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.

Facebook Slingshot takes on Snapchat with demanding sharing

Facebook Slingshot takes on Snapchat with demanding sharing

Facebook Slingshot, the social network's stab back at Snapchat, has launched: an ephemeral photo-sharing app which demands social interaction if users actually want to see each other's pictures or video. Like Snapchat, Slingshot doesn't save images but instead only makes them visible for a limited period of time; however, rather than just tapping to view received content, to "unlock" it users will need to share something back - or "sling" it, in Slingshot parlance - first.

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Snapchat “Our Story” makes shared scrapbooks for events

Snapchat “Our Story” makes shared scrapbooks for events

Snapchat may be best known for making sharing saucy photos with a friend quietly straightforward, but the app has ambitions to collaboratively document events based on who's there with Our Story. Building on My Story, the shared personal narratives built up of photos, text, and video that any Snapchatter can create, Our Story centers on an event not an individual - such as a concert or a sports game - with a shared media pool.

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Automatic 2.0 tracks fuel tank: Warns when you’re on fumes

Automatic 2.0 tracks fuel tank: Warns when you’re on fumes

Automatic has pushed out a new app for iOS, with Automatic 2.0 bringing not only a redesigned UI but fresh features like fuel level warnings that can even remind drivers of certain models with a push-notification if they need to top up the tank. The new app, which works with the Automatic dongle that plugs into a car's dashboard, also gives more user-control over when the speed alerts kick in, allowing risk-takers to silence the nagging.

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YouTube is about to delete big-name indie artist videos

YouTube is about to delete big-name indie artist videos

Indie artists as big as Adele and the Arctic Monkeys could be yanked from YouTube within a matter of days as the streaming video service demands they sign up with a new subscription music platform or find somewhere else to host their content. YouTube plans to begin limited testing of the streaming service, which is expected to support offline and ad-free playback, shortly, ahead of a broader roll-out later in 2014, but independent artists could disappear "in a matter of days." Continue Reading

Plantronics Voyager Edge Review

Plantronics Voyager Edge Review

Plantronics knows a thing or two about Bluetooth headsets, being one of the stalwarts of the industry, but the new Voyager Edge still has something unusual to it. Fitting in-between Plantronics’ Legend and Discovery lines of earpieces, the Voyager Edge claims to pair the performance of the former with the style of the latter, in a headset suitable for both home and office. There’s some strong competition from Jawbone’s Era, however; read on to find out which deserves a spot on your ear.

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Spire stress wearable watches you breathing, sleeping

Spire stress wearable watches you breathing, sleeping

Stress can be a killer, but actually spotting the symptoms when you're in the midst of a hectic day can be tough, which is where new wearable Spire comes in. Adding to the usual activity tracking by monitoring breathing patterns, Spire's app can then figure out your state of mind and fire out warnings and suggestions via the phone it's connected to over Bluetooth LE.

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Pencil iPad stylus adding pressure sensitivity with iOS 8

Pencil iPad stylus adding pressure sensitivity with iOS 8

iPad stylus Pencil will gain pressure support with the arrival of iOS 8 in the fall, with creators FiftyThree cooking up a new system for adjusting line thickness by how much of the rubbery tip is in contact with the display. Pencil, launched back in late 2013, took a natural approach to its hardware, with a wooden barrel, and instead focused on building the stylus' smarts into the companion apps.

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AT&T tipped to exclusively offer Amazon’s smartphone

AT&T tipped to exclusively offer Amazon’s smartphone

The Amazon smartphone will be an AT&T exclusive, it's reported, and is expected to begin shipping in September in time for the 2014 holiday season. The handset, so-far unnamed, is believed to be revealed on Wednesday this week by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in an event in Seattle, and use an innovative face tracking technology to deliver 3D graphics.

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