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.

Top Gun 2 to pit drones against Cruise’s Maverick

Top Gun 2 to pit drones against Cruise’s Maverick

When you green-light a sequel to a classic like Top Gun you need more than just topless sweaty men playing volleyball, so Tom Cruise is set to battle drones. Cruise will reprise his role as Maverick, movie producer David Ellison confirmed at a Terminator: Genisys press conference this week but, just as air warfare has evolved in the almost three decades since Top Gun was released, so the challenges of human pilots facing replacement by remotely-controlled or even autonomous craft will be explored in the new film.

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SpaceX explosion leaves NASA reliant on Russian resupply

SpaceX explosion leaves NASA reliant on Russian resupply

With SpaceX's CRS-7 rocket in pieces and future launches grounded until the cause of Sunday's explosion is identified, the ISS is again dependent on Russia for supplies. Although the astronauts currently on the International Space Station have food, water, and other essentials in their orbiting stock cupboard to last them through October 2015, NASA says, it's still vital that the ISS Progress 60 rocket makes it up in one piece when it lifts off this coming Friday.

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Microsoft’s new tablet casts ominous shadow over Surface Pro 4

Microsoft’s new tablet casts ominous shadow over Surface Pro 4

Microsoft has quietly slipped a new Surface Pro 3 configuration into its line-up, amid speculation that the Surface Pro 4 will never see the light of day. While you might expect the new model to lower the cost-of-entry to the Windows tablet with its detachable keyboard and pen input, in fact it slots neatly into the midst of the existing range, with a Core i7 processor like the flagship Surface Pro 3 versions, but with a compromise on storage.

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Hyundai missed its fuel-cell target massively, but it’s not giving up

Hyundai missed its fuel-cell target massively, but it’s not giving up

Electric and hybrid cars may be most peoples' first thought when it comes to green travel, but Hyundai isn't letting underwhelming sales sour it on fuel-cells. After a year of sales, the company has sold or leased a little more than a quarter of the hydrogen-powered Tucson EV it hoped to, with just 273 cars reaching drivers since production began in 2013. Although that's well short on its 1,000 target, Hyundai maintains that fuel-cells have more potential for the company than electric cars, though its logic may be a little skewed.

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SpaceX CRS-7 mission explodes en-route to ISS

SpaceX CRS-7 mission explodes en-route to ISS

SpaceX's latest resupply mission to the International Space Station ended in failure today, as the CRS-7 mission rocket exploded shortly after take-off. An investigation is underway, with SpaceX founder Elon Musk suggesting that an issue in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank led to over-pressure. Two minutes and thirty-nine seconds after the Falcon rocket and its Dragon capsule blasted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, observers were shocked to see it explode just before second-stage separation was due to take place.

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Mopar made this retro drag monster from Dodge’s Challenger

Mopar made this retro drag monster from Dodge’s Challenger

Dodge's Challenger is no stranger to performance, but Mopar is giving the coupe a distinctly retro drag-racer kick with the new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. A factory-prepped race car for those with a taste for going very fast in a straight line, the Mopar Drak Pak will offer not only a naturally-aspirated engine option but - a first for Mopar - a supercharged model, both markedly different, though no less crazy, from Dodge's own Challenger SRT Hellcat with its 707 HP V8.

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For Chevrolet, life-lessons from Apple, Disney and Tesla

For Chevrolet, life-lessons from Apple, Disney and Tesla

Chevrolet may want to be more than just “competitive” with its auto rivals, but when it comes to taking inspiration nothing is off the table, including Apple, Disney, and Tesla. Opening the company’s annual Powered By Innovation event - and under the aggressive “Find New Roads” tagline - Alan Batey, global Chevrolet brand chief and GM executive vice president and president of Chevrolet North America name-checked tech superbrand Apple as a guiding example for how a car company chasing further growth might push itself.

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Google’s self-driving pod cars now on California public roads

Google’s self-driving pod cars now on California public roads

Google has dispatched its fleet of autonomous cars onto the public roads of California, though the pod-like prototypes won't be racing human drivers. While the longer-running fleet of converted Toyota and Lexus cars have been keeping up with traffic in the 1m+ miles of test driving they've done already, Google has opted to cap the top-speed of its more home-designed cars at just 25mph, which the search giant's Google X research division says is intended to be "neighborhood-friendly".

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Taylor Swift’s 1989 will stream on Apple Music

Taylor Swift’s 1989 will stream on Apple Music

Taylor Swift's album 1989 will be available for streaming through Apple Music, the singer has confirmed, after Apple conceded on royalty payments. The artist got into a high-profile spat with the Cupertino firm over the weekend, taking issue with Apple's plans not to pay musicians any royalties for music played during the initial three month trial users had to get to grips with the service. The news means that, for the moment, Apple Music will be the only streaming service to have Swift's music.

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Samsung invests in FOVE eye-tracking VR headset

Samsung invests in FOVE eye-tracking VR headset

Samsung may have its own virtual reality tech, but that hasn't stopped it from investing in eye-tracking headset startup FOVE. The head-worn display has already raised almost twice its quarter-million Kickstarter goal of $250,000 with more than a week to spare, but in the meantime its combination of 3D graphics that respond not only where your head is pointing, but where in the scene your eyes are actually looking, has caught the attention of Samsung Ventures, the investment arm of the South Korean firm.

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