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.

Nest Cam Outdoor offers 24/7 video streaming and easy install

Nest Cam Outdoor offers 24/7 video streaming and easy install

Nest is taking its intelligent cameras outside with the launch of the Nest Cam Outdoor, a weatherproof version of its streaming security system that makes ease of use and simplicity of installation its twin priorities. It'll work with a new machine learning system intended to cut out false warnings from motion-triggered alerts, together with a redesign of Nest's app that will affect users of its entire range of smart home products.

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Fiat Chrysler puts bounty on car cybersecurity bugs

Fiat Chrysler puts bounty on car cybersecurity bugs

Car hacks may very well be the next big battleground in cybersecurity, and Fiat Chrysler is the first automaker to put a bounty on bugs that could potentially cripple its vehicles - or worse. FCA US (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US) will offer security researchers up to $1,500 apiece for spotting potential security vulnerabilities, such as those discovered in its infotainment system which made headlines last year.

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Facebook Messenger embraces 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Facebook Messenger embraces 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Facebook continues to embrace 3D Touch, with Apple's pressure-sensitive touchscreen tech now being added to Facebook Messenger. In an update to the Messenger app released for iOS devices today, there's now support for previewing contacts, conversations, photos, videos, stickers, links, and locations with a firm press on the iPhone 6s' display.

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Garmin’s new GPS cycling computers track your riding pack

Garmin’s new GPS cycling computers track your riding pack

Getting outside and socializing needn't involve Pokemon GO, with Garmin launching a pair of new cycling GPS computers that each bake in rider pack interconnectivity. The Gamin Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 each do the usual tracking and navigation you'd expect from a cycling computer, but also include the company's GroupTrack feature.

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Nissan’s ProPILOT self-driving tech plays safe for public launch

Nissan’s ProPILOT self-driving tech plays safe for public launch

Japan's motorists are about to get their first taste of mass-market autonomous driving, with Nissan announcing it's bringing a self-driving minivan to public roads. The new Nissan Serena, a compact family car not sold in the US, will be the first of the automaker's models to offer ProPILOT, a combination of lane-following, traffic pacing, and more.

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This 60D is now the cheapest Tesla Model X

This 60D is now the cheapest Tesla Model X

Tesla has launched a new and more affordable version of its SUV, the Model X 60D, trading overall range in return for a lower sticker price on the forecourt. The new car slots in as the entry-level option in what's now a four model line-up of electric SUVs from the California automaker.

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The official Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launch is August 2

The official Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launch is August 2

The much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will make its debut on August 2, Samsung has confirmed, skipping a number for its freshest phablet. The new Android device will be revealed at an event in New York City at Hammerstein Ballroom, Samsung has confirmed today.

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Netgear throws VueZone cameras into the IoT dumpster

Netgear throws VueZone cameras into the IoT dumpster

The Internet of Things dumpster gains another tenant, with Netgear confirming it will pull the plug on its VueZone connected camera system. The range of wirelessly-enabled security cameras was acquired by Netgear back in 2012, which subsequently renamed the line-up - and its new additions - as Arlo. Unfortunately for those with investment in the initial cameras, however, they'll stop working in eighteen months time.

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It’s the right time for a Nintendo phone

It’s the right time for a Nintendo phone

Nintendo has traditionally been steadfast in its dedication to hardware, even as rival consoles have out-performed, out-exclusived, and eventually out-sold it in the process. It's taken the company years to concede that yes, smartphone gaming and leveraging the value of its game IP might be a good way of making money, and sure enough Nintendo's stock price has soared as Pokemon GO became a must-have on iOS and Android.

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This is the Cozmo SDK: I think it’ll do for robots what iOS did for apps

This is the Cozmo SDK: I think it’ll do for robots what iOS did for apps

Robots with personality aren't new, but Anki's Cozmo has broader goals than just entertainment: it wants to bring advanced coding techniques to the mass market. Announced last month, Cozmo - a palm-sized robot that uses your smartphone for a brain - may look like a toy but its companion SDK is arguably just as ambitious as that of iOS or Android.

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Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon just got snappier

Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon just got snappier

The processor arms-race slows for nobody, and Qualcomm is already pitching its upgrade to the chip found in many of the flagship 2016 Android smartphones. The Snapdragon 821 is, as the name suggests, a freshened version of the Snapdragon 820, which Qualcomm says offers a 10-percent performance increase for device manufacturers who simply must have the speediest silicon.

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2016 Audi TTS Coupe Review

2016 Audi TTS Coupe Review

Resplendently menacing in battleship gray, the 2016 Audi TTS Coupe hides its horsepower upgrade over the regular TT with little more than some red badging to signify the difference. The third-generation TT looks great, rediscovering its way, if not quite to the Bauhaus purity of the original, then at least to a sharper, crisper aesthetic than the second-gen car ever managed, and if you're of the mind that more power always equals more appeal, the TTS argument might seem clear cut.

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