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.

Dropbox Pro adds security and drops price for 1TB

Dropbox Pro adds security and drops price for 1TB

Cloud storage provider Dropbox has updated its Dropbox Pro service, streamlining storage to a single 1TB plan, and making it easier to secure files and remotely manage content. The tweaks include password-protected shared links, which mean that even if someone else gets access to an URL for a shared file, they'll still need to have the password you set in the first place.

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Delayed August smart lock finally starts shipping

Delayed August smart lock finally starts shipping

The route to market for a new product is seldom straightforward, as smart lock start-up August has found, but after several months of delays the Yves Behar-designed door furniture is finally shipping. Announced more than a year ago, back in May 2013, August - which can be controlled remotely from your iPhone or Android device - was intended to ship in Q1 this year, but didn't make its self-imposed deadline.

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Plantronics BackBeat PRO wants to oust your Bose headphones

Plantronics BackBeat PRO wants to oust your Bose headphones

Plantronics' latest set of BackBeat headphones are here, and while the BackBeat FIT may have targeted fitness nuts, the BackBeat PRO wants music quality to be its focus. Piping stereo audio from your phone, tablet, laptop, or something else over Bluetooth, the headphones boost wireless range to a hefty 100m if you're pairing them with a Class 1 Bluetooth device, as well as packing sensors that control playback depending on whether you're wearing the cans.

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2015 Volvo XC90 ramps up safety & luxe tech

2015 Volvo XC90 ramps up safety & luxe tech

Volvo has officially revealed the 2015 XC90, its new luxury SUV, the first car to bear the Swedish company's latest design language while cosseting up to seven people in tech. Coming in 2-liter turbocharged and supercharged AWD form, mustering 316 HP, as well as an XC90 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid good for around 400 HP, the new SUV also claims to be the most comprehensive and tech-advanced car on the market when it comes to standard-fit safety features.

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Instagram Hyperlapse is silky timelapse for your iPhone

Instagram Hyperlapse is silky timelapse for your iPhone

It's clearly the season for fast-moving timelapse, for shortly after Microsoft Research showed how it could make shaky GoPro footage watchable with Hyperlapse, Instagram has outed a new video sharing app of the same name. Instagram's Hyperlapse promises time-lapse video and smooth tracking shots that previously would've required a Steadicam system, all from your iPhone (or, eventually, your Android handset).

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha said first of premium metal family

Samsung Galaxy Alpha said first of premium metal family

Samsung's Galaxy Alpha looks set to be the first of a family of more premium-bodied smartphones from the company, the latest whispers indicate, with at least three more versions said to be in the pipeline. Revealed earlier this month, the Galaxy Alpha at least partially eschews Samsung's fondness for all-plastic bodies with a metal frame, leading to hopes of more high quality feeling materials for future handsets.

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