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.

Apple claims 99% satisfaction in latest iPhone ads

Apple claims 99% satisfaction in latest iPhone ads

"If it's not an iPhone," Apple's latest advert for its smartphone points out, "it's not an iPhone." That might be a pretty obvious statement - infamous mimicry notwithstanding - but it comes with a bold statistic. According to Apple, 99-percent of people who own an iPhone, love that phone. It's part of a one-two punch against Android tackling not only brand-loyalty and device satisfaction, but - thanks to a second advert released at the same time - the value to be had when you make both your hardware and your software.

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3D printed robot built like a squid, hops like a rocket

3D printed robot built like a squid, hops like a rocket

A squishy, explosively-bouncing robot might herald the next age of 'bot design and could almost be a robo-squid, if only it had a beak. 3D printed robots aren't new, but this is the first time graduated layers of hardness have been used, allowing the explosion-powered blob created by engineers led by Nicholas Bartlett at Harvard University to not only adjust the direction it bounces off in, but to deform in a controlled way on landing that balances preserving the electronics while landing elegantly.

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OS X El Capitan public beta is out: Here’s what you get

OS X El Capitan public beta is out: Here’s what you get

Mac developers have already had a taste of OS X El Capitan, and today Apple is releasing the public beta. The brave and the curious can as of today install a pre-final version of El Capitan onto their Mac to get an early glimpse of what the updated platform brings, complete with things like split-view multitasking, supercharged search in a much-improved Spotlight, and big changes in Mail and other apps.

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Inside FIRST’s scheme to make Android the heart of STEM robotics

Inside FIRST’s scheme to make Android the heart of STEM robotics

For a platform called Android, it’s surprising that it’s taken this long to see it jump into robotics, but if FIRST and Qualcomm have their way a new generation of young people will make it the de-facto standard. FIRST - the organization set up by Dean Kamen of Segway fame “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” - announced back in March it would drop LEGO for Android for one of its robotics tournaments, and while those games don’t start until 2016, I stopped by this year’s FIRST Championship in St. Louis to get a preview of the system.

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Meerkat “cameo” lets viewers take over your stream

Meerkat “cameo” lets viewers take over your stream

Meerkat may be under pressure from Twitter's Periscope but it isn't slowing down, launching a new cameo feature that allows viewers to take a starring role. The updated app, released for iPhone today, also includes better integration with Facebook, along with a new Meerkat Library in which completed streams can be saved for later viewing. However, it's the collaborative cameo feature which is likely to get the most attention.

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Huge Force Touch iPhone 6s orders tipped plus 4th color

Huge Force Touch iPhone 6s orders tipped plus 4th color

Apple is ordering record-setting numbers of new iPhone handsets, insiders claim, pushing suppliers to their limits as the iPhone 6s nears. Production of what's expected to be the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is believed to have begun back in June, but new leaks indicate Apple has potentially placed orders for as many as 20m more of the handsets than of last year's new phones. Among those orders could be a fourth color option, it's said, as well as a Force Touch display.

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Nadella: Microsoft “committed” to making phones

Nadella: Microsoft “committed” to making phones

Satya Nadella insists Microsoft is still "committed" to making its own smartphones, the CEO arguing today's massive $7.6bn write-off is refocusing not abandonment. The company announced this morning it would cut 7,800 jobs, predominantly from its phone business, as well as write-off what it spent on acquiring Nokia. "I don’t take changes in plans like these lightly," Nadella wrote in an email to all employees, "given that they affect the lives of people who have made an impact at Microsoft."

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A network glitch grounded every United flight today

A network glitch grounded every United flight today

All United Airlines flights were grounded today, as a software glitch forced the company to put every trip on hold around the world. Described by the FAA as an "automation" issue, the problem was later referred to as one of "network connectivity" by United at approximately 9am ET, which said it was working on the fault. It's unclear at this stage how many travelers were affected by the grounded flights, which resumed at around 9:50am ET.

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Microsoft axes 7,800 jobs; Failed Nokia buy a $7.6bn write-off

Microsoft axes 7,800 jobs; Failed Nokia buy a $7.6bn write-off

Microsoft will slash 7,800 jobs, the majority from its struggling phone division, and write-off $7.6bn over its Nokia acquisition, the company has confirmed today. The sweeping cuts cast a shadow over the future of Windows for smartphones, or at least Microsoft's role in building them, with the CEO Satya Nadella saying that for the moment the company plans a "focused phone portfolio" at least in the near-term. Where that leaves the rumored flagship Windows 10 smartphone many fans of the platform had been hoping for remains to be seen.

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Facebook’s new Fort Worth data center gets Internet.org role

Facebook’s new Fort Worth data center gets Internet.org role

Facebook has announced plans for its latest data center, a huge facility in Fort Worth, Texas, that despite its size will be powered entirely by renewable energy. In addition to helping keep Facebook - and thus the photos of her holiday your aunt insists on sharing with you - online, the new location will also be integral in Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org pet project. Unusually for a company of its scale, however, Facebook will be opening up its designs for the Fort Worth facility to anyone who wants to build their own data center.

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Logitech rebrands with Logi and ex-Nokia design chief

Logitech rebrands with Logi and ex-Nokia design chief

Logitech has revealed a new brand, Logi, as it ditches the "tech" connection and plays up its design chops instead. The new Logitech - which will gradually begin to roll out the Logi name and logo as new, more aesthetically-minded products are released over the coming months - has ambitions beyond the keyboards, mice, and gaming peripherals that the firm is best known for today, including new product categories that overlap "in every aspect of your daily life."

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Ford takes 2017 Raptor for a frantic play in the sand

Ford takes 2017 Raptor for a frantic play in the sand

Ford raised eyebrows when it said its aluminum F-150 truck was spawning a 2017 Raptor, only for those brows to shoot off altogether at the news it would be a V6. Seems we needn't have worried, however; the company has taken the latest prototype sports trucks to play in the sand - a 1,028 mile desert trail intended to mimic Mexico's infamous Baja race course, in fact - and says the hooning is as good as you'd hope.

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