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.

3D Robotics drone teaser tips prosumer DJI rival

3D Robotics drone teaser tips prosumer DJI rival

With the controversy and FAA sparring about drones you'd be forgiven for thinking that nearly everyone was crowding the skies with quadcopters, but the reality is that UAVs are still relatively niche. 3D Robotics looks keen to change that, however, teasing a new model that looks to improve not only the aesthetics but ease-of-use, too. Sporting a stealthy color scheme that would make a covert Tac-Ops team proud, the unnamed drone could be 3D Robotics' answer to DJI's increasingly straightforward gadgets for aerial photographers.

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The LG G4 is coming April 28 (and we’re already intrigued)

The LG G4 is coming April 28 (and we’re already intrigued)

LG's new flagship smartphone, the LG G4, will make its official debut on Tuesday, April 28th the company has confirmed this morning. The event, taking place in New York City, will see LG finally detail its retort not only to the iPhone 6 but Samsung's Galaxy S6 and HTC's One M9. It's shaping up to be a very interesting battle, too, with LG's invite image loading a little extra emphasis on the camera abilities of the phone, not to mention hinting at its choice of materials.

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Meld retrofits your dumb stove for smart home cooking

Meld retrofits your dumb stove for smart home cooking

As the lackluster take-up of WiFi-connected refrigerators suggests, upgrading kitchen appliances with their smart equivalent is still a small market, but how about if a simple retrofit could give your stove some intelligence? Meld attempts to do just that, a combination replacement knob for your stovetop and a wireless temperature sensor that, together, can automate the cooking process according to a recipe running on the iPhone app. Meanwhile, it's counting on fashionable methods like sous-vide to give it some kitchen geek appeal.

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Countertop smart scale bakes in recipe smarts: Hands-on

Countertop smart scale bakes in recipe smarts: Hands-on

Kitchen tech is big money, and Googling a recipe on your iPhone while you try to remember how many tablespoons are in a cup is no longer cutting it. Orange Chef believes it has the answer with Countertop, a new smart kitchen platform that bakes in NFC and Bluetooth. Building on last-year's Prep Pad connected scale with the ability to recognize appliances from Vitamix and Crock-Pot, Countertop not only suggests - and tweaks - recipes but walks you through making them. I caught up with CEO Santiago Merea for a DIY smoothie and some kitchen geekery.

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Tesla taps ex-F1 engineer for service skills

Tesla taps ex-F1 engineer for service skills

Tesla has snapped up an F1 chief mechanic to lead its car servicing efforts, with CEO Elon Musk hoping Kenny Handkammer can inject a little high-octane pitstop practice into his EVs. Formerly of Red Bull Racing, Handkammer will now be based in the US as Tesla's Global Director of Service Training, helping shape how Tesla dealerships handle electric cars brought in for routine servicing along with any unforeseen issues. The appointment comes ahead of Tesla's range expanding with the Model X SUV, not to mention ambitious upgrading procedures for the older Roadster.

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LG goofs with 8K iMac claim

LG goofs with 8K iMac claim

LG has potentially dropped itself in a tank-load of hot water, mistakenly putting words in Apple's mouth and claiming an 8K iMac launch has been confirmed for 2015. The goof comes as part of LG's pre-hyping for 8K UHD resolution - a whopping 7,680 x 4,320 - which it expects to succeed 4K resolution over the next few years, though so far only a single panel has been shown off publicly. So far, so good, but LG then goes on to assert that Apple has already committed to an iMac upgrade with an 8K panel sometime this year.

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David Lynch exits new Twin Peaks project over money

David Lynch exits new Twin Peaks project over money

Director David Lynch has dropped out of the much-anticipated Twin Peaks revival, parting ways with the Showtime project after arguments over money. Rather than being a case of the high-profile director demanding a bigger fee, the issue is one of how much the new Twin Peaks should cost, with disagreements said to be around the overall budget. However, while initial reports suggested that Showtime had axed the new season of the show altogether as a result, Lynch says that may not in fact be the case.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Review

Samsung has a lackluster track record making flagship smartphones with serious lust-appeal. Its plastic-bodied Galaxy range was the Camry trying to play in Mercedes and Audi territory, earnestly ticking the boxes on the spec sheet, but failing to grasp that owners care about a sense of prestige as much they do a roster of the latest functionality. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and its flashy Galaxy S6 edge sibling are a lesson hard-learned, then, with both patchy sales and increasingly vocal criticism in 2014 demanding changes be made. 2015 might well be the fiercest year in phone tech yet; these two are evidence of Samsung's A-game.

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Hyundai’s 2016 Tucson bets on safety and economy

Hyundai’s 2016 Tucson bets on safety and economy

If you hadn't already realized it, the crossover is the must-have automotive trinket of the moment, with just about every brand weighing in with a baby SUV of their own. Now it's Hyundai's turn, whipping the silky covers off the 2016 Tucson, its own take on the segment with a focus on cosseting and fuel economy. Set to go on sale in July, the new crossover has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor, and now sits on optional 19-inch alloys for a meatier look. Really, though, this is all about braving the urban jungle in safety.

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