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.

DJI makes a live-streaming drone with Facebook’s new Live API

DJI makes a live-streaming drone with Facebook’s new Live API

Facebook is opening up Facebook Live, its live-streaming platform, to third-parties, and DJI is already baking it into streaming drones. The new functionality was announced at F8 2016, Facebook's annual developer event, with company founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sharing the stage with a prototype drone that can beam video from its onboard camera direct to viewers watching live.

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The Tesla Model S just got updated: Here’s what’s new

The Tesla Model S just got updated: Here’s what’s new

Tesla has refreshed the Model S, giving the electric sedan the same nose treatment as the Model X SUV, as well as tweaking the interior, charger, and other features. Though Tesla has been aggressive with its software and performance changes, taking advantage of the Model S' standard-fit cellular connectivity to push out over-the-air updates, there are some things that only a hardware switch can achieve.

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LG offers developers the keys to G5’s modularity

LG offers developers the keys to G5’s modularity

LG is opening up its modular G5 smartphone for third-party developers, allowing them to tap into not only the company's own add-on camera and other gadgets, but develop their own. The G5 distinguishes itself from the rest of the Android pack by virtue of its interchangeable accessories, which at launch include a battery-toting camera grip, and which generally slot into the lower portion of the handset.

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The HTC 10 wants to lead us out of Android fragmentation

The HTC 10 wants to lead us out of Android fragmentation

Android has a fragmentation problem, but HTC believes the new HTC 10 is the first step toward fixing it. The company's new 2016 flagship doesn't go the whole "Nexus" route and abandon HTC Sense altogether, but it does benefit from a more nuanced approach to software add-ons and confusing preloads.

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The HTC 10 supports Apple AirPlay, but that’s just the start

The HTC 10 supports Apple AirPlay, but that’s just the start

Cast your eye across the row of media streaming icons on the HTC 10's packaging, and one of them may stand out as unusual. The new smartphone is the first Android device to support Apple's AirPlay out of the box, allowing easier streaming of content from the smartphone to products like Apple TV.

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This is the HTC 10: First Impressions

This is the HTC 10: First Impressions

HTC had stopped listening, but it learned its lesson with the new HTC 10. Back in 2013 HTC unveiled the flagship One M7, and was widely praised for its unibody design, purposefully different approach to phone photography, and overall user-experience. In trying to keep up with the ever-present threat of Apple's iPhone and the increasingly polished - and heavily promoted - Samsung Galaxy line, though, HTC lost its way.

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The 2016 IIHS full-size truck safety scores are in… and they’ll shock you

The 2016 IIHS full-size truck safety scores are in… and they’ll shock you

Full-size trucks may look tough, but not every load-hauler is created equal according to the IIHS safety test scores for 2016. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety put seven large pickups through their paces - some of the best-selling models on the market today - in a more stringent set of tests than normal, and the results are likely to cause more controversy among truck fans.

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The Lytro Cinema could give movie-making its next golden age

The Lytro Cinema could give movie-making its next golden age

Light field camera specialist Lytro promised a cinematographic revolution and they weren't kidding, with the new Lytro Cinema potentially representing as much of a technology shift as the move from analog to digital. The new camera - which, like Lytro's clever but poorly selling consumer cameras, captures not only light but the angle that the light hits the sensor, allowing for a wider range of post-processing options - promises to kill off the traditional green screen for special effects, among other things.

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Jibo delayed as companion robot misses 2nd deadline

Jibo delayed as companion robot misses 2nd deadline

Bad news if you were holding out for robotic companion Jibo to join you this month, with news today that the crowdfunded 'bot will miss its launch window. The robot, which blends voice, object, and face recognition with advanced kinesthetics to appear more lifelike, was meant to be delivered to its earliest Indiegogo backers in either March or April this year.

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Tesla’s going to leapfrog rivals with Model 3 Autopilot

Tesla’s going to leapfrog rivals with Model 3 Autopilot

Tesla's Model 3 could take pole position in a new breed of near-autonomous vehicles, with the EV debuting a new generation of sensors perfect for real-time crowdsourced data. The upcoming car - which is shaping up to be Tesla's most popular to-date, with over 325,000 people coughing up a $1,000 deposit to stake a spot on the reservations list - is the prime candidate for a new, lower-cost sensor array developed by Tesla hardware supplier Mobileye that's said to offer autonomous intelligence hitherto the realm of R&D labs, but at a fraction of what current hardware costs.

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Did Ford block Tesla’s Model E for its own 2019 electric plans?

Did Ford block Tesla’s Model E for its own 2019 electric plans?

Ford's reluctance to allow Tesla to use the "Model E" name may have been less about heritage and more about launching its own electric car with the badge. The automaker is rumored to be planning to use at least some of the production capacity of its new $1.6bn facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to manufacture an electric vehicle that, in its various configurations, could rival Tesla's new Model 3, Toyota's Prius, and the Chevrolet Bolt.

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The Galaxy S7 worked: Samsung crows of 10% profit bump

The Galaxy S7 worked: Samsung crows of 10% profit bump

Samsung needed a hit for 2016 and it looks like it found it, with hotter than predicted demand for the Galaxy S7 helping the South Korean firm post more than a 10-percent jump in profit this quarter. The company issued its earnings advice for Q1 2016 today, predicting final sales of approximately 49 trillion Korean won ($42.3bn).

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