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.

Here’s how HP plans to shake-up 3D printing

Here’s how HP plans to shake-up 3D printing

HP promised something big in 3D printing, and this is it: the HP 3D Multi Jet Fusion system, promising ten times the speed of existing printers, a huge leap in quality, and eventually the ability to print electrical components as easily as you might a PDF. The new system borrows tech from HP's inkjet printer playbook, spitting out tiny droplets of materials - initially thermoplastics, but with some ambitious plans in the pipeline for other substances - to build up objects. Unfortunately, you shouldn't bother clearing a spot on your desk any time soon: this probably isn't for you.

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Ex-Google Wallet chief reveals Poynt payment pad for everything

Ex-Google Wallet chief reveals Poynt payment pad for everything

You might not think that this particular week is the best time to reveal your new payments system, what with the NFC mobile payments saga ongoing in stores, and Apple crowing Apple Pay's success, but that hasn't stopped Poynt from breaking cover. Then again, it does have former Google Wallet chief Osama Bedier behind it, incredibly sleek hardware - and not just compared to other point-of-sale tech - and a list of supported payment standards that could potentially keep stores ticking over for the next decade, all wrapped up in a touchscreen Android tablet with twin displays.

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HP Sprout blends 3D scanning with projection-UI all-in-one

HP Sprout blends 3D scanning with projection-UI all-in-one

HP has revealed the HP Sprout, it's new "creativity station" that pairs a Windows 8.1 PC with a new HP Illuminator system blending a projector, high-resolution camera, and Intel's RealSense 3D tracking for capturing digital versions of physical objects. Similar in appearance to a regular all-in-one PC, though with a large, touch-enabled platform where you'd usually expect the keyboard to be, the Sprout is intended to allow "blending reality" for designers and gamers, with its image and motion capture system taking hand movements and 3D scans and digitizing them on the 23-inch Full HD touchscreen.

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Ferrari is going it alone

Ferrari is going it alone

Ferrari will be spun off and operated as a separate company, owner Fiat Chrysler has announced. Part of a restructuring plan that has already seen Fiat Chrysler list its own shares on the New York Stock Exchange, and acquiring the minority interest in Chrysler itself, according to company execs it's the "proper" way forward for the famous Italian marque. "The separation of Ferrari will preserve the cherished Italian heritage and unique position of the Ferrari business," FCA chairman John Elkann insisted.

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United is replacing headrest screens with tablet holders

United is replacing headrest screens with tablet holders

First world problem or just plain common sense when flying: United Airlines is redesigning its seats so that passengers will be able to prop up a tablet and yet still have space on their tray-table for their in-flight meal. While it might seem flippant, it's part of a push by United to shift entertainment over to personal devices rather than necessarily outfitting every seat-back with a built-in screen.

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Behold! Audi’s most powerful production car ever

Behold! Audi’s most powerful production car ever

Audi has taken the wraps off of its most powerful production vehicle ever, the Audi R8 competition, the road-going cousin to the company's award winning R8 LMS ultra race car. Capable of 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 199 MPH, the R8 competition wraps a hefty 570 HP in lashings of lightweight carbon fiber and a host of new aero elements to help keep the limited edition car on the tarmac.

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Antares ISS resupply rocket explodes on takeoff

Antares ISS resupply rocket explodes on takeoff

Orbital Sciences Corp.'s high-profile Antares rocket launch has ended in failure, exploding shortly after takeoff and crashing back down onto the launch pad. The unmanned rocket had been expected to start the Cygnus cargo spacecraft's voyage to the International Space Station, carrying supplies and experiments. Luckily, there are no indications of injuries or fatalities as a result of the rocket failure.

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Don’t expect liberated NFC on the iPhone any time soon

Don’t expect liberated NFC on the iPhone any time soon

iOS app developers shouldn't expect access to the NFC hardware in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus any time soon, with Apple still intending a tight grip on the short-range wireless system that's so integral to Apple Pay. The inclusion of a near-field communications chip in the latest iPhone duo led some to predict Android-style easy pairing with accessories, hyper-localization in apps, and other applications as we've seen proliferate around Google's platform, but according to iPhone product marketing VP Greg "Joz" Joswiak, you shouldn't hold your breath.

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Chevrolet’s counting on this to win it the EV war

Chevrolet’s counting on this to win it the EV war

Chevrolet isn't quite ready to show us the new, 2016 Volt - that won't happen until early in the new year - but it can't contain itself from revealing what's arguably most important about the next-gen car, its all-new powertrain. Dubbed Voltec, the system comprises not only the electric drive and the battery, but the range-extending engine and the companion power electronics that allows the gas system to kick in and stretch out just how far the Volt can run. According to Chevrolet, the new Voltec setup has been designed "substantially" around how existing Volt owners actually drive their cars.

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Apple doesn’t know if iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is more popular

Apple doesn’t know if iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is more popular

There's no doubting that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been successful for Apple, racking up record sales in the first month. 10m in sales in the first weekend would seem to prove that iOS users really were eager for a bigger phone, but the lingering question has been "which size is more popular?" Apple wouldn't address 6/6 Plus split when it announced its latest financial results and, according to Greg "Joz" Joswiak, VP of iPhone, iPad, and iOS product marketing, the answer is that, right now, the company itself doesn't really know.

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