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.

Narrative shuts down: Promises lifelogging camera app for owners

Narrative shuts down: Promises lifelogging camera app for owners

Lifelogging camera company Narrative is shutting down, with the wearable company confirming today that it has entered into voluntary dissolution. Sales of the compact Clip camera, which is designed to be attached to a shirt or bag strap and capture photos at regular intervals through the day, will cease, the company told owners in an email, as will aftermarket support.

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DJI Mavic Pro: Everything you need to know

DJI Mavic Pro: Everything you need to know

It's been a good month for drone lovers, and industry heavyweight DJI is playing its part with the freshly-announced Mavic Pro. Unveiled today, the new remotely-controlled drone promises the same abilities as DJI's Phantom series but in a seriously compact and easily transported form-factor, courtesy of a folding design that collapses it down to roughly half the size of a Phantom 4.

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2018 Jeep Compass hits reboot on aging crossover

2018 Jeep Compass hits reboot on aging crossover

As SUVs and crossovers flood the market, there's nothing quite like a new Jeep to strum the sentiment strings, and that's clearly what the company hopes to do with an early preview of its next big launch. The 2018 Jeep Compass has been revealed, coinciding with Brazilian production kicking off in Goiana, Pernambuco today, though we'll have to wait a little longer for all the details.

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Wink Hub 2 goes radio wild to hook up the smart home

Wink Hub 2 goes radio wild to hook up the smart home

Smart home lynchpin Wink has revealed the second generation of its home hub, with the Wink Hub 2 promising greater product support, broader interconnectivity, and a slicker app. Wink is one of the companies pushing, not a range of its own smart home components like connected locks and lights, but a way to join together various such products from third-party manufacturers and control them from a centralized app.

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Mazda’s stunning Miata RF “baby Porsche Targa” now has a price

Mazda’s stunning Miata RF “baby Porsche Targa” now has a price

Mazda has priced up the Miata RF, the hardtop convertible version of its MX-5 roadster, which the automaker unveiled unexpectedly back in March. Surprise star of the New York Auto Show, the slick fastback does away with its sibling's fabric roof and puts in its place a multi-section hard roof that unfolds and unfurls in a pleasingly origami style.

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Nest Cam Outdoor Review

Nest Cam Outdoor Review

Streaming security cameras are probably the most popular gadget in the connected home, and Nest the best known today. After a fairly slow start after its Dropcam acquisition in 2014, Nest finally has an outdoor model, the unimaginatively titled Nest Cam Outdoor. Like the Nest Cam - designed for indoor use - it's $199.99, though for the full range of features you'll need to cough up a monthly or annual subscription.

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What you should know about Snapchat Spectacles

What you should know about Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat's unexpected rebranding to Snap Inc. may have come as a surprise, but it's the company's first hardware product that really has us talking. The new Snap Spectacles, a wirelessly-enabled camera built into a pair of sunglasses, has already been described as the second coming of Google Glass, though the ephemeral messaging company undoubtedly hopes that they'll have more staying power than Google's ill-fated wearable.

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Snapchat Spectacles are rebranded Snap Inc.’s wearable camera

Snapchat Spectacles are rebranded Snap Inc.’s wearable camera

Snapchat has revealed its first hardware product, the Snapchat Spectacles, taking a more playful (and affordable) approach to wearable video capture than Google Glass. Resembling at first glance a set of regular, rounded sunglasses, albeit with oversized hinges, the eyewear includes a wide-angle camera on one side.

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2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Review: The claws are out

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Review: The claws are out

Things were not off to a good start in "Operation Impress the In-Laws". The Jaguar XJ I had expected, and which promised ample long wheelbase accommodation for their legs, was no longer arriving; instead, Jaguar's brand new 2017 XE R-Sport, the automaker's entry-level sports sedan and rival to the BMW 3 Series, was on its way. My extended family may not be especially swayed by brand cachet, but could the smallest Jag be too compact a kitty to keep four adults happy?

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Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link Review: Cleaned air, emptied wallet

Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link Review: Cleaned air, emptied wallet

Dyson is known for its distinctive home appliances, and yet nothing quite looks as strange as its "bladeless" fans, like the latest Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link. $599.99 gets you the pinnacle of the British engineering firm's HVAC technology, a fan which can not only manage the temperature in your home but promises to make the air cleaner too, complete with app integration.

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Why the iPhone 7 Plus camera is worth the upgrade

Why the iPhone 7 Plus camera is worth the upgrade

The improvements Apple has made to the iPhone 7's camera are hitting me where it hurts: in my pocket. Although on paper the new handset's 12-megapixels may look pretty much the same as the 12-megapixels the iPhone 6s offered before it, in reality it's all-change in the iPhone 7's top left corner. And, as I discovered while reviewing both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, that has an unexpectedly big impact on the photos you can capture, not to mention which version of Apple's smartphone that I'd recommend.

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The need-to-know on McLaren, Apple’s potential auto savior

The need-to-know on McLaren, Apple’s potential auto savior

Apple is reportedly sniffing around McLaren, and smelling more than just the heady haze of partially-burned hydrocarbons. The British automaker might at first seem like an unlikely target for the iPhone maker, but dip beneath the six-figure supercars and there are plenty of very good reasons why Apple might be interested.

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