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.

Volkswagen will buy back most Dieselgate cars in US

Volkswagen will buy back most Dieselgate cars in US

Volkswagen will offer to buy back every diesel car in the US that cheated emissions standards, a vast and expensive undertaking covering nearly half a million vehicles. The decision is part of a settlement in principle with the US Department of Justice (DoJ), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and California Air Resources Board (CARB), announced today, as part of the German automaker's grand "Dieselgate" mea-culpa for fitting several of its models with cunning bypass devices that helped fake the results during government testing.

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HTC 10 Review

HTC 10 Review

If everybody loves an underdog story, why aren't more people buying HTC phones? That's the question the Android stalwart must be puzzling over, having spent the past four to five years trying to figure out how to be "critic's choice" rather than "also-ran" in the smartphone space. The answer for 2016 is the HTC 10, but is this new flagship enough to stand out amid behemoths like Apple and Samsung?

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XPUMP aims to upgrade your smartphone’s headphone jack

XPUMP aims to upgrade your smartphone’s headphone jack

LG may be undecided on whether the US market is ready for add-on audio enhancement for smartphones, but that isn't stopping other companies from promising great aural enjoyment from accessories. Embrace Labs has been showing off its upcoming XPUMP dongle today, a gum-stick sized add-on that, rather than amplifying the music played from your phone, laptop, or anything else, claims to use DSP to improve it instead.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V Review: Darth Vader’s ride

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Review: Darth Vader’s ride

Whenever I walked up to the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V in a parking lot, I heard the echoes of the Imperial March from Star Wars in my head. Only true American muscle aficionados may understand the potency and engineering prowess that goes into turning Caddy's comfortable CTS sedan into a four-wheeled Death Star, yet it only takes one brief spin - preferably on the safety of a race track, but an abandoned country road will do - to comprehend why this supercharged, super-aggressive, super-speed monster can give the best of the Autobahn-busters sleepless nights.

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The reason you should uninstall Quicktime for Windows immediately

The reason you should uninstall Quicktime for Windows immediately

Software being abandoned by its developers isn't new, but there are solid reasons why Quicktime for Windows shouldn't just languish in a folder on your PC. That's because it's for more reasons than just good housekeeping that Windows users should uninstall Apple's Quicktime today, given exactly the potential security risks that have been identified by researchers.

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Why an OLED iPhone would be so important

Why an OLED iPhone would be so important

In the run-up to the big iPhone 7 reveal later this year, Apple is said to be working on an even more fundamental change to its best-selling smartphone. Though the Cupertino company has used LCD screens for its handsets since the first iPhone in 2007 - and is expected to continue to do so for the iPhone 7 - that could all change come next year, as the lure of OLED finally tips Retina display into the opposing camp.

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AMC kills texting in theaters plan after moviergoer outcry

AMC kills texting in theaters plan after moviergoer outcry

AMC has pulled the plug on plans to allow texting in its movie theatres, after a frenzy of negative social media following news it was considering making some screenings more smartphone-friendly. Chatter of the possibility broke earlier this week, with new AMC CEO Adam Aron venturing the idea that it could make movie-going more popular with Millenials.

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Tesla Weekend Social is Cars and Coffee for the EV set

Tesla Weekend Social is Cars and Coffee for the EV set

Tesla ownership has always been fairly exclusive, but now the electric car company is starting up an official club of sorts, with a series of weekend gatherings. The Tesla Weekend Social is, owners were informed via email this week, a new series of events intended to bring drivers of the Model S and Model X together with product specialists from the company.

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Apple’s big App Store fix could include pay-for-placement

Apple’s big App Store fix could include pay-for-placement

Apple may allow developers to pay for better positioning in the App Store, borrowing the paid search strategy that has been so successful for Google. The revolution to the iOS download store would be one strand of a broader strategy to cut through the more than 1.5 million apps that crowd it, addressing growing criticisms that it's too hard to find the best content for iPhone and iPad.

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Microsoft’s CaptionBot AI wants to understand your photos

Microsoft’s CaptionBot AI wants to understand your photos

Microsoft's plan to make artificial intelligence so helpful, we can't help but welcome it into our lives, continues today with the launch of CaptionBot. Following in the footsteps of Fetch! and Translator, CaptionBot sets itself a fairly straightforward challenge on the face of things, but behind the scenes it's really not as easy as you might think.

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BMW just made GoPro a must-have for track days

BMW just made GoPro a must-have for track days

For most, GoPro is the consummate track-day camera, but along comes BMW with an even more polished integration between action-cam and "The Ultimate Driving Machine." The German automaker has cooked up a new version of its BMW M Laptimer app complete with full support for GoPro cameras, courtesy of the GoPro Developer Program announced this morning.

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Sennheiser has a fix for bad GoPro audio

Sennheiser has a fix for bad GoPro audio

GoPro's action cameras might be the go-anywhere video recording option for racing, biking, and other extreme sports, but the audio they capture has always been the ugly sibling. Sennheiser, though, believes it may have the answer with its new, microphone-toting GoPro camera case, one of the first products to launch under the GoPro Developer Program.

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