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.

Facebook tackles privacy with policy overhaul

Facebook tackles privacy with policy overhaul

Facebook is taking another try at streamlining its privacy features, paring back its privacy policy, giving more control over ads, and throwing open the whole thing for user feedback. The social site has launched Privacy Basics, a set of interactive guides to show users exactly what controls they have about who sees their posts, whose posts they see, what information is gathered about them from the links they click, and how they can manage their friends list with more granularity. Since everything is better with a set of animated characters, meanwhile, there's a purple dinosaur among others to help guide people through.

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NVIDIA GRID streams PC games to SHIELD

NVIDIA GRID streams PC games to SHIELD

It's not just Lollipop that NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet is getting, with NVIDIA GRID set to offer "Netflix for games" for the Android-based gaming tablet, and at a price that - for the moment, at least - can't be beat. Graduating from the beta that began almost a year ago, GRID effectively puts a whole server farm of GeForce GTX-equipped gaming PCs at SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Portable owners' service, streaming titles like Batman Arkham City and Borderlands 2 at 60fps to the pair of gaming handhelds.

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NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet Lollipop update dated

NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet Lollipop update dated

NVIDIA has announced its Lollipop upgrade plans for the SHIELD Tablet, with Android 5.0 expected to hit the gaming-centric slate on Tuesday, November 18th. The upgrade, promised earlier this month, will bring Material Design to the Tegra K1 powered tablet, but also a new version of NVIDIA's own Dabbler art app. That will not only get a makeover to fit Lollipop's new interface style, but several new features too. Finally, there's a new bundle offer which will include Half-Life 2: Episode One, freshly ported by Valve and NVIDIA to mobile.

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Here’s how much Samsung’s Gear VR will cost you

Here’s how much Samsung’s Gear VR will cost you

Samsung already told us that its Gear VR Innovator Edition headset was headed to stores in early December, but now software partner Oculus has confirmed just how much the virtual reality wearable will cost. Two options will be available to developers hoping to get in on the VR coding, with the entry-level Gear VR package priced at $199. That nets you the headset itself, while the Oculus Mobile SDK is a free download that Oculus has already thrown up for grabs today.

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Scion pins pocket-rocket hopes on iM Concept

Scion pins pocket-rocket hopes on iM Concept

Making a concept car can be pretty straightforward: big engine, crazy design, outlandish interior papered with touchscreens, and then set your auto-responder to "we have no plans to commercialize this vehicle." When you're Scion, though, and want to make not only a concept that's in keeping with your low-cost pitch as well as something which will translate to a probably-not-much-different commercial version, it's a little trickier. The Toyota division's result for the LA Auto Show next week is this, a bright blue hatchback dubbed the Scion iM Concept.

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Comcast X1 guide starts speaking

Comcast X1 guide starts speaking

Shout at the TV and you may find it answers back, if Comcast's new set-top box system is anything to go by. Intended not so much for armchair critics as it is for those who might struggle with the traditional Comcast X1 menu system, the new "talking guide" walks viewers through what's on. The virtual assistant can also help with scheduling DVR recordings and browsing through On Demand content, while Comcast has more functionality in the pipeline.

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Samsung Gear VR drops Dec for devs; Beyond 360 3D camera revealed

Samsung Gear VR drops Dec for devs; Beyond 360 3D camera revealed

Samsung has announced that the Gear VR Innovator Edition virtual reality headset powered by Oculus will hit the US in early December, as well as showing off a new 360-degree camera dubbed Project Beyond for recording VR content. The Samsung Gear VR, announced back in September alongside - not to mention powered by - the Galaxy Note 4, turns the phablet into a wearable display, splitting the screen into two so as to deliver 3D content to the wearer. There's good news for developers hoping to get onboard, too, with Oculus' mobile toolkit to create compatible VR content now released.

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Nexus 6 Review – You want to lick this Lollipop

Nexus 6 Review – You want to lick this Lollipop

A new Google smartphone is a big deal, and the Nexus 6 is a very big phone indeed. Largest so far of Google's collaborations with handset manufacturers, and first to see Motorola take the Nexus reins - ironically just as the two firms part company - it's a riff on this year's Moto X but with a new turn of speed and a crazy Quad HD display. It's also the launch vehicle for Android 5.0 Lollipop on phones, arguably the biggest thing to happen to the OS in many generations. So, with supplies still frustrating all but the best-timed of buyers, is the Nexus 6 the Android phone you want in your pocket?

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Rosetta’s comet-harpooning lander is on its way down

Rosetta’s comet-harpooning lander is on its way down

A spacecraft harpooning a comet: it should be something out of a science fiction movie, but it's actually a mission underway right now, with the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe set to grapple with a chunk of hurtling space rock. The mission officially began back in 2004 when Rosetta and the Philae lander started their journey to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenk, but cranked up the excitement in the early hours of this morning as spacecraft and rock came together. Philae shared a last-minute photo on Twitter - which you can see after the cut, as well as live video of the action itself - and then began its careful journey down fourteen miles to the surface.

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Nintendo 2DS goes crystal for retro-styled specials

Nintendo 2DS goes crystal for retro-styled specials

Nintendo's flattened-out 2DS glasses-free games console is more than a year old, certainly ripe for a revamp, and that's coming in the form of two new case finishes and a sub-$100 sticker price. The Crystal Red and Crystal Blue 2DS models each have semi-transparent bodies that allow you to see the vague shape of the circuits inside, a visual flourish that - while not adding anything to the actually usability of the handheld - does at least look pretty eye-catching. After all, it's not like Nintendo is lacking when it comes to a transparent track-record.

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