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.

Office for iPad Keyboard Case review round-up

Office for iPad Keyboard Case review round-up

Office for iPad has arrived, but while there's little question now that tablets can be used for productivity, sometimes it takes a real keyboard to get proper work done. Thankfully even before Office's much-anticipated release, Bluetooth keyboard cases for the iPad Air and iPad mini have proliferated. Head on past the cut as we look at the best from Zagg, Logitech, Belkin, and Microsoft.

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Microsoft promises to never email snoop again

Microsoft promises to never email snoop again

Microsoft won't go snooping through users' private content in Outlook, OneDrive, or other services, even if it believes it might find evidence that secrets stolen from the firm are there, as the company changes its policies in reaction to outcry earlier this month. Microsoft had admitted it dug through Hotmail messages back in 2012 as part of an investigation into details of Windows 8 leaked by an employee; however, as a result of the negative reaction from users since the revelation, Microsoft now says it will take a different approach, in a move that may force similar changes from Google and Apple.

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iWatch team tried poaching Swiss watchmakers claims boss

iWatch team tried poaching Swiss watchmakers claims boss

Apple has reportedly tried to bolster its "iWatch" wearable team with Swiss watchmakers, with the chief of at least one well-known brand accusing the Cupertino firm of trying to poach its talent. The drive for engineers and other experts in wearable tech has already seen Apple add sleep researchers to its iWatch project, but supposedly saw its efforts to recruit staff from Hublot rebuffed.

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Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips' hue system of smart home lighting is already pretty eye-catching when it cycles through colors, but the company is turning to 3D printing to make things even more dramatic. The new Philips 3D-printed smart luminaires will be available in table-lamp and pendant versions, and combine the color changing that hue is known for with unique designs from WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass.

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Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips' hue lighting system is gaining two new components, a hue lux remote-control white bulb, and hue tap, a wireless wall switch for easy control that demands no batteries or wiring. hue lux works on the same ZigBee low-power wireless system that the original color-changing hue bulbs use, but changes through white light only instead. However, it's Philips hue tap that we think might be more exciting, both to existing hue fans and to home automation users in general.

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Drobo 3rd-gen boosts speed and Time Machine usefulness

Drobo 3rd-gen boosts speed and Time Machine usefulness

The latest Drobo Gen3 has been revealed, adding USB 3.0 and boosting speed of the Connected Data quad-bay external drive, as well as improving support for things like Apple's Time Station. Cheaper than before, at $349 without drives, the third-generation Drobo sees an entirely updated system architecture used, for what Connected Data claims is a threefold speed increase over its predecessor.

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The internet is Not Happy about Facebook buying Oculus

The internet is Not Happy about Facebook buying Oculus

News of Facebook splashing out $2bn to buy virtual reality headset startup Oculus has prompted not only surprise but horror among developers and fans, with the company facing a sizable backlash as the news spreads. Developers and would-be gamers waiting for the consumer Rift headset have reacted for the most part negatively, accusing Oculus of "selling out" and voicing concerns that the project will wither and die at Mark Zuckerberg's hand.

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Google Project Tango hands-on: 3D mapping with phones

Google Project Tango hands-on: 3D mapping with phones

Google loves smartphones, but with Project Tango it’s hoping to make them even smarter and more aware. The handiwork of Google’s skunkworks Advanced Technology and Projects Group, it explores what happens when you add high-resolution 3D mapping sensors to an Android device, and what the potential is for gaming and more. We caught up with Johnny Lee, technical program lead at Google, to find out more about the project and get some hands-on time with the prototype device.

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