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.

Apple doubles-down on electric car tech say insiders

Apple doubles-down on electric car tech say insiders

Apple is quietly vacuuming up electric car charging expertise, in what insiders speculate could lead to an EV network for the much-rumored Apple Car. The Cupertino firm has made a number of new hires in the field, while simultaneously extending feelers to existing firms with experience of running the sort of charger infrastructure electric cars require in order to tip into the mainstream.

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Google threatens public shame for Android update slowpokes

Google threatens public shame for Android update slowpokes

Google is considering naming-and-shaming Android device manufacturers who fail to deliver prompt updates, it's claimed, in an attempt to close the fragmentation gap with Apple. The heavy-handed tactic would see Google make public its existing lists of well-performing - and, conversely, laggardly - phone and tablet makers, ranked by how timely they are to deliver new Android versions and security patches to their users.

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Google digs self-driving roots in heart of old-school automaker territory

Google digs self-driving roots in heart of old-school automaker territory

Google is setting down roots in traditional automaker territory, announcing plans to open a self-driving technology development center in Novi, Michigan. The news marks a scaling-up of Google's footprint in the region; the company already had some of its autonomous car team based in Greater Detroit, it said today, but this new move will see considerably more resources funneled into the project.

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Now Periscope auto-saves your broadcasts by default

Now Periscope auto-saves your broadcasts by default

Periscope has turned on auto-saving broadcasts, updating the video live-streaming app so that clips no longer delete after 24 hours. The functionality was promised earlier this month, a considerable about-face from the service which had, until now, prioritized ephemerality over building up a library of old broadcasts.

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Microsoft has torpedoed its smartphone hopes

Microsoft has torpedoed its smartphone hopes

The writing has been on the wall for Microsoft's smartphone ambitions for some time, and now that wall is being demolished altogether. The software giant, unable to coax a viable mobile strategy out of Windows Phone, and now facing uncertainty around Windows 10 on phones, has announced plans to axe 1,850 jobs related to its smartphone business.

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iDevices Socket gives incandescent bulbs an IoT upgrade

iDevices Socket gives incandescent bulbs an IoT upgrade

Upgrading existing lights to connected versions usually means choosing between fancy LED bulbs and those you already have, but iDevices is pitching a way to keep both. The new iDevices Socket screws into a regular bayonet light socket - whether a ceiling fixture, standalone lamp, or wall sconce - and has a ring of multicolor LEDs for mood lighting; however, you can also add your choice of existing bulb.

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Here come the first 2017 Acura NSX supercars

Here come the first 2017 Acura NSX supercars

Watch out, Ferrari drivers; check your mirrors, Porsche owners. The first of the 2017 Acura NSX production cars have rolled off the line at the automaker's Performance Manufacturing Facility in Marysville, Ohio, and the exotic hybrid is chomping at the bit to go supercar-baiting on the road.

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Check out the haptic tech for wearables and VR making Apple’s look clunky

Check out the haptic tech for wearables and VR making Apple’s look clunky

Your Apple Watch rapping you on the wrist is one thing, but how about if you could put a supercharged Taptic engine at the tip of each VR-visualized finger? That's one of the possibilities Novasentis is talking about, pitching its new approach to haptic feedback with smaller, faster-responding hardware that could turn up in wearables, VR controllers, gamepads, and more from next year.

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Watch Samsung’s rollable display in action

Watch Samsung’s rollable display in action

Samsung knows how to make an eye-catching concept device, and the company's rollable display prototype doesn't disappoint. Shown off for the first time at SID 2016 in San Francisco this week, the 5.7-inch screen takes Samsung Display's OLED technology and furls it up into a very pocket-friendly form factor.

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Surprise: Pebble smashes $1m Kickstarter in about an hour [Updated]

Surprise: Pebble smashes $1m Kickstarter in about an hour [Updated]

Looks like Pebble hasn't lost its Kickstarter magic, with the smartwatch company's Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and Pebble Core project hitting its $1m goal in just over an hour. Pebble had set itself an ambitious target for its trio of new products announced this morning, though given the company's original performance on Kickstarter, many expected equally big things this time around.

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Pebble Core puts Spotify in a hackable $69 3G Android wearable: Hands-on

Pebble Core puts Spotify in a hackable $69 3G Android wearable: Hands-on

Meet Pebble Core, the wearable company's first product that isn't a smartwatch, and possibly its most intriguing and exciting device since the original Pebble that launched three years ago. Pebble Core is "a tiny little Android phone without a screen" Pebble co-founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky explained to me, but while runners gave the company an excuse to make it, it's hackers he's most excited about.

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Meet Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, the smartwatch contrarians

Meet Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, the smartwatch contrarians

Pebble is revamping its smartwatch range, launching two new wearables - Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 - along with a new, time-saving Actions interface. As Google's Android Wear and Apple's WatchOS both compete to add more complexity and standalone functionality, Pebble is steadfastly going the other way: trying, company co-founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky explained to me, to figure out how to help people spend as little time as possible interacting with their watch.

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