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.

Here’s how Lamborghini thinks hybrid supercars should work

Here’s how Lamborghini thinks hybrid supercars should work

When Lamborghini makes a hybrid, you know something is up, but the Italian supercar manufacturer wasn't thinking so much of "going green" as it was "going fast" when it designed the Asterion LPI 910-4's powertrain. One of the stars of the Paris Auto Show 2014 last week, the sleek coupé pairs together a 5.2-liter V10 gas engine with three electric motors to produce Lamborghini's first ever plug-in hybrid - at least in concept form, anyway. A new video, meanwhile, explains exactly how those two systems combine for the car's heady 910 HP.

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Adobe Creative Cloud boosted: iOS workflow supercharged

Adobe Creative Cloud boosted: iOS workflow supercharged

Adobe has given its Creative Cloud a polish today, rolling out new mobile "capture" apps for iPhone and iPad, as well as updating popular iPad app Photoshop Sketch and other titles. The refresh, announced at Adobe's MAX 2014 conference today, also boosts interconnectivity between the mobile software and their desktop counterparts, in addition to improving support for Adobe Ink & Slide, the digital pen and ruler set for the iPad which was released earlier this year and which allows mobile artists to create early sketches and jot down ideas for their upcoming desktop projects.

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2015 Ford F-150 First Drive: The big aluminum risk

2015 Ford F-150 First Drive: The big aluminum risk

The stakes are high when you're redesigning the best-selling vehicle in America, and you could've perhaps forgiven Ford for taking a low-key approach to the 2015 F-150. Instead, however, the new truck aims for a trio of improvements (and companion challenges): an all-new aluminum body and box that needs to convince traditionalists that steel isn't the only metal; a new 2.7L EcoBoost engine that has to compete with the de facto V8; and lashings of tech at odds with the "simple workhorse" many expect. Ambitious, then: read on to find out whether Ford's new star succeeds.

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Only from space could we spot thousands of underwater mountains

Only from space could we spot thousands of underwater mountains

Not for nothing is it said that we know more about the surface of the moon and nearby planets than we do about the ocean floor, and things have got a whole lot more interesting down there with the discovery of thousands of new deep sea mountains. The freshly-discovered ranges - which could add more than 25,000 known peaks on top of the roughly 5,000 we'd already identified - come as researchers increase the resolution of marine modeling using not submarines and robots but satellites instead.

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Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guest hotspots

Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guest hotspots

Marriott will cough up $600,000 in penalties after being caught blocking mobile hotspots so that guests would have to pay for its own WiFi services, the FCC has confirmed today. The fine comes after staff at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee were found to be jamming individual hotspots and then charging people up to $1,000 per device to get online.

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Waze trades user locations with governments in road insight exchange

Waze trades user locations with governments in road insight exchange

Waze will hand over real-time traffic data pulled from its crowdsourced driver community to select governments around the world, part of a new "Connected Citizens" program in Boston, Florida, and other locations. The scheme - which will involve anonymizing the traffic information, so that no single driver can be picked out - will net Waze greater access to official transit information, such as a heads-up on future road closures, as the Google-owned service tries to corner the market in driving data.

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Doctor Who Minecraft skin brings Daleks to blocky life

Doctor Who Minecraft skin brings Daleks to blocky life

The Doctor Who skin pack for Minecraft on the Xbox 360 has been released, bringing several regenerations of the Doctor along with popular enemies like the Daleks to the block game. Available initially only for the Xbox 360 - though with a Minecraft: Xbox One Edition version coming eventually - the skin pack will feature a total of 54 characters, Microsoft says.

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Europe: IM’ing too competitive to deny Facebook’s WhatsApp buy

Europe: IM’ing too competitive to deny Facebook’s WhatsApp buy

Facebook's $19bn acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp has been approved by the European Commission, following US regulators in giving the green light after deciding the deal wouldn't be a threat to consumers. Concerns from some quarters, that the purchase would leave the messaging space unbalanced, were dismissed by competition policy chief Joaquín Almunia, who argued that most users aren't reliant on a single service.

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