Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in London, UK, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

SmartThings Review: Living in the Smart Home

SmartThings Review: Living in the Smart Home

Prepare to hear a lot more about SmartThings. Kickstarter success turned Samsung acquisition, the smart home startup isn't the only DIY approach to home automation and security out there, but it may well end up being one of the best funded. SmartThings' mantra is one of openness, aiming to work with as many third-party components as possible rather than lock users into a closed platform. Admirable, but it could easily add up to confusion; I've been living the SmartThings life for the past six months to see whether it works.

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Ford outs first RHD new Mustang prototype

Ford outs first RHD new Mustang prototype

You might assume that, after fifty years, Ford had tried everything with the Mustang, but there's one remaining big challenge for the muscle car: right-hand drive. Testing of a new RHD version of the 2015 Mustang has just begun, Ford has confirmed, as the company prepares for configurations of the car with the steering wheel on the other side to hit mass production for the first time in five decades.

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The Renovo Coupe is the new poster child for extreme EV

The Renovo Coupe is the new poster child for extreme EV

Forget Tesla. That's perhaps not the official tagline for Renovo Motors and its striking new electric coupe, but it's not hard to see the retro racer as a push back against Elon Musk's polished bid to take EVs mainstream. Unveiled at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the Renovo Coupe makes some big claims, too, like 0-60 mph in under 3.4 seconds.

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Jaguar F-Type Project 7 priced & dated for US debut

Jaguar F-Type Project 7 priced & dated for US debut

Jaguar has been showing off its F-Type Project 7 road-going racer in US spec for the first time, bringing the specially developed 575 HP two-seater to 2014 Monterey Car Week ahead of its release next year. Building on the regular F-Type with bespoke aerodynamic aids, the all-aluminum car packs Jaguar's 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine for some impressive performance.

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Tesla boosts Model S warranty to infinite miles after review ding

Tesla boosts Model S warranty to infinite miles after review ding

Tesla Motors has boosted the warranty on its Model S drivetrain, increasing it to infinite miles and retroactively applying it to all the Model S cars the EV company has sold. While you'd think it might be an opportunity for Tesla founder Elon Musk to gloat - given how rare such a warranty is - the outspoken executive says that in fact he regrets not doing it sooner. "In hindsight," Musk writes today, "this should have been our policy from the beginning of the Model S program."

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Google’s Project Tango SPHERES robots arrive at ISS

Google’s Project Tango SPHERES robots arrive at ISS

Google's Project Tango has arrived at the International Space Station, with the 3D mapping smartphone prototype strapped to SPHERES smart internal satellite robots. The "Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites" are floating ball 'bots intended to navigate their way around the inside of space stations and, eventually, help astronauts with their everyday lives, and NASA hopes the addition of Tango tech will make them even smarter.

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Here’s a Smart EV drag-racing a Mustang and a Boxster

Here’s a Smart EV drag-racing a Mustang and a Boxster

In a drag race challenge between a Smart EV, a Ford Mustang, Audi A5, and Porsche Boxster, which car do you think might win? If you guessed the diminutive Smart, then we hope you didn't put any money on that bet; unsurprisingly, the city car is thoroughly trounced, which you'd think would be an odd sales strategy for Smart itself to use. However, Smart has in mind a different type of drag race.

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