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.

Acura’s US NSX plant treats supercar like a chicken

Acura’s US NSX plant treats supercar like a chicken

How many American-made supercars are actually made in America? The number might be smaller than you think, with Acura claiming the 2017 NSX is the only such vehicle to be designed, developed, and produced on US soil. Deliveries of the car itself won't begin until later in the year, but trial production of what's practically a hand-built, boutique exercise is already underway.

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Panasonic is building Ninja exoskeletons and Aliens-style Power Loaders

Panasonic is building Ninja exoskeletons and Aliens-style Power Loaders

Panasonic is working on a full body exoskeleton which will give workers super-strength, the company has said today, building on its "Ninja" power assist suits. The PLN-01 wearables, developed by Panasonic division Activelink, and their AWN-03 counterparts, are intended to help industrial workers lift heavy objects without destroying their backs in the process.

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Google X will cut Boston Dynamics robots loose

Google X will cut Boston Dynamics robots loose

Google parent Alphabet is exploring a sale of Boston Dynamics, the specialist creator of creepy robot dogs and humanoids, after failing to come up with a way to turn a profit from the high-tech team. The company, which has worked on various robotics projects with DARPA, the US military, and numerous other firms, was acquired by Google in late 2013, after former exec Andy Rubin decided the company would be a perfect fit for his robot ambitions, a project dubbed Replicant.

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20 automakers commit to auto-braking cars by 2022

20 automakers commit to auto-braking cars by 2022

Cars that can brake themselves in the case of an emergency will be standard on forecourts by 2022, with twenty automakers agreeing to fit the technology by default on their US models. The voluntary commitment to Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) could prevent an extra 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said today.

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Samsung’s TabPro S price brings tablet wars to iPad Pro

Samsung’s TabPro S price brings tablet wars to iPad Pro

Samsung's TabPro S, the sleek Windows 10 slate which the company hopes will claw would-be iPad Pro buyers away from Apple Stores, will be priced at $900, Samsung has announced today. The 12-inch tablet will go up for sale tomorrow, March 18th, in the US, Samsung says, offering up to 10.5 hours of runtime on a single charge.

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Scion FR-S reborn as the 2017 Toyota 86 with more power

Scion FR-S reborn as the 2017 Toyota 86 with more power

Arguably the most appealing car in ill-fated Scion's line-up has been rebranded by Toyota, and it's with a name that many agree the compact sportscar should've had in the first place. The Scion FR-S, the two-seater Toyota developed with Subaru, will be sold as the 2017 Toyota 86 when it joins the line-up this year, echoing the name under which the car is sold elsewhere in the world.

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Nextbit kills the CDMA Robin as Android phone costs spiral

Nextbit kills the CDMA Robin as Android phone costs spiral

Bad news if you wanted a Nextbit Robin smartphone to use with Verizon or Sprint, as the Android device-making startup has axed plans for its CDMA phone. The news was confirmed this morning, with Nextbit - which raised over $1.3m late in 2015 on Kickstarter for its vision of a cloud-storage focused handset - admitting it would have to refund backers who had wanted the CDMA version.

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Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 gives midsize SUV a V6 biturbo boost

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 gives midsize SUV a V6 biturbo boost

Mercedes-AMG, the Germany automaker's purveyor of roasting hot, amped-up Autobahn destroyers, has been on a roll of late, and like the cars that sport its badge it's showing no signs of slowing. Latest is the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, the first midsize SUV to get the AMG tuning treatment, and promising blistering performance while still delivering legitimate off-road abilities.

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The big tech behind the 2017 Acura NSX specs

The big tech behind the 2017 Acura NSX specs

Never has there been a supercar as relentlessly cutting-edge, as deliberately modern, as the 2017 Acura NSX. Picking up the torch passed on from the original NSX of the 90s means more than just a nameplate and that legendary Honda reliability: it's also about embracing the very latest in powertrain, handling, and hybridization. Complicated stuff: here's what you need to know for your next geeky dinner party.

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BMW’s future is electrified and autonomous

BMW’s future is electrified and autonomous

BMW's future is decidedly electric, the German automaker has insisted today, with seven EVs or plug-in hybrids expected in the line-up by 2016 including a new iPerformance range to push the envelope. The drive for electrification - which BMW is referring to as BMW iNEXT - will be accompanied by increasingly complex autonomous and semi-autonomous cars, as well as new hyper-luxury models.

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Cadillac embraces the dark side with blacked-out ATS and CTS

Cadillac embraces the dark side with blacked-out ATS and CTS

Cadillac's design language is recent years hasn't been short on aggression, but the company is cranking up its Darth Vader credentials with a new Black Chrome option for its cars. The ATS Sedan and Coupe, and the CTS Sedan, now come with the possibility of switching out the standard-fit chromework for some moodier, more subtle alternatives, along with new wheels and more.

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Mercedes CLA gets facelift ahead of NY Auto Show

Mercedes CLA gets facelift ahead of NY Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz is giving its four-door coupe a revamp, with the 2017 CLA and Mercedes-AMG CLA45 both receiving a facelift in time for the New York International Auto Show 2016 next week. The CLA250 now has a tweaked front and rear bumper, described by the German automaker as more aggressive than the older car, though keeps the 4-cylinder, 2.0 liter engine good for 208 HP and 258 lb-ft. of torque.

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