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.

HERE ditches Windows 10 to howls of protest

HERE ditches Windows 10 to howls of protest

Mapping specialist HERE will pull its apps for Windows 10 smartphones at the end of the month, the company has announced, sending fans of Microsoft's platform into paroxysms of rage. The company, which until late last year was owned by key Windows Phone partner Nokia, confirmed the news today, suggesting that developing a new app for Windows 10 mobile would simply not make good business sense.

Continue Reading

Amazon thinks shopping by selfie is the password killer

Amazon thinks shopping by selfie is the password killer

Smile: you've just maxed out your credit card. Amazon is looking to patent shopping by selfie, replacing passwords with using the front-facing camera to do facial recognition before it'll ship your order. The patent application, currently being considered by the US Patent & Trademark Office, describes a new way of processing a checkout where, rather than entering your PIN or passcode, your device takes you through a game of Simon Says.

Continue Reading

iRobot Braava Jet is a robot maid for your bathroom floor

iRobot Braava Jet is a robot maid for your bathroom floor

iRobot's Roomba robots already suck: now they can spit, too. The iRobot Braava Jet isn't rude, though, it's actually intended for bathroom and kitchen floors, as well as rooms with wood and laminate surfaces. Cheaper than its vacuum siblings, it's also considerably smaller so that it can dart behind your toilet. I cornered it in a bathroom to see how it worked.

Continue Reading

ExoMars 2016 is Go as rocket blasts off for Martian mission

ExoMars 2016 is Go as rocket blasts off for Martian mission

The European Space Agency's mission to Mars has successfully begun, though it'll be seven months before the Proton rocket reaches the red planet. ExoMars 2016 aims to sift through the Martian atmosphere in search of methane and other trace gases which, the scientists suggest, might indicate that there are active biological or geological processes underway on the distant planet.

Continue Reading

Toyota’s 2017 Highlander adds eight seat option and new V6

Toyota’s 2017 Highlander adds eight seat option and new V6

The New York International Auto Show 2016 may not be taking place for another week, but Toyota couldn't resist spilling its news early. The 2017 Toyota Highlander aims to tidy up the midsize SUV segment, both in sales and practicality, with a more economical engine, more hybrid options, and revamped styling.

Continue Reading

2017 Acura NSX First Drive

2017 Acura NSX First Drive

Patience is a virtue when you're waiting for the next must-have supercar, but the 2017 Acura NSX has demanded more faith than most. Daring to reboot an icon - and that's certainly what the original NSX was - not only puts you squarely in the crosshairs of its most ardent, vocal fans, but levels big questions from the outset. Will the new NSX be the supercar-for-the-everyman-driver like its daddy was? Can it be both a brand beacon and a legitimate future-classic in its own right?

Continue Reading

Philips Hue Ambience offers white light from warm to cool

Philips Hue Ambience offers white light from warm to cool

Philips has a new Hue light set for smart home fans, and this time the connected bulbs aim to bring every shade of white light into your bedroom or living room. The Philips Hue White Ambience kit introduces a new bulb, which although only offering white light - rather than the colors Hue is perhaps best known for - can be adjusted in light temperature.

Continue Reading

The weirdest, crazier cars of Amelia Concours 2016

The weirdest, crazier cars of Amelia Concours 2016

Just as fine art can be challenging, so can classic cars, and while Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance has its fair share of multi-mullion supercars, so it also has a more refined selection of automotive oddballs. In fact, when some of the biggest collectors in the US - and abroad - get together to outdo each other, you're bound to find some more unusual vehicles in the mix.

Continue Reading

The curios & priceless classics of Amelia Concourse 2016

The curios & priceless classics of Amelia Concourse 2016

Lamborghinis, Ferraris, BMWs, and Fiats, with every slice of exotica in-between. Amelia Island Concourse d'Elegance might feature some of the rarest, most expensive autos in the world, but Cars & Coffee opens the weekend with a far broader slice of four-wheeled entertainment. You can never quite predict what will be rubbing shoulders with bonafide supercars.

Continue Reading

This latest Singer reimagined Porsche 911 is Amelia automotive art

This latest Singer reimagined Porsche 911 is Amelia automotive art

Singer Vehicle Design may not be a household name, but ardent fans of classic Porsche cars know exactly who the Southern California restorer is. Specialists in taking classic 911 cars and not only restoring them but "reimagining" them as unique 21st century classics, Singer started out in 2008 and now has more than 40 cars under its metaphorical belt.

Continue Reading

BMW M4 GTS takes on Amelia Concourse’s finest

BMW M4 GTS takes on Amelia Concourse’s finest

BMW's M division knows how to put a fast car together, but even the experts there may be patting themselves on the back over the 2016 BMW M4 GTS. The latest creation from the famed tuners, the car billed as "the most agile, radical, and powerful M4 ever" was star of BMW's show at Amelia Island Concours d"Elegance this weekend, managing to hold its own against a variety of classic exotica (including more than a few models from BMW's own history books).

Continue Reading

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4MATIC makes luxe sedan a monster

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4MATIC makes luxe sedan a monster

With Mercedes-Benz so proud of its new E-Class, it was only a matter of time before arch tuners Mercedes-AMG pushed out a high-performance version of the luxe sedan. Witness, therefore, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC, a 401 horsepower super-sedan capable of taking five from 0-62 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

Continue Reading