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.

Euro airlines get exemption from airplane mode

Euro airlines get exemption from airplane mode

Switching your smartphone to airplane mode may well end up a thing of the past in Europe, with regulators giving airlines permission to let passengers keep using wireless devices throughout their flight. The new guidance by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) would mean that phones, tablets, laptops, ereaders, or any other portable electronic devices could be left as normal rather than being switched into a "safer" mode for the duration of travel.

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200k BlackBerry Passport orders as Chen narrows losses

200k BlackBerry Passport orders as Chen narrows losses

BlackBerry's Passport may have left many confused at the oddly-proportioned messaging smartphone, but initial demand was reassuringly high - for a BlackBerry - the company's CEO has insisted. 200,000 orders for the square-screened QWERTY handset have been placed since it went up for sale on Wednesday this week, CEO John Chen confirmed, alongside BlackBerry's announcement that its latest financial quarter was nowhere near as bad as many had predicted.

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SmartThings adds Logitech Harmony support for A/V automation

SmartThings adds Logitech Harmony support for A/V automation

Home automation hub SmartThings has added Logitech's Harmony platform to its growing list of supported devices, turning the universal remote into a smart controller for lights, multimedia, and more. The new functionality, part of SmartThings' Labs open-beta, means that Harmony remote owners will be able to build in TV triggers and other A/V kit control based on triggers from the smart home platform, like doors opening or movement detected.

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2015 Kia Soul EV First-Drive: A new city-car star

2015 Kia Soul EV First-Drive: A new city-car star

Kia’s 2015 Soul EV may look cute, but the company isn’t playing around when it comes to its first all-electric car for the US market. Based on the hit Soul city car, but dumping the gas engines for a torquey electric powertrain, the Soul EV may be following the Leaf, 500e, and Focus EV to market, but its clearly used that extra time to learn from what they got right - and how to avoid their mistakes.

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2015 Audi S3 Sedan First-Drive

2015 Audi S3 Sedan First-Drive

You can’t accuse Audi of playing it low-key with the A3 series. From the core sedan, fundamentally designed to tickle American tastes, comes a car family that spans electric-gasoline hybrids through to this, the performance S3 Sedan. Hottest of the range, and certainly the most striking in appearance, the S3 pairs Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive with a 292 HP 2.0-liter turbo engine. So, after our time with the A3 and the A3 Sportback e-tron, how does the S3 Sedan compare?

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Look out, Thunderbolt: USB Type-C and DisplayPort are coming for you

Look out, Thunderbolt: USB Type-C and DisplayPort are coming for you

USB Type-C won't just address the perennial frustration of trying to plug in your charger upside-down, but also double as a DisplayPort connection in a move that could well challenge Intel's Thunderbolt. DisplayPort Alternate Mode, announced by VESA today, will mean a single USB Type-C cable will be able to drive a 4K or higher resolution display, along with audio, USB 3.1 data, and even up to 100W of power.

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It’s a hit: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set new sales record

It’s a hit: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set new sales record

Apple sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the first weekend, the company has announced this morning, setting a new sales record and seemingly only held back by virtue of not having enough stock to meet demand. It's a million more devices than the 2013 launch of the iPhone 5s saw, with Apple CEO Tim Cook pointing out that "we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply."

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Oculus Crescent Bay revealed: 360 tracking & 3D sound

Oculus Crescent Bay revealed: 360 tracking & 3D sound

Oculus VR has revealed a new virtual reality prototype, Crescent Bay, promising greater precision in motion tracking, more immersive sound, and another step closer to the consumer version. Oculus Crescent Bay, launched at the Oculus Connect conference, has the sort of all-round improvements that "allow for a level of presence that's impossible to achieve with DK2," CEO Brendan Iribe claims, referring to the previous DK2 prototype announced back in March.

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Verizon iPhone 6 gets VoLTE enabled

Verizon iPhone 6 gets VoLTE enabled

Verizon Wireless has quietly enabled VoLTE for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners, finally allowing for simultaneous voice and data use on the carrier's handsets. The functionality, which can be turned on in the iPhone's settings, shifts voice calls to over the 4G data connection.

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Cadillac reveals uber-luxury RWD sedan plans for 2015

Cadillac reveals uber-luxury RWD sedan plans for 2015

Cadillac is ramping up the luxe with the announcement that it plans to build a new sedan to take on the best of its Germany rivals, with the new uber-car set to go into production at the end of next year. The as-yet unnamed four-door will challenge Mercedes-Benz's S-Class, BMW's 7 Series, and Audi's A8, and will be both based on a unique architecture and made in the US, Cadillac says.

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