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.

Forget IE: Microsoft Spartan browser tipped for Windows 10

Forget IE: Microsoft Spartan browser tipped for Windows 10

Internet Explorer is hardly the most loved of browsers, and Microsoft is reportedly planning a drastic fix with a new browser codenamed Spartan tipped to launch alongside Windows 10. Intended to be more lightweight and flexible - borrowing a look and feel more akin to Google's Chrome or Mozilla's Firefox - than previous Microsoft web browsers, Spartan would stick with Microsoft's existing engine technologies under the hood, but wrap them up in such a way that the company's engineers hope users forget whatever bad experiences they may have had with legacy software such as IE6.

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Archos adds IFTTT to Connected Home system

Archos adds IFTTT to Connected Home system

Archos is hoping that embracing more open standards will propel its home automation platform into contention, adding IFTTT support among other things to its Connected Home system. Officially launched back at CES 2014, and promising a mixture of wireless security and convenience gadgets that hook up to an Android-based tablet, the system is now gaining IFTTT (If This Then That) support, the "platform glue" which can link devices and services from different manufacturers together, triggering cascades of actions in the process.

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PSN back online but some PS4 gamers still can’t connect

PSN back online but some PS4 gamers still can’t connect

Sony may have brought the PlayStation Network back to life after its three days of downtime, but that hasn't stopped some PS4 and PS3 owners from still experiencing problems getting online. The resurrection of the gaming network after it came under attack on Christmas Day cost Sony no small amount of lost reputation, but even with the fix that was finalized yesterday in place, not everyone is happy. Ongoing reports of an inability to connect mean the headache isn't over for some gamers simply wanting to get their online gaming going.

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Apple Pay data demands add tension to UK launch

Apple Pay data demands add tension to UK launch

Apple Pay is set to launch in the UK in the first half of 2015, but banks are concerned as to how much data Apple demands as part of its contactless payment service, insiders claims. Revealed as a feature of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this year, Apple Pay - which uses a combination of NFC and a secure digital wallet chip on the smartphones - has already gained traction in the US, with everything from grocery shopping through clothes and even hotel rooms and Disney trips now supporting the service. However, although the spread of Apple Pay to other countries is effectively inevitable, Apple is said to be still facing some push-back from its banking partners over the fine print.

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PSN back online as Sony rights Christmas attack

PSN back online as Sony rights Christmas attack

After three days of downtime, millions of frustrated PlayStation owners, and quite probably a fair few tantrums on Christmas morning, Sony's PlayStation Network has finally been restored. The online gaming service had been offline since December 25th, the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), as servers were hammered by web traffic and legitimate gamers were unable to connect for multiplayer titles and more. However, while Microsoft moved relatively quickly to bring Xbox Live back to life, restoring the majority of its services by the following day, Sony's fix was nowhere in sight.

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Tesla Roadster 3.0 400 mile upgrade detailed

Tesla Roadster 3.0 400 mile upgrade detailed

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised an update for original Tesla Roadster owners, and the company has certainly delivered, upgrading the battery for up to 400 miles of range, as well as numerous other improvements. Dubbed Roadster 3.0, the main enhancement has been to the batteries, with Tesla crediting improvements in lithium-ion technology - and the expertise gleaned in making the Model S so as to know exactly how best to implement that technology - for a whopping 31-percent improvement in energy capacity than the original Roadster cell. However, a new battery pack is not the only tweak.

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Ariel Nomad makes a crazy buggy from Atom racer

Ariel Nomad makes a crazy buggy from Atom racer

As makers of bizarre automotive fripperies go, Ariel keeps on kicking, and a new Nomad all-terrain buggy promises to translate some of its Atom sibling's track capabilities to the muddy stuff. Perhaps best known for twisting Jeremy Clarkson's face into a wind sock, the Atom is a sparsely-clad, hand-built racer for the road, and so the Ariel Nomad won't stray too far from that equation. Due to be officially unveiled on January 6th, 2015, it gets a boosted roll-cage, new engine, and meatier wheels on longer-travel suspension to make going off-road more fun.

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Self-driving car testing giving regulators headaches

Self-driving car testing giving regulators headaches

Self-driving cars will have to wait to find out the rules of the road, California's DMV has admitted, with plans to have polices figured out by the end of the year scuppered by autonomous complexity. The Department of Motor Vehicles had been set a challenge by the US government to come up with a rule book for cars able to auto-navigate, but according to the agency there are still far too many questions left unanswered about how models will be deemed sufficiently safe to be let loose on the roads. The problem, the DMV points out, is that nobody has come up with a "driving test" for autonomous vehicles.

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Ford freezes Shelby GT350 to show the pony is practical

Ford freezes Shelby GT350 to show the pony is practical

Expectations of practicality for a 500HP+ muscle car may not be everyone's first concern, but Ford isn't taking any chances when it comes to where and when Shelby GT350 Mustang owners can drive. Over at the company's Drivability Test Facility - a veritable automotive torture chamber, where a huge range of potential driving conditions can be replicated so as to see how cars like the potent Mustang variant cope with them - the Ford engineers have been dropping temperatures to see how the GT350 handles the cold weather some owners will inflict on it, and it's about more than just switching to Snow mode on the traction control.

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Sony PSN still down as gaming attack continues

Sony PSN still down as gaming attack continues

The aftermath of the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live hacks continues, with PlayStation gamers in particular finding the PSN remains offline with no end in sight. The result of two DDoS attacks over Christmas by a group calling itself Lizard Squad, the downtime put a dampener on those who received new consoles or games for their existing Xbox One or PS4 over the holidays, with the multiplayer support - among other things - offline. Microsoft has managed to bring much of its services back to life, but Sony is still struggling to return the PSN to normal.

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