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.

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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The real Ender’s Game: DARPA kids testing tomorrow’s MIL-TEC

The real Ender’s Game: DARPA kids testing tomorrow’s MIL-TEC

A new report into DARPA-funded research draws deep connections between computer games for children and advanced military software, a modern day Ender's Game using STEM to improve US soldier training. These aren't pre-teens inadvertently directing fleets of starships to destroy alien planets, though, with the kids instead said to be unknowingly helping develop software which will train military personnel on things like avoiding counter-insurgency and pacifying occupied territories.

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Android builds smartphone lead as Windows Phone shrinks

Android builds smartphone lead as Windows Phone shrinks

Android extended its grip on worldwide smartphone market share in Q2 2014, the latest numbers from IDC suggest, while iOS and Windows Phone both declined, despite iPhone sales jumping year-over-year. Android devices now comprise almost 85-percent of total smartphone share, up from just short of 80-percent in the same period a year ago, while despite Microsoft's efforts with Windows Phone, market share and worldwide shipments both fell.

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Berlin bans Uber: Up to $60k fine per prohibited pick-up

Berlin bans Uber: Up to $60k fine per prohibited pick-up

German capital city Berlin has banned Uber, threatening the transportation company with €25,000 ($33k) fines every time a driver picks up a passenger from the app-based service. Drivers are unverified and vehicles unlicensed for taxi services, Berlin's city government argues, insisting that the ban in being implemented with the safety of potential passengers in mind. Meanwhile, individual drivers also face stiff penalties if they flout the new laws.

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JetBlue is giving all crew an iPad mini to predict what gin you like

JetBlue is giving all crew an iPad mini to predict what gin you like

JetBlue will give every inflight crewmember an iPad mini to handle payments, figure out if the right people are onboard, and even translate foreign languages, the airline has announced. The 7.9-inch tablets - which JetBlue expects every crewmember to have in their flight bag by April 2015 - will run a custom In-Flight Service Assistant (IfSA) app, which will allow them to more readily sell you tiny bottles of liquor.

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World’s fastest camera shoots 4.4 trillion fps

World’s fastest camera shoots 4.4 trillion fps

The world's fastest camera, capable of shooting at 4.4 trillion frames per second, has been developed in Japan, able to capture movement at one-sixth the speed of light. Using a new technique called Sequentially Times All-optical Mapping Photography (STAMP), the camera is around 1,000 times faster than any of its existing rivals, and opens the door to new understanding of chemical reactions and more.

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Great news: Dodge won’t cap SRT Hellcat production

Great news: Dodge won’t cap SRT Hellcat production

Good news if you've been desperately hunting down the back of the sofa cushions for change, trying to save up for Dodge's outrageous new Charger SRT Hellcat and its Challenger SRT Hellcat cousin: chatter of just 1,200 cars being up for grabs are unfounded. The 707 horsepower four-door was revealed yesterday, instantly grabbing the title of "most powerful production sedan in the world", but rumors quickly started that Dodge was planning strict limits on how many Hellcats it would produce.

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