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.

HoloLens courts academics to give AR a serious spin

HoloLens courts academics to give AR a serious spin

HoloLens might be fun as an augmented reality gimmick, but Microsoft clearly knows that without software the fancy headset will die in short order. The company has put a call out among academics to come up with potential applications for holographic computing, whether that be novel teaching methods, building art installations that bridge the real and the virtual, or new opportunities to get inside big data. To sweeten the proposal, meanwhile, Microsoft is looking to hand out ten HoloLens prototypes and a total of $500,000 among five universities.

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Self-driving cabs could slash emissions 90%

Self-driving cabs could slash emissions 90%

Autonomous taxis could have a huge impact on environmental emissions, with new research suggesting cuts of as much as 90-percent versus private ownership. Although self-driving projects have for the most part focused on the safety and convenience handing over the wheel to a computer would allow, the team at the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory looked instead to per-mile greenhouse gas emissions. The potential for greener driving, they discovered, was far greater when a smarter taxi system could take into account just how many people they'd need to be transporting.

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Christian Facebook clone preaches love the social, hate the sin

Christian Facebook clone preaches love the social, hate the sin

A social network focused on serving the needs of evangelical Christians, complete with an "Amen" button instead of "Like", is promising to oust the sin from Facebook. FaceGlória, currently only available in Portuguese, was set up earlier this month, billed as a "clean virtual environment" in which Christian values will be observed. As a result, in addition to barring anything related to violence, sex, or LGBT issues, there's a long list of no-go words.

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GoPro HERO4 Session slims action cam but loses 4K

GoPro HERO4 Session slims action cam but loses 4K

GoPro may have updated its action cameras recording capabilities over the years, but it's taken the arrival of the new GoPro HERO4 Session to finally slim things down. 50-percent smaller and 40-percent lighter than GoPro's existing HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, the HERO4 Session can shoot up to 1080p60 video or 8-megapixel stills and is backward-compatible with existing mounts. However, what you won't need is a case, since the Session is waterproof by design.

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Hacking Team leak alleges controversial hack app sales

Hacking Team leak alleges controversial hack app sales

Cybersecurity firm Hacking Team has had an unpleasant taste of its own medicine, after data suggesting connections with repressive regimes was stolen from its systems. Over 400GB of files were unexpectedly shared on the company's hijacked Twitter account - posts since deleted as Hacking Team wrests back control this morning - some of which indicate that, contrary to the Italian firm's express denials, it has been selling monitoring and surveillance software to governments and security services in countries like Kazakstan, Russia, and Bahrain, which have been accused of heavy-handed treatment of citizens.

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Chinese so mad at Galaxy bloat they’re suing Samsung

Chinese so mad at Galaxy bloat they’re suing Samsung

Most people are content with burying pre-installed apps into a folder somewhere, but a Chinese agency has opted to sue smartphone makers for unwanted bloatware. The Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission has taken Samsung and Oppo to task for just how much software comes preloaded on a brand new device, claiming to have been deluged by customer complaints that they're not getting as much storage space as expected, and that background data use has been more voracious than expected.

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Nikon’s new DX 16-80mm borrows flagship FX lens tech

Nikon’s new DX 16-80mm borrows flagship FX lens tech

Nikon's DX lenses may usually be overshadowed by their more expensive and higher-spec FX cousins, but the benefits in hand-me-down tech are starting to show. The company has revealed its AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR, the first DX-series lens to get things like Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat, while also echoing FX-series features such as its lengthy 24.120mm focal length. The anti-shake vibration reduction system can even spot if you're using a tripod and switch its settings accordingly.

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NASA suffers New Horizons disconnect as Pluto nears

NASA suffers New Horizons disconnect as Pluto nears

The New Horizons probe set to arrive at Pluto in just ten days time gave NASA an unpleasant July 4th surprise, losing contact with Earth for more than an hour. The glitch, which began at 1:54pm EDT, saw radio communications between the mission operations center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the distant spacecraft cut for unknown reasons. While the link was reconnected at 3:15pm EDT, it leaves NASA scientists scrambling to get New Horizons back onto its original course.

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On July 4th, Declare Tech Independence

On July 4th, Declare Tech Independence

July 4th doesn't have to stop at barbecue food and Will Smith kicking extraterrestrial butt: it's a great opportunity to declare tech independence, too. Whether it's free trials that you signed up for and forgot to cancel before they started charging your credit card, an old cellphone plan that's now looking less than competitive, or your unwatched cable box sucking down cash every month in return for a thousand channels you ignore, there are plenty of ways to make today a more rewarding Independence Day.

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With OnePlus sold out, where can you get Google Cardboard?

With OnePlus sold out, where can you get Google Cardboard?

It seemed too good to be true: Google's coveted Cardboard virtual reality headset at just a fraction of the price. Unfortunately, if you didn't jump on OnePlus' deal pretty much instantly you're bang out of luck, with supplies exhausted in short order. If you missed out, but still have a hankering for some VR action, there are still a few places where you can pick a headset up. In fact, if you're good with your hands, you could even make Cardboard yourself.

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