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.

Fisher-Price is making kid-safe baby moments with GoPro

Fisher-Price is making kid-safe baby moments with GoPro

GoPro cameras might be most commonly associated with track days and extreme sports, but if Fisher-Price has its way you'll be using them to record your kids, too. The company is one of more than a hundred different firms taking part in the GoPro Developer Program, the camera specialist's attempt to turn its product line into a whole ecosystem.

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GoPro Developer Program wants to make action cameras a platform

GoPro Developer Program wants to make action cameras a platform

GoPro made a name for itself with action cameras, and now it's launching the GoPro Developer Program to give third-party partners a piece of action. Announced today, the scheme sees GoPro throw open access to its hardware, software, and accessories, with companies as varied as BMW, Fisher-Price, and Telefónica onboard.

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HTC 10 Camera Review: Teething pains for UltraPixel 2

HTC 10 Camera Review: Teething pains for UltraPixel 2

With camera performance one of the key decision points for new smartphone buyers, the HTC 10 can't afford to screw up when it comes to photography. Unfortunately, that's not been an area where HTC has done especially well in its past few devices, after its aborted attempt at dual-lens cleverness on the One M8, followed by an underwhelming chase for megapixels on the One M9. I've been living with the HTC 10 for more than a week now, and it turns out there's good news and bad.

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GM exec smacks Tesla over Model 3 reservations

GM exec smacks Tesla over Model 3 reservations

Not content to beat the Tesla Model 3 to market, GM is proving to be liberal with the auto-industry snark as its execs talk up the rapidly approaching Chevrolet Bolt. Though General Motors has been quiet in the aftermath of Tesla's astonishing hundreds of thousands of reservations for the Model 3, set to be the most affordable car in the electric automaker's line-up, one vice president couldn't help a little push back today.

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Facebook just poached Google’s ATAP chief for its own moonshots

Facebook just poached Google’s ATAP chief for its own moonshots

Facebook has poached Regina Dugan from Google, with the former DARPA chief heading up a new moonshot team dubbed "Building 8" for the social network. Dugan had, until recently, been working on some of Google's more unusual or ambitious projects as part of the ATAP, or Advanced Technology and Products, group, including the Ara modular smartphone.

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The biggest Ford GT mystery is how to buy one

The biggest Ford GT mystery is how to buy one

Supply and demand. Ford is only committing to 500 of its new Ford GT, but that's only part of the reason - along with the mid-$400k sticker price - that so few people will get to enjoy the supercar. Unlike most cars, you can't just walk into a dealership and slap down your credit card to get a GT in your garage. Instead, it's a whole lot more complicated.

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Why is Kindle Oasis so expensive?

Why is Kindle Oasis so expensive?

First the size wows you, then the price floors you. That Amazon's new Kindle Oasis is its skinniest, most unusually-designed yet didn't come as a complete surprise thanks to earlier leaks, but its eye-watering cost in the flagship spot at the pinnacle of the company's ereader range certainly dropped some jaws. The question is: is the Kindle Oasis worth the price?

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Amazon’s new Kindle Oasis is insanely thin and painfully expensive

Amazon’s new Kindle Oasis is insanely thin and painfully expensive

If ever an ereader was aspirational, the Kindle Oasis, Amazon's eighth generation and most dramatically impressive to-date, is it. Taking the online retail behemoth's aping of paper with the flexibility of digital books to its most extreme example so far, the Kindle Oasis promises cutting-edge ergonomics along with the flexibility of not one, but two batteries and a clever way to carry both. It comes at a hefty price, however.

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Tesla has a new entry-level Model X SUV, the 75D

Tesla has a new entry-level Model X SUV, the 75D

Tesla's big news today may have been the Model S refresh, but there's been a quiet shake-up in the Model X line, too, with a new entry-level car. The electric SUV now kicks off in the shape of the Model X 75D, an all-wheel drive truck with a 75 kWh battery.

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Livestream’s clever Mevo camera adds Facebook Live support

Livestream’s clever Mevo camera adds Facebook Live support

Livestream's Mevo camera has become the first to throw its metaphorical hat into the streaming ring, announcing it'll support Facebook Live. The new Facebook Live API was announced this morning at F8 2016, the social network's annual developer event, as a way for third-party devices to beam content directly to viewers.

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Facebook’s vision of social VR is ambitious and cheesy

Facebook’s vision of social VR is ambitious and cheesy

Today you stare at your smartphone screen and stab the "Like" button on your Facebook friends' news with a fingertip; tomorrow, you might high-five them in VR. Mark Zuckerberg outlined his vision of the future of social networking in virtual reality and augmented reality today at the F8 2016 developer conference, and it's a mixture of high-tech and farce.

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Facebook wants your cellphone number to be your app identity

Facebook wants your cellphone number to be your app identity

Facebook wants to be the key to logging in to all your online services, and it's so keen it'll even let you do so without a Facebook profile. Announced today at F8, the social network's annual developer event, Facebook Account Kit is essentially an identity management system for third-party developers to use, saving them from having to deal with user-accounts and passwords themselves.

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