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.

Skype for Web bypasses apps for browser ease

Skype for Web bypasses apps for browser ease

Skype has launched a web version of its voice and video calling platform, bypassing the need to install a local app, and expected to be particularly popular with travelers and those borrowing access to a computer. Skype for Web runs in Internet Explorer, Chrome on Windows, Firefox, and Safari, and though initially it will require a browser plugin be installed so as to function properly, the company's goal is to bypass any installation whatsoever once it gets out of beta. Still, that's not the only glitches still to be ironed out.

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Want a Creative Sound Blaster Roar? We’re giving one away!

Want a Creative Sound Blaster Roar? We’re giving one away!

Taking your music on the go doesn't get much easier than with Creative's new Sound Blaster Roar SR20 speaker, and that's why we're looking forward to giving one away to a SlashGear reader. As we found when we reviewed the battery-powered speaker, it manages to be flexible as well as sound great, with more than the average number of input options, and a battery good for around eight hours of standalone play. Want to know how to win one? Read on...

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Three things that surprised me about the Nexus 6

Three things that surprised me about the Nexus 6

Is there anything more to say on the Nexus 6? Google's latest flagship smartphone has come in for more than the usual degree of attention, as the first handset to run Android 5.0 Lollipop. The fact that Google can't keep them in stock for longer than sixty seconds or so isn't doing anything to dampen the hype, either. I've already gone digging through Google's huge new phone in my equally huge Nexus 6 review, but it turns out the Motorola-made handset hadn't quite finished teaching me a lesson.

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Virgin Galactic pilot speaks amid tech woe whispers

Virgin Galactic pilot speaks amid tech woe whispers

Concerns have been raised about Virgin Galactic's safety and the pace at which development was driven, in the aftermath of the SpaceShipTwo crash which killed one pilot and left the other dependent on his automatic parachute deployment to survive. Richard Branson's ambitious space tourism scheme has been in disarray for several years, insiders claim, with secret technical issues at odds with the public roadmap for commercial flight. Meanwhile, pilot Peter Siebold told the National Transportation Safety Board that he was unaware that his copilot had unlocked the aerodynamic elements of SpaceShipTwo, believed to have been instrumental to the crash taking place.

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Pebble’s Domino’s app tracks deep dish from your wrist

Pebble’s Domino’s app tracks deep dish from your wrist

It's not entirely clear why smartwatch companies seem convinced we need to manage our food from our wrists, but if you're a Pebble wearer whose been looking hungrily at Android Wear's Eat24 app, salvation is almost at hand. Domino's is launching a new delivery tracker for the e-paper smartwatch, with real-time updates as to where, exactly, your dinner is fed straight to your arm. However, it's not quite the watch to table digital food service that you might hope for.

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Robot dolphins go deep to understand Antarctic melt

Robot dolphins go deep to understand Antarctic melt

We knew the West Antarctic ice was melting, but it's taken a school of robotic dolphins to figure out why, with researchers at Caltech using ocean gliders to explore the ocean eddies responsible. The six foot long robots take advantage of changes in buoyancy to soar through the water, rather than propellers, and swam the Southern Ocean off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula for two months, diving to depths of around 1.2 miles before surfacing again to report their findings around temperature and salinity via radio links to the Caltech team.

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VW’s uber-frugal engine will make you want a diesel

VW’s uber-frugal engine will make you want a diesel

Volkswagen's flirting with higher efficiency engines looks finally set to reach the road, with a new diesel powerplant promising almost 60mpg without sacrificing driving power. The Germany company has taken its four-cylinder diesel into the labs and boosted power to 268 HP, while bringing fuel efficiency up to levels that won't actually be demanded from regulators for more than five years. However, unlike some of VW's more eye-catching development vehicles, the new TDI engine won't be wrapped up in a supercar body.

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Rosetta lander sends comet postcard (but there’s a problem)

Rosetta lander sends comet postcard (but there’s a problem)

As unusual views of space go, the surface of a comet rushing more than 80,000 mph through the universe from a tiny lander perched on its surface ranks pretty high on the list. That's just what the European Space Agency's Philae lander has beamed back to Earth - via the Rosetta spaceship it hitched a ride to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenkohas on - after successfully landing on the rocky surface yesterday. It's the incredible culmination of a decade-long journey and a seven hour descent; problem is, while the view might be dramatic, it's also threatening Philae's long-term survival.

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Facebook tackles privacy with policy overhaul

Facebook tackles privacy with policy overhaul

Facebook is taking another try at streamlining its privacy features, paring back its privacy policy, giving more control over ads, and throwing open the whole thing for user feedback. The social site has launched Privacy Basics, a set of interactive guides to show users exactly what controls they have about who sees their posts, whose posts they see, what information is gathered about them from the links they click, and how they can manage their friends list with more granularity. Since everything is better with a set of animated characters, meanwhile, there's a purple dinosaur among others to help guide people through.

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NVIDIA GRID streams PC games to SHIELD

NVIDIA GRID streams PC games to SHIELD

It's not just Lollipop that NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet is getting, with NVIDIA GRID set to offer "Netflix for games" for the Android-based gaming tablet, and at a price that - for the moment, at least - can't be beat. Graduating from the beta that began almost a year ago, GRID effectively puts a whole server farm of GeForce GTX-equipped gaming PCs at SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Portable owners' service, streaming titles like Batman Arkham City and Borderlands 2 at 60fps to the pair of gaming handhelds.

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