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.

The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

Speaking to your car's dashboard has been hailed by many as the answer to driver distraction, but most systems are flawed, respond poorly, and motorists don't really care about their features, research indicates. Automotive survey heavyweight J.D. Power went digging through reported vehicle quality, and found that lackluster infotainment - substandard voice control systems in particular - was a frequent complaint.

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Wikipedia is rolling in Bitcoin donations

Wikipedia is rolling in Bitcoin donations

Bitcoin may be variously misunderstood and mistrusted by financial regulators, but users of the virtual currency are clearly also Wikipedia fans, if the first batch of donation numbers are anything to go by. The Wikimedia Foundation only began accepting bitcoin a week ago, but according to payment provider The Coinbase, the non-profit organization behind the editable-by-all encyclopedia has already raised more than $140,000.

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Lasers and carbon-nanotubes pave way to live brain scanning

Lasers and carbon-nanotubes pave way to live brain scanning

Lasers and carbon nanotubes peering into the brain might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but tests that could one day mean precise non-invasive diagnosis of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other diseases are already underway. The technology, developed by chemists at Stanford University, has so far been tested on mice, but opens the door to an alternative to physically removing sections of the skull to track cellular-level changes.

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Alienware 13 slims gaming grunt into thinnest model yet

Alienware 13 slims gaming grunt into thinnest model yet

Gamers love their Alienware notebooks, and the Dell-owned brand is happy to keep delivering them, with the Alienware 13 the latest more portable model to escape the fold. Alienware's thinnest ever notebook, at an inch thick, and tipping the scales at under 4.5 pounds, the Alienware 13 slots in-between last year's Alienware 14 and the missed-by-many Alienware M11x which was killed off the year before.

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This is the incredible car Bugatti built to honor its founder

This is the incredible car Bugatti built to honor its founder

When it's time to build one final model for a super-exclusive series of already rarefied cars, and bearing the name of your esteemed company founder no less, you have to go big or don't go there at all, which probably explains why Bugatti's latest Veyron costs $3.14m. Sixth and arguably most-special car in the "Les Légendes de Bugatti" line-up, the last car is being dedicated to Ettore Bugatti with the sort of excesses the company he created is now known for.

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IBM SyNAPSE: The neuron-inspired future of computing

IBM SyNAPSE: The neuron-inspired future of computing

A computer chip that thinks like a neuron in the human brain and sips a fraction of the power of traditional processors could finally open the door to cognitive computing, IBM researchers claim today. Dubbed IBM SyNAPSE, the groundbreaking chip squeezes a million "programmable neurons" and 256 million "programmable synapses" into something the size of a postage stamp, but which could one day allow for advanced digital versions of human senses.

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Reason 8 revealed: “Radical rethinking” of music app

Reason 8 revealed: “Radical rethinking” of music app

Propellerhead has revealed Reason 8, the hotly-anticipated music app update which promises to streamline creating full tracks as well as introducing new amp and speaker models. The popular all-in-one composing software now uses drag and drop across the rack UI, meaning instruments, samples, and effects can be easily pulled into play.

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