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.

Chrome tames Flash with smart plugin pausing

Chrome tames Flash with smart plugin pausing

Chrome may certainly be a capable browser, but it can also be a system-intensive one, and that's something Google is teaming with Adobe to address. Figuring Flash animations gone wild to be one of the biggest demands from webpages in Chrome, the two companies have come up with a system to hit pause on secondary content - thus easing up on your laptop battery life - while still keeping the primary content running.

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Climate change “hiatus” a false hope says NOAA

Climate change “hiatus” a false hope says NOAA

No global warming slow-down, no "hiatus": climate change is real and if anything it could be getting faster, US scientists have warned. Challenging claims that Earth temperature levels had plateaued in recent years, the researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information blamed poor quality historic records, along with failures in how different sources of data were balanced, for mistakenly suggesting that the situation had improved.

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Yahoo drops axe on Maps, Pipes, and more

Yahoo drops axe on Maps, Pipes, and more

Yahoo is shuttering its mapping service, slashing availability of Yahoo TV and Yahoo Music, and unplugging Yahoo Pipes in a wide-reaching product cull. The decision, which Yahoo says is to keep it in line with its current focus on search, communications, and digital content, will mean Yahoo Maps will be yanked at the end of June, while other geo-service APIs will also be cut later this year. Meanwhile, older Macs and iOS devices will lose support for synchronizing Yahoo Mail and Contacts.

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Tweetbot 2.0 hits Mac with Retina support

Tweetbot 2.0 hits Mac with Retina support

Tweetbot 2.0 has hit the Mac App Store, bringing a significant refresh to the popular third-party Twitter client for OS X. Launched on the eve of WWDC 2015, which kicks off next week, Tweetbot 2.0 brings the app in line with Apple's flatter UI aesthetic as in OS X Yosemite, along with Retina display graphics support, and more flexibility in how columns and such can be arranged.

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NASA drone tracking trials tap Verizon towers

NASA drone tracking trials tap Verizon towers

NASA and Verizon are working together on air traffic control for drones, aiming to use existing cellphone towers to track and even ground unmanned aircraft. The deal will see the space agency kick off trials at its Ames Research Center in California this summer, focusing on small, low-altitude drones which currently don't make it onto the radar of traditional air traffic management. The goal is an automated system which would open the skies to drone delivery, something which already has Amazon and Google throwing their money at NASA.

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HERE boosts offline maps and public transit

HERE boosts offline maps and public transit

Offline navigation may be coming to Google Maps but Nokia's HERE app has long supported it, and is today revamping its offline maps with even more data. One of the biggest improvements is to HERE's mapping of Africa, with navigation and offline support added to seven countries including Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, not to mention far more road detail. Meanwhile, public transit line accuracy has also been tweaked to making it more illustrative of how you'll actually travel.

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Social snark gets easier with Tumblr GIF search

Social snark gets easier with Tumblr GIF search

If you've spent any time at all on Tumblr you'll know that animated GIFs are even more common than selfies, so its new gif search seems likely to go down a storm. The new search engine now shows up in the add-media option, allowing users of the microblogging service to search for the best reaction GIF, and even includes automatically crediting the animation's original uploader.

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Periscope adds map browser and instant replay

Periscope adds map browser and instant replay

Live video streaming app Periscope is making it easier to find interesting broadcasts, adding a map browser to navigate through content by location. The updated app, available today, embeds a zoomable map into the "Global" section of Periscope, with lists of the most popular streams that have had location enabled. Meanwhile, the Twitter-owned service has also been working on how readily streams can be shared and re-watched.

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Chimps would cook – if they had the tools

Chimps would cook – if they had the tools

Chimps in the kitchen might sound like a Pixar movie plot, but researchers have figured out that the primates could do if it wasn't for one big problem. Our nearest evolutionary cousins, chimpanzees have already been shown to have ambitious problem-solving skills, not to mention more comedic talents in line with our own, but a new study explored one of the biggest gulfs between us and them: our progression to cooking food rather than eating it raw.

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