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.

iPhone 6s September 9 event tipped with Apple TV

iPhone 6s September 9 event tipped with Apple TV

Apple will hold its big iPhone event on September 9, insiders say, with a new Apple TV also expected along with revamped iPads. Widely expected to see the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus smartphones announced, the event is scheduled for the week beginning September 7th, "with Wednesday the 9th being the most likely date" sources tell Buzzfeed.

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Oculus warns VR coders its new SDK breaks old apps

Oculus warns VR coders its new SDK breaks old apps

Oculus has warned developers to get their virtual reality apps up to date, launching a new PC SDK that breaks some backward compatibility. Oculus PC SDK 0.7, set to hit on August 20, promises a cut in latency, more stability, and an alternative to the little-loved "Extended Mode"; however, in doing so, the Facebook-owned VR firm has broken compatibility with apps built with SDK 0.5 or earlier, along with anything built with Unity 4.x.

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Fermilab successfully catches neutrino gun’s 500 mile shot

Fermilab successfully catches neutrino gun’s 500 mile shot

It's nerve-wracking stuff, spending most of a decade building a huge, expensive neutrino particle detector but having to wait until it's up and running before you know if it works. Happily for Fermilab, the NOvA detector has just recorded its first evidence of oscillating neutrinos, proving the massive investment into the 50 feet tall, 50 feet wide, and 200 feet long scientific instrument does indeed do what the team at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory hoped it would.

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North Korea setting back clocks over Japanese rule

North Korea setting back clocks over Japanese rule

North Korea has created its own timezone, setting clocks back 30 minutes to "Pyongyang Time" as a strike against historic imperialism. The change, which will take affect on August 15, will see North Korea shift to GMT 8:30, or thirty minutes behind South Korea and Japan, countries which it used to share a timezone with. August 15 will be the seventieth anniversary of the Korean peninsula no longer being a Japanese colony.

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Verizon kills its contracts with simpler data buckets

Verizon kills its contracts with simpler data buckets

Verizon is attempting to make picking a mobile package more straightforward, killing off the contract but ousting phone subsidies in the process. As of August 13, Verizon will retire its individual line and family plans, shifting to four options - small, medium, large, and x-large - that all include unlimited calls and messaging, varying instead by how much data they include.

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Panasonic gets up to speed on curved car touch-dash tech

Panasonic gets up to speed on curved car touch-dash tech

Your next car could have a sweeping, touch-sensitive dashboard if Panasonic has its way, with the company green-lighting production of a curved touch panel. Set to begin rolling off production lines in September, the capacitive panels support multitouch just like many infotainment displays already in use in various cars, but can also be shaped into curves and waves rather than just flat slabs.

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This wasp turns spiders into zombie builders (then eats them)

This wasp turns spiders into zombie builders (then eats them)

Scheming wasps that ride spiders like horses, turn them into zombies, and then program them to weave stronger webs than normal sounds like science fiction. Unfortunately for the Cyclosa argenteoalba spider, though, it's ghoulish fact, and researchers have discovered that the ichneumon wasps that enslave them are even more controlling than previously thought.

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Lexus schemes second luxe flagship and no-haggle sales

Lexus schemes second luxe flagship and no-haggle sales

Lexus will unveil a second flagship luxury car in January, the company has teased, while it explores with no-haggle pricing in its showrooms. The new high-end model will sit alongside - rather than replace - the Lexus LS sedan, and seems unlikely to be a four-door going by comments from one company exec. Meanwhile, a more stress-free experience in select Lexus dealerships is promised, as the company explores ways to boost sales.

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Apple has new iOS 9 and watchOS 2.0 betas for you

Apple has new iOS 9 and watchOS 2.0 betas for you

Apple has released iOS 9 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad, as well as watchOS 2 beta 5 for Apple Watch, as it nears the final versions this fall. The new software, which requires either an Apple developer account or beta program membership in order to access, paves the way for features like WiFi Calling on the iPhone across more carriers, as well as smarter switching of WiFi and cellular data for faster browsing, while on the smartwatch there's a new Time-Lapse face among other tweaks.

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Russia blamed in Pentagon cyber-attack

Russia blamed in Pentagon cyber-attack

A Russian cyber-attack in July saw the Pentagon pull the plug on the entire unsecured email and internet system for the Joint Staff, it's been revealed. Described as a "sophisticated cyber intrusion", the incident saw email accounts of around 4,000 military and civilian personnel who work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff compromised, though officials aren't decided yet on whether it was sanctioned by the Russian government or the handiwork of an independent player.

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Sorry France, Google says “non” on privacy demands

Sorry France, Google says “non” on privacy demands

Google has rejected France's calls for the "right to be forgotten" program to be applied worldwide, risking the wrath of the European Union in the process. The French data protection regulator, CNIL, had issued Google with a formal notice in June demanding that any links ousted from Google's European search sites under the program should also be delisted from indexes globally. That, Google argues, is a path with potentially dangerous implications.

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