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.

Hello Barbie, hello another kid security nightmare

Hello Barbie, hello another kid security nightmare

Connected kids toys continue to face growing pains, with Mattel's Hello Barbie the latest to show worrying flaws that could leave children exposed to hacks. The talking, WiFi-connected doll was announced earlier this year, as Mattel attempted to bring its iconic dress-up toy into the 21st century by allowing her to react to and learn from the child playing with her.

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GoPro HERO4 Session price cut to $200 for action on a budget

GoPro HERO4 Session price cut to $200 for action on a budget

GoPro has again slashed the price of its most affordable action camera, cutting the GoPro HERO4 Session to under $200. Now just half of the price it launched at back in July, the cube-shaped video camera still records up to 1080p60 video or 8-megapixel stills, with a streamlined control system that aims to make filming stunts, parachute jumps, and other madcap adventures more straightforward.

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Google wants to be the AI eyes in drones, robots, and apps

Google wants to be the AI eyes in drones, robots, and apps

Google is throwing open the computer vision system that powers Google Photos to third-party developers, helping them to filter out obscene images, spot faces and landmarks, and more. The new Cloud Vision API is what allows Google Photos to sift through all your pictures and collect all those with dogs in the frame, with well-known landmarks, or even particular facial emotions.

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Gene-editing must wait until safety and ethics catch up

Gene-editing must wait until safety and ethics catch up

Gene-editing on human reproductive cells on a large scale may be possible, but the ethical and safety issues still outweigh the urgency to put it into practice. That's the decision of members of the Organizing Committee for the International Summit on Human Gene Editing who, after three days debating the potential for genetically tinkering with embryo, sperm, or egg cells from human donors, concluded it would be "irresponsible" to go ahead now.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 might ape Lumia to handle heat

Samsung Galaxy S7 might ape Lumia to handle heat

Samsung may hope its upcoming Galaxy S7 smartphone makes a hot splash in the market, but preventing the phone itself from overheating is also high on the agenda. The Galaxy S7 release date isn't expected to be until early 2016, but according to reports out of Korea work is underway to install a still fairly unusual technology that would keep the flagship cool.

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This cop cam lets you watch in real-time

This cop cam lets you watch in real-time

Social media like Twitter has meant emergencies and security incidents now play out in real-time, but there's nothing like a first-person view for the full story. Wearable cameras are becoming more common on the uniforms of police and other first-responders, but Liquid Image's Ego LS 800 promises something new: the ability to remotely connect and see exactly what the cop sees.

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