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.

Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guest hotspots

Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guest hotspots

Marriott will cough up $600,000 in penalties after being caught blocking mobile hotspots so that guests would have to pay for its own WiFi services, the FCC has confirmed today. The fine comes after staff at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee were found to be jamming individual hotspots and then charging people up to $1,000 per device to get online.

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Waze trades user locations with governments in road insight exchange

Waze trades user locations with governments in road insight exchange

Waze will hand over real-time traffic data pulled from its crowdsourced driver community to select governments around the world, part of a new "Connected Citizens" program in Boston, Florida, and other locations. The scheme - which will involve anonymizing the traffic information, so that no single driver can be picked out - will net Waze greater access to official transit information, such as a heads-up on future road closures, as the Google-owned service tries to corner the market in driving data.

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Doctor Who Minecraft skin brings Daleks to blocky life

Doctor Who Minecraft skin brings Daleks to blocky life

The Doctor Who skin pack for Minecraft on the Xbox 360 has been released, bringing several regenerations of the Doctor along with popular enemies like the Daleks to the block game. Available initially only for the Xbox 360 - though with a Minecraft: Xbox One Edition version coming eventually - the skin pack will feature a total of 54 characters, Microsoft says.

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Europe: IM’ing too competitive to deny Facebook’s WhatsApp buy

Europe: IM’ing too competitive to deny Facebook’s WhatsApp buy

Facebook's $19bn acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp has been approved by the European Commission, following US regulators in giving the green light after deciding the deal wouldn't be a threat to consumers. Concerns from some quarters, that the purchase would leave the messaging space unbalanced, were dismissed by competition policy chief Joaquín Almunia, who argued that most users aren't reliant on a single service.

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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration teases hybrid smart car plans

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration teases hybrid smart car plans

It's clearly a day for luxurious sedans, and after Aston Martin's Lagonda for the 1-percent of the 1-percent comes Infiniti's Q80 Inspiration, a hint at the direction the company's next uber-four-door will take. Signaling - but not confirming, Infiniti is careful to point out - some of the themes the production Q80 will take as it attempts to challenge Mercedes-Benz's S-Class and BMW's 7 Series.

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