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.

Sonos has big news August 30th: Is it Alexa voice control?

Sonos has big news August 30th: Is it Alexa voice control?

Sonos is holding a press conference in New York City on August 30, and though the streaming speaker company is tight-lipped on what we might see, some sort of voice-control update sounds likely. The company confirmed the event in an invitation to media today, prompting speculation that it could well be a partnership with Amazon that sees Alexa gain a new home inside the company's PLAY speaker line-up.

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Delayed Jibo cancels robot preorders outside of North America

Delayed Jibo cancels robot preorders outside of North America

Robot companion Jibo is seriously limiting who it will be friends with, after unexpectedly informing preorder customers and crowdfunding backers that it now won't be shipping outside of North America. The news took customers by surprise this week, with the Jibo team blaming latency problems and a knock-on impact on performance for the decision to only fulfill purchases of the robot made in the US and Canada.

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Fitbit drops Microsoft HealthVault sync

Fitbit drops Microsoft HealthVault sync

Fitbit is axing support for Microsoft HealthVault, the company's cloud-based database intended to make sharing information with healthcare professionals more straightforward. One of the lesser-discussed features of Fitbit products like the Blaze smartwatch, the HealthVault support had allowed wearers to push records of their activity and exercise to Microsoft's service for later consideration by a doctor or other specialist.

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We still can’t pin down dark matter

We still can’t pin down dark matter

As fruitless hunts go, the search for dark matter takes some beating, forcing researchers using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope to branch out as they hunt for evidence of currently-theoretical particles. Though it's believed to make up the majority of the matter in the universe - around 80-percent, experts claim - dark matter is proving frustratingly elusive to actually identify, and now NASA's team is getting creative to try to pin it down.

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Pokemon GO permanent ban storm is coming: How to appeal

Pokemon GO permanent ban storm is coming: How to appeal

Pokemon GO gamers resorting to bots to play for them and artificial ways of boosting their harem could face an imminent permanent ban, with Niantic Labs seemingly ramping up for retaliation against cheaters. Reports of threats of legal action against bot developers have already prompted projects to shut down the technology some players used to game the system.

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iPhone 7 second speaker reportedly fake: Symmetry not stereo

iPhone 7 second speaker reportedly fake: Symmetry not stereo

Apple's reported decision to drop the iPhone 7 headphone socket would, so the leaks suggested, soften the blow by delivering more powerful sound from the handset overall, but new information suggests that may not actually be the case. Although leaks from multiple sources have shown the headphone jack-free bottom edge of the iPhone 7 having a pair of speaker grills, flanking either side of the Lightning socket, there's now chatter that the whole thing might be style not function.

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Note 7 Nougat update in 2-3 months says Samsung (but don’t hold your breath)

Note 7 Nougat update in 2-3 months says Samsung (but don’t hold your breath)

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 will launch running Marshmallow, but the Korean firm expects to have Android 7.0 Nougat ready in just a couple of months, not that it'll likely help US users. The 5.7-inch phablet is already up for preorder, with a US release on August 19, but a combination of factors will keep an Android OS update from appearing for some time yet.

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VW’s SEAT gets first automaker app into Apple’s CarPlay

VW’s SEAT gets first automaker app into Apple’s CarPlay

CarPlay may be Apple's attempt to redress the dashboard in an iOS outfit, but Spanish automaker SEAT has managed to squeeze a little of its own tech into the iPhone-powered infotainment. The company has launched a CarPlay compatible version of its SEAT DriveApp, which allows vehicle data and servicing information to be checked while still within Apple's interface.

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2017 BMW 740e goes green(ish) with plug-in hybrid

2017 BMW 740e goes green(ish) with plug-in hybrid

BMW's tech-packed 7 Series has gained a plug-in hybrid model, with the 2017 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance borrowing tech from its i8 electric coupe sibling for greener luxury. The new car will hit dealerships across the US this month, BMW says, with an $89,100 sticker (plus $995 destination), undercutting the existing 750i by around $10k while also wearing a - slight - green halo.

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Volkswagen hack renders millions of car locks useless

Volkswagen hack renders millions of car locks useless

The keyless entry security system in nearly a hundred million Volkswagen group cars is vulnerable to a simple hack that could grant entry in under a minute, researchers have warned. Security experts at the University of Birmingham in the UK have identified a tiny handful of common codes which the automaker apparently used across cars with VW, Audi, Seat, and Skoda badges from 1995 onward, with only the very latest models switching to a more secure system.

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Karma Revero revealed as deja-vu plug-in hybrid for the well-heeled

Karma Revero revealed as deja-vu plug-in hybrid for the well-heeled

Insert your choice of phoenix-from-the-ashes metaphor here, as Karma Automotive reveals the new Revero plug-in hybrid, and no we haven't used an old Fisker photo. Hoping to drag profit, customers, and acclaim from the embers of ill-fated Fisker - which went down in flames, both euphemistically and literally - the reborn car company hasn't strayed too far from the original car, or at least its design.

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Logitech Pop hands-on: A simple programmable button for the IoT

Logitech Pop hands-on: A simple programmable button for the IoT

The modern smart home may be a whiz-bang palace of connected gadgets and smartphone control, but there are times when you really just want to press a button and switch on the lights. Logitech Pop promises to be just that, a programmable wireless button that hides its not-inconsiderable scope in triggering the Internet of Things behind a veil of rubbery simplicity.

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