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.

Office Online gets cosy with Dropbox’s cloud

Office Online gets cosy with Dropbox’s cloud

Dropbox and Microsoft are ramping up their collaboration, building on last year's efforts to bake the cloud into Office on mobile devices with support for the web, too. The new feature means that while working with Office Online, it's possible to access a Dropbox account directly, opening existing documents or saving new ones there. Conversely, if you're logged into Dropbox, it's now even more straightforward to preview a document within the browser.

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Amazon Prime Music Stations finally make it to Android

Amazon Prime Music Stations finally make it to Android

Amazon Prime Music Stations have finally made it to Android, with the ad-free streaming service now compatible with regular phones and tablets running Google's OS. Amazon's rough equivalent of Pandora, Prime Music Stations kick off with an initial genre or artist as the "seed", and then automatically curate a playlist to match. Until now, though, Android has been the odd one out from the main platforms, with Prime Stations already offered across web and desktop on Mac and PC, on iOS, and on Amazon's own Android-forked Fire HD and HDX tablets.

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iPhone spreads WiFi calling in iOS 8.3 to more carriers

iPhone spreads WiFi calling in iOS 8.3 to more carriers

Apple's release of iOS 8.3 yesterday may have initially wowed with a whole bunch of new emojis, but it's the spread of WiFi calling that could have longer-term appeal for iPhone users. Until now only supported on T-Mobile USA, the functionality means that even when you have no carrier network connection, an iPhone on WiFi will still be able to make voice calls. That is, assuming you're with one of the carriers for whom iOS 8.3 activated the tech this week.

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Mophie Spacestation adds power & storage to iPhone 6, iPad mini

Mophie Spacestation adds power & storage to iPhone 6, iPad mini

Mophie has already made a business out of giving the iPhone more battery life than Apple put inside, and now it's looking to do the same with storage. The new Mophie Spacestation range updates last year's iPhone 5/5s models, combining both an external battery and up to 128GB of space for photos, music, and videos, either packaged into an external enclosure or - more interestingly - built into a Space Pack case for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad mini.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is here, and Photos has finally killed iPhoto

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is here, and Photos has finally killed iPhoto

Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, the latest version of its software for Mac, complete with the full release of the new Photos app that replaces iPhoto. Available as a free update through the Mac App Store, 10.10.3 has been floating around in beta form since March for those who wanted an early taste, but today is the day that Apple believes the software is ready to graduate. Functionally, it's the biggest change we've seen in Yosemite since day one, on the surface at least.

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Amazon Echo adds Hue and WeMo smart home voice control

Amazon Echo adds Hue and WeMo smart home voice control

Amazon Echo is digging its voice-controlled fingers deeper into the smart home, with Amazon adding Philips Hue and Belkin WeMo support to the always-listening home assistant. The new functionality, pushed out to Echo units from today, allows owners to control their lighting, smart appliances, and switches using simple voice commands rather than reaching for the respective apps, and could well be the most useful additions Echo has seen since it began shipping in limited numbers late last year.

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Apple Watch review roundup – v1, for better or worse

Apple Watch review roundup – v1, for better or worse

Many thousands of words have been spilled today, and all trying to tell you the same thing: whether the new Apple Watch is worthy of space on your wrist. Apple's first attempt in the wearable space, the smartwatch promises to bring the best of your iPhone out to just under your cuff: notifications, mini-apps, and even weird communications tools like sharing your heartbeat. Question is, has Apple hit it out the park on version one or, more ominously, is this the epitome of a generation-one product, with all the bugs and flaws that entails?

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Tesla Model S 70D brings AWD to $75k entry-level

Tesla Model S 70D brings AWD to $75k entry-level

Tesla has whipped the covers off a new version of its electric car, with the Model S 70D distilling the all-wheel-drive performance of the company's flagship model into a more affordable package. Promising 250 miles of range, the Model S 70D borrows the independent front and rear motors concept from the 155mph P85D, though scales back on the power and performance in order to hit a $75k+ price tag. It also means that Tesla's whole Model S range now consists of all-wheel-drive cars.

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Samsung’s inescapable S6 app bloat fuels the microSD fire

Samsung’s inescapable S6 app bloat fuels the microSD fire

Samsung may have a potential smartphone hit on its hands with the Galaxy S6, but the specter of inescapable apps still casts a pall over TouchWiz. The new flagship - and its curved Galaxy S6 edge sibling - see Samsung's Android skin brought more in line with Google's Material Design than ever before, but there's still a headache involved, especially if you've opted for the smallest memory variant. That's because, while Samsung has apparently done its best to pre-populate the S6 with the sort of apps the company believes most users will want, there's not much room to be rid of them if you don't agree.

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Kobo Glo HD wants to speed Kindle Voyage’s final journey

Kobo Glo HD wants to speed Kindle Voyage’s final journey

Kobo is looking to spank Amazon where it hurts, launching the Kobo Glo HD ereader with the same e-paper display as the Kindle Voyage, but dramatically undercutting it on price. Set to hit shelves from May 1st, the Glo HD uses E Ink's 300dpi Carta panel, just as the Voyage does, for smooth text and monochrome images. However, whereas the Voyage will set you back upwards of $199.99 depending on whether you mind Amazon subsidizing it by showing you adverts, Kobo will be asking just $129.99 for the Glo HD.

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