with a class above, the new Sonata wants you to forget the Camry, Passat, and Fusion in favor of a US-made Korean alternative. Ambitious, but as I found behind the wheel there's plenty to recommend it.

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Fire TV pushes Prime to fore post-Android TV unveil

Fire TV pushes Prime to fore post-Android TV unveil

Amazon has quietly updated its Fire TV set-top box to push its Prime video content as well as bring streaming music to the platform, raising its game in the aftermath of Google announcing Android TV. A revamp over the weekend added Amazon Cloudplayer to the supported services for Fire TV, as well as answering a common complaint by making it easier to find Prime movie and TV content that's free to watch for Prime subscribers.

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