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.

1m Apple Pay activations in first 72hrs says Tim Cook

1m Apple Pay activations in first 72hrs says Tim Cook

Apple Pay saw one million card activations in the first 72 hours of availability, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed, as the company lets slip a few tidbits about the high-profile mobile payments system. MasterCard and Visa are reporting more mobile wallet customers using Apple Pay "than anyone else combined," Cook added, pointing out that the Apple had "only been at it a week."

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T-Mobile CEO: Don’t buy your iPad from us

T-Mobile CEO: Don’t buy your iPad from us

Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere has weighed in on the ongoing Apple SIM confusion, highlighting the discrepancies between carriers in how they support (or sabotage) Apple's scheme to pick and choose with data plan flexibility. Apple SIM was, at least as Apple originally intended it, a way to bypass carrier lock-in, but the networks themselves refused to be so readily sidelined. Meanwhile, Legere also had a surprising reason for why when you go into a T-Mobile store and buy an iPad it comes with a SIM locked to his network - and an even more surprising solution.

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We didn’t expect Kim Kardashian to love BlackBerry so much

We didn’t expect Kim Kardashian to love BlackBerry so much

Of all the people who could be the savior of BlackBerry, Kim Kardashian probably wouldn't have been our first guess, but it turns out the reality TV star turned mobile app kingpin could end up single-handedly propping up the second hand market. The controversial star was expected to discuss social saturation and the surprise hit game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood at the Code/Mobile 2014 conference, but she took an interesting detour via ailing BlackBerry and her ongoing collection of devices.

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Nextbit Baton brings iPhone-style Continuity to Android

Nextbit Baton brings iPhone-style Continuity to Android

Apple’s iPhone and iPad have Handoff in Continuity, but if Nextbit has its way Android will soon be able to boast the same, baking easy app switching between phones and tablets in at the OS level. Revealed today, Nextbit's Baton incorporates not only passing an app - with its current state preserved - between Android devices, but synchronizes apps and data, as well as preserving a snapshot of both in the cloud for backup purposes.

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Wells Fargo likes Apple Pay so much, it’ll pay you to try

Wells Fargo likes Apple Pay so much, it’ll pay you to try

Retailers may be in a quiet NFC war with Apple Pay, but banks are - perhaps unsurprisingly - just keen for people to start spending more money. Wells Fargo isn't leaving it to chance that its customers try Apple's mobile payments system, and is instead offering a kick-back for those who not only add a credit or debit card to the system, but make a payment using it. Up for grabs is up to $20 back from the bank, though you'll need to make an NFC payment in-store rather than an app-based payment.

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Dashboard tech the worst part of car ownership says Consumer Reports

Dashboard tech the worst part of car ownership says Consumer Reports

Complex, confusing, and frustrating car dashboards are now the most disappointing part of car ownership, a new survey suggests, with wonky infotainment coming in for renewed criticism from owners. Navigation, multimedia, and social networking features are spreading across many new vehicles, but lackluster user experiences - especially in brand new systems - are not only driving owners crazy but having a meaningful impact on their overall ratings.

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Nissan put a car in a massive Zorb and pushed it down a hill

Nissan put a car in a massive Zorb and pushed it down a hill

Normally, the Nissan Note is a small, reliable city car, and not prone to rolling down hills. Nissan clearly decided that simply wasn't good enough, and so constructed a vast inflatable Zorb ball so as to capture a Note and then send it tumbling. Worry not, though: it's all in the name of demonstrating the car's safety features, which Nissan has dubbed "Safety Shield."

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Apple Pay your train ticket and office ID tips report

Apple Pay your train ticket and office ID tips report

Apple Pay may already be getting into some scraps with retailers wary of the Cupertino behemoth doing for mobile payments what it did with music downloads, but the system's reach could increase exponentially according to new leaks regarding Apple's broader plans. Over the weekend, reports circulated that CVS, Rite Aid, and others were disabling NFC-equipped registers in an attempt to block Apple Pay altogether, but according to a fresh report Apple's goal is to expand the NFC system to cover access security and public transportation.

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OnePlus pre-orders open up again [Updated]

OnePlus pre-orders open up again [Updated]

For a plucky Android smartphone startup, OnePlus has done what many companies exponentially larger would love to achieve: build up enough buzz that, long after the first handsets began shipping, people are still chomping at the bit to buy one themselves. Latest in the long invite system saga is an hour's open sales, which kicks off now and runs for just sixty minutes - or, frankly, for as long as OnePlus' servers can hold.

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Xbox One gets holiday cut as Microsoft chases PS4

Xbox One gets holiday cut as Microsoft chases PS4

Xbox One may be trailing its PlayStation 4 rival in the sales charts, but Microsoft isn't going to take that lying down, announcing a price cut on the console ahead of the holidays. As of November 2nd, 2014, those in the US will be able to pick up an Xbox One for $349, as Microsoft applies a $50 cut across its console line-up including bundles and limited-editions. That means the latest Sunset Overdrive bundle, too.

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