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.

Plantronics BackBeat PRO wants to oust your Bose headphones

Plantronics BackBeat PRO wants to oust your Bose headphones

Plantronics' latest set of BackBeat headphones are here, and while the BackBeat FIT may have targeted fitness nuts, the BackBeat PRO wants music quality to be its focus. Piping stereo audio from your phone, tablet, laptop, or something else over Bluetooth, the headphones boost wireless range to a hefty 100m if you're pairing them with a Class 1 Bluetooth device, as well as packing sensors that control playback depending on whether you're wearing the cans.

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2015 Volvo XC90 ramps up safety & luxe tech

2015 Volvo XC90 ramps up safety & luxe tech

Volvo has officially revealed the 2015 XC90, its new luxury SUV, the first car to bear the Swedish company's latest design language while cosseting up to seven people in tech. Coming in 2-liter turbocharged and supercharged AWD form, mustering 316 HP, as well as an XC90 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid good for around 400 HP, the new SUV also claims to be the most comprehensive and tech-advanced car on the market when it comes to standard-fit safety features.

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Instagram Hyperlapse is silky timelapse for your iPhone

Instagram Hyperlapse is silky timelapse for your iPhone

It's clearly the season for fast-moving timelapse, for shortly after Microsoft Research showed how it could make shaky GoPro footage watchable with Hyperlapse, Instagram has outed a new video sharing app of the same name. Instagram's Hyperlapse promises time-lapse video and smooth tracking shots that previously would've required a Steadicam system, all from your iPhone (or, eventually, your Android handset).

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha said first of premium metal family

Samsung Galaxy Alpha said first of premium metal family

Samsung's Galaxy Alpha looks set to be the first of a family of more premium-bodied smartphones from the company, the latest whispers indicate, with at least three more versions said to be in the pipeline. Revealed earlier this month, the Galaxy Alpha at least partially eschews Samsung's fondness for all-plastic bodies with a metal frame, leading to hopes of more high quality feeling materials for future handsets.

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Swatch grudgingly embracing smartwatches

Swatch grudgingly embracing smartwatches

Swatch will add basic smartwatch functionality to select timepieces in its range next year, the company has confirmed, backtracking on its initial pessimism about wearable tech. The Swatch Touch line will gain a range of fitness functionality come 2015, though it's unclear whether the digital watches will connect in any way to smartphones or tablets, or allow for cloud synchronization.

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Simplicam tackles Dropcam with face-detection

Simplicam tackles Dropcam with face-detection

Wireless security cameras like Dropcam are shaping up to be an integral part of the smart home experience, and ArcSoft is hoping its Simplicam will carve a niche courtesy of face detection. A compact WiFi camera with a companion cloud-based recording service, Simplicam offers alerts only if a human face is spotted in-frame, rather than just responding to any sort of movement.

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Aborted test at least shows America’s latest weapon explodes

Aborted test at least shows America’s latest weapon explodes

The US military's latest test of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon ended with a premature bang this week, with officials having to hit the self-destruct button just four seconds after blast-off. Though designed to travel at around five times the speed of sound to take out any target in the world, as part of the US government's pledge to improve tactical defense after 9/11, the missile and its three-stage booster rocket only proved a danger to the launch facility in Alaska, which it fell back down onto.

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Moleskine adds Livescribe digital pen support

Moleskine adds Livescribe digital pen support

Paper notebooks show no signs of dying off, and so Moleskine is partnering up with Livescribe to make new pads that will work with the digital pen company, pushing handwritten notes up into the cloud. The new Moleskine Notebooks look at first glance to be just the same as their regular counterparts, but have been given the unique printed patterns that the Livescribe pen range can track and thus digitize.

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