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.

Scion pins pocket-rocket hopes on iM Concept

Scion pins pocket-rocket hopes on iM Concept

Making a concept car can be pretty straightforward: big engine, crazy design, outlandish interior papered with touchscreens, and then set your auto-responder to "we have no plans to commercialize this vehicle." When you're Scion, though, and want to make not only a concept that's in keeping with your low-cost pitch as well as something which will translate to a probably-not-much-different commercial version, it's a little trickier. The Toyota division's result for the LA Auto Show next week is this, a bright blue hatchback dubbed the Scion iM Concept.

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Comcast X1 guide starts speaking

Comcast X1 guide starts speaking

Shout at the TV and you may find it answers back, if Comcast's new set-top box system is anything to go by. Intended not so much for armchair critics as it is for those who might struggle with the traditional Comcast X1 menu system, the new "talking guide" walks viewers through what's on. The virtual assistant can also help with scheduling DVR recordings and browsing through On Demand content, while Comcast has more functionality in the pipeline.

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Samsung Gear VR drops Dec for devs; Beyond 360 3D camera revealed

Samsung Gear VR drops Dec for devs; Beyond 360 3D camera revealed

Samsung has announced that the Gear VR Innovator Edition virtual reality headset powered by Oculus will hit the US in early December, as well as showing off a new 360-degree camera dubbed Project Beyond for recording VR content. The Samsung Gear VR, announced back in September alongside - not to mention powered by - the Galaxy Note 4, turns the phablet into a wearable display, splitting the screen into two so as to deliver 3D content to the wearer. There's good news for developers hoping to get onboard, too, with Oculus' mobile toolkit to create compatible VR content now released.

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Nexus 6 Review – You want to lick this Lollipop

Nexus 6 Review – You want to lick this Lollipop

A new Google smartphone is a big deal, and the Nexus 6 is a very big phone indeed. Largest so far of Google's collaborations with handset manufacturers, and first to see Motorola take the Nexus reins - ironically just as the two firms part company - it's a riff on this year's Moto X but with a new turn of speed and a crazy Quad HD display. It's also the launch vehicle for Android 5.0 Lollipop on phones, arguably the biggest thing to happen to the OS in many generations. So, with supplies still frustrating all but the best-timed of buyers, is the Nexus 6 the Android phone you want in your pocket?

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Rosetta’s comet-harpooning lander is on its way down

Rosetta’s comet-harpooning lander is on its way down

A spacecraft harpooning a comet: it should be something out of a science fiction movie, but it's actually a mission underway right now, with the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe set to grapple with a chunk of hurtling space rock. The mission officially began back in 2004 when Rosetta and the Philae lander started their journey to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenk, but cranked up the excitement in the early hours of this morning as spacecraft and rock came together. Philae shared a last-minute photo on Twitter - which you can see after the cut, as well as live video of the action itself - and then began its careful journey down fourteen miles to the surface.

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Nintendo 2DS goes crystal for retro-styled specials

Nintendo 2DS goes crystal for retro-styled specials

Nintendo's flattened-out 2DS glasses-free games console is more than a year old, certainly ripe for a revamp, and that's coming in the form of two new case finishes and a sub-$100 sticker price. The Crystal Red and Crystal Blue 2DS models each have semi-transparent bodies that allow you to see the vague shape of the circuits inside, a visual flourish that - while not adding anything to the actually usability of the handheld - does at least look pretty eye-catching. After all, it's not like Nintendo is lacking when it comes to a transparent track-record.

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Mercedes-Maybach resurrects brand for uber-luxe S-Class

Mercedes-Maybach resurrects brand for uber-luxe S-Class

It's the luxury brand that refuses to motor off into the distance, with Mercedes-Benz resurrecting the storied Maybach name for a super-luxe version of its S-Class sedan. Set to launch later this year, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will step up the - hardly pedestrian - car to Bentley-battling levels, kicking off a new sub-brand that the German firm believes will go down particularly well in Asia. Meanwhile, Mercedes is also juggling things to hopefully make understanding which vehicle fits where more straightforward, addressing criticisms by some that the range has simply become unwieldy.

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Ford starts engines on 2015 F-150 truck production

Ford starts engines on 2015 F-150 truck production

Ford has kicked off production of its big aluminum risk in trucks, with the 2015 F-150 lines spinning up to speed ahead of the new model's dealer debut in December. Completely replacing the old, steel-bodied F-150, the 2015 truck switches to aluminum and saves around 700 pounds in the process, which Ford says translates to more hauling ability as well as a more car-like feel on the road, no risk of rusting, and better fuel economy. It'll be US-made at the Ford Rouge Center, where F-Series production has been taking place since 2004.

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Skype for Business blurs video calling lines in 2015

Skype for Business blurs video calling lines in 2015

For a long time, Microsoft was accused of neglecting the Skype brand, but the software giant is making amends by pushing the voice and video call service for business users. Out goes Lync, the firm's long-standing communication system for enterprises, to be replaced by Skype for Business in the first half of next year. While the change will see the core strengths of Lync maintained, it will also help blur the boundaries between what's going on in the office and general Skype users.

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Darkhotel hack targets hotel WiFi – but staying safe is easy

Darkhotel hack targets hotel WiFi – but staying safe is easy

A four year campaign to steal data from high-power targets like CEOs and R&D specialists has taken advantage of compromised hotel WiFi, a research firm claims today, taking advantage of overly trusting guests to strip as much information as possible. The so-called "Darkhotels" exploit focused on guests at luxury hotels, Kaspersky says, with hackers predominantly in the Asia Pacific region using fake software installers to open a backdoor into travelers' laptops. That backdoor is then used to load a full complement of tools that can be used to yank as much sensitive data as possible.

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