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.

We need to talk about USB-C and Apple’s new MacBook

We need to talk about USB-C and Apple’s new MacBook

A lot can change based on your intonation. When Apple says "the new MacBook only has one port!" it means it as a compliment. The reaction many had to the new ultraportable was the same phrase, but voiced in unhappy astonishment instead: even with the wealth of wireless options out there, you still can't quite escape cables. USB-C is more than just a smaller USB port, but it's easy to get distracted by eighty dollar dongles and questions over what Apple's new connector-of-choice means for the existing peripherals on your desk or in your bag.

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This is Apple Watch: Hands-on

This is Apple Watch: Hands-on

Six months ago, Apple showed us the Apple Watch. Today, I got to look past the prototypes of last year's event and instead try out a fully-functional version, more than a little curious about whether Apple had, indeed, cracked the smartwatch question. There's no denying that plenty of thought and design effort has been put into the timepiece - and some details are, frankly, inspired compared to what the competition is doing - but will that mean Apple Watch is an instant must-have?

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Apple Watch could be your Smart Home helper

Apple Watch could be your Smart Home helper

Could home automation integration be the most useful feature of the Apple Watch? Showing off the new smartwatch during Apple's keynote in San Francisco today, the Cupertino firm put on a demo of how third-party apps - in this case from home security firm Alarm.com - could integrate with the wearable, and give easier access to things like lighting, doors, and garages. For instance, a live view from a security camera watching the garage could stream directly to your wrist.

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Apple cracks 700m iPhone sales

Apple cracks 700m iPhone sales

Apple has sold its 700 millionth iPhone, CEO Tim Cook confirmed during today's press launch for the Apple Watch, making it the top selling smartphone in the world. The new stats came as Cook & Co. built up to detailing pricing and availability for its much-discussed smartwatch, with the Apple chief exec pointing out that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus together have 99-percent customer satisfaction among users. Meanwhile, a number of Apple services are expanding.

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I drooled a little on the 2016 Ford Focus RS

I drooled a little on the 2016 Ford Focus RS

Sorry Ford, but you can't bring a ridiculously appealing 315HP hot-hatch along to a motor show and not expect car fans to drool around it. The surprise edge had already been taken off the 2016 Focus RS, a Ken Block tuned five-door with serious road-going abilities but a (probably) attainable price tag, but there's nothing quite like seeing the latest fruits of the Ford Performance division in the metal to whet the appetite and get you chomping at the bit for next year to arrive.

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Lexus LF-SA Concept wants to chew up Smart and MINI

Lexus LF-SA Concept wants to chew up Smart and MINI

It may look like a Predator helmet mounted on ridiculous alloy wheels, but the Lexus LF-SA Concept is actually pretty sensible: think Alien-hunter for the urban dweller. Freshly revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this week, the diminutive two-door is Lexus' take on the ultra-compact, sub-B-segment that Smart plays in. Less than 136 inches long and 67 inches wide, there's hardly enough space on the front to mount the company's ever-more-gaping spindle grille, here looking as though it's puckering up to the Lexus badge.

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Peugeot’s Quartz is our post-apocalyptic monster truck of choice

Peugeot’s Quartz is our post-apocalyptic monster truck of choice

It's not often you see a car and instantly start looking round for Tina Turner to strut out in complete Mad Max get-up, but if there was ever a concept to get the big-voiced singer back into a leather corset, Peugeot's Quartz is it. The French car company brought the Quartz SUV along to Geneva this week to show off its interpretation of what a luxury AWD beast might look like if you didn't mind terrifying everybody else on the road. But don't let the fearsome looks fool you entirely: Quartz is a hybrid.

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Even the inventor of K-Cups regrets his coffee mistake

Even the inventor of K-Cups regrets his coffee mistake

Pod coffee has proved controversial for its taste and its ecological impact, and no single-serve option has been more contentious than Keurig's K-Cups. On the one hand there's the convenience: drop in a pod, hit the button, and seconds later be drinking hot coffee. On the other, though, there are questions around freshness, the poor recyclability of pods, and - particularly in Keurig's case - the use of patents and DRM to lock consumers to a single brand. Turns out, even the guy who created K-Cups in the first place now regrets it.

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Turns out, the Jolla Tablet is really onto something

Turns out, the Jolla Tablet is really onto something

Sometimes a few inches is all it takes to make a difference. Back when Jolla first started, a team of former Nokians taking MeeGo and spinning it into their own Sailfish OS, it became a smartphone curio. The simple UI and gesture-based navigation had promise, but compared to an iPhone, Android, or even Windows Phone device, it felt underwhelmingly simple. Now, the Finns are back with not only Sailfish 2.0, but a tablet for it to run on, and it turns out that makes for a great pairing.

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