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.

Big surprise: Facebook will eventually push ads with “Nearby Friends”

Big surprise: Facebook will eventually push ads with “Nearby Friends”

Facebook plans to eventually use its new "Nearby Friends" feature to power new location-based adverts and marketing, the social network has conceded, potentially souring what was generally seen as a privacy-mindful launch of the functionality. Nearby Friends began rolling out last week as a new addition to Facebook's mobile apps, optionally showing those on your friendslist your location, and making it easier to organize impromptu meet-ups. However, Facebook has more in mind than promoting socializing.

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The Apple Campus 2 video that clinched the Cupertino spaceship

The Apple Campus 2 video that clinched the Cupertino spaceship

A clearer version of the video showing Apple Campus 2 - aka the Apple spaceship - has been shared, complete with architect Norman Foster reminiscing on Steve Jobs' first telephone call in which he asked for help designing the huge, circular complex. "One of the most memorable things - and perhaps vital to the project," Foster says, "was Steve saying "don't think of me as your client, think of me as one of your team.""

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GM Super Cruise self-driving car tech gets virtual playpen

GM Super Cruise self-driving car tech gets virtual playpen

GM is ramping up its self-driving car tests, using a new high-speed 360-degree simulator to test its upcoming Cadillac Super Cruise tech without having to fully build the vehicles first. Cadillac expects the first Super Cruise equipped models - which will take on some of the responsibility when on highways and in traffic - to appear in showrooms within the next 5-6 years, and has in fact already begun real-road testing of some prototypes.

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Apple marks Earth Day 2014 with Tim Cook “Better” eco-video

Apple marks Earth Day 2014 with Tim Cook “Better” eco-video

Apple has relaunched its Environmental Responsibility hub on Earth Day 2014, renewing attention on its materials selection, the impact of climate change, and how it is sourcing energy for new projects like the Yerington, Nevada data center from solar farms. The company also has a new video, filmed at different Apple locations around the world and narrated by CEO Tim Cook, in which the chief exec discusses the "big responsibility to leave a smaller footprint."

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Nokia HERE Traffic: Inside the team tracking America’s roads

Nokia HERE Traffic: Inside the team tracking America’s roads

The fastest route isn't necessarily the shortest, and that's something Nokia's HERE Traffic group has discovered when it comes to tracking congestion across the US road network. Every day the team uses a combination of official reports, highway cameras, and social networks like Twitter to keep services like Nokia HERE Traffic, Bing Maps, and Yahoo! Maps up to date with the latest incidents and slow-downs. Join us on a photo-tour behind the scenes to find out how.

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Domino’s Pizza adds Google Wallet to Android app

Domino’s Pizza adds Google Wallet to Android app

Domino's Pizza has added Google Wallet support to its Android app, allowing hungry users to get an Ultimate Pepperoni Feast headed their way even quicker than before. The updated app now supports Google's mobile payments service - which many Android users will have set up already, to use the Play store - rather than requiring credit card details be entered each time an order is place.

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Nike denies Fuelband death but wearable whispers continue

Nike denies Fuelband death but wearable whispers continue

Nike has denied reports that it will kill off the FuelBand, insisting that the fitness-tracking wearable was "an important part" of the company's business overall, though rumors persist that Nike's strategy has changed to one of seeking partnerships instead of making its own hardware. Late last week it was suggested that Nike had effectively dissolved the Nike+ division responsible for the Fuelband SE, while today chatter of a hunt for an external hardware partner - for which Nike would make software and services - has reignited rumors of Apple involvement.

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