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.

LG G Watch R circular smartwatch teased for next week

LG G Watch R circular smartwatch teased for next week

LG's next smartwatch, the LG G Watch R, is set to make its debut at IFA 2014, a freshly-revealed video teaser has confirmed, with a circular design to directly challenge Motorola's wearable. The watch, expected to run Android Wear just as is the case with the existing LG G Watch, is for the most party a mystery in terms of features, but does push LG's design language far further in the direction of more traditional timepieces.

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Blame your friends for Twitter screwing up your timeline

Blame your friends for Twitter screwing up your timeline

Twitter's little-loved new habit of putting other users' favorited tweets into your timeline may well be changing, it's reported, though only to clarify why they're showing up, not stop them altogether. The short-message social network began frustrating users earlier this month, by effectively treating some favorited tweets as favorites in how they were displayed to other users. Now, some background on exactly how that's decided - and how it might be evolving - has emerged.

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Incredible Ghost boat is perfect Bond villain runabout

Incredible Ghost boat is perfect Bond villain runabout

It looks like a half-submerged X-Wing, or maybe a Star Trek Shuttle, but it's actually Ghost, one American start-up's vision for what an attack helicopter designed for the navy might look like. Mustering 4,000 HP from two engines on the end of powered legs, Ghost promises to whip across the ocean in a supercavitation bubble, avoiding radar and with a silky smooth ride for the crew inside.

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Volvo turns all its cars into mobile hotspots (with a catch)

Volvo turns all its cars into mobile hotspots (with a catch)

Volvo is making 3G connectivity standard across its cars, with the company's Sensus Connect infotainment system now standard on all US models, functioning as a WiFi hotspot, remote control gateway, and more. All 2015 Volvo cars will include web music streaming support, including Pandora, TuneIn, and Rdio, as well as Yelp POI reviews, Glimpse location-sharing, and live weather updates, served through an AT&T connection.

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Ford said readying Prius attack in 2018

Ford said readying Prius attack in 2018

Ford is finally readying a true rival to the Toyota Prius, insiders claim, with a new hybrid designed from the ground-up with eco technology said to be in the pipeline for the 2019 model year. The car, currently unnamed but said to be going under the C240 codename, is expected to be built on Ford's C2 global compact architecture, as well as improve on range and efficiency from the company's existing Earth-friendly models.

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Google Glass emotion detection makes wearable empath

Google Glass emotion detection makes wearable empath

The idea of Glass doing face-recognition may not sit well with Google, but how about if the wearable could just give you a little more insight into how the person you're talking to is feeling? Fraunhofer IIS has loaded its SHORE emotion, age, and gender detection system straight onto Google's headset, giving real-time feedback on those around you.

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Here come the iPhone 6 display delay rumors

Here come the iPhone 6 display delay rumors

We're in the final countdown to the iPhone 6, which as with any big Apple launch means it's time for the doomsday predictions of limited supply and production problems. As with previous Retina display devices - like the second generation iPad mini - it's the iPhone 6's screen technology said to be causing headaches this time around, with ominous chatter of production lines sitting idle as last-minute design glitches were worked out.

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Sorry, monkey photographers, you can’t hold copyright

Sorry, monkey photographers, you can’t hold copyright

The controversy over the monkey selfie has forced the US Copyright Office to step in, clarifying that no photo taken by an animal - even a cute one like this Indonesian black macaque - can be registered. The smiling simian had borrowed photographer David Slater's camera back in 2011 for an impromptu shoot, images from which ended up on Wikimedia Commons, which the British traveler contested on copyright grounds.

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