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.

Five things to know about Alienware’s Alpha console

Five things to know about Alienware’s Alpha console

Gaming PCs may be nothing new, but Alienware is hoping to do something different with its new Alpha console: deliver the flexibility of a PC but with the turn-key convenience of a traditional console. Rather than waiting for Valve to finish SteamOS, NVIDIA opted to create its own Alpha UI so that gamers could control the console from their couch. It's an intriguing strategy, especially as consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4 try to extend their own reach into multimedia and entertainment; read on for five Alpha highlights.

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Savioke SaviOne robot butler starts work at Starwood Hotels

Savioke SaviOne robot butler starts work at Starwood Hotels

A robotic butler is set to roam the corridors of the Aloft hotel in Cupertino, the first example of mysterious robo-startup Savioke's new plan to make service robotics mainstream. Dubbed A.L.O., the SaviOne "Butlr" is roughly three foot tall and topped with a touchscreen, and the Starwood chain hotel will trial how effective it is at delivering items like drinks and towels to guest rooms.

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Manchester United bans tablets over security risk

Manchester United bans tablets over security risk

Bad news if you were hoping to use your iPad Air to record the action at the next Manchester United game, with the UK soccer club banning tablets from its Old Trafford stadium. The ban - which applies to both larger slates and smaller models like the iPad mini - is part of a clamp down on "large electronic devices" which Manchester United says is actually about security rather than people looking ridiculous holding up their huge camera replacements.

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Sorry PS4: Xbox One grabs Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive

Sorry PS4: Xbox One grabs Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive

Bad news, PlayStation gamers: if you were hoping to play Rise of the Tomb Raider then you'll need to pick up an Xbox One, too, since it's confirmed today that the game will be exclusive to the console. Set to arrive in holiday 2015, the new installment in the long-running series will see Lara Croft return to the sort of tombs that she explored in the earliest games. However, PS4 owners are already angry.

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Alienware Alpha console hits preorder (without SteamOS)

Alienware Alpha console hits preorder (without SteamOS)

Alienware's Alpha console has gone up for preorder, no longer waiting for the delayed SteamOS and instead running Windows 8.1 with deep ties into the Steam game library thanks to a homegrown couch-friendly interface. Priced from $549, the Alpha runs a choice of Intel Haswell dual- and quadcore Core i chip, paired with a custom NVIDIA Maxwell GTX GPU with 2GB of its own memory, and up to 16GB of DDR3 system memory. That's all squeezed into a box that's compact enough to fit discretely under your TV.

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White Xbox One joins bundle trio: CoD: Advanced Warfare, FIFA 15, more

White Xbox One joins bundle trio: CoD: Advanced Warfare, FIFA 15, more

Microsoft has confirmed its white Xbox One console, which will come as part of a Sunset Overdrive bundle, as well as two other bundles for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and FIFA 15. The three sets were announced at Gamescon this week, and of the three it's probably the new color option which will have gamers most intrigued, being the first time the Xbox One has swayed from its black aesthetic.

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Jaguar takes reborn Lightweight E-Type to the track

Jaguar takes reborn Lightweight E-Type to the track

When Jaguar tells you it's doing something special with a classic E-Type, you pay attention, particularly when it's just six hand-crafted Lightweight E-Type. The car firm announced back in May that its engineers were finally building the "missing" six Special GT E-Type cars it put on hold fifty years ago, and now it has released the first video of one of those new-old cars in action. As you might expect, it cuts quite a line on the track.

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iPad Air 2 with anti-reflective screen in production tip sources

iPad Air 2 with anti-reflective screen in production tip sources

Apple's new iPads are already in production, according to the latest supply chain leaks, with a refreshed iPad Air said to use a new anti-reflection coating that should make it easier to read on. The 9.7-inch iPad could get its official reveal as soon as the end of Q3 2014 or sometime earlier in Q4, insiders told Bloomberg, as well as giving a little extra news on the new iPad mini, too.

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CoD: Advanced Warfare multiplayer detailed: Exos and Day Zero edition

CoD: Advanced Warfare multiplayer detailed: Exos and Day Zero edition

The path of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to your Xbox One, PS4, or PC hasn't been short on interest over the past few months, but today Activision detailed one of the most anticipated features: multiplayer gaming. Featured on a special Xbox stream with Microsoft's Major Nelson, the game mode's highlights all got their official reveal, including how players will pick their teams and gear, and how the new exo-suits will feature.

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