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.

Praise be: The LG G4 has Quick Charge 2.0 after all

Praise be: The LG G4 has Quick Charge 2.0 after all

LG has confirmed that the G4 smartphone does, in fact, support Qualcomm's rapid charging system for speedier top-ups, despite initially claiming the feature was absent. Quick Charge 2.0 is one of the more appreciated abilities of recent Snapdragon chipsets, capable of potentially taking a device from dead to more than halfway charged in under thirty minutes, so we were understandably confused when LG initially told us it would be missing from the flagship G4.

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This stunning blue Mars sunset makes Monday feel easier

This stunning blue Mars sunset makes Monday feel easier

Monday can be tough, but spare a thought for NASA's Curiosity rover, up on Mars witnessing spectacular blue sunsets but with no-one to watch them with. The first such sunset to be captured in color by the plucky robot rover, the four shots - you can see the animation after the cut - were snapped on April 15, 2015 from Mars' Gale Crater, as Curiosity marked its 956th Martian day on the red planet.

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The big Apple Watch surprise is how little you use it

The big Apple Watch surprise is how little you use it

For all the furore around the Apple Watch launch, not to mention the number of people still waiting for their pre-orders, it’s a surprise just how low-key the smartwatch itself is. Of course, there’s the excitement of opening the box, strapping it to your wrist, and setting it up with your favorite apps and notifications, but after that the wearable works best if you simply... wear it.

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Don’t expect Nintendo’s mobile games at E3 this year

Don’t expect Nintendo’s mobile games at E3 this year

Nintendo may expect to have its first mobile game on the market before the year is through, but don't plan on seeing any hint of it at E3 2015. While the company is targeting five titles by March 2017, according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata the annual gaming convention isn't the right place to discuss them. That, he said today in a Q&A session, is because E3 is about a very different type of play.

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LG G4 Review – The hero Android needs

LG G4 Review – The hero Android needs

Life’s not so good when you’re stuck in the shadow of a big rival with deep pockets, but if anything can drag LG into the sunlight, it’s the new G4. LG’s flagship Android smartphone for 2015, the G4 takes what we loved about the G3 before it - and made it into the Android-to-have among those in the know - and hits the boost button. Screen, camera, performance, all have been in line for an upgrade. Nonetheless, the rest of the mobile world hasn’t stood still either, so does the G4 have what it takes to push back against Samsung’s excellent Galaxy S6?

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Audi’s TT clubsport turbo is a 600HP monster

Audi’s TT clubsport turbo is a 600HP monster

Audi sure knows how to tease us, and a 600 HP version of the new Audi TT with an outlandishly entertaining rear wing and a clever electric biturbo fits the bill. The Audi TT clubsport turbo concept debuts an electrically powered compressor, fitted alongside the more conventional turbocharger, with the e-turbo taking charge of low-end boost without the traditional turbo-lag. That's enough for a 3.6 second 0-60 mph time, Audi claims.

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HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

The war over knowing exactly where we are is going to be expensive. Interest in Nokia's HERE division from big German car makers, Uber, and others is tipped to have driven the potential purchase price to $3bn or even higher, as old automotive faces off against new tech darlings. Turns out, the value of accurate maps is about more than just knowing which junction to take to get to the Ikea parking lot.

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Facebook’s “echo chamber” is your fault

Facebook’s “echo chamber” is your fault

Far from an echo chamber of reinforcing beliefs, your Facebook newsfeed is actually a hotbed of controversy: if it's not, Facebook argues, you've only yourself to blame. Much has been made of the ever-evolving algorithms that control which stories you see when you log into Facebook, including accusations that users are being fed a diet of shared articles that only ever support rather than challenge their pre-existing opinions. Instead, the social site's own research indicates, there's already a fair chance contrasting content is being served up, you just might be too overloaded to look at it.

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Mercury’s magnetic mystery deepens with suicide probe data

Mercury’s magnetic mystery deepens with suicide probe data

NASA's Messenger probe may have ended its four year mission by crashing into Mercury last week, but its rich data is still turning up new discoveries for scientists. Readings taken while Messenger buzzed the surface of Mercury - at times less than 10 miles up - have revealed an unexpectedly long legacy of magnetic fields, matched only by Earth's in the inner solar system, which raises new questions about how the planet formed.

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2016 Dodge Viper ACR is a street-racer legend reborn

2016 Dodge Viper ACR is a street-racer legend reborn

The regular Dodge Viper may be no tame snake, but that isn't stopping them from cooking up an even fiercer model, the Viper ACR. Taking the regular 645 HP model - with its 8.4-liter engine mustering a rampant 600 lb-ft of torque - the 2016 Dodge Viper American Club Racer turns it into the "ultimate street-legal race car" the company claims, with a carbon-fiber rich ACR Extreme Aero Package delivering almost of a ton of downforce, not to mention looking decidedly striking.

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