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.

5 awesome iOS 10 features that didn’t get WWDC 2016 demos

5 awesome iOS 10 features that didn’t get WWDC 2016 demos

With its super-fast rundown of ten of the top features of iOS 10, there's no denying that WWDC 2016 packed as much of the iPhone platform in as possible. Billed as the biggest release for iOS users so far, features like a supercharged Messages experience, a new Home app for HomeKit control, and a much smarter Siri all promise to have an impact every day on how we use our iPhones and iPads.

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The big iOS 10 vs Android N war is over privacy

The big iOS 10 vs Android N war is over privacy

At first glance, you could think Apple's WWDC 2016 and Google's I/O 2016 saw announcements of broadly the same thing, but the big question is where - not how - your data is being used. Tim Cook & Co. took to the stage at the Bill Graham Theater in San Francisco this morning to unveil the latest and greatest features of iOS 10, macOS, and more, but even if they didn't mention Google by name, they nonetheless stuck the dagger in at the end of the show.

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Microsoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its network

Microsoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its network

Microsoft will buy LinkedIn for $26.2bn, the two companies have announced today, with the surprise acquisition of the business-focused social network continuing Satya Nadella's strategy to further invest in services. The deal - announced while Microsoft is also readying at least one new Xbox One console for unveil this morning - will see LinkedIn retain its own brand rather than be subsumed into Microsoft-whole.

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Xbox One S leaks: 40% slimmer console with 4K

Xbox One S leaks: 40% slimmer console with 4K

Microsoft's next Xbox console has leaked ahead of the company's E3 2016 press conference, the Xbox One S, a smaller but more potent version of the current machine. Long-anticipated for this year's E3, the new console's most noticeable change over the existing model is its reduced size - the name is almost certainly a play on "Xbox One Slim" - apparently 40-percent smaller than today's Xbox One.

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2018 Volvo V90 Preview – Roll out the welcome wagon

2018 Volvo V90 Preview – Roll out the welcome wagon

Volvo's attack on the midsize luxury segment and the German cars which dominate it, the 2017 S90, arrives this year, but the seasoned Swedophile knows more interesting sheet metal is still to come. Due to arrive on US shores in 2017 is the Volvo V90, a wagon that aims to give American buyers traditionally averse in recent years to that particular body style something to sway them.

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2017 Volvo S90 first-drive – Sweden declares war

2017 Volvo S90 first-drive – Sweden declares war

Volvo may be too laid back to call out its German rivals, but make no mistake, the 2017 S90 is a serious gauntlet thrown down in the midsize luxury segment. Determined to prove the XC90 was no fluke, and instead the first step in an aggressive full-range refresh, the 2017 Volvo S90 takes much of its SUV cousin's charm and condenses it into a form-factor better suited to take on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series.

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Tesla on offensive against NHTSA gag-order allegations

Tesla on offensive against NHTSA gag-order allegations

Tesla has come out fighting against reports that the automaker is trying to cover up car safety issues, and prevent owners from discussing them with federal safety agencies. The accusations came following a report of a broken suspension system in an out-of-warranty Model S, which Tesla offered to help pay for repairs on as part of what the company says now was a "goodwill gesture" to the owner.

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Google’s Larry Page is funding two rival “flying car” startups

Google’s Larry Page is funding two rival “flying car” startups

Google co-founder Larry Page is clandestinely funding not one but two "flying car" startups, looking to take the idea of potentially autonomous travel to the skies. While Google's own Google X division continues to work on its self-driving cars - with long-standing speculation that the goal, at least initially, is to establish an Uber-style on-request transportation service with no human driver - a side-project funded by Page's own vast personal fortune could go one step further.

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With Model 3 years out, Tesla adds cheaper Model S 60

With Model 3 years out, Tesla adds cheaper Model S 60

Tesla has revealed two new, more affordable versions of its Model S electric car, biding time for those on a budget ahead of the launch of the Model 3. The new cars, the Tesla Model S 60 and Model S 60D, trim battery range in return for lower sticker pricing, kicking off at $66,000 before tax incentives.

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Jabra’s Halo Smart refuses to play favorites with music or calls

Jabra’s Halo Smart refuses to play favorites with music or calls

Not all Bluetooth headsets are created equal, and nowhere is that more readily apparent when it comes to the divide between stereo headphones and mono earpieces. For the former, music is the primary goal and voice calls generally an afterthought; for the latter, a focus on speech generally leaves your music as a second-class citizen, and certainly in mono. Jabra, though, claims to have erased that divide.

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The best Amazon Alexa Skills to try (and why they’re a big deal)

The best Amazon Alexa Skills to try (and why they’re a big deal)

With more than 1,000 Skills under its belt, Amazon's Alexa leads the pack in voice-controlled smart home assistants, but which should you try first and why? Read on for our pick of some of the best third-party integrations with Alexa, including why they're important, and how you can try them out without splashing out any cash in the first place.

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Switchmate Review – The easiest IoT light upgrade ever

Switchmate Review – The easiest IoT light upgrade ever

If embracing the smart home has a common first step, it's often remotely-controlled lights, but that can be an expensive, time-consuming, or technical upgrade. Wireless bulbs switch out for their dumb cousins, but equipping every lamp can get expensive; swapping dumb wall switches for wireless versions looks clean but requires screwdrivers and dealing with mains electricity, not to mention potentially incurring landlord wrath. Step forward Switchmate, then, with an alternative that's up and running in mere minutes.

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