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.

Sonos 5.2 beta boosts PLAYBAR & adds multi-user streaming

Sonos 5.2 beta boosts PLAYBAR & adds multi-user streaming

Sonos has pushed out a new beta for its streaming music platform, promising to add a new degree of musicality to its Playbar soundbar, as well as adding multi-account support for streaming services and improvements to the Android app. Sonos 5.2 isn't expected to go public until later in 2014, but Sonos has opened it up as a public beta today. Perhaps the most useful change for those living in a Sonos-equipped home or office, but not wanting to give shared access to their Spotify or other streaming account, is the news that you can now register multiple accounts under different logins.

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Virgin Galactic crash investigation finds early aero oddity

Virgin Galactic crash investigation finds early aero oddity

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo unexpected deployed its "feathering" system shortly before crashing, the National Transportation Safety Board investigators have said of the incident on Friday last week, which saw one pilot killed and another seriously injured. "About nine seconds after the engine ignited, the telemetry data told us that the feather parameters changed from lock to unlock," NTSB acting chairman Christopher Hart revealed during a press briefing today, something which took place on the fateful test flight at Mach 1.0 - the speed of sound - but which should not have happened until around Mach 1.4.

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T-Mobile joins Galaxy Note Edge party November 14th

T-Mobile joins Galaxy Note Edge party November 14th

Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge isn't just headed to AT&T this month, but T-Mobile USA as well, with the curved AMOLED phablet set to show up on the magenta network come November 14th. Taking the core specifications of the Galaxy Note 4, but wrapping the right edge of the smartphone around the body of the device so that it can be used as a separate shortcut or control bar, ticker tape notifications area, or anything else third-party developers might want to code for, it keeps the stylus but also throws in a higher price for the flexible screen tech.

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Solar paint and Warp Drive grille: Mercedes’ baby crossover concept gets odd

Solar paint and Warp Drive grille: Mercedes’ baby crossover concept gets odd

When you're opening a new research & development center, you need something suitably shiny (and far-fetched) to showcase it, and Mercedes-Benz's freshly formed Beijing team has come up with a doozy. The Mercedes Vision G-Code Concept not only comes coated with solar-panel paint - in theory if not in practice, at least - but has a grille that lights and pulses different colors inspired by Star Trek's warp drive, and various cameras and dashboard elements that whirr out automatically. Dubbed a Sports Utility Coupe (SUC), the concept crossover even throws in that old design study favorite: suicide doors.

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Verizon and AT&T team on VoLTE (and up 4G data to T-Mo CEO’s amusement)

Verizon and AT&T team on VoLTE (and up 4G data to T-Mo CEO’s amusement)

Verizon and AT&T plan to switch on cross-network VoLTE calls in 2015, the two carriers have confirmed today, opening the door to first voice over LTE calls and then one day video calling and messaging. VoLTE launched on Verizon's network in September, allowing handsets like the iPhone 6 to use the data network for VoIP rather than traditional methods, with the addition of HD-quality audio too. However, for the moment, VoLTE only supports calls between subscribers on the same network, something Verizon and AT&T are planning to change.

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This is the Nexus 9, Android Lollipop’s tablet vanguard

This is the Nexus 9, Android Lollipop’s tablet vanguard

Google's Nexus 9 faces more than a few challenges. Not only does it have the job of following Google's well-esteemed Nexus 7, which for two generations gave Android tablet fans an affordable and bag-friendly option, but it also serves as flag bearer for Android 5.0 Lollipop on a tablet form-factor. Throw in the fact that it also marks HTC's long-awaited re-entry into the slate segment, and that it's the first true 64-bit Android tablet courtesy of NVIDIA's Tegra K1, and that's a whole lot of pressure resting on one 8.9-inch iPad rival. So, how does it hold up?

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Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

The living room has proved to be a challenge for Google. The company which has been so successful in dominating so many of the screens we interact with on a daily basis - our computers, phones, and tablets - has perversely struggled for that most traditional of displays, the humble TV. Google TV was flabby and confusing; the axe fell on the Nexus Q before it even went on sale. Only the Chromecast has had any measure of success, and yet just when we thought Google might have a strategy, along comes a different platform again, Android TV. Running first on the Nexus Player, but set to spread to smart TVs from numerous manufacturers, it’s Google’s fourth lounge reboot, but is it really necessary?

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Southwest Airlines starts streaming Beats Music

Southwest Airlines starts streaming Beats Music

Southwest Airlines has inked a deal with Beats Music that will see specially-customized playlists from the streaming service piped straight into select flights. Available on Southwest's WiFi-enabled routes, the Beats Music integration will see both pre-curated playlists offered for streaming, as well as tap into the Apple-owned system's ability to piece together a uniquely tailored playlist of tracks based on a few individual preferences of the listener themselves. Users won't have to cough up for internet access, however.

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Not just 1989: Taylor Swift pulls Spotify back catalog

Not just 1989: Taylor Swift pulls Spotify back catalog

Taylor Swift has yanked all of her music from streaming service Spotify, ditching the ad-supported music platform for reasons unknown. The decision has left Spotify without one of its most popular artists; according to an open letter to the singer posted by the company, Swift's music has been played by almost sixteen million users in the past thirty days, and is to be found on over nineteen million playlists. It's not the first time in the past week or so that Swift has shunned Spotify, however.

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Samsung’s futuristic Galaxy Note Edge on show in US November 7th

Samsung’s futuristic Galaxy Note Edge on show in US November 7th

Samsung's curved OLED variant of the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge, worried us a little with chatter of a "limited edition" device with minimal availability. Now, though AT&T has confirmed that curious US buyers will be able to snap up the wrapped-screen smartphone from November 7th, bringing the key specifications of the Note 4 but tweaking them by bending the AMOLED display around one side of the handset to use as an alert ticker or status display. However, as you might expect when you're dealing with new screen technologies, it doesn't come cheap.

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