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.

HTC grabs ex-Samsung Galaxy branding genius for One M8 push

HTC grabs ex-Samsung Galaxy branding genius for One M8 push

HTC has brought in Samsung's former US marketing chief to turbocharge its advertising, hoping to prevent a rerun of 2013 where its flagship HTC One Android phone was eclipsed by the Galaxy media blitz. Paul Golden "created and launched the highly successful Galaxy brand" during his four year stint at Samsung, his LinkedIn profile claims, but is now acting as a consultant for HTC having left the South Korean firm in January 2012.

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SlashGear 101: What is NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope?

SlashGear 101: What is NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope?

NASA's big news today is the first ever sighting of an Earth-sized planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone", but it's not the first time the Kepler Space Telescope has caught sight of a potentially intriguing distant rock. The space observatory has already cataloged almost 1,000 exoplanets spread across 76 different stellar systems, though Kepler-186f has the unique privilege of being the first "Earth cousin" spotted.

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NASA has found the first potentially habitable Earth-cousin

NASA has found the first potentially habitable Earth-cousin

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has made a planet-spotting breakthrough, catching sight of the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the so-called "habitable zone" where liquid water could be supported. Dubbed Kepler-186f, and around 500 light years away from our own Earth, the new planet is found in the constellation Cygnus; however, while it may be in the habitable zone in theory, it would be dimmer and probably cooler on the surface than Earth is.

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Glass “Try-On Kit” lets you test Glasshole style at home

Glass “Try-On Kit” lets you test Glasshole style at home

Google is inviting would-be Google Glass buyers to test the style of the wearable and its designer frames at home before slapping down $1,500+, with a new "Home Try-On Kit" being offered to select potential Explorers. The scheme, which was quietly revealed by one of the people invited to take advantage of it, also seemingly addresses questions about what Google was doing with the returned first-gen Glass Explorer Edition units it offered to swap out for newer hardware a few months back.

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iPhone 6 case and battery leak tips button and screen changes

iPhone 6 case and battery leak tips button and screen changes

A leaked set of what are said to be iPhone 6 cases suggest a number of significant design changes, including moved physical controls, while photos said to show a bigger battery lend weight to ongoing rumors of a larger display. The silicone case shots, shared by an unnamed third-party case manufacturer, indicate that Apple will shift the power button from the top edge of the iPhone 6 to the side, possibly for ergonomic reasons around people using the smartphone one-handed.

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Dropbox buys Loom and Hackpad for photo and docs management

Dropbox buys Loom and Hackpad for photo and docs management

Dropbox has snapped up photo sharing and management service Loom, planning to shut it down and lure its users over to the recently announced Dropbox Carousel app, as well as collaborative document system Hackpad. Loom promised to create a single, synchronized gallery of all a user's photos, regardless of which camera or smartphone they were taken on, with simple access from every device.

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Facebook Nearby Friends tentatively tracks friendslist

Facebook Nearby Friends tentatively tracks friendslist

Facebook has added a new feature to its mobile apps, Nearby Friends, allowing users of the social network to find those on their friendslist when they're nearby, though Facebook is clearly wary of a privacy backlash. The feature, which will be rolled out to the Android and iOS apps over the coming weeks, shows your GPS position and that of your friends on a map; however, Facebook is turning it off by default, and relying on users to opt-in instead.

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Has Flickr just copied Instagram?

Has Flickr just copied Instagram?

Flickr has launched a brand new version of its iPhone and Android apps, Flickr v3.0, complete with a redesigned interface that users have already begun comparing with Instagram. The new app adds automatic uploads to the cloud - Flickr bumped its free storage to 1TB for users a year ago - with a UI that looks, frankly familiar; however, what Instagram doesn't have is the same sort of organizational tools Flickr has built in.

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