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.

Google wants to be the AI eyes in drones, robots, and apps

Google wants to be the AI eyes in drones, robots, and apps

Google is throwing open the computer vision system that powers Google Photos to third-party developers, helping them to filter out obscene images, spot faces and landmarks, and more. The new Cloud Vision API is what allows Google Photos to sift through all your pictures and collect all those with dogs in the frame, with well-known landmarks, or even particular facial emotions.

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Gene-editing must wait until safety and ethics catch up

Gene-editing must wait until safety and ethics catch up

Gene-editing on human reproductive cells on a large scale may be possible, but the ethical and safety issues still outweigh the urgency to put it into practice. That's the decision of members of the Organizing Committee for the International Summit on Human Gene Editing who, after three days debating the potential for genetically tinkering with embryo, sperm, or egg cells from human donors, concluded it would be "irresponsible" to go ahead now.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 might ape Lumia to handle heat

Samsung Galaxy S7 might ape Lumia to handle heat

Samsung may hope its upcoming Galaxy S7 smartphone makes a hot splash in the market, but preventing the phone itself from overheating is also high on the agenda. The Galaxy S7 release date isn't expected to be until early 2016, but according to reports out of Korea work is underway to install a still fairly unusual technology that would keep the flagship cool.

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This cop cam lets you watch in real-time

This cop cam lets you watch in real-time

Social media like Twitter has meant emergencies and security incidents now play out in real-time, but there's nothing like a first-person view for the full story. Wearable cameras are becoming more common on the uniforms of police and other first-responders, but Liquid Image's Ego LS 800 promises something new: the ability to remotely connect and see exactly what the cop sees.

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Bad to worse: VTech’s kids tablet is a breeze to hack

Bad to worse: VTech’s kids tablet is a breeze to hack

It's not been a great week for VTech, its servers hacked and data on millions of children exposed, and the news gets worse. The company admitted the download store for its kid-focused Innotab tablets had suffered a successful cyberattack in early November - highlighting the paucity of security the company had used in the process - and now researchers have begun picking apart the hardware itself.

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No, Christmas lights probably aren’t killing your WiFi

No, Christmas lights probably aren’t killing your WiFi

Are your Christmas lights killing your WiFi and ruining Netflix and Festive-Chill? It's possible, but only if your idea of holiday decoration centers oddly on your router. A recent report from Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, put the fear of interference into tree lighting, warning that the multi-colored lamps could be wreaking havoc on your connectivity.

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