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.

Hot Wheels made this Darth Vader car, and we don’t know what to think

Hot Wheels made this Darth Vader car, and we don’t know what to think

Hot Wheels and Star Wars may not be the most obvious crossover, but Mattel isn't letting that stop it, producing a full-sized, working reproduction of its new Darth Vader car especially for San Diego Comic-Con. The outlandish vehicle - built, for the road-going version at least, on the guts of a Corvette C5 - not only bears the Sith Lord's gaping maw, but actually makes his distinctive breathing sounds, too.

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12-inch MacBook Air said postponed as Retina MBA hits production

12-inch MacBook Air said postponed as Retina MBA hits production

Apple's new MacBook Air with Retina display is headed to production with an expected release in October, reports out of Taiwan suggest, though the rumored 12-inch refresh may well have been pushed back. Chatter of a higher-resolution MacBook Air has circulated for some time, bringing the ultraportable's screen in-line with the sort of pixel-dense panels Apple uses in the MacBook Pro, but a revamp earlier this year failed to deliver it.

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Microsoft’s 3D Windows Phone flagship? It’s apparently dead

Microsoft’s 3D Windows Phone flagship? It’s apparently dead

Microsoft has reportedly killed its upcoming flagship Windows Phone, a motion-tracking smartphone codenamed McLaren, with attempts to motivate developers to use its 3D Touch control system supposedly falling flat. McLaren is believed to have piped Kinect-style gesture recognition into a smartphone form-factor, but according to insiders a range of issues - including cost and struggles to find a killer use-case - scuppered the project.

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Framed 2.0 puts motion-controlled digital art on your wall

Framed 2.0 puts motion-controlled digital art on your wall

Judging by the "home of the future" documentaries, nobody goes to museums on their hoverboards in the 21st century, but instead has dynamically changing artwork beamed to virtual picture frames in their homes. We may not have the hoverboards yet, but Framed 2.0 is aiming to deliver the art at least, with a new crowdfunding project to put a smartphone and gesture-controlled display showing everything from the classics through to tumblr GIFs, Flash animation, and more.

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Apple’s 8th iTunes Festival detailed: 30 days of free music

Apple’s 8th iTunes Festival detailed: 30 days of free music

Apple has announced its eighth iTunes Festival, its month-long music festival that will see artists like Pharrell Williams, Blondie, and Calvin Harris perform at London's Roundhouse venue come September. The concerts - which will see more than sixty acts take to the stage through the course of the month - will be attended by ticket winners, though Apple will also be streaming them for those who can't make it in person.

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This is the 2015 Smart car: Is it ridiculous?

This is the 2015 Smart car: Is it ridiculous?

Smart is back with a new version of its ForTwo city car, promising more internal space and distinctive design while still preserving the tiny footprint, and it's resurrecting the ForFour in the process. Sticking to the parking-friendly 2.69m (8.83 feet) length, the new ForTwo keeps its rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout with a trio of new three-cylinder engines, an electric version, convertible option, and plenty of safety technology and other components borrowed from Mercedes' C-Class.

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“One small step for man”: Moon landing’s 45th anniversary

“One small step for man”: Moon landing’s 45th anniversary

Forty-five years ago today, three American astronauts - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins - made history with the Apollo 11 mission, putting human feet on the moon for the first time. Today's anniversary of the moon landing sees NASA relive the 1969 manned lunar mission with an online rebroadcast, while it also looks ahead to new ventures for exploration.

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Lexus said building a 600HP monster coupe to revamp reputation

Lexus said building a 600HP monster coupe to revamp reputation

Lexus may not be the first car brand that comes to mind when you think of outrageously extreme performance vehicles, but that may change if rumors of a twin-turbo production version of the striking LF-LC concept toting 600HP+ pan out. Likely to launch as the Lexus SC F, the hottest of the SC coupe range will supposedly have a meatier version of the 5.0 V8 set to power the top-spec Lexus RC F.

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