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.

Here’s a Smart EV drag-racing a Mustang and a Boxster

Here’s a Smart EV drag-racing a Mustang and a Boxster

In a drag race challenge between a Smart EV, a Ford Mustang, Audi A5, and Porsche Boxster, which car do you think might win? If you guessed the diminutive Smart, then we hope you didn't put any money on that bet; unsurprisingly, the city car is thoroughly trounced, which you'd think would be an odd sales strategy for Smart itself to use. However, Smart has in mind a different type of drag race.

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B&N borrows Amazon’s playbook for Galaxy Tab 4 Nook teaser

B&N borrows Amazon’s playbook for Galaxy Tab 4 Nook teaser

Barnes & Noble wants you to know that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet is enough to get existing Nook owners excited; whether that's enough to turn the company's struggling ebook fortunes around remains to be seen. Samsung outed the new slate - which it designed itself, but which bears B&N's Nook branding - back in June, and now the bookseller is trying to build the prelaunch hype, taking a page out of Amazon's book in the process.

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1,024 robot flash-mob is cleverer when swarming

1,024 robot flash-mob is cleverer when swarming

If you've ever wanted to see more than a thousand robots working together to create letters of the alphabet, Sesame Street style, today you're in luck. A robot swarm - the Harvard University team responsible also refers to it as a flash mob, which perhaps sounds a little less ominous - has been created to show how individually dumb 'bots can work intelligently when given the right tools, borrowing methods from biological systems like cells or even termites.

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Expedia’s new tablet app wants to make travel sensual

Expedia’s new tablet app wants to make travel sensual

"Travel is a sensual product, and travel shopping is about as industrial as you get. I think buying a blender on Amazon is probably more sensual than booking travel.” So speaks Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia, and a big believer in helping you book your next vacation from whatever device is nearest you. Expedia’s new tablet app won’t hit app stores until this fall, but I grabbed some hands-on time with the latest pre-production version to find out whether Khosrowshahi had actually made booking flights sexy.

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Samsung buys SmartThings in preemptive HomeKit strike

Samsung buys SmartThings in preemptive HomeKit strike

Home automation start-up SmartThings has been snapped up by Samsung, with the South Korean firm grabbing the modular smart home specialist. The deal will see SmartThings - which offers a wireless home hub that connects to various sensors, remote sockets, light bulbs, and other components - operate as an independent company as part of Samsung's Open Innovation Center group, though it's still likely to prompt some concerns from avid fans of the firm.

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NASA probe may have captured ancient interstellar space dust

NASA probe may have captured ancient interstellar space dust

Microscopic dust particles that could date back to the very start of our solar system have been extracted from NASA's Stardust spacecraft payload, promising to be the first contemporary samples of interstellar dust. Stardust returned its collection of stellar detritus back in 2006, and thus began a painstaking sift through the particles to see what goodies had been gathered during the three billion mile journey.

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