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.

HERE boosts offline maps and public transit

HERE boosts offline maps and public transit

Offline navigation may be coming to Google Maps but Nokia's HERE app has long supported it, and is today revamping its offline maps with even more data. One of the biggest improvements is to HERE's mapping of Africa, with navigation and offline support added to seven countries including Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, not to mention far more road detail. Meanwhile, public transit line accuracy has also been tweaked to making it more illustrative of how you'll actually travel.

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Social snark gets easier with Tumblr GIF search

Social snark gets easier with Tumblr GIF search

If you've spent any time at all on Tumblr you'll know that animated GIFs are even more common than selfies, so its new gif search seems likely to go down a storm. The new search engine now shows up in the add-media option, allowing users of the microblogging service to search for the best reaction GIF, and even includes automatically crediting the animation's original uploader.

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Periscope adds map browser and instant replay

Periscope adds map browser and instant replay

Live video streaming app Periscope is making it easier to find interesting broadcasts, adding a map browser to navigate through content by location. The updated app, available today, embeds a zoomable map into the "Global" section of Periscope, with lists of the most popular streams that have had location enabled. Meanwhile, the Twitter-owned service has also been working on how readily streams can be shared and re-watched.

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Chimps would cook – if they had the tools

Chimps would cook – if they had the tools

Chimps in the kitchen might sound like a Pixar movie plot, but researchers have figured out that the primates could do if it wasn't for one big problem. Our nearest evolutionary cousins, chimpanzees have already been shown to have ambitious problem-solving skills, not to mention more comedic talents in line with our own, but a new study explored one of the biggest gulfs between us and them: our progression to cooking food rather than eating it raw.

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Google’s Brin makes passion-plea for moonshots

Google’s Brin makes passion-plea for moonshots

Last week Google tried to convince developers it was still the happening platform; now, it's time for co-founder Sergey Brin to convince investors. In a letter to shareholders issued today, Brin sets out Google's stall for continued investment in research & development, trying to make a case for the "moonshot" projects that - while not as instantly rewarding as more traditional tech like Gmail or search - are still essential in his opinion.

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Huawei bakes Jawbone UP health into TalkBand B2

Huawei bakes Jawbone UP health into TalkBand B2

Huawei's TalkBand B2 wearable, squeezing a Bluetooth headset into a wristband, lands in the US this week, and it's bringing a Jawbone UP surprise. The detachable headset - announced back in March at Mobile World Congress - will hit virtual shelves today, priced from $179.99, and as well as offering a way to make calls it will also deliver the same sort of activity and sleep tracking as you'd find in a dedicated fitness wearable such as Jawbone's UP3.

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Huawei’s $250 P8 lite wants to kill subsidies: Hands-on

Huawei’s $250 P8 lite wants to kill subsidies: Hands-on

Huawei isn't first to think it can coax America off its smartphone subsidy addiction, but the new P8 lite is more than an also-ran in unlocked devices. Launching today as the pared-back - and thus more affordable - sibling to the Huawei P8, the P8 lite carries a $249.99 price tag but hits that with no need for carrier financing or any sort of minimum contract: just slot in the AT&T or T-Mobile USA SIM card of your choice. With a tag like that, though, you know Huawei had to trim some of the tech.

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Toyota weighs Ford’s open-source CarPlay rival

Toyota weighs Ford’s open-source CarPlay rival

Toyota is tinkering with Ford's open-source dashboard software, the tech that allows smartphone apps to hook up to car infotainment systems. The Japanese firm announced today that SmartDeviceLink (SDL) "is being studied" for its potential inclusion in future cars; if adopted, it would mean compatible apps could work with cars across Ford, Toyota, and Lexus' ranges, tapping into voice control, steering wheel buttons, and whatever touchscreens are embedded.

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Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse Review

Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse Review

Logitech has been on a roll with wireless mice lately, resurrecting the MX Master name for its excellent flagship peripheral, and now following that with the MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse for travelers. Buffing the rough edges from the original Wireless Anywhere Mouse, and throwing in support for the gestures common in today’s software, it’s a smaller, cheaper version of the high-end model intended to slip neatly into a bag. Question is, has the shrinking process also reduced the Logitech’s charm?

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Ford details SYNC 3’s ambitious roll-out

Ford details SYNC 3’s ambitious roll-out

Ford has confirmed the first cars to get its new SYNC 3 infotainment system, with the 2016 Escape and Fiesta top of the list for a dashboard refresh this summer. The two new models will open the door to a veritable gush of upgrades, with Ford promising that its entire North American line-up will be revamped with SYNC 3 before 2016 is out. Among the improvements are smarter voice recognition which Ford says should help keep hands on the wheel more often.

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