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.

This is Apple’s iPad range

This is Apple’s iPad range

Apple's iPad range is getting even bigger, with the addition of the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 joining - but not replacing - the existing line-up. The iPad Air 2 slots in at the top of the range, unsurprisingly, but the original iPad Air will remain on sale with a $100 price cut, while the price of entry for a new iPad is also lower than ever.

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iPad Air 2 official: 6.1mm thick and Touch ID

iPad Air 2 official: 6.1mm thick and Touch ID

Apple has taken the wraps off of the new iPad Air 2, the world's thinnest tablet and an astonishing 18-percent thinner than the previous iPad Air. So slim, at 6.1mm, you can in fact stack two of the iPad Air 2 one on top of each other, and still have a tablet that's thinner than the original iPad. Still, the upgrades aren't limited just to the iOS slate's dimensions.

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Apple Watch WatchKit drops for devs in November

Apple Watch WatchKit drops for devs in November

Apple Watch got its big reveal last month, alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but so far developers have been left on tenterhooks as to when they can put their code on the wearable. That day is almost upon us, however, with Apple CEO Tim Cook confirming that the WatchKit SDK - the developer toolkit that will allow for Apple Watch apps to be developed and tested - is due to arrive in November 2014.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Phablet Refocused

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Phablet Refocused

Samsung can’t afford to stumble with the Galaxy Note 4. The fourth-gen phablet arrives as Samsung wakes up to a new, and not especially rewarding, phase in its mobile life: the discovery that throwing a hundred designs at the market and hoping at least some of them stick no longer has the same sales success as it once did. At a time so fiercely competitive, Samsung can’t count on simply having originally created the Note 4’s segment to commend this latest model. It needs to deliver as much in the hand as its specifications promise to on the page.

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Tesla’s first battery-swap station opening by year-end

Tesla’s first battery-swap station opening by year-end

Tesla will open its first battery-swap station within the next few months, the electric car company has confirmed to SlashGear, offering drivers of the Model S a ninety second way to "refuel" their cars. First demonstrated in June 2013, the battery exchange system eschews even the rapid charging of Tesla's Supercharger network in favor of a wholesale exchange of the batteries themselves. The process would be fully automatic, too, meaning the driver won't even need to step out of the car in order to replenish their charge levels.

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How smart will Tesla’s Model S Autopilot be?

How smart will Tesla’s Model S Autopilot be?

Tesla's plans for the new Autopilot features on the Model S aren't exactly humble, with CEO Elon Musk suggesting EVs that could come to heel at your beck & call and even read your calendar to know when they might be needed, but what works now and what's merely on the roadmap? Speaking at the launch of the Tesla "D", the AWD version of the Model S, Musk cited regulatory lag for blocking some of the more advanced autonomous features his cars are capable of, so we went hunting to see what, exactly, new owners should expect.

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Facebook now allows stickers in comments

Facebook now allows stickers in comments

Facebook's "Like" button has always been the perfect, terse way to lend your support to friends, family, and colleagues without having to go to the trouble of talking or even typing to them, and now the social network is amping up the wordless interactions with sticker support in comments. Stickers have long been available in Facebook Chat, but now you can inject a smiley face, wincing cat, or vaguely cloacal image straight into the comments field of your best friend's latest wedding update.

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Now anyone can try Mailbox for Mac

Now anyone can try Mailbox for Mac

Remember Mailbox? The email app made headlines with its transition to Mac back in August as much for its highly-coveted invitation based beta as it did for its minimalistic approach to messages, echoing a similarly velvet-rope bounded release in 2013 for the iOS version. Now, though, the gates have been flung open for the Mac version just as they were for the iPhone and iPad apps, with the beta available for all.

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Is AT&T’s Passport roaming really the best Ma Bell can do?

Is AT&T’s Passport roaming really the best Ma Bell can do?

Death, taxes, and sky-high international roaming fees that make you wish you'd stayed in Nantucket: there are some things you can count on. Still, US carriers are making some small waves in paring back the cost of using a cellphone abroad, and latest up is AT&T with a set of three Passport plans that, from $30, include unlimited messaging and WiFi at select hotspots, along with a chunk of data and some subsidized - but still, it has to be said, not inexpensive - voice call rates.

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