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.

Kindle Voyage starts shipping (but prepare for a wait)

Kindle Voyage starts shipping (but prepare for a wait)

In the market for a new ereader? Amazon's hoping you'll opt for a Kindle Voyage, with the 300dpi digital book we reviewed yesterday beginning to ship to pre-order customers, alongside its new tablet siblings, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and the Fire HD Kids Edition. Voyage is, as we ourselves found, certainly Amazon's best E Ink Kindle to-date, but that technology also comes with a hefty price tag attached.

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Forget 3D printing: Carvey 3D wants to domesticize the CNC

Forget 3D printing: Carvey 3D wants to domesticize the CNC

3D printers aren't exactly rare beasts these days, even those intended for your table-top, and so you need to do something different if you want to stand out in the space. Inventables believes its done just that with Carvey, not so much a 3D printer as a 3D carver, domesticating the same sort of CNC processes as big-name firms use to craft laptop casings, unibody smartphones, and jewelry. With a custom carving app, and the ability to machine everything from cork and wax through metals like copper, brass, and gold, and even carbon fiber and circuit boards.

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Ford slashes Focus Electric sticker amid tougher EV fight

Ford slashes Focus Electric sticker amid tougher EV fight

Ford has slashed the price of the Focus Electric for the second time in less than eighteen months, as it tries to keep the electric car competitive against increasingly affordable rivals from Nissan and others. The EV had launched as a conversion of the regular gas Focus back in 2011, slowly spreading in availability across most of the US, though sales have remained underwhelming. In fact, less than 4,000 Focus Electric cars have been bought since it hit showrooms.

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Dodge just priced up its crazy 707 HP Charger SRT Hellcat

Dodge just priced up its crazy 707 HP Charger SRT Hellcat

Dodge has been on a roll with indecently powerful supercharged cars that can take on genuine supercar exotica at a fraction of the price, and that looks likely to continue with the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat getting priced up today. The 707 HP sedan, more powerful than Porsche's Panamera, was revealed back in August as the four-door follow-up to the Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe we drove earlier this year, though at the time Dodge wouldn't put a number on quite how much each of those angry horses would cost you.

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You can download iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support now

You can download iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support now

Just as promised, iOS 8.1 has arrived, landing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and paving the way for Apple Pay among other features. The new software, officially announced by Apple last week during the same event it debuted the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and iMac with Retina 5K Display, is a free download, though if past iOS releases are anything to go by, Apple's servers are likely to be hammered first thing and installations may be sluggish.

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Lexus prices up 2015 NX and RC F

Lexus prices up 2015 NX and RC F

Lexus has priced up its new NX baby-SUV for 2015, as well as putting a final tag on its slinky RC F coupe, as it prepares to take on its German rivals and shed what remains of its stuffy, anonymous image. The 2015 NX, which we drove back in July, distills the company's larger RX SUV into something a little more affordable as well as with a smaller footprint, though ramps up the distinctive - and polarizing - styling in the process, particularly on the F SPORT model with its even larger "spindle" grille.

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Dropbox Touch ID support adds fingerprint cloud lock

Dropbox Touch ID support adds fingerprint cloud lock

Dropbox has added Touch ID support to its app for iPhone and iPad, putting a biometric barrier in the way of accessing files saved in the cloud storage system. The security addition, which builds on Apple's opening up of Touch ID as an authenticator for third-party apps in iOS 8, joins the existing PIN code lock which can optionally be enabled, demanding your fingerprint before it will let you browse through folders or upload new files. It comes at the tail-end of a PR war for Dropbox, as it attempts to distance itself and its security measures from a recent hack.

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iShower2 puts a conference call in your bathroom

iShower2 puts a conference call in your bathroom

Ever find yourself in the shower wishing you could catch up on the latest conference call or listen to Spotify? Niche, perhaps, but since the smart home won't be satisfied until the place you scrub yourself with a flannel is fully connected, iDevices hopes you'll consider putting its new iShower2 alongside your medicated shampoo and that novelty soap your parents brought you back from their last vacation. A wireless, waterproof speaker, it hooks up via Bluetooth to a phone or tablet up to 200 feet away.

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Spotify Family slashes Premium with subscription sharing

Spotify Family slashes Premium with subscription sharing

For many, upgrading streaming music service Spotify to premium and escaping adverts is a must-have, but it can get expensive if everyone in the house wants their own subscription. Spotify Family aims to address that - and boost the company's own coffers in the process - by offering cuts on rates if up to five people sign up in a single family. Since you don't necessarily want to subject your children to your Abba addiction, or reveal to your spouse how much you like Taylor Swift, each user keeps their own login details, personalized recommendations, and playlists along the way.

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Kindle Voyage Review: Ereader Royalty

Kindle Voyage Review: Ereader Royalty

The ebook didn’t kill the paperback, and Amazon is counting on the fact that not only hasn’t the tablet killed the ereader, but that there’s still room for a premium model in the shape of the Kindle Voyage. Fronted by an incredible e-paper display, Amazon’s smartest screen illumination system to-date, and a bevy of software enhancements focused on readers, it’s certainly shaping up to be a great home for your digital 50 Shades. In a world of free Kindle apps and $249 iPads, however, the Kindle Voyage needs to do more than just pack in the pixels in order to justify its existence.

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