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.

FBI gives Sony hack theories audience but no credence

FBI gives Sony hack theories audience but no credence

The FBI may be convinced that the Sony hack was the handiwork of North Korea, but not everyone is convinced, with private investigators briefing US security agencies on alternative explanations for the breach. Security firm Norse has joined a growing chorus of those who doubt the official account, describing the speedy assignment of blame on the secretive foreign state as a warning signal that a conclusion might have been rushed. While the FBI still insists Sony was the victim of a North Korea-led attack, it's nonetheless been open to hearing other viewpoints, Norse says.

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Tesla Model S P85D roasts predecessor in EV drag race

Tesla Model S P85D roasts predecessor in EV drag race

When you talk about torque, the instant shove of a performance EV like the Tesla Model S can't be ignored, but P85 owners used to being top of the tree may have some egg on their face if they take on a new P85D. The all-wheel-drive luxury sedan has already demonstrated its capabilities against a worthy - and traditionally-powered - challenger in the shape of the Lamborghini Aventador, but what about when old takes on new in an EV show-down? Thankfully we now know what that looks like, too.

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes history as Ceres nears

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes history as Ceres nears

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has emerged safely from the opposite side of the sun and is just months away from reaching Ceres, the distant and mysterious dwarf planet next on the list for its multi-year space survey. Dawn - which checks off on several factors more commonly associated with science fiction tropes, like ion drives and distant space exploration - launched back in 2007, and Ceres is in fact its second stop since then. Previously, the probe spent more than a year orbiting a protoplanet named Vesta, but scientists manning the project are if anything even more eager to see what it makes of Ceres.

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ResMed S+ Sleep Monitor Review – Nightstand Ninja

ResMed S+ Sleep Monitor Review – Nightstand Ninja

I'm obsessed with sleep. Of all the metrics that make up the quantified self, it's probably the one which most intrigues me, not to mention most confuses me. Until now, though, it's also been one of the toughest to accurately measure: wearable monitors wrapped around your wrist can themselves disturb your patterns. So, while ResMed's S+ observing you from your nightstand and doing entirely contactless sleep tracking might seem creepy or far-fetched at first, the potential usefulness could well exceed any weirdness about being watched. I donned my most fetching nightcap to test it out.

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Gmail revived in China but block remains a mystery

Gmail revived in China but block remains a mystery

Gmail access has apparently returned to China, with users of the email service in the country reporting that the four day outage which nobody would take responsibility for seems to have come to an end. Google's POP and IMAP servers were unexpectedly unavailable over the weekend, with widespread claims that the "Great Firewall" China's government relies upon to limit access to the internet had clamped down on another victim. Just as suddenly, though, emails have begun to make it through, and Google's own metrics indicate a slight rise in Chinese traffic to Gmail.

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Sony gets teasing: new Xperia Z4, tablet, or something else?

Sony gets teasing: new Xperia Z4, tablet, or something else?

When it comes to CES, you can either take LG and Samsung's approach and gush announcements ahead of the show, or you can go with Sony's strategy and get teasing. The company has taken a mystery approach, believed to be for its upcoming Xperia smartphone, with a video titled "Welcome to the New World" that drops a few hints ahead of Sony's CES 2015 press conference on January 5th. While there's no outright shots of the phone, you can get a glimpse of it at various points, including one rather artful reflection in a user's eye.

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BMW ConnectedDrive Store hits US in spring 2015

BMW ConnectedDrive Store hits US in spring 2015

BMW will launch its ConnectedDrive Store, offering apps and services like real-time traffic for download and activation directly from the car's infotainment display, in the US come spring 2015. The system, already available in Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany, will be offered across all of BMW's current range in the US, taking advantage of the baked-in cellular connection the cars have to deliver smartphone-free app downloads.

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Iran trials suicide drones for Kamikaze strikes

Iran trials suicide drones for Kamikaze strikes

Iran has tested a "suicide drone" designed to crash explosively into targets on land or in the air for the first time, part of a huge military exercise underway near the Strait of Hormuz. The so-called "mobile bomb", dubbed both the Yasir and the Raad-85 by local press, is believed to be based on a homegrown - though foreign inspired - drone design revealed by the Iranian army last year, said to be capable of flying for around ten hours before dive-bombing its victims.

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Ford wants to make you a social pariah

Ford wants to make you a social pariah

Ford is hoping to make drivers more antisocial - and thus more safe - while at the wheel, with new apps for its SYNC infotainment system warning contacts when the car is on the move. Integrating Ford's own SYNC AppLink system with Life360, the smartphone app will automatically fire off a spray of "I'm driving, don't distract me" style messages to a preset list of contacts when the car gets underway. There's also find-my-friend location tracking built-in, and triggered by voice.

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LG 4K TVs boost colors, add webOS 2.0 for 2015

LG 4K TVs boost colors, add webOS 2.0 for 2015

If there's one thing we expect from the Consumer Electronics Show, it's massive TVs, and LG is already getting the big set hype started with its new 4K line-up. The company's 2015 Ultra HD range will debut Wide Color LED, LG's latest finagling of pixel technology that uses various different phosphor-based LEDs for the promise of better color depth and pictures that are more lifelike. That's not the only improvement over outgoing sets, however.

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