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.

Google buys smart spoon for Google[X] health moonshot

Google buys smart spoon for Google[X] health moonshot

Google may insist on biodegradable cutlery in its free Googleplex cafeterias, but it's looking at a far more complicated spoon for its latest Google[X] acquisition. The company has snapped up Lift Labs, creator of a special tremor-canceling spoon that can help those with Parkinson's or other neurodegenerative diseases to eat without spilling their food.

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Dell’s 6mm thick camera-loaded tablet is IDF’s secret star

Dell’s 6mm thick camera-loaded tablet is IDF’s secret star

Intel’s IDF wasn’t where we expected to find an incredible Android tablet, but Dell quietly knocked it out the park with the Venue 8 7000, a brand new slate using RealSense depth-sensing camera technology. An 8.4-inch alternative to the iPad mini with Retina display and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, the Dell tablet has a surprise on both sides: a fantastic 2560 x 1600 OLED touchscreen on the front, and a trio of cameras on the back.

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Intel MICA smart bracelet eyes-on: Fashion or folly?

Intel MICA smart bracelet eyes-on: Fashion or folly?

Intel promised a wearable which mixed functionality and design in an unusual way, and the MICA bracelet is the result, though the jury is still out whether the premium wristband hits the spot. Announced at IDF 2014 this week, the "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" band has a curved OLED touchscreen on one side and a spattering of semi-precious stones picked by Opening Ceremony on the other.

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Apple Pay hands-on: Goodbye Wallet

Apple Pay hands-on: Goodbye Wallet

Encouraging money out of your wallet has seldom been an issue for Apple Stores, but Apple Pay is hoping to make it even easier, streamlining the mobile payments process and eventually making credit cards something you leave safely at home. Launching on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as on the Apple Watch, the new payments system slips its way into your Passbook while borrowing Touch ID for security. We grabbed some hands-on time to see just how easy it could really be.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hands-on

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hands-on

It's the iPhone duo we've been expecting, the screen size increases we've been so curious about, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus likely to be on many wishlists this holiday season. Apple's iOS 8 smartphones are bigger, faster, and more capable than before, but have they also lost some of their charm in the process? Read on for some hands-on impressions.

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Apple Watch Digital Crown and touch tech detailed

Apple Watch Digital Crown and touch tech detailed

Apple may not be first into the smartwatch space, but the Apple Watch does bring with it a new way of interacting. Whereas other platforms, like Android Wear, have focused on touch, Apple has looked instead to physical controls, borrowing the physical dial from traditional timepieces, and throwing in a newly perceptive touchscreen.

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Apple Pay arrives to kill your wallet

Apple Pay arrives to kill your wallet

Apple is out to kill the wallet, and Apple Pay is the way it plans to do it. "Our vision is to replace this [traditional system]," CEO Tim Cook said, "and we're going to start by focusing on payment." The system turns the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into a mobile payments terminal, using Touch ID for authentication.

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