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.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 targets GPU “sweet spot”

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 targets GPU “sweet spot”

NVIDIA had inadvertently set itself a challenge. On the one hand, the GeForce GTX 980 and 970 had been a rip-roaring success, with an unexpected 1m+ cards selling in less than five months. That's not bad for a graphics card that costs as much as $549, and yet it left the NVIDIA chips out of reach for a dawning cohort of upgraders two generations behind and wanting a more affordable upgrade. Enter the GeForce GTX 960.

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Ford Focus RS teased with squealing track outing

Ford Focus RS teased with squealing track outing

Ford's showing at Detroit certainly wasn't quiet, with a new GT, track-ready Shelby version of the Mustang, and the beefy F-150 Raptor, but the grunt isn't over with, a new teaser video for the all-new Focus RS promises. The potent little hatchback isn't expected to be officially detailed until early next month, but that hasn't stopped Ford from throwing it around a couple of text tracks to really whet our appetites. Best of all, although those in North America may have had to feign lacking interest in the previous Focus RS, for once they can get just as excited as the rest of us.

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Logic Pro X adds new sounds, better drummers, more

Logic Pro X adds new sounds, better drummers, more

Logic Pro X has had a quiet update, with new backing percussion options and tools, tweaks to how the music app handles edits, and - maybe most important of all - smarter balancing of automation versus musicality. The new release to 10.1, a free update through the Mac App Store for existing Logic Pro X users, adds ten new Drummers in a variety of styles including techno, house, trap, and dubstep, along with special tools for tweaking drum tracks in electronic and hip hop music. Meanwhile, there's also AirDrop sharing and Retina support for those lucky enough to be composing on an iMac 5K.

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This is Microsoft HoloLens

This is Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft has revealed its first virtual reality headset, the Microsoft HoloLens, delivering what the company calls "holograms" but what we perhaps know more as augmented reality. The headset, which resembles an oversized pair of ski goggles, overlays digital graphics onto the real world using transparent lenses and Windows 10. With the headset, Microsoft says, everything from gaming, through streaming media in apps like Netflix, to productivity apps, Skype video calling, or even creating virtual 3D objects in the new HoloStudio app - think Paint for the 21st century - are possible in a full standalone wearable computer.

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Surface Hub puts Windows 10 on 84″ 4K digital whiteboard

Surface Hub puts Windows 10 on 84″ 4K digital whiteboard

Microsoft has revealed its latest Windows 10 form-factor, the Surface Hub, a huge 84-inch screen intended to replace the traditional whiteboard with a digital alternative. The 84-inch, 4K resolution touchscreen looks at first glance like a simple LCD display, but in fact it has onboard processing and support for both finger-touch and a digital stylus. Microsoft believes it's the future of business communication and collaboration, with baked-in sharing and streaming support too.

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Elder Scrolls Online ditches mandatory subscription

Elder Scrolls Online ditches mandatory subscription

As hotly-anticipated games go, Elder Scrolls Online is probably one of the most anticipated, and so news that Bethesda Softworks has not only confirmed its console release but dropped one of the more controversial subscription details is most welcome. Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will land on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 9th, following its March 17th arrival on PC and Mac. Even better, Bethesda is ditching the monthly subscription the promise of which so annoyed gamers last year, though there'll still be in-game purchases for extra content, and an optional "ESO Plus" subscription.

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BlackBerry’s gold Passport sells out in short order

BlackBerry’s gold Passport sells out in short order

BlackBerry's Passport may be eye-catching for its unusually squat shape, but the Canadian firm is hoping to also make it notable for its unrelenting glamour with the new Limited Edition Black & Gold Passport. Revamping the metal trim around the square touchscreen and three-row QWERTY keyboard with a gold finish instead of the usual silver, the new version also gets a leather back-plate to coddle your palm. However, even if you're truly tempted you may be out of luck: you not only needed to come up with a fair amount of cash, but you needed to find it fast.

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Apple grabs music analytics tool to polish its Spotify killer

Apple grabs music analytics tool to polish its Spotify killer

Apple is set to pay far more attention to what you're listening to, after acquiring the music analytics company behind Musicmetric, a tool which has previously helped bands like Iron Maiden fight piracy. The tech grab was quietly revealed when Musicmetric creator Semetric changed its registered address to that of Apple Europe in London, with the Cupertino firm also installing a high-level exec as a company director. Although what, exactly, Apple will do with Musicmetric is unclear - and the firm is declining to comment on specifics - it's expected to involve relaunching Beats Music as a more compelling Spotify alternative.

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FreedomPop WiFi opens 10m hotspots in new carrier challenge

FreedomPop WiFi opens 10m hotspots in new carrier challenge

FreedomPop seems diametrically opposed to charging what the other carriers demand, and after taking on calling fees and mobile data, it's now turning its attentions to WiFi hotspots. Priced at $5 per month, the new FreedomPop WiFi service is $5 per month for unlimited use of ten million hotspots across the US, though that number is expected to ramp up to 25m by the end of the quarter. Initially available on Android, but with an iOS app in the pipeline, it even promises an end to annoying hotspot login forms.

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SpaceX confirms $1bn Google investment

SpaceX confirms $1bn Google investment

SpaceX has confirmed its new funding round, with Google and Fidelity splashing $1bn to grab a chunk of Elon Musk's rocket company. Rumors of the planned investment began yesterday, with Google said to be particularly keen on working on satellite internet services after its own project to blanket the planet with broadband in a similar fashion fell through in 2014. The deal will see Google and Fidelity together holding just short of 10-percent of SpaceX, valuing it at around $10bn in total.

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