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.

This incredible floating display belongs in a sci-fi movie

This incredible floating display belongs in a sci-fi movie

Floating displays may be the stuff of science-fiction, but one research team is looking to make them real, using a carefully tuned acoustic-potential field to create swarms of particles clustered into physical graphics. Dubbed Pixie Dust - after the Peter Pan quote - the system can cause objects up to 7g per cubic centimeter to hover in moving forms, effectively translating digital objects into real, and with a Kinect sensor thrown in they can even respond to the viewer's movements.

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T-Mobile CEO blasts FTC; Goes “double-down” on SMS outreach

T-Mobile CEO blasts FTC; Goes “double-down” on SMS outreach

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has waded into the FTC furore over premium text message fees, accusing the commission of political posturing, and announcing a boost to the carrier's proactive refund program. Allegations of charge-stuffing surfaced earlier this week, with T-Mobile accused by the FTC of "masking" outrageous fees for premium services as well as shirking its responsibilities for refunds.

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Hawaii is shooting lasers at birds and it’s for their own good

Hawaii is shooting lasers at birds and it’s for their own good

Filling the skies with laser beams and hoping birds fly into them doesn't, at first glance, seem the best way to prevent endangered species from dwindling in number even further, but it's exactly what one Hawaiian island is doing. The light grids - made up of thirty focused green lasers - are being mounted on electricity poles by service operator Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, in the hope that they'll prevent birds from crashing into the cables.

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Facebook Messenger for iPad finally hits App Store

Facebook Messenger for iPad finally hits App Store

Facebook Messenger for iPad has finally been released, bringing the social network's standalone IM client to Apple's tablet. Previously only available on the iOS tablet as a doubled iPhone app, the new Messenger supports the same text chats, voice calls, and stickers as its phone counterpart, but in version 7.0 introduces a scaled-up UI.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata dated for hotly-anticipated reveal

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata dated for hotly-anticipated reveal

It's not often that a car manages to be both iconic and affordable, but Mazda struck that balance with the MX-5 Miata early on, and now there's no small amount of interest in the 2016 model. There isn't long to wait to see it, either, with the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata now set to debut on September 3rd, complete with the first use of the Skyactiv-Chassis the company teased earlier in the year.

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HTC One M8 helps turn a profit (but where next?)

HTC One M8 helps turn a profit (but where next?)

HTC was counting on the One M8 to turn its fortunes around, and it looks like there's been some early movement in that direction, with a shift to profit after sales of the metal-bodied flagship began. HTC recorded a net profit of $92.3m in the April through June period of this year, on revenues of $2.2bn, a sharp turnaround from the losses of the previous quarters.

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NASA’s climate change satellite launches to watch Earth breathe

NASA’s climate change satellite launches to watch Earth breathe

NASA's latest rocket has blasted off successfully, beginning a new and potentially controversial study into carbon dioxide gas in Earth's atmosphere which could have broad implications on climate change research. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) promises hitherto-unmatched precision measurements from 438 miles above our planet, carrying instruments that NASA says are capable of counting individual molecules.

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