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.

Facebook gauges attention to bypass lackluster “Likes”

Facebook gauges attention to bypass lackluster “Likes”

Facebook doesn't need you to "Like" something any more to know you're interested: just by taking the time to read, the ever-seeing algorithm is learning. The social networking behemoth has announced the latest iteration of its News Feed system, no longer tracking just "Likes" and comments, but comparing the relative attention each post garners to figure out what users might really be intrigued by.

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iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

Deep-linking in apps may not sound exciting, but it could change the way you use apps on your iPhone and iPad with iOS 9, not to mention give developers more control. The changes will allow users to jump from app to app more naturally, as well as blurring the division between local apps and web-based content, not to mention reduce the amount of time you spend punching in login credentials. Meanwhile, content within apps can show up within iOS 9’s newly-supercharged search.

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Uber’s game is surprisingly fun for something so self-serving

Uber’s game is surprisingly fun for something so self-serving

Uber may have built it business around an app, but it's still a surprise to see the company release a game. UberDRIVE, though, is no ordinary iPhone game: it's intended to put you - virtually - behind the wheel of an Uber car, testing things like navigation skills and point-of-interest knowledge along the way. While it may be a freebie, the goal seems pretty clear, to encourage more drivers to sign up to the taxi-disrupter.

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HP Sprout adds 3D scanning turntable for DIYers

HP Sprout adds 3D scanning turntable for DIYers

HP's oddball all-in-one PC, the Sprout, is gaining a rotating turntable accessory to enable 3D scanning. Priced at $299, the 3D Capture Stage will land alongside a scanning software update that, together, will allow Sprout users to turn physical objects into digital versions that can be manipulated in all dimensions. Meanwhile, a deal with Dremel will make producing 3D prints of such items more straightforward, too.

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Twitter drops 140 character DM limit as CEO steps down

Twitter drops 140 character DM limit as CEO steps down

Twitter has steadfastly refused to give up on its 140 character brevity for public tweets, but is conceding with wordier direct messages. Rather than the current limit, DMs will be allowed at up to a whopping 10,000 characters - enough for a small novella, should you be so inclined - so that, rather than needing to split private conversations into chunks, those using Twitter as a private IM service will be able to fit it all into a single message. Meanwhile, Twitter has also announced a shake-up in CEOs.

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These are the VR games Oculus Rift is counting on

These are the VR games Oculus Rift is counting on

You can’t just launch a virtual reality headset and then sit back, and so Oculus is already talking up its games roster ahead of Rift’s release in Q1 2016. Though there’s a long list of studios already developing titles for the 3D wearable, Oculus brought three on-stage at its Rift reveal event in San Francisco today: the developers behind titles like EVE Valkyrie, Chronos, and Edge of Nowhere. Each is designed especially to take advantage of the benefits virtual reality brings to immersive gaming.

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How HomeKit embraces Siri, Apple Watch and iCloud

How HomeKit embraces Siri, Apple Watch and iCloud

Apple is bolstering HomeKit, bringing more smart home kit under the automation umbrella and adding Apple Watch, Siri, and iCloud integration to boost usability both when at home and away. The new functionality, based on iOS 9, will see HomeKit potentially take on a more serious role thanks to integration with security systems, while improvements to the setup process should make home automation installation less of a headache. However, there’s good news for those with existing gadgets they don’t want to replace.

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Kingston microDuo 3C USB-C Review – One drive, Two plugs

Kingston microDuo 3C USB-C Review – One drive, Two plugs

One day the tech world will have embraced the USB-C connector - until then, we’re reliant on devices like Kingston’s DataTraveler microDuo 3C USB Flash drive to bridge old and new. The double-sided thumb drive sandwiches between 16GB and 64GB of storage in-between a pair of plugs: a regular USB 3.1 on one end, and a USB-C 3.1 on the other. As a new MacBook user, I’m understandably curious about anything that works around the ultraportable’s notorious lack of ports: read on for my review.

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Apple’s plugging HomeKit’s biggest shortcoming

Apple’s plugging HomeKit’s biggest shortcoming

Apple’s HomeKit in 2014 was a promising start but lacked depth; it’s only with the arrival of iOS 9 that the smart home platform will begin to seem truly useful rather than a gimmick. What will arguably make the biggest difference to actual users is the new support for Event Triggers and Conditions. That will allow for conditional macros: strings of not only actions, like lights turning on and doors unlocking, but the rules and exceptions that govern them.

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2016 BMW 7 Series revealed and it’s a tech monster

2016 BMW 7 Series revealed and it’s a tech monster

BMW has taken the wraps off of the new 2016 7 Series, its most advanced flagship sedan to-date, with more tech, greater efficiency, and a new hybrid option. Set to show up on US forecourts come fall, priced from $81,300, the new car wraps more curvaceous body - long-wheelbase only in the US - around a carbon core passenger cell, mixing CFRP, ultra-high-tensile steels, and aluminum to drop weight by up to 190 pounds over the old car. BMW has used that to improve dynamics but also to inject masses of gadgetry.

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