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 buys Oculus for Rift VR social

Facebook buys Oculus for Rift VR social

Facebook has bought Oculus, spending $2bn on the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, in what the social network says will be a push to grow 3D vision in gaming, communications, and "new social experiences." The deal, which will be made up of around $400m in cash and the remainder in Facebook stock, is expected to close before the end of June 2014, and will help Facebook in not playing catch-up to future platforms as, founder Mark Zuckerberg concedes, it did with mobile.

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NVIDIA Iray VCA tells designers to ditch prototyping

NVIDIA Iray VCA tells designers to ditch prototyping

NVIDIA's Titan Z isn't the only massively-powerful graphics system the company has for GTC 2014: there's also the $50,000 Iray VCA, aimed straight at designers aiming to bypass physical prototypes. The stackable, scalable box promises to replace a workstation cluster, containing eight of NVIDIA's fastest GPUs for a total of 23,040 CUDA cores.

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Audi self-driving car brings NVIDIA Tegra K1 front and center

Audi self-driving car brings NVIDIA Tegra K1 front and center

NVIDIA has brought the power of CUDA to mobile, further detailing how the NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC will be brought to Audi to prove its name as the future of mobile processing - inside and outside of cars. In the NVIDIA Tegra K1 you've got processing power enough to roll with self-driving cars like the one Audi has driven out this week in addition to the versatility needed to land in tablets and other odd smart devices down the line. Just like the NVIDIA Tegra 4, K1 is ready for action far above the system-on-chip architecture of the past.

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Unreal Engine 4 demoed with NVIDIA GeForce Titan Z to dazzle

Unreal Engine 4 demoed with NVIDIA GeForce Titan Z to dazzle

This week it was announced that NVIDIA will be working closely with Unreal Engine 4 to make full use of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z. This next-generation graphics processing card takes what was with the GeForce GTX Titan and the Titan Black, and ramps the whole works up once again. This GPU was introduced at NVIDIA’s annual GPU Technology Conference and Unreal Engine 4 will be manning the demoes, so to speak.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z official for real-time magic

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z official for real-time magic

NVIDIA has revealed its latest video card, the GeForce GTX Titan Z, its new flagship with two Kepler GPUs for a total of 5,760 processing cores. Succeeding the Titan Black, the new Titan Z uses a pair of NVIDIA's GK110, tuned to run at identical clock-speeds so that neither slows the other down. The result is an incredible amount of performance for real-time simulation and computer graphics.

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NVIDIA talks smarter supercomputers for better AI

NVIDIA talks smarter supercomputers for better AI

NVIDIA has discussed its plans to push supercomputer technology and enable much more intelligent artificial intelligence (AI), demonstrating its CUDA for Machine Leaning system. Discussing image detection, gesture and speech recognition, recommendation engines, and more, NVIDIA set out its stall for why its GPUs are the natural platform for AI.

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NVIDIA Pascal next-gen GPU platform revealed

NVIDIA Pascal next-gen GPU platform revealed

NVIDIA has announced Pascal, its next-gen GPU platform for gaming PCs, cloud computing, supercomputing, and machine learning. Featuring new technologies NVLink and 3D Memory, Pascal introduces new strategies to increase performance in NVIDIA's next-gen graphics chips. The new reference board is just 1/3 size of PCI express.

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HTC One M8 Review (2014)

HTC One M8 Review (2014)

The new HTC One (M8) needs to succeed, and HTC is taking no chances. As well as an even sleeker design, innovative Duo camera, and clever software enhancements, HTC is drastically cutting the waiting time, putting the new One up for sale from today across all four major US carriers as well as in select international markets. It's clear HTC has learned from its mistakes with the original One, but does the new One M8 deliver enough to give the company the edge this time around? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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SlashGear 101: What is HTC Duo Camera?

SlashGear 101: What is HTC Duo Camera?

Are two cameras better than one? HTC certainly thinks so, introducing Duo Camera on the new HTC One M8, its latest take on improving mobile photography without necessarily boosting the number of megapixels involved. It's complicated stuff but the results are straightforward: read on to get up to speed!

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