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.

Google Glass emotion detection makes wearable empath

Google Glass emotion detection makes wearable empath

The idea of Glass doing face-recognition may not sit well with Google, but how about if the wearable could just give you a little more insight into how the person you're talking to is feeling? Fraunhofer IIS has loaded its SHORE emotion, age, and gender detection system straight onto Google's headset, giving real-time feedback on those around you.

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Here come the iPhone 6 display delay rumors

Here come the iPhone 6 display delay rumors

We're in the final countdown to the iPhone 6, which as with any big Apple launch means it's time for the doomsday predictions of limited supply and production problems. As with previous Retina display devices - like the second generation iPad mini - it's the iPhone 6's screen technology said to be causing headaches this time around, with ominous chatter of production lines sitting idle as last-minute design glitches were worked out.

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Sorry, monkey photographers, you can’t hold copyright

Sorry, monkey photographers, you can’t hold copyright

The controversy over the monkey selfie has forced the US Copyright Office to step in, clarifying that no photo taken by an animal - even a cute one like this Indonesian black macaque - can be registered. The smiling simian had borrowed photographer David Slater's camera back in 2011 for an impromptu shoot, images from which ended up on Wikimedia Commons, which the British traveler contested on copyright grounds.

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Google’s self-driving cars still need controls says DMV

Google’s self-driving cars still need controls says DMV

Google's self-driving car prototypes may have been designed with the most basic of controls, but California is throwing a wrench in the works by demanding the 100 pod cars have some way for users to take over from the robot brain. While Google had intended to give the road-going prototypes nothing but a start button and a stop button, the California DMV has given the search giant an ultimatum on safety.

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LG L Fino and L Bello distill G3 for mass-market

LG L Fino and L Bello distill G3 for mass-market

IFA doesn't kick off until early September, but LG can't keep its secrets to itself, and so we've had an early look at the new L Fino and L Bello entry- and mid-level smartphones. Borrowing design elements from handsets like the LG G3, such as the rear button cluster, but skipping things like 4G and the clever laser autofocus system, the two new phones begin shipping this month.

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Those TSA scanners were literally only good for seeing you naked

Those TSA scanners were literally only good for seeing you naked

The full-body X-ray scanners only retired last year amid long-standing concerns that they intruded on privacy by showing travelers naked were also riddled with security loopholes, new research claims. The TSA used the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner between 2009 and 2013 in airports across the US, but computer scientists have demonstrated that with a little preparation the machine could miss knives, guns, and even explosives from being smuggled onto planes.

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BeoPlay S8 is B&O’s idea of budget

BeoPlay S8 is B&O’s idea of budget

Bang & Olufsen has launched a new speaker set under its PLAY brand, the BeoPlay S8, pairing a striking subwoofer with a pair of compact stereo speakers. The pearl-blasted aluminum sub contains both a 280W class D amplifier dedicated to bass, and two 140W class D amps to drive the 2.5-inch full-range speaker drivers.

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Microsoft dumps low-end browser dev duties

Microsoft dumps low-end browser dev duties

Microsoft is washing its hands of developing the browser for affordable ex-Nokia phones, cutting a deal with Opera that will make Opera Mini the default route for web access. New Series 30+, Series 40, and Asha handsets will all come with Opera Mini preinstalled, while existing users will be prodded to ditch the existing Xpress browser and switch over if they want the most up-to-date software.

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