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.

Apple-1 sets $950k auction record for Jobs’ & Woz’s handiwork

Apple-1 sets $950k auction record for Jobs’ & Woz’s handiwork

An original Apple-1 computer has sold for a record price at auction, with the classic tech making $905,000 after being snapped up by a museum. The computer, which was one of just fifty made by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs back in 1976 as they set up Apple in Jobs' garage, was expected to sell for around half the final hammer price, but the Henry Ford Museum finally won a bidding battle with another, unnamed buyer at Bonhams auction house in New York City.

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iPad Air 2 teardown confirms Apple did not defy laws of physics

iPad Air 2 teardown confirms Apple did not defy laws of physics

Wondering what mysteries are inside the iPad Air 2? Apple didn't leave itself much room for surprises in its new flagship tablet, with the 6.1 mm slate not only the company's thinnest, but also its most powerful. As we found in our review of the iPad Air 2, components like the 1.49GHz tri-core Apple A8X processor and the newly fully-laminated display certainly keep iOS 8.1 moving along swiftly, but the team over at iFixit are more intrigued about how they all fit together physically.

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This BMW i3 Coupe lookalike could school EV makers

This BMW i3 Coupe lookalike could school EV makers

Electric cars may already be out on the roads around us, but that doesn't mean the segment isn't ripe for some innovation, and while Tesla might be doing its level best to push speed and luxury at the top end of the market, so one German team believes it has something similarly ground-breaking at the entry-level. Visio.M is the handiwork of researchers at TUM in Germany, tasked with cooking up an electric-powered city car that not only looks and drives well, but which cuts some of the legacy ties with old-fashioned production techniques, inefficient materials, and needless expense. The result is a somewhat 80s-esque coupe with a range just shy of 100 miles.

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Twitter wants your digits to log you in on every app

Twitter wants your digits to log you in on every app

Twitter is hoping to embed itself as the authenticating heart of every app and service, with a new way to use phone numbers rather than usernames or email addresses a key part of its new Fabric mobile platform for developers. Dubbed Digits, the system allows developers to inject Twitter into their apps and use it as an invisible sign-up system, tied to their cellphone number. However, Twitter Fabric faces an uphill battle trying to win mobile developers onto its side, after the short-message social platform so comprehensively yanked the rug out from under third-party Twitter apps.

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Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google is pushing out a new version of Google Earth for Android that will boost the 3D navigation of the geographic app, as well as see updates to mapping data be pushed out to users more rapidly and thus cut down misdirections. The refresh sees Google change the 3D rendering engine for Google Earth on Android phones and tablets for the first time in over a decade, the company's mapping team points out, which should add up to smoother zooming, faster rendering, and less glitchy transitions.

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The Mini Cooper just got a spanking

The Mini Cooper just got a spanking

BMW has been forced to change its fuel economy ratings for select 2014 Mini Cooper models, after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did some testing of its own and found the German firm had over-estimated exactly how frugal the distinctive car could be. The audit covered four 3-door versions of the Mini - the Cooper and Cooper S - and was started after the EPA spotted several road-load conditions in BMW's own testing didn't meets its standards. As a result, the mpg figures for the cars will drop by as many as 4 points.

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This is probably as close to inside the McLaren P1 GTR as you’ll get

This is probably as close to inside the McLaren P1 GTR as you’ll get

Owning a McLaren of any sort is something most people don't get to experience, so we'll forgive you for trying to achieve the feeling of sitting inside the bespoke track focused racer by checking out these brand new interior shots and making "vroom-vroom" noises. McLaren revealed the P1 GTR's swooping exterior and crazy 986HP engine back in August, but had kept the driver accommodations secret until today. Perhaps the best part is the distinctive steering wheel, inspired by the McLaren MP4-23 that won the F1 championship in 2008.

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Mercedes-Benz just made $780m from Tesla

Mercedes-Benz just made $780m from Tesla

Mercedes-Benz has sold off its remaining stake in motor industry disrupter Tesla, pocketing around $780m in the process, but insisting that it won't stop the two companies from collaborating on new and existing electric car projects. The German firm had approximately 4-percent ownership of Tesla remaining, but sold it off having decided that the holding was "not necessary for our partnership and cooperation," Daimler board member Bodo Uebber said of the sale. Nonetheless, evidence of Tesla's work can be found throughout models in Mercedes-Benz's range, from the Smart city car upwards.

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Can “The Like Machine” take Facebook’s rating success in-store?

Can “The Like Machine” take Facebook’s rating success in-store?

The excitement of the retail experience has never quite pushed us to shouting "yes!" in the aisles, but we might be tempted to hit a Facebook-style "Like" button if there was something which particularly caught our eye. That's what The Like Machine is hoping for, anyway, a button and display that can be clipped to a shelf right in the store, gathering feedback from shoppers and then giving them feedback about what other browsers thought. While it may sound like a social gimmick, it's actually rolling out in select locations from November.

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Now Barnes & Noble has a 10.1-inch Samsung Nook tablet

Now Barnes & Noble has a 10.1-inch Samsung Nook tablet

Samsung's latest Nook-branded iteration on its Android tablet line-up has been announced, with Barnes & Noble putting the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 up for sale in-store. Following the existing 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, released back in August, the new version has - unsurprisingly - a bigger, 10.1-inch HD display, but also introduces a new Nook Software update which improves the UI, as well as promising a better overall shopping experience. Existing Samsung Nook tablet owners shouldn't worry, however, as Samsung has something for them, too.

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