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.

Controversial Yik Yak anonymous app is shutting down

Controversial Yik Yak anonymous app is shutting down

Yik Yak is shutting down, with the location-based social network confirming today that it's game over for the anonymous messaging board system. The app was launched as a way for people in close proximity - often students on the same campus, much like where Yik Yak creators Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington worked on the first version - to communicate. However, as greater attention was paid to cyber-bullying and online harassment, Yik Yak's potential role in that ended up getting more attention than its other features.

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Google’s Android updates policy needs a big makeover

Google’s Android updates policy needs a big makeover

No device lives forever, particularly not smartphones where what's on the cutting edge seems to dull within months, but Google's end-of-life announcement for the Pixel still surprises. The handset - still so popular months after its release, indeed, that Google's online store struggles to keep it in stock - may be facing replacement at the hand of the Pixel 2 later this year, but for the moment it's still the company's flagship Android device. So it's not too surprising that owners have been dumbfounded this week by Google's scant commitment to software updates in the years ahead.

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Watch Elon Musk’s incredible vision of “Boring” car tunnels

Watch Elon Musk’s incredible vision of “Boring” car tunnels

Elon Musk's The Boring Company may have a drab name, but details on the billionaire's project to dig tunnels under LA and send cars shuttling through at high speed are anything but dull. Musk outlined some of what he has in mind today, speaking at the TED conference. As you might expect, these are no simple tunnels you drive in and out of.

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It’s getting easier to #DeleteUber

It’s getting easier to #DeleteUber

It's going to get easier to delete your Uber account and all the data associated with it, as the ride-sharing firm finally updates one of its more controversial aspects. The service repeatedly made headlines over the past few months, in no small part down to the behavior - and political side-projects - of Uber founder Travis Kalanick. It even spawned a campaign of account deletions, at which point users realized that, while it was easy to get started with Uber, extricating yourself from their databases was a whole lot trickier.

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Could a Google Pixel 2 XXL make you forget the Galaxy S8+?

Could a Google Pixel 2 XXL make you forget the Galaxy S8+?

A Pixel 2 XXL with a Snapdragon 835 chipset and pure Android could take on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ later this year, if tidbits turned up in the code are to be believed. The smartphone is believed to be the third in a three-strong range of Pixel 2 handsets for 2017, and internally codenamed "taimen" in keeping with Google's fondness for fish. While it won't be the first device to reach the market with Qualcomm's latest chipset, there may well be a few reasons why Android fans opt to catch the Pixel 2 XXL and throw back the rest.

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Amazon’s Echo with a screen tipped for May reveal

Amazon’s Echo with a screen tipped for May reveal

Amazon may have split opinion this week with Echo Look, which encourages Alexa to watch you getting dressed, but it seems it's not letting that slow the roll-out of new smart assistants. Echo Look is the fourth product on Amazon's virtual shelves to use Alexa, following the original Echo smart speaker, the Tap portable Bluetooth version, and the compact and more affordable Echo Dot. As soon as next month, though, we could see a fifth addition to the line-up.

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There’s good news about the unlocked Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM

There’s good news about the unlocked Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM

Samsung may have been blown away by Galaxy S8 demand, but the company is already preparing an even more potent version which will be sold unlocked. Although outwardly identical to the regular Galaxy S8+, the new version has 6GB of RAM, compared to the standard S8+'s 4GB. Meanwhile, there's also 128GB of internal storage, versus the 64GB of the regular phone.

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Apple is playing patent royalty hardball, and Qualcomm is furious

Apple is playing patent royalty hardball, and Qualcomm is furious

The patent fight between Apple and Qualcomm is getting uglier, with the chip-maker now outraged that its legal foe - and customer - is now withholding cash while the two clash in court. Tensions were cranked up to eleven back in January, when Apple accused Qualcomm of forcing unfair licensing fees onto it. Suing the company, it accused it of having "unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with."

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PS4 sales are going to slow, Sony warns

PS4 sales are going to slow, Sony warns

PlayStation 4 may have given Sony a welcome nudge upwards in its latest financial results, but the company is warning that sales are likely to slow in the year ahead. Sales in Sony's Game & Network Services division rose 6.3-percent year-on-year, to $14.73bn, an increase which the company says was primarily down to greater sales of PS4 and games for the console. Now, though, the PS4 enters a new stage of its life, Sony warns.

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Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Microsoft may have had a strong FY17 Q3, but dramatically lower sales of its Surface PCs in the quarter suggest it needs new models sooner rather than later. The software giant credited the value of the cloud for its $22.1bn GAAP revenue results, with net income of $4.8bn GAAP. However, today's announcement also included some bad news from Microsoft's hardware division.

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Uber’s self-driving expert off project amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber’s self-driving expert off project amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber's self-driving car lead has been put on the back-burner for LIDAR development, amid accusations from Alphabet's Waymo that he stole secrets about the technology. Anthony Levandowski has been head of the Advanced Technologies group at the ride-sharing firm since his startup Otto was acquired by Uber in July 2016. However, his time there hasn't been straightforward.

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Reboot-rebooted, new iOS 11 Apple Music tipped for iPhone 8

Reboot-rebooted, new iOS 11 Apple Music tipped for iPhone 8

Apple is preparing a second attempt at rebooting Apple Music, it's reported, with a big push into video joining the subscription-based streaming audio. The update will come roughly two years after Apple Music first launched, and mark a sizable bet on streaming video that will see several big-name celebrities contributing content. Only last year, Apple redesigned Apple Music considerably, in part to bring the company's curated playlists to greater prominence.

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