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.

Ford gives pedestrian-spotting bumpers access to the brakes

Ford gives pedestrian-spotting bumpers access to the brakes

Ford is rolling out a new set of smart driving aids that the car company claims could potentially eliminate frontal collisions involving pedestrians, using a combination of radar and lasers to spot people walking out into the road unexpectedly. Contrary to what Ford's graphic might suggest, the system doesn't involve the new 2015 Mondeo (aka the Ford Fusion) firing laser beams from its grille and cutting pedestrians into sufficiently small pieces so that they fit under the car rather than colliding with its hood. Instead, the invisible beams can call in favors from the braking system.

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Nexus 9 hands-on – Google’s tablet grows up

Nexus 9 hands-on – Google’s tablet grows up

A new HTC tablet has been a long time coming, and so the Nexus 9 takes no chances, HTC partnering up with Google to make not only the Android retort to the iPad Air 2 but a showcase for what Lollipop can do when given more than a smartphone screen. Replacing the Nexus 7 with a larger, more premium - and more expensive - version, not to mention retiring the Nexus 10 in the process, the Nexus 9 is also the first true 64-bit tablet running Android. I caught up with HTC for some early playtime ahead of its November release.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 hits preorder at the Moto 360’s price

Sony SmartWatch 3 hits preorder at the Moto 360’s price

Sony's SmartWatch 3 may not be the first Android Wear device to hit shelves, but its combination of waterproofing and discrete styling - not to mention new the new release of Android Wear 2.0 - could still find the wearable some fans. Appearing today for pre-order through Verizon Wireless, the SmartWatch 3 is priced at a not-inconsiderable $249.99: that, if you've forgotten, is the same as Motorola is asking for the Moto 360, which is certainly more distinctive with its circular touchscreen face.

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This fingerprint VAMPIRE could make CSI real

This fingerprint VAMPIRE could make CSI real

Police could one day be taking a vampire on patrol, with a new portable forensics lab promising CSI-style analysis of fingerprints on the scene. The gadget, dubbed VAMPIRE by makers Booz Allen, the handheld can not only scan fingerprint images directly from the surface they've been left on - rather than requiring a trained technician to lift them first - but digitize them and compare them to a watch list of potential suspects, all without leaving the location of the crime.

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Mark Zuckerberg is charming China in Mandarin

Mark Zuckerberg is charming China in Mandarin

As language challenges go, learning Chinese has to be one of the toughest, never mind doing what Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg has achieved and picked up enough Mandarin to handle a Q&A session in Beijing entirely in the native tongue. Zuckerberg surprised students at Tsinghua University by breaking into Chinese from the outset of the question session; Facebook is on a charm offensive in China, where the social site is officially blocked, though expansion wasn't the only strong motivation to expand his linguistic abilities, however.

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Apple-1 sets $950k auction record for Jobs’ & Woz’s handiwork

Apple-1 sets $950k auction record for Jobs’ & Woz’s handiwork

An original Apple-1 computer has sold for a record price at auction, with the classic tech making $905,000 after being snapped up by a museum. The computer, which was one of just fifty made by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs back in 1976 as they set up Apple in Jobs' garage, was expected to sell for around half the final hammer price, but the Henry Ford Museum finally won a bidding battle with another, unnamed buyer at Bonhams auction house in New York City.

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iPad Air 2 teardown confirms Apple did not defy laws of physics

iPad Air 2 teardown confirms Apple did not defy laws of physics

Wondering what mysteries are inside the iPad Air 2? Apple didn't leave itself much room for surprises in its new flagship tablet, with the 6.1 mm slate not only the company's thinnest, but also its most powerful. As we found in our review of the iPad Air 2, components like the 1.49GHz tri-core Apple A8X processor and the newly fully-laminated display certainly keep iOS 8.1 moving along swiftly, but the team over at iFixit are more intrigued about how they all fit together physically.

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This BMW i3 Coupe lookalike could school EV makers

This BMW i3 Coupe lookalike could school EV makers

Electric cars may already be out on the roads around us, but that doesn't mean the segment isn't ripe for some innovation, and while Tesla might be doing its level best to push speed and luxury at the top end of the market, so one German team believes it has something similarly ground-breaking at the entry-level. Visio.M is the handiwork of researchers at TUM in Germany, tasked with cooking up an electric-powered city car that not only looks and drives well, but which cuts some of the legacy ties with old-fashioned production techniques, inefficient materials, and needless expense. The result is a somewhat 80s-esque coupe with a range just shy of 100 miles.

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Twitter wants your digits to log you in on every app

Twitter wants your digits to log you in on every app

Twitter is hoping to embed itself as the authenticating heart of every app and service, with a new way to use phone numbers rather than usernames or email addresses a key part of its new Fabric mobile platform for developers. Dubbed Digits, the system allows developers to inject Twitter into their apps and use it as an invisible sign-up system, tied to their cellphone number. However, Twitter Fabric faces an uphill battle trying to win mobile developers onto its side, after the short-message social platform so comprehensively yanked the rug out from under third-party Twitter apps.

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Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google is pushing out a new version of Google Earth for Android that will boost the 3D navigation of the geographic app, as well as see updates to mapping data be pushed out to users more rapidly and thus cut down misdirections. The refresh sees Google change the 3D rendering engine for Google Earth on Android phones and tablets for the first time in over a decade, the company's mapping team points out, which should add up to smoother zooming, faster rendering, and less glitchy transitions.

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