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.

The curios & priceless classics of Amelia Concourse 2016

The curios & priceless classics of Amelia Concourse 2016

Lamborghinis, Ferraris, BMWs, and Fiats, with every slice of exotica in-between. Amelia Island Concourse d'Elegance might feature some of the rarest, most expensive autos in the world, but Cars & Coffee opens the weekend with a far broader slice of four-wheeled entertainment. You can never quite predict what will be rubbing shoulders with bonafide supercars.

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This latest Singer reimagined Porsche 911 is Amelia automotive art

This latest Singer reimagined Porsche 911 is Amelia automotive art

Singer Vehicle Design may not be a household name, but ardent fans of classic Porsche cars know exactly who the Southern California restorer is. Specialists in taking classic 911 cars and not only restoring them but "reimagining" them as unique 21st century classics, Singer started out in 2008 and now has more than 40 cars under its metaphorical belt.

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BMW M4 GTS takes on Amelia Concourse’s finest

BMW M4 GTS takes on Amelia Concourse’s finest

BMW's M division knows how to put a fast car together, but even the experts there may be patting themselves on the back over the 2016 BMW M4 GTS. The latest creation from the famed tuners, the car billed as "the most agile, radical, and powerful M4 ever" was star of BMW's show at Amelia Island Concours d"Elegance this weekend, managing to hold its own against a variety of classic exotica (including more than a few models from BMW's own history books).

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The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4MATIC makes luxe sedan a monster

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43 4MATIC makes luxe sedan a monster

With Mercedes-Benz so proud of its new E-Class, it was only a matter of time before arch tuners Mercedes-AMG pushed out a high-performance version of the luxe sedan. Witness, therefore, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC, a 401 horsepower super-sedan capable of taking five from 0-62 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

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Seriously, don’t break your Galaxy S7 edge

Seriously, don’t break your Galaxy S7 edge

Whatever you do, don't drop your Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. That's pretty much the suggestion from teardown specialist iFixit, which took its varied collection of tiny screwdrivers, knives, and other instruments to Samsung's curved-screen smartphone and discovered that repairs are not going to be easy going.

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Ford creates dedicated Smart Mobility subsidiary for auto future

Ford creates dedicated Smart Mobility subsidiary for auto future

Ford hasn't been shy in exploring self-driving cars and new transportation options, and now the company is setting up a whole new business, Ford Smart Mobility, to focus on that. The new subsidiary will look at the possibilities beyond Ford's current car, SUV, and truck manufacturing, with a startup attitude that the automaker suggests will make it quicker to react to market opportunities and in embracing technologies.

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Jibo vs Echo will be decided with developers’ hearts

Jibo vs Echo will be decided with developers’ hearts

Forget Alexa, when it comes to digital companionship Jibo is aiming to make a faint Echo of Amazon's connected speaker. Handiwork of a team of roboticists, animators, and speech recognition specialists, Jibo raised millions with its promise of social robotics: now, the "family robot" is ready to embrace whatever new abilities third-party coders can come up with. I caught up with Jonathan Ross, Head of SDK Development at Jibo, for an exclusive preview of the new developer toolkit ahead of its public demonstration at SXSW this weekend.

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Virtual reality sports is Intel’s big gamble on mainstream VR

Virtual reality sports is Intel’s big gamble on mainstream VR

Intel has snapped up a virtual reality sports startup, with the chip behemoth seeing Replay Technologies as a way into the lucrative arena of digitized entertainment. The deal, announced today, will see the five year old startup's freeD format folded into Intel's technology, with the potential for football, basketball, and other sports being digitally captured from multiple angles that can then be recreated by the fan at home.

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Tom Clancy’s The Division problems strike launch day

Tom Clancy’s The Division problems strike launch day

As hotly-anticipated games go, Tom Clancy's The Division was one of the hottest. Fresh off the back of a wildly-popular beta - which saw a record-setting 6.4m players take part - the game launched today for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation; however, as you might have predicted, not everything went quite to plan.

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AT&T wants to lure you in with a free Galaxy S7

AT&T wants to lure you in with a free Galaxy S7

Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge may only just be making to stores, but that hasn't stopped early deals from springing up like AT&T's buy-one-get-one-free offer. The BOGOF promotion has been expanded to include the new Galaxy S7, assuming you're willing to take out at least one new line with the carrier.

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You can’t have this awesome VW Golf GTI TCR

You can’t have this awesome VW Golf GTI TCR

Bulging fenders, a rear wing that could double as a picnic bench, and even more power squeezed out of its turbocharged engine: the new 2016 VW Golf GTI TCR is an unarguable beast. Designed by Volkswagen expressly for its motorsport customers, the aggressively-styled car has the punch to live up to its promising looks, developing 330 horsepower.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge: Which to buy

Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge: Which to buy

The reviews are in, and the verdict is pretty much unanimous: both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge are excellent phones. Samsung's flagships for 2016 take what was loved about the S6 series, refines the good aspects, and - for the most part - addresses the complaints. Waterproofing, expandable storage, and more cohesive design are all headline features. Problem is, if you've decided that Samsung has earned space in your pocket, do you go for the S7 or the S7 edge?

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