Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in San Francisco, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

Amazon’s 300dpi Kindle Paperwhite is testing my ereader loyalties

Amazon’s 300dpi Kindle Paperwhite is testing my ereader loyalties

It can be tough being the middle child, but Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is having its moment in the sun by copying the best parts of its more expensive sibling. Revamped today, the new Paperwhite gets a 300dpi e-paper display like the Kindle Voyage we reviewed last October, as well as Amazon's new typesetting engine and the company's specially-created font, Bookerly. While the refreshed Kindle Paperwhite isn't expected to ship until the end of June, but I've been playing with one in advance.

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This is Nest’s new unifying app

This is Nest’s new unifying app

Nest may have new hardware to show today, but the app to control its thermostat, Nest Protect smoke alarm, and Nest Cam security camera is also getting revamped. Nest 5.0 for iPhone and Android updates the interface in addition to streamlining setup, bringing together not only Nest's own range but existing Dropcam cameras you might have installed, all in the same place.

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Nest Protect 2nd-gen adds Split-Sensor and silencing

Nest Protect 2nd-gen adds Split-Sensor and silencing

Nest Protect has been updated, with a smaller, more effective second-generation version promising more convenience and safety features. The revamped smoke and carbon monoxide alarm now uses a brand new twin-sensor system which Nest claims is both even faster at detection than before, as well as less likely to go off accidentally such as when you're burning the toast.

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Nest Cam adds 1080p and new stand to Dropcam

Nest Cam adds 1080p and new stand to Dropcam

Nest has revealed its latest product, Nest Cam, a streaming security camera. First fruit of the company's Dropcam acquisition back in June 2014, the new camera bears a distinct resemblance to models like the Dropcam Pro, with a rounded top section atop a newly-slimmed stand that also offers wall-mounting. Inside, there's 1080p video support along with both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Nest updates to protect from smoke and temp extremes

Nest updates to protect from smoke and temp extremes

Nest is pushing out a new software update for its smart learning thermostat, further integrating it with the Nest Protect for handling fires. The new firmware, which is being released today, will automatically control the HVAC system to avoid pushing smoke around the home. Meanwhile, it will also include the ability to warn users if their home is reaching dangerously high, or low, temperatures.

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Microsoft exec shuffle sees ex-Nokia Elop leaving

Microsoft exec shuffle sees ex-Nokia Elop leaving

Former Nokia chief Stephen Elop is leaving Microsoft, part of an executive reshuffle the company says better fits its latest strategy. At the same time as Elop's departure, EVP Terry Myerson will take the helm of a newly-combined team, Windows and Devices Group (WDG), which will pull together what was previously the Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group. It's not the only change at the top, either.

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Gogoro prices up its Smartscooter for July riders

Gogoro prices up its Smartscooter for July riders

Gogoro has announced pricing and availability for its Smartscooter, the electric-powered two-wheeler which will launch first in Taipei. Designed to use interchangeable battery packs which Gogoro will offer from a network of "GoStation" recharging points around the city, the Smartscooter will go up for preorder from June 27th in Taipei City and New Taipei City, and then is expected to begin shipping roughly a month later, on July 25th.

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HTC tempts owner fury with ads in BlinkFeed

HTC tempts owner fury with ads in BlinkFeed

HTC will be injecting adverts into its BlinkFeed Android news reader, part of a pilot program to see if it can squeeze a little extra revenue from users. BlinkFeed, launched on the original HTC One M7, occupies a dedicated homescreen pane and delivers a combination of news headlines and social media updates, but now a select few HTC owners will begin to see promotional content in there too.

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Monster says “bully” Apple used MFi as weapon

Monster says “bully” Apple used MFi as weapon

Monster has accused Apple of bullying, after the Cupertino firm rescinded the headphone manufacturer's license to make iPhone accessories. Apple inherited a lawsuit with Monster after buying Beats Electronics, which had been accused by Monster of shady dealing to cut CEO Noel Lee out of a share of the proceeds of that acquisition. With the lawsuit headed to courts, Monster now says Apple is playing hardball by cutting it out of the MFi program.

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