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.

Jawbone buys Playground.fm: Are wearable-curated playlists next?

Jawbone buys Playground.fm: Are wearable-curated playlists next?

Fitness wearable and Bluetooth speaker and headset firm Jawbone quietly bought up Playground.fm last year, a personalized internet radio app that uses social networking and Spotify activity to craft a custom station. Playground.fm uses Facebook Likes of existing music to figure out the listener's tastes, potentially opening the door to a Jawbone-branded music service, or even shaping playlists by physical activity.

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iPhone 6 4.7″ and 5.5″ display May production tipped

iPhone 6 4.7″ and 5.5″ display May production tipped

Two sizes of display for Apple's iPhone 6 are tipped to go into mass production from May, insiders in the company's supply chain claim, with first a 4.7-inch and then a 5.5-inch touchscreen on the cards for the next-gen handset. Chatter of an increase in screen size from the 4-inch panel used on the iPhone 5s has circulated some time, with Apple said to be weighing the competitive benefits of challenging larger Android devices against its preference for smaller phones that can be more readily used single-handed.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1, 8.0 and 7.0 flesh out midrange

Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1, 8.0 and 7.0 flesh out midrange

Samsung has revealed its new Galaxy Tab4 range of Android tablets, spanning three screen sizes and due to hit stores in Q2 2014. The Galaxy Tab4 10.1, 8.0, and 7.0 each use a WXGA 1280 x 800 16:10 display and support Samsung's Multi Window system for split-screen multitasking, though Samsung would probably still nudge those looking to do serious work in the direction of its Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

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HTC One M8 boosts to beat benchmarks HTC concedes

HTC One M8 boosts to beat benchmarks HTC concedes

HTC has conceded that it "games" benchmarking tests with the new HTC One M8, though the company argues that the maximum performance squeezed out of the 2014 flagship during profiling should be seen as an advantage, not a cheat. Tests of the One M8 on different versions of popular Android benchmarking tools suggested that HTC was specifically targeting the apps and putting the handset into an extreme mode that wasn't necessarily comparable to what regular apps might run in.

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BMW i8 will force fake engine noise and howl at pedestrians

BMW i8 will force fake engine noise and howl at pedestrians

BMW's i8 supercar may run on electricity but that doesn't mean the Germany marque has forgotten about aural performance: both inside and out. A new video showing how the i8 performs in Sport Mode - which you can see after the cut - shows that not only is the speed there, with the BMW doing 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, but it makes a pretty distinctive noise while it does it, despite only having a very small gasoline engine.

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iPhone 6 reportedly leaks with curvy case

iPhone 6 reportedly leaks with curvy case

The iPhone 6 has reportedly been sighted months ahead of launch, with a purported insider at manufacturing partner Foxconn sharing shots of what's said to be a testing station for the new iOS smartphone. The leak, if legitimate, shows both a handset in a testing rig and 3D graphics of the supposed design, as well as what could be new sensors build into the body.

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Reversing cameras for all cars from mid-2018 NHTSA decides

Reversing cameras for all cars from mid-2018 NHTSA decides

Reversing cameras will be a standard-fit feature on cars in the US from mid-2018, with the NHTSA deciding that the potential safety benefits from an eye in the bumper warrants the demand. Cameras piping a live feed from the back of the car to the dashboard are common on luxury models and SUVs, but new rear visibility requirement will mean that all models built from May 1st, 2018, will have to sport them, no matter how small or how cheap.

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