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.

Huawei Nexus leaks again: Snapdragon 810 and USB-C

Huawei Nexus leaks again: Snapdragon 810 and USB-C

Huawei's Nexus has seemingly leaked again, the second time in less than 24 hours, confirming some of the much-rumored smartphone's hardware specifications. The alleged in-the-wild shots from China's Weibo social network follow earlier images of the new Nexus in-hand. While the phone is covered in a plastic shell - either for protection or to give some degree of privacy from prying eyes - its bootscreen does confirm some of the headline hardware.

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These are Sony’s new Aerosense drones

These are Sony’s new Aerosense drones

Sony is showing off its new Aerosense drones, developed with Japanese autonomous robotics specialist ZMP to send cameras into the sky. The joint venture, established this month, will see Aerosense unmanned aerial vehicles do surveys, gather mapping data, and more, effectively squeezing into the gaps between traditional satellite photography and human-piloted survey planes.

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Qualcomm answers Apple M7 with Snapdragon 820’s co-chip

Qualcomm answers Apple M7 with Snapdragon 820’s co-chip

Qualcomm has detailed its coprocessor for the Snapdragon 820, a supercharged equivalent of Apple's M7 for low-power motion tracking, media playback, and photography. Dubbed the Hexagon 680 DSP, the new addition to the Snapdragon 820 is more than just Qualcomm's response to chips like the M7, which Apple uses to offset continuous data gathering from the main processor. Instead, it's being positioned as a helping-hand for the CPU that could have broad implications on performance and power.

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Cortana for Android beta now available to all in US

Cortana for Android beta now available to all in US

Cortana for Android has gone into public beta, bringing Microsoft's sass-talking personal assistant to smartphones running Google's OS. Promising a mixture of Google Now-style contextual learning with smart speech recognition, Cortana supports voice-controlled calendar control, web searches, and more, along with sifting through news articles and other pertinent data she believes each individual user might be interested in.

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$377k Ashley Madison hack bounty amid suspected suicide link

$377k Ashley Madison hack bounty amid suspected suicide link

The hackers behind the huge Ashley Madison leak now have a bounty on their heads, with the company behind the affairs dating site announcing a CA$500,000 reward for catching them. Avid Life Media announced the half-million fund - approximately $377k - this morning in Toronto, promising a big cash jackpot for anybody who can provide information that leads to a successful arrest and prosecution. The offer comes amid unconfirmed reports that two suicides have been linked to the embarrassing leak.

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Acer puts Windows 10 on its touchscreen iMac rivals

Acer puts Windows 10 on its touchscreen iMac rivals

Acer has revamped its skinny all-in-one PC, slotting Windows 10 and full-touch into the Aspire Z3-710. The 23.8-inch desktop has a Full HD display with 10-finger multitouch, while inside are Intel's processors with up to a Core i5-4590T supported. Meanwhile, Acer offers up to 2TB of storage, though there's no SSD option at this stage.

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Android Pay launch this week tips McDonald’s leak

Android Pay launch this week tips McDonald’s leak

Android Pay looks set to launch this week, with leaks from fast food retailer McDonald's tipping August 26 for the public switch-on of Google's mobile payments platform. Announced at Google I/O earlier this year, Android Pay uses NFC for cardless transactions just like Apple Pay, though the search giant wouldn't be drawn at the time on when it would begin showing up in the wild. Now, thanks to some whispers from McDonald's staff, it looks like we know the details.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review

Big, clever, and finally beautiful: the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has come of age. Heir to the phablet empire Samsung itself created, the Note 5 takes the esteemed features of its predecessor and clads them in a premium package worthy of the equally high-end price tag. There'll be tears on the S Pen, mind, as in doing so Samsung has jettisoned some of the key advantages that owners of prior Notes were most vocal about. Question is, has the mainstreaming of the Galaxy Note 5 come at too great a cost?

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Apple will repair your blurry iPhone 6 Plus camera

Apple will repair your blurry iPhone 6 Plus camera

If your iPhone 6 Plus photos have always looked a little less crisp than you expected, it might not be your eyes. Apple has confirmed that a small batch of its phablet-sized smartphone have a defective component, which has led to blurry shots with the iSight camera. The good news is that, since Apple is taking the blame, it's also paying for the affected cameras to be swapped out for working replacements.

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Vast IceCube telescope confirms ghostly Cosmic Neutrinos

Vast IceCube telescope confirms ghostly Cosmic Neutrinos

Ghostly cosmic neutrinos, the spawn of black holes and massive exploding stars, have been identified by astronomers, an "unequivocal signal" of the particles that could revolutionize star-gazing. Handiwork of the IceCube Collaboration, a group of scientists from all over the world sifting through data generated at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the research finally pins down the tricky-to-spot cosmic neutrinos by virtue of their collisions with other particles.

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Samsung’s Ultimate Test Drive is already out of phones

Samsung’s Ultimate Test Drive is already out of phones

Samsung has run out of review phones with which to tempt iPhone owners to jump ship, with the 30-day test program draining its stock in a matter of hours. The promotion, dubbed the Ultimate Test Drive, was announced earlier today, offering a month's use of a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge in return for $1 and the promise to treat the handset with care. Turns out, there were plenty of iPhone owners keen to see what life on the other side of the fence is like.

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