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.

You have to see NASA’s latest Cassini image from Saturn

You have to see NASA’s latest Cassini image from Saturn

Epic photos from NASA's space missions aren't a rare occurrence, but they don't come more dramatic than the latest image beamed back by the Cassini spacecraft. Currently in close orbit around Saturn, as it prepares to enter the final stages of its long mission, Cassini snapped the closest-ever photo of Daphnis, known as the planet's "wavemaker moon". The orbiting rock is just five miles across.

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“House of Cards” Season 5 delayed amid Netflix bumper growth

“House of Cards” Season 5 delayed amid Netflix bumper growth

"House of Cards" season five won't air until Q2 2017, Netflix has confirmed today, disappointing fans of the award winning series. News that the show had been renewed for a fifth season was confirmed a year ago, in January 2016, before season four had even aired on the on-demand streaming service. However, we now know that there'll be longer to wait before we get to see it.

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Gmail PSA: This phishing scam is all too easy to fall for

Gmail PSA: This phishing scam is all too easy to fall for

A simple but astonishingly effective Gmail scam continues to compromise even adept internet users, with phishers taking advantage of how browsers present URLs to steal emails and other information. The exploit presents users with what looks like a regular login page but, rather than being hosted by Google, is in fact running on a different server waiting to steal account details. What sets it apart in phishing terms is how well that server is hidden.

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Apple’s latest lawsuit proves you just can’t please everyone

Apple’s latest lawsuit proves you just can’t please everyone

Apple finds itself the subject of a road safety lawsuit, facing demands to lock down the iPhone to prevent drivers from texting or other distractions while on the road. The case, Julio Ceja v. Apple Inc., was filed this week in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and accuses the Cupertino firm of putting "profit before consumer safety" by continuing to allow the potentially dangerous practice. If it won't change iOS, the lawyers say, Apple should be made to cease sales of the iPhone in California altogether.

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Logic Pro X and GarageBand get big updates: Touch Bar, iCloud, more

Logic Pro X and GarageBand get big updates: Touch Bar, iCloud, more

Apple's Logic Pro X has gained Touch Bar support on the latest MacBook Pro, with the music software - and its GarageBand for iOS cousin - getting a big update today. Logic Pro X 10.3 not only embraces the slender touchscreen strip on Apple's latest notebook, but revamps the UI throughout; as for GarageBand for iOS 2.2, that gets a brand new synthesizer and a new interface. Meanwhile, music-makers using both products will be better able to create on the move thanks to new remote access options.

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Starship’s robot-couriers start US trials with Postmates and Doordash

Starship’s robot-couriers start US trials with Postmates and Doordash

Your next lazy meal might show up on your doorstep inside a robo-cooler-on-wheels, with news that two on-demand companies in the US are kicking off trials with Starship Technologies' delivery robots. The company's robots look more akin to miniature moon rovers, with their squat bodies and six wheels, and Postmates and DoorDash will take advantage of their autonomous navigation to make deliveries where previously human couriers would be relied upon. However, the trials will be fairly low-key, at least initially.

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Japan’s great toilet mystery is about to be solved

Japan’s great toilet mystery is about to be solved

The first time I visited Japan, I knew what I really wanted to try first. Not the sushi, though that turned out to be superb, or the bullet train. No, my boyish excitement was all about the magical robotic toilets. For a button-loving geek who has long thought that the bathroom should have more unexpected warm water surprises, Japan's clever bidets or "washlets" are the Holy Grail.

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2018 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is bigger in power and size

2018 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is bigger in power and size

You'd be forgiven for assuming the most powerful production MINI to-date would be a Coupe, or maybe even a Convertible, but it's not. Witness instead this, the 2018 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, a performance upgrade to the automaker's most practical car. As well as seating for five and a healthy trunk, there's 228 HP under the hood.

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The FTC just sued Qualcomm for being anti-competitive

The FTC just sued Qualcomm for being anti-competitive

Qualcomm has been accused by the Federal Trade Commission of anticompetitive patent tactics, with the FTC filing a federal court complaint alleging the chip maker used nefarious tactics to maintain a monopoly on mobile processors. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California today, argues that Qualcomm used standards-essential patents it holds to demand elevated royalties and other license payments from phone manufacturers. That would contravene the FTC Act.

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Bentley’s future is transparent OLED and luxury car-sharing

Bentley’s future is transparent OLED and luxury car-sharing

Bentley may be an old brand but the luxury automaker is experimenting with cutting edge tech, exploring displays that appear like magic out of the woodwork. The British automaker discussed some of the ways it could use new technology like transparent OLED last week, when CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer spoke at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, USA. Meanwhile, like most automakers Bentley is considering the role of a car manufacturer in a future where individual ownership is predicted to dwindle.

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Apple hikes UK App Store prices after pound’s Brexit slump

Apple hikes UK App Store prices after pound’s Brexit slump

Apple is raising App Store prices in the UK, blaming the weaker pound for increasing app costs by around 25-percent. The news was confirmed in an email to developers, in which Apple revealed that it would raise the lowest app price from £0.79 to £0.99, among other adjustments. It's being seen as the latest side-effect of Brexit, the UK's referendum decision to leave the European Union.

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Nintendo Switch pre order sellout sends gamers hunting

Nintendo Switch pre order sellout sends gamers hunting

If you slept on getting your Nintendo Switch pre-order in, you may end up disappointed come March 3, with just about every retailer selling out of their initial stock. Preorders for the hotly-anticipated console opened just a few days ago, with GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and others all taking part. However, in the time between Friday and today, all of those orders have been snapped up.

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