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.

Glass HUD app pits wearable against driver distraction doubts

Glass HUD app pits wearable against driver distraction doubts

Google is out lobbying against potential Glass driving bans, and now developers are joining the chorus of those demanding a more nuanced view of how distracting wearable-tech is for those behind the wheel. The Glass Explorer behind a new app that pipes vital car data like speed and fuel levels directly into your line-of-sight, Voidstar AutoHUD, argues that ergonomically and functionally there are reasons why "Glassholes" might end up safer drivers.

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Digital tattoo deals drugs for next-gen wearables

Digital tattoo deals drugs for next-gen wearables

Google isn't the only team working on digital tattoos, with a new adhesive patch that can not only track biometrics but administer drugs being developed that could potentially revolutionize how long-term conditions like Parkinson's disease and epilepsy are treated. The 0.003 millimeter thick sticky patch is the handiwork of a team at the University of Texas in Austin, and layers sensors, onboard storage, medication, and microheaters into a Band-Aid scale rectangle.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 is phone display king say testers

Samsung Galaxy S5 is phone display king say testers

Samsung's Galaxy S5 may have hardly reached user's hands, but it's already being called the best smartphone display not only of this current generation of phones, but of handsets ever released. While the Galaxy S5's 5.1-inch OLED screen is slightly larger than the outgoing Galaxy S4, it's not just scale that has changed, according to researchers at DisplayMate.

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Amazon renews Alpha House in original show splurge

Amazon renews Alpha House in original show splurge

Amazon has renewed Alpha House and given the green-light to four new prime-time shows and a pair of children's shows for Amazon Original Series, the online retailer has confirmed today. The Garry Trudeau comedy - which stars John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and Matt Malloy - was Amazon's most popular TV show in its first season, and production of season two will begin over Summer 2014.

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Philips Clear LED bulb goes retro

Philips Clear LED bulb goes retro

LED bulbs are already more efficient than their incandescent forebears, more flexible, and longer running, but is the absence of that familiar old clear design still holding them back? Philips apparently suspects that's the case, hence the new Philips Clear LED, a 40W-equivalent bulb that looks to the casual glance just like a regular, old-fashioned light.

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Forget CarPlay: Here’s NVIDIA’s plan to power your next car

Forget CarPlay: Here’s NVIDIA’s plan to power your next car

NVIDIA is no stranger to car dashboards, with the company’s Tegra chips already powering Tesla’s Model S infotainment and the system found in the new Audi A3, but the company has even bigger ambitions for Tegra K1. The chip company brought its Automotive team along to GTC 2014 this past week to show off the heavily-customized Jeep its been working on as a showcase for its vision of the future of mobility tech, and we grabbed some time at the helm to see how it works.

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Google shows how far Glass has come from goofy prototype

Google shows how far Glass has come from goofy prototype

Google may be turning to the fashion behemoth behind Oakley and Ray-Bans to make Glass more aesthetically appealing, but three years back a set of cable-ties would've been more appropriate, a new image of a prototype version shows. Revealed at ThinkLA by Google's Janine Gianfredi of the Glass marketing team, the photo dates back to the days when the wearable headset was physically tethered to a computer in a backpack.

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Sony Xperia Z2 parts shortage delays launch

Sony Xperia Z2 parts shortage delays launch

Would-be Sony Xperia Z2 owners may be left waiting if they didn't preorder the new 2014 flagship smartphone, with a component shortage said to be pushing general availability back into May. The phone, revealed at Mobile World Congress in February, promises 4K video recording and was originally expected in the UK in April, but now the company may only have sufficient stock to satisfy a chunk of preorder customers.

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