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.

EE TV promises DVR and on-demand harmony

EE TV promises DVR and on-demand harmony

Carrier EE is launching its own TV service, EE TV, promising to bring together free-to-air and on-demand content with smartphone and tablet viewing and control. The new set-top box, which will be offered free to EE's UK home broadband subscribers, claims to eschew the usual ugly and impenetrable user-interface of traditional cable boxes and instead borrow heavily from smartphones and tablets; meanwhile, those devices themselves can be used to navigate through the UI, with the EE TV app, and then "flick" content from mobile to TV.

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Nokia HERE Maps arrives on Galaxy smartphones

Nokia HERE Maps arrives on Galaxy smartphones

Nokia HERE's Maps app for Android has gone live for Samsung smartphone users, bringing a Google Maps alternative with full offline navigation support and more. The app, based on HERE's Windows Phone software, supports regular and satellite mapping, live traffic reports using data pulled from the 24/7 monitoring team at HERE Traffic, public transportation information for a number of cities, and of course navigation, with an in-car view for easier use while your Galaxy S5 is suction-cupped to your windshield.

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Volvo’s counting on these sensors to end fatal accidents by 2020

Volvo’s counting on these sensors to end fatal accidents by 2020

Volvo is aiming no fatal accidents for those in one of the safety-obsessed Swedish firm's cars by 2020, cooking up a complex 360-degree sensor and vision system that could also open the door to autonomous vehicles. The culmination of Volvo's four year Non-Hit Car and Truck project, the technology combines data from a wide range of sensors - including cameras, GPS, and others - into a single perspective of the car's environment, rather than treating each system as discrete as per most current vehicles, and even teaching vehicles how to plan an escape route.

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Chrome updates for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays

Chrome updates for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays

Google has updated Chrome for iOS to suit the higher-resolution display of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning no more enlarged fonts and outsized graphics. The new version of the browser comes a day after Google released a new version of Gmail to suit the Retina HD panels on the larger handsets, fitting more information on-screen at any one time. However, the new Chrome version isn't just about a resolution change, with new Drive integration also added.

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Car tech and Siri slammed for driver distraction

Car tech and Siri slammed for driver distraction

Capable but complex infotainment systems built into modern car dashboards are dangerously distracting, a driver safety study has concluded, while voice controlled systems like Apple's Siri have been equally criticized. Hands-free tech intended to maintain a driver's grip on the wheel can, ironically, cause greater cognitive distraction than actually picking up a phone, a study by the AAA and the University of Utah revealed, testing a number of basic tasks like making calls or changing radio station across cars from Toyota, Mercedes, and other marques.

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Forget Apple Pay: Plastc wants to make your wallet smarter

Forget Apple Pay: Plastc wants to make your wallet smarter

Does the world need another alternative payment method? Plastc believes so, promising the most security as well as the most convenience with its touchscreen-blessed credit and debit card replacement. Capable of switching between a traditional payment card, a loyalty or gift card, or even an access card to your office, Plastc has a magnetic strip that can be re-written on the fly so as to change its identity depending on where you're using it and what you want to use it for, all controlled with an app on your smartphone and an E Ink panel on the card itself.

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Aping Mercedes may bring a Tesla within your reach

Aping Mercedes may bring a Tesla within your reach

Tesla is ramping up to offer its own certified pre-owned program, preparing for a predicted influx of used Model S sedans the aftermarket value of which CEO Elon Musk personally vouched for. As the early Model S off the production lines reach three years old, and owners begin to trade them in under its buyback guarantee, Tesla will look to not only keep them buying within the brand, but lower the sticker price to would-be drivers hoping to get one of the all-electric sedans in their garage.

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Facebook’s $19bn WhatsApp grab just cost it $22bn

Facebook’s $19bn WhatsApp grab just cost it $22bn

The ink is finally dry on Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp, and what a difference six months make, with the messaging app costing Mark Zuckerberg & Co. $3bn more than expected when first announced. Facebook had planned on splashing $19bn - made up of a combination of shares, restricted stock units, and cash - on its grab for the popular IM platform, but a surge in the social site's own value in the intervening period meant the cost was actually much higher than planned.

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Gmail updates for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays

Gmail updates for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays

Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference, like apps that take proper advantage of the extra screen real-estate of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, so consider it welcome news that Gmail has updated for iOS 8. The new app - with the tongue-in-cheek version number of 3.1415926 - answers the big, lingering complaint Gmail users had since the new Apple smartphones were launched, namely that the scaling was still intended for a 4-inch panel. Now, though, you get far more on your screen than you did before.

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Twin Peaks returns: Showtime revives cult classic in 2016

Twin Peaks returns: Showtime revives cult classic in 2016

Twin Peaks is returning, with the cult TV show being reborn for 2016 as co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost ink a deal with Showtime. Nine new episodes of the surreal show will be produced, it's reported, airing 25 years after the original was cut by ABC after just two seasons. However, with casting yet to be announced, it's unclear whether Kyle MacLachlan will reclaim his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper, investigating murder in the oftentimes-bizarre (and thankfully fictional) town of Twin Peaks, Washington.

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