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.

Berlin bans Uber: Up to $60k fine per prohibited pick-up

Berlin bans Uber: Up to $60k fine per prohibited pick-up

German capital city Berlin has banned Uber, threatening the transportation company with €25,000 ($33k) fines every time a driver picks up a passenger from the app-based service. Drivers are unverified and vehicles unlicensed for taxi services, Berlin's city government argues, insisting that the ban in being implemented with the safety of potential passengers in mind. Meanwhile, individual drivers also face stiff penalties if they flout the new laws.

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JetBlue is giving all crew an iPad mini to predict what gin you like

JetBlue is giving all crew an iPad mini to predict what gin you like

JetBlue will give every inflight crewmember an iPad mini to handle payments, figure out if the right people are onboard, and even translate foreign languages, the airline has announced. The 7.9-inch tablets - which JetBlue expects every crewmember to have in their flight bag by April 2015 - will run a custom In-Flight Service Assistant (IfSA) app, which will allow them to more readily sell you tiny bottles of liquor.

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World’s fastest camera shoots 4.4 trillion fps

World’s fastest camera shoots 4.4 trillion fps

The world's fastest camera, capable of shooting at 4.4 trillion frames per second, has been developed in Japan, able to capture movement at one-sixth the speed of light. Using a new technique called Sequentially Times All-optical Mapping Photography (STAMP), the camera is around 1,000 times faster than any of its existing rivals, and opens the door to new understanding of chemical reactions and more.

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Great news: Dodge won’t cap SRT Hellcat production

Great news: Dodge won’t cap SRT Hellcat production

Good news if you've been desperately hunting down the back of the sofa cushions for change, trying to save up for Dodge's outrageous new Charger SRT Hellcat and its Challenger SRT Hellcat cousin: chatter of just 1,200 cars being up for grabs are unfounded. The 707 horsepower four-door was revealed yesterday, instantly grabbing the title of "most powerful production sedan in the world", but rumors quickly started that Dodge was planning strict limits on how many Hellcats it would produce.

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HTC Zoe app hands-on: Can embracing Android save HTC?

HTC Zoe app hands-on: Can embracing Android save HTC?

HTC wants to give the world "Instagram on steroids", and it believes its new HTC Zoe app is the way to do that. Handiwork of the HTC Creative Labs team cooking up software for the company, it's the first time the Zoe photography system has been released for Android phones other than HTC's own, allowing Samsung, LG, and Nexus 5 users to get involved too. I've been playing with the latest beta of the app, which hits Google Play today; read on for some first-impressions.

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Peq smart home aims to take on SmartThings

Peq smart home aims to take on SmartThings

Another day, another smart home system, with Peq believed to be Best Buy's attempt to jump on the home automation bandwagon. Peq - pronounced "peek" - follows in the footsteps of similar systems like SmartThings, Revolv, and Staples Connect, with a central hub that wirelessly connects to various cameras, door and window sensors, thermostats, and more.

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