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.

Little-loved Apple Music Connect said to be buried in iOS 10

Little-loved Apple Music Connect said to be buried in iOS 10

Changes in how easy Apple Music is to use aren't the only upcoming revamp of the streaming service, insiders say, with its high-profile social aspects said to be sidelined. Apple Music Connect was announced last year with great fanfare, Apple bringing musician Drake on-stage at WWDC 2015 to describe how artists could use the system to engage more directly with fans and bring them behind-the-scenes with the recording process.

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Four things the 2016 Prius Two Eco gets absolutely right

Four things the 2016 Prius Two Eco gets absolutely right

Not for nothing is the Toyota Prius the chariot-of-choice for the eco pious. Toyota's segment-starting hybrid has become a mainstay of the green driving movement over its nearly two decades of production, at the same time racking up criticisms that it's more appliance than automobile. Along comes the fourth-generation 2016 Prius, however, and while you may be tempted to write it off as more of the same, it turns out there's a lot more changed than just the controversial looks.

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Breakthrough embryo research puts 14 day rule in spotlight

Breakthrough embryo research puts 14 day rule in spotlight

The legal and ethical implications of human embryo research are set to make waves once more, with breakthrough research drastically extending how long petri dish embryos can survive. Two experiments have shown that lab-grown embryos - in both cases using donated human cells - could be kept for significantly longer than with any previous technique.

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Lyft is working on self-driving Chevy Bolt EV cabs

Lyft is working on self-driving Chevy Bolt EV cabs

Lyft will trial autonomous taxi service with a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs within the next twelve months, it's reported, as GM accelerates its car tech research. The automaker and the ride-sharing firm announced back in January that they had plans to collaborate on self-driving cars, with the eventual goal being an on-demand, autonomous vehicle network that could be summoned from a smartphone.

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GoPro’s “revolutionary” Karma drone won’t land until 2016 holidays

GoPro’s “revolutionary” Karma drone won’t land until 2016 holidays

GoPro's Karma drone won't reach the market until the 2016 holiday season, the company has confirmed today, as it announces dire Q1 financial results. The action camera maker saw revenues almost halve year-on-year for the January through March 2016 period, hitting just $183.5m versus $363m in the same period a year ago.

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Tesla’s entire 2018 Model 3 production is almost all taken

Tesla’s entire 2018 Model 3 production is almost all taken

Affordable sedans don't typically find themselves on the "covet" side of the supply/demand curve, but it's looking like the Tesla Model 3 will buck that trend. The most affordable model in the automaker's all-electric line-up has already seen record reservations, and now CEO Elon Musk is warning that those who don't stake a place in line may be forced to wait even longer than initially expected.

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Apple’s big SAP deal aims to squeeze iOS into the office

Apple’s big SAP deal aims to squeeze iOS into the office

Apple's goal of squeezing Windows out of the workplace and replacing PCs with iPads continues, with a new deal with SAP to drive business-level app development. The partnership, announced today, is a double-pronged attack on an industry that might traditionally have assumed Windows was the only way to go.

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Here’s how Samsung and GE will bake the IoT into your kitchen

Here’s how Samsung and GE will bake the IoT into your kitchen

The Internet of Things wants to invade your kitchen, and a new breed of high-tech, high-price appliances is the gateway. Samsung has followed up its oddball Family Hub Fridge - which puts a big touchscreen tablet interface on the front of a double-door fridge-freezer - with another connected gadget for the kitchen, a WiFi-enabled range.

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Amazon Kindle Oasis Review – An embarrassment of riches

Amazon Kindle Oasis Review – An embarrassment of riches

Amazon is out of its mind, and yet for some reason I'm considering opening my wallet and spending hundreds of dollars on a Kindle Oasis. The company's new flagship ereader wows first with design, then with sticker-shock: closest yet in Amazon's quest to dethrone paper with its digital replacement, but out of the reach of all but the most dedicated, deep-pocketed readers.

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The Netflix fix for bill-shock is better streaming control

The Netflix fix for bill-shock is better streaming control

Intentionally reducing the quality of the video you're watching may sound strange, but Netflix's new granular control over bandwidth could very well save you from cellphone bill-shock. The streaming video company has come through on its promise to give Netflix app users more flexibility in the bitrate at which they watch movies and TV shows, after being criticized by some for chewing through too much of their data allowance.

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Tesla’s latest Model S makes more range an in-app upgrade

Tesla’s latest Model S makes more range an in-app upgrade

Tesla is pushing the limits of in-car upgrades, offering some owners of its Model S sedan the option to add more range without changing a single battery or motor. The automaker has quietly been putting its 75 kWh battery pack inside its entry-level Model S, but badging - and selling - the car as the Model S 70, billed as having a 70 kWh pack instead.

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The free Windows 10 upgrade gravy train is ending soon

The free Windows 10 upgrade gravy train is ending soon

The days of a free Windows 10 upgrade are numbered, with Microsoft confirming that, after July 29, you'll be expected to open your wallet if you want to bring an older Windows PC up to the cutting edge. As part of its efforts to get Windows 10 on as many PCs as possible, as soon as possible, Microsoft had launched the OS with a year-long free upgrade offer.

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