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.

Gogoro prices up its Smartscooter for July riders

Gogoro prices up its Smartscooter for July riders

Gogoro has announced pricing and availability for its Smartscooter, the electric-powered two-wheeler which will launch first in Taipei. Designed to use interchangeable battery packs which Gogoro will offer from a network of "GoStation" recharging points around the city, the Smartscooter will go up for preorder from June 27th in Taipei City and New Taipei City, and then is expected to begin shipping roughly a month later, on July 25th.

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HTC tempts owner fury with ads in BlinkFeed

HTC tempts owner fury with ads in BlinkFeed

HTC will be injecting adverts into its BlinkFeed Android news reader, part of a pilot program to see if it can squeeze a little extra revenue from users. BlinkFeed, launched on the original HTC One M7, occupies a dedicated homescreen pane and delivers a combination of news headlines and social media updates, but now a select few HTC owners will begin to see promotional content in there too.

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Monster says “bully” Apple used MFi as weapon

Monster says “bully” Apple used MFi as weapon

Monster has accused Apple of bullying, after the Cupertino firm rescinded the headphone manufacturer's license to make iPhone accessories. Apple inherited a lawsuit with Monster after buying Beats Electronics, which had been accused by Monster of shady dealing to cut CEO Noel Lee out of a share of the proceeds of that acquisition. With the lawsuit headed to courts, Monster now says Apple is playing hardball by cutting it out of the MFi program.

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AMD Project Quantum packs VR potency into tiny PC

AMD Project Quantum packs VR potency into tiny PC

AMD seems to have taken the old mantra that good things come in small packages to heart, revealing its ridiculously potent gaming PC, Project Quantum, at E3. Based around not one but two R9 Fury X GPUs, along with 8GB of High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM), it has a tiny footprint but should be more than capable of driving 4K 60fps displays or powering your pick of the big-name virtual reality headsets headed to market soon.

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AMD R9 Fury X leads Radeon 300 into NVIDIA battle

AMD R9 Fury X leads Radeon 300 into NVIDIA battle

AMD has blasted a set of new video cards out among the E3 2015 gamers, topping out with the liquid-cooled R9 Fury X. Powered by 4,096 stream processing units in a dual-slot card, the R9 Fury X packs 4GB of High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM), boasting in excess of 3x the bandwidth per watt of GDDR5 memory. Altogether, it's capable of driving up to six displays, with 4K resolution and DirectX 12 support, and sits at the pinnacle of AMD's new Radeon 300 series.

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Shenmue 3 smashes Kickstarter goal in 9 hours

Shenmue 3 smashes Kickstarter goal in 9 hours

SEGA game Shenmue 3 has blasted through its Kickstarter goal, raising $2m in less than 9.5 hours, and looking set to find backers for considerably more. The third installment of the classic series, Sony and game creator Yu Suzuki announced they'd be looking to crowdfunding to pay for development at E3 2015 this week, but probably didn't expect to reach their multi-million target quite so quickly.

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Chris Evans is Top Gear’s “new” Jeremy Clarkson

Chris Evans is Top Gear’s “new” Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson's replacement for wildly-popular BBC show Top Gear will be Chris Evans, the broadcaster has announced. Evans, who currently presents a BBC Radio 2 breakfast show but who has a long track-record of UK television shows, will begin filming in the next few weeks, the BBC says. Clarkson left the show amid controversy earlier this year, fired after a "fracas" with a producer while recording an episode. Co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond initially played coy as to whether they would return, though later confirmed that they too would leave the show.

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Amazon Uber-for-Prime crowd delivery rumored

Amazon Uber-for-Prime crowd delivery rumored

Amazon is developing an "Uber for deliveries" known internally as On My Way, insiders say, hoping to bypass traditional methods with citizen couriers. The project would see Amazon build a footprint in physical stores, though only to temporarily gather order boxes so that a network of contract staff could pick them up and deliver them to customers. The goal, it's said, is to trim Amazon's growing costs related to getting orders to shoppers, as well as alleviating bottlenecks at high-demand periods such as Christmas.

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What you need to know about the FDA Trans Fat ban

What you need to know about the FDA Trans Fat ban

The FDA is clamping down on trans fat, telling food companies that they must cut one of the most unhealthy from what they sell within three years. The decision marks the culmination of a lengthy Food and Drug Administration investigation into partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which are currently the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods. The conclusion is damning: PHOs are considered not "generally recognized as safe" for use in human food, the FDA decided, and so they have to go.

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Audi sets track and economy records to make you love diesel

Audi sets track and economy records to make you love diesel

Audi may not have persuaded Americans that diesel isn't the Devil's fuel but you can't accuse it of not trying, setting both economy and performance records in Europe. When it comes to speed, it's the Audi RS5 TDI competition concept setting a record time for a diesel around the Sachsenring, its 435 HP engine powering the car to complete a 2.2 mile lap in 1 minute 35.35 seconds. That, Audi credits, is down to its unusual electric compressor.

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