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.

Ouch: Every Basis Peak smartwatch recalled over burn risk

Ouch: Every Basis Peak smartwatch recalled over burn risk

Fitness wearable company Basis is recalling every Peak watch sold, warning users of the potential for the health tracker to overheat and cause burns to the wrist. The voluntary recall - which will result in a full refund to those who bought the Peak - comes after the Intel-acquired firm found it was unable to tweak the smartwatch's software sufficiently to cut the potential for overheating.

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Now anybody can try Dropbox Paper

Now anybody can try Dropbox Paper

Dropbox is throwing open the doors to Paper, its collaborative document and planning tool for teams, allowing anybody to sign up and try. Falling somewhere in-between Slack, Quip, and Google Docs, Dropbox Paper supports multiple people editing the same document simultaneously, along with group to-do lists, media embeds, and more.

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Ring Stick Up Cam Review: Solar-powered security

Ring Stick Up Cam Review: Solar-powered security

There’s a tricky balance to be struck when you’re designing an outdoor security camera: do you go with the convenience of battery power, or the performance of wired? Ring’s Stick Up Cam attempts to straddle the two, offering the flexibility of a built-in rechargeable battery with the option of an add-on solar panel for truly off-the-grid use - well, just as long as your WiFi is within range. Question is, has quality taken a back-seat in the hunt for easy installation?

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Gogoro rides into Berlin as e-scooter for Coup ride-sharing scheme

Gogoro rides into Berlin as e-scooter for Coup ride-sharing scheme

Gogoro's electric Smartscooter is headed to Europe, centerpiece of a new sharing service dubbed Coup that will offer app-controlled access to a fleet of the battery-powered two-wheelers. Until now limited to its initial roll-out in Taiwan, where in around twelve months time the startup has sold more than 10,000 scooters, the next place we'll see the Smartscooter is Berlin, Germany.

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Amazon’s next Alexa skill is “choose your own adventure” gaming

Amazon’s next Alexa skill is “choose your own adventure” gaming

Amazon's Echo may not seem like the obvious candidate for gaming, but Alexa is hoping to get developers to think beyond the gamepad with its latest voice-control skill. The new gaming category for the Alexa Skills Kit is initially targeting "choose your own adventure" style titles, with Amazon hoping to build on the success of The Wayne Investigation, a Batman-themed mystery game that has already proved wildly popular.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips looks set to add hands-free smarts to its Hue lighting system, with word of a new Hue Motion Sensor sneaking out ahead of the gadget's launch. A mainstay of many smart home installations, Hue's wirelessly-enabled bulbs can be controlled by various means, including the company's iOS and Android apps, from a smartwatch, the Hue Tap switch, and basic scheduling, but if you wanted motion-triggers you had to look to third-party platforms.

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The Samsung Gear 360 camera finally has a full release date

The Samsung Gear 360 camera finally has a full release date

Samsung's Gear 360 camera has been teasing us for some months now, with a handful of limited-availability releases most people can't take advantage of, but the 360-degree camera has finally got a full launch date. Announced alongside the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, the ball-shaped shooter will finally go on sale online later this month, on August 19th.

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There’s a new Samsung Gear VR to play nice with Note 7

There’s a new Samsung Gear VR to play nice with Note 7

Samsung isn't just launching a new phablet today, but introducing an updated version of its Gear VR virtual reality headset, complete with a new connector and a more immersive experience. The new Gear VR picks up where the existing, Oculus-powered model leaves off, with the Android smartphone docking in a bay at the front and lending its processing power and display to 360-degree photos and videos along with games and apps.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hands-on: S Pen meets S7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hands-on: S Pen meets S7

Samsung invented the phablet and it's not wiling to let go of the reins, with the Galaxy Note 7 the latest in its pen-enabled series of super-sized Android smartphones. Debuting in New York City today, the Note 7 builds on it's predecessor with a sleeker, more hand-friendly design, refining the software in the process, and borrowing heavily from the best-selling Galaxy S7. I spent some time with the new flagship ahead of today's launch, and discovered that there's more to the Note 7 than first meets the eye.

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Good news: Tesla finished designing the Model 3

Good news: Tesla finished designing the Model 3

Tesla finalized the design of the hotly-anticipated Model 3 two weeks ago, Elon Musk has confirmed, though exactly what the more affordable electric car looks like remains to be seen. The outspoken chief executive of the EV firm revealed the milestone during tours of Telsa's first Gigafactory, a vast facility in Nevada where, eventually, the company will make its li-ion batteries.

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Runkeeper makes goals a team effort with Running Groups

Runkeeper makes goals a team effort with Running Groups

Exercise generally goes better with company - or at the very least you have someone to complain with - so Runkeeper is adding Running Groups to its popular fitness tracker app. As the name suggests, the new feature allows users to set up a virtual running club, with a collaborative target that the group as a whole tries to beat.

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TrackR Bravo Bluetooth tracker adds custom printing and groups

TrackR Bravo Bluetooth tracker adds custom printing and groups

Bluetooth tracking keyfobs have gone from novelty to must-have for many, and TrackR is stepping up its game with custom printing as well as new group support. Roughly the size of a large coin, but just 3.5mm thick, the TrackR Bravo relies on Bluetooth LE to help your phone figure out whereabouts your keys, pets, or anything else might be.

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