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.

Galaxy S5 sold 40% less than Samsung planned tip insiders

Galaxy S5 sold 40% less than Samsung planned tip insiders

Samsung reportedly sold 40-percent fewer Galaxy S5 smartphones than the company had expected, a huge and unexpected drop versus the previous Galaxy S4, leaving handsets piled up in warehouses and putting executives at risk. The South Korean firm had been especially upbeat about the potential of the smartphone, even increasing production compared to the S4 so as to launch in multiple countries simultaneously back in April and still meet what management believed would be likely demand. That interest, according to a new report, failed to materialize however, potentially leaving Samsung with some tough decisions ahead.

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Samsung demands NVIDIA sales ban in patent retort

Samsung demands NVIDIA sales ban in patent retort

Samsung has shown it's not afraid to chase big legal injunctions when it believes its patents are at stake, and now it's NVIDIA facing a US sales block at the hands of the South Korean firm. A complaint filed on Friday asks the US International Trade Commission to shut down sales of NVIDIA's graphics chips, alleging they infringe Samsung's own intellectual property. As with Apple, however, Samsung didn't actually pull the trigger first: it was NVIDIA which kicked off this particular war.

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Jurassic World trailer-teaser previews dinosaurs reborn

Jurassic World trailer-teaser previews dinosaurs reborn

If there's an upcoming movie almost guaranteed to get anybody who grew up in the 90s salivating, it's Jurassic World, and so you'll have to forgive us for getting unduly excited about the first trailer teaser. Not due to open in theaters until June 12th, 2015, the movie takes us back to an island of dinosaurs in the most exciting - and, unsurprisingly, dangerous - theme park you can imagine, with original director Steven Spielberg returning to act as executive producer on the new installment.

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Nestle details “exercise in a bottle” research

Nestle details “exercise in a bottle” research

Nestle is working on the Holy Grail of weight loss, a fat-burning additive that could be dropped into foods and replicate the effects of exercise but without the sweaty reality of doing it. The team, based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is exploring how a new compound dubbed C13 could be used in food to stimulate the enzymes which control how the body burns fats and sugars. If tweaked in just the right way, Nestle says, that could mean a new age of foods which would allow the body to get the same fitness benefits from a brisk walk as would normally take much more strenuous exertion.

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Here’s what $400,000 of Bentley gets you

Here’s what $400,000 of Bentley gets you

Nobody quite does luxury and performance like Bentley. The company's legacy of Bentley Boys, flogging their supercharged cars from road race to road race in the 1920s, has been given the knowing nod by special-edition cars from the marque for decades now, but never quite so comprehensively as the 2015 Mulsanne Speed. Taking the flagship spot at the top of Bentley's range, and doing so with no shortage of style, performance, and better-then-first-class accommodation, it's not only powerful but packs a serious degree of tech behind the several hides-worth of leather. I hid my press badge and pretended there was more than just dust in my wallet to find out more at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

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Mophie wants to give your phone 8 days more battery

Mophie wants to give your phone 8 days more battery

Mophie may be best known for strapping batteries to iPhones and other smartphones in the form of snap-on cases, but the company has a new range of even bigger power-packs, the new Powerstation Plus line-up. External batteries, rather than integrated ones - which means no need to buy a new model if you upgrade to a different phone, something which can get pretty expensive if you've been following Apple from iPhone 4 form-factor, to iPhone 5, and then most recently to iPhone 6 or 6 Plus - each has a built-in cable with either a microUSB or a Lightning plug on the end to suit your various devices.

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Surprise: Ford’s aluminum 2015 F-150 gets better economy

Surprise: Ford’s aluminum 2015 F-150 gets better economy

We knew the 2015 Ford F-150 drove well, we knew it could tow and go off-road, but until today we didn't know how much that controversial switch to aluminum and new EcoBoost engine options would affect fuel economy. Now, we do. Ford has announced EPA estimates for the four engine options that can be found under the aluminum hood, and what perhaps shouldn't be a surprise is that when you combine the potent but frugal new 2.7 EcoBoost with a truck that's around 700 pounds lighter, you unsurprisingly get more miles per gallon. Head on past the cut for all the numbers.

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Acura reboots 2016 ILX to coax starter luxe hunters

Acura reboots 2016 ILX to coax starter luxe hunters

Acura has revamped its ILX luxury sports sedan, aiming to make the entry-level four-door more appealing to first-time luxe buyers wanting to be both cosseted and thrilled on the road. Shown off for the first time at the LA Auto Show today, the new car gets tighter styling, a new engine and transmission pairing, and a boost in both tech and safety features, including embracing smartphone users by allowing them to offset their navigation demands from an expensive dashboard upgrade to a downloadable app instead.

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Mazda’s 2016 MX-5 is cute, tiny & will sell like hotcakes

Mazda’s 2016 MX-5 is cute, tiny & will sell like hotcakes

We already knew Mazda's 2016 MX-5 Miata was going to be a potent little titch of a car, but it's only when you get up close to the new droptop that you realize just how well Mazda has nailed the aesthetic. Distilling the compact proportions of the original Miata with a dose of slinky, snake-eyed modern style, the new car looks like it's shaping up to be a tiny Jaguar or Alfa-Romeo at a fraction of the price.

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Eyefi Cloud gets loose as WiFi card need cut

Eyefi Cloud gets loose as WiFi card need cut

Back in April, online gallery and photo sharing service Eyefi launched Eyefi Cloud, pairing cross-platform synchronization with its WiFi-enabled memory cards for digital cameras; now, that cloud is getting set loose. Eyefi Cloud is now available for those without one of the company's Mobi WiFi SD cards, so that any smartphone or tablet, or a camera that already comes with WiFi baked in, will be able to upload their shots online to a chunk of library storage, as well as get easy access to that storage from multiple devices.

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