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.

Sony A7s low-light demo is the video photographers must see

Sony A7s low-light demo is the video photographers must see

Sony's new A7s camera may look a whole lot like its A7 and A7r predecessors, but it has a powerful trick up its sleeve: incredible low-light performance thanks to a sensor with a whopping 409,600 maximum ISO. Actually envisaging what that means in terms of visibility in poorly-lit situations is tough, however, which is why Sony has put together a comparison of what extra detail you can make out when you crank up the sensitivity.

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US Navy deploying railguns and lasers (with no sharks in sight)

US Navy deploying railguns and lasers (with no sharks in sight)

The US Navy will begin in-the-wild trials of a laser weapon that can bring down aircraft or small vessels this summer, controlled just like a video game and costing about $1 a shot. The technology will be deployed initially on the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport dock in the Persian Gulf, rather than mounted to a shark's head, the Navy confirmed, and is part of R&D weaponry trials that also include railguns.

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Amazon grabs comiXology for digital comics

Amazon grabs comiXology for digital comics

Amazon has acquired comiXology, the digital comic service, aiming to bring graphic novels to a broader audience familiar with Kindle. Offering more than 50,000 titles from publishers like Marvel, DC, Image, BOOM, IDW, Top Shelf, and Oni Press, comiXology already offers an app for Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets, as well as iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8.

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Google will sell you Glass on April 15th

Google will sell you Glass on April 15th

Google has confirmed plans to throw Google Glass ownership open to general access in the US on Tuesday, April 15th, temporarily doing away with the current invitation requirement. The promotion - which will be for "a limited number of spots" in the Glass Explorer Program, though Google doesn't say exactly how many units it has - will still come with a hefty price, however: $1,500 with tax.

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Google adding continuous rogue Android app scans

Google adding continuous rogue Android app scans

Google is updating Android to continuously check phones and tablets for rogue apps, picking out those with malware behavior even if they've managed to squeeze through the initial verification. The new feature, which builds on Android's existing "Verify apps" system that sifts through software at the point of installation to flag up any concerns, will add real-time and ongoing checks.

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24hr Glass sale tipped to blast open Explorer Program [Updated]

24hr Glass sale tipped to blast open Explorer Program [Updated]

Google is reportedly preparing to throw open membership to its Glass Explorer Program for one day only, with leaked documents suggesting invitation-free sales of the Android wearable in what would be its broadest deployment to-date. So far, Google has relied on invitations to purchase Glass units for $1,500 after initially offering it to Google I/O developers back in 2012, but the so-called Explorer Program Expansion will potentially increase its public footprint considerably beyond the current roughly 10,000 wearers.

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Dropbox faces boycott threat over Condoleezza Rice

Dropbox faces boycott threat over Condoleezza Rice

Storm clouds are circling over Dropbox, after its decision to add former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to its board prompted a wave of negative reactions from users who disagree both with her politics and her history with wiretaps. Dropbox announced Dr. Rice's new role yesterday, alongside new apps Mailbox for Android and Carousel, leaving some cloud storage subscribers outraged at her proximity to decisions around how their data is handled, and proposing a boycott.

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Zuta Labs Mini Mobile Robotic Printer roams page trailing ink

Zuta Labs Mini Mobile Robotic Printer roams page trailing ink

It's clearly a week for crowdfunding unusual printers, with multi-million raising home 3D printer The Micro followed by Zuta Labs Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, a shuffling printing puck small enough for your bag. Aiming for $400,000 on Kickstarter, the Zuta Labs printer is an apostrophe-shaped gadget that, rather than move a sheet of paper through it, physically roams across the page laying down ink as it goes.

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