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.

Latest New Horizons images put Pluto’s icy geology in spotlight

Latest New Horizons images put Pluto’s icy geology in spotlight

The fruits of New Horizons' trip to Pluto continue to emerge, with the latest photos showing fresh mountain peaks and raising new questions for scientists. In the latest batch of images beamed back from the spacecraft, NASA has identified an unusual depression running across Charon, one of Pluto's moons, slashing across the rock with a length of around 240 miles and complete with a central peak. However, it's not the only geological anomaly New Horizons has spotted.

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In Apple’s new ads, Apple Watch is the star

In Apple’s new ads, Apple Watch is the star

Apple has pushed out a quartet of new commercials, each focusing on the Apple Watch and how the wearable might slot into your life. The four short clips focus on travel, staying connected with family and friends, location-based services, and health & fitness, as Apple picks out some of the key ways a wrist-worn device might be more immediate than the smartphone in your pocket.

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HTC Grip shelved as HTC rethinks wearable plans

HTC Grip shelved as HTC rethinks wearable plans

If you were eager to strap the much-awaited HTC Grip fitness band to your wrist, prepare for disappointment, as the wearable has been put on ice. Announced back at Mobile World Congress in March, the Grip was to be the first fruits of HTC's new collaboration with Under Armour, collecting health stats and serving them up through a monochrome touchscreen. However, HTC now says, "extensive wear testing and user feedback" has forced a rethink.

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Slingbox M2 lets your home cable TV follow you

Slingbox M2 lets your home cable TV follow you

Slingbox keeps pushing its vision of subscription-free video streaming, with the new Slingbox M2 pushing your home cable to your phone or tablet. The new box hooks up to cable or satellite receivers, DVRs, Blu-ray or DVD players, or pretty much any other source with a video output, and squirts the content from them across the internet to Sling's apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms, in up to 1080p Full HD resolution.

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Facebook is baking stores into social pages

Facebook is baking stores into social pages

Facebook is preparing mini-storefronts that would allow retailers to sell products directly from their Facebook Pages. The system is part of an overhaul to Pages that will turn them into showcases for merchant wares, meaning partners could not only engage with potential customers but show them the latest offerings and even fully complete a sale with them.

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Apple and Samsung said eyeing e-SIM for easier carrier switching

Apple and Samsung said eyeing e-SIM for easier carrier switching

Apple and Samsung plan to use embedded SIM cards in their upcoming smartphones, the GSMA claims, potentially allowing owners to switch between carriers more easily. Rather than expect smartphones users to switch SIM - the identity card currently provided by each network - when they want to change operator, the so-called e-SIM would be reprogrammable. Apple has already used the technology in its LTE-equipped iPads, though only with a limited number of carriers, but according to the latest reports some of the biggest names in telecoms are about to get onboard.

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The HTC One M9+ is headed to Europe

The HTC One M9+ is headed to Europe

HTC wowed us back in April with the One M9+, only to leave us disappointed once more that the 5.2-inch 2K resolution Android phone would be Asia-only. Now comes the welcome news that the One M9+ is getting a wider release, bringing its 20-megapixel Duo Camera, fingerprint sensor, dual-metal body, and Mediatek Octacore processor to Europe.

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Amazon Prime Day beats Black Friday says retailer

Amazon Prime Day beats Black Friday says retailer

Amazon Prime Day may have been an excuse for the retail behemoth to clear its warehouse shelves ahead of the holidays, but it clearly struck a chord. Dropping a mid-event update, Amazon claims its peak order rates have already surpassed those experienced on Black Friday last year, as shoppers leapt on deals ranging from the company's own Echo voice-controlled assistant through to cut-price compression shorts.

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Faraday Future promises mysterious Tesla-rival by 2017

Faraday Future promises mysterious Tesla-rival by 2017

A mysterious electric car startup, Faraday Future, is promising to not only ape Tesla's success but raid its talent pool to do that. Established in 2014, the Californian company has already picked up a number of employees from rival car firms, including several with experience on well-known EV projects, and is reportedly hard at work developing its first - so far publicly unnamed - model that if all goes to plan should be on sale in 2017.

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Google wants to make adverts self-contained stores

Google wants to make adverts self-contained stores

Impulse purchases look set to be made easier, at least if Google has its way, with AdWords gaining a "Buy on Google" button directly in adverts themselves. The new quick-grab option is part of a "Purchases on Google" push from the search giant's advertising arm, which also includes support for turning the advert into a browsable product carousel, hooking in reviews, and directing people to their nearest local store.

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Amazon Prime Day delivers the worst of Black Friday

Amazon Prime Day delivers the worst of Black Friday

Perhaps we should've expected Amazon Prime Day to be a monstrous disappointment. When you model your huge, one-day-only sale on Black Friday, after all, you're probably going to experience the same instantly-evaporating deals and masses of unlovable clearance items. Sure enough, though there have been some impressive bargains to be had, there are more people vocally annoyed than crowing about their purchases.

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