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.

Russian hacker mob amasses 1.2 billion password haul

Russian hacker mob amasses 1.2 billion password haul

What's described as the biggest known collection of stolen usernames, passwords, and email addresses has been amassed by a Russian crime collective, security researchers have warned today, with 420,000 sites apparently compromised. The vast stockpile was identified by research firm Hold Security - which last year broke the news on the Adobe Systems hack - which says it includes data snatched from Fortune 500 company sites among others.

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Navdy HUD: Like your phone and a fighter jet had a baby

Navdy HUD: Like your phone and a fighter jet had a baby

Head-up displays aren't just the preserve of fighter jets any more, but if you're not in the market for a new car then Navdy's aftermarket device - billed as Google Glass for your dashboard - may be the answer. Not only a HUD, projecting virtual images that look like they're floating roughly six feet in front of the windshield, but a gesture control system, Navdy pipes messages, calls, and navigation from your smartphone to your line of sight, though that's only the start of it.

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Jupiter’s volcanic moon spews “curtains of fire”

Jupiter’s volcanic moon spews “curtains of fire”

Three huge volcanic eruptions from Jupiter's moon Io are forcing astronomers to rethink how peaceful space might be, with "curtains of fire" consisting of tens of cubic miles of lava surging from the orbiting mass. Fountains of lava gushed from gaps in Io, one of Jupiter's four moons, in a two week period in August 2013, NASA says, despite having previously been thought to be rare events.

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Touch+ hands-on: Someone finally gets gesture control right

Touch+ hands-on: Someone finally gets gesture control right

Touchscreens work for tablets and phones, but getting your fingers involved with notebooks and PCs can be trickier, something Kickstarter success Ractiv believes it has fixed with its Touch+ motion tracking sensor bar. Eschewing the vague waving of Leap Motion, Touch+ takes a top-down approach by creating a virtual multitouch layer right on top of the keyboard. I caught up with the team behind the sensor to find out more on the path from crowdsourcing to shipping a commercial product now.

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Google explains digital fingerprints that caught Gmail offender

Google explains digital fingerprints that caught Gmail offender

Google's decision to notify law enforcement of a Gmail user sharing indecent photos of children reignited questions around what privacy the company provides, but Google has stepped forward with new details on how, exactly, its monitoring system worked. A Houston man was arrested last week after Google informed police in Texas that he had been sharing child pornography with his Gmail account; that content, Google says now, has a special digital fingerprint which distinguishes it from other materials.

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Microsoft sues Samsung: Pay your Android dues

Microsoft sues Samsung: Pay your Android dues

Samsung could find itself in court again, after Microsoft announced it would sue the South Korean company in the US over unpaid late fees due on tardy smartphone royalties. According to Microsoft, Samsung has flouted the patent deal it agreed to in late 2011, which sees it hand over a fee based on every Android device it sells, and giving the Nokia Devices and Services acquisition as its justification.

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