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.

Phones 4U shuttered: Don’t expect that iPhone 6 pre-order

Phones 4U shuttered: Don’t expect that iPhone 6 pre-order

UK phone retailer Phones 4U has gone into administration, leaving 550 stores to close and many iPhone 6 preorder customers wondering whether their new iOS 8 smartphones will actually be delivered. The retailer had already received one unexpected blow after Vodafone opted not to renew its contract, and a similar decision by EE to also pull out of Phones 4U has seemingly signed the chain's death warrant.

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Xbox One laptop mod takes console on the road

Xbox One laptop mod takes console on the road

Turning a regular console into a portable version isn't new, but Xbox One gamers seem to have been too busy playing so far to have taken the time to convert their Microsoft system into a "laptop" form factor. James "DarkUncle" Terry cooked one up back in December 2013 for a private client, and now, with the help of a couple of Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printers and a little patience, modder Ed Zarick is also coaxing the contents of an Xbox One casing into a more portable version.

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Moto 360 Review: Flawed Charm

Moto 360 Review: Flawed Charm

The Moto 360 has a lot to live up to. Motorola's wearable spoiled our first taste of Android Wear smartwatches back in July, leaving the first square-faced examples to run the platform looking hopelessly geeky in comparison. Arguably the closest to a regular watch in design we've seen so far, and - though the Apple Watch may respectfully disagree - quite possibly the most handsome, the Moto 360 certainly has the style box ticked, but is that enough to earn a place on the wrist?

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Here’s how Apple Pay was kept a secret

Here’s how Apple Pay was kept a secret

21 months of planning and negotiations, a "code name frenzy," and clandestine signaling to executives with real pieces of fruit: turns out, getting Apple Pay off the ground without letting the cat out of the mobile payments bag wasn't easy. Details of the cloak of secrecy used to keep hundreds of people across eight different financial institutions from spilling the beans on Apple's big cashless announcement this week have emerged, and it's just as obsessive as you might have expected.

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BMW ponders MINI Superleggera EV coupe amid possible car cull

BMW ponders MINI Superleggera EV coupe amid possible car cull

BMW is biding its time on giving the beautiful MINI Superleggera electric roadster concept the green light for production, warning that the city car line-up could facing a culling as some of the flabbier models are axed. The Superleggera was revealed back in May, an attempt to blend British heritage with Italian open-top style, but also to tease the possibility of an EV powertrain for a more eco-friendly engine option.

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Grand Theft Auto V PS4 & Xbox One release dates revealed

Grand Theft Auto V PS4 & Xbox One release dates revealed

Grand Theft Auto V is headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18th, Rockstar Games has confirmed, though PC gamers will have to wait until the new year before they can get in on the action. The much-anticipated game will deliver graphical upgrades to the Los Santos and Blaine County areas where gameplay takes place - there are plenty of new screenshots after the cut, too - in addition to a new batch of weapons, vehicles, and challenges.

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Surprise: You can still pre-order iPhone 6 for release day

Surprise: You can still pre-order iPhone 6 for release day

It's almost a geek tradition by now: Apple throws open the virtual doors for its online store on iPhone pre-order day, and within an impressively short amount of time all the release day stock is gone. Thing is, with two brand new iPhones in this generation, things have played out a little differently and, even if you didn't stay up all night to get your order in, you might still be able to snag the iPhone 6 of your dreams on the very first day it hits shelves.

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