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.

Mercedes’ self-driving car is in San Francisco, but it’s still on the leash

Mercedes’ self-driving car is in San Francisco, but it’s still on the leash

Mercedes-Benz may have brought its self-driving F 015 Luxury in Motion car to the streets of San Francisco unexpectedly, but so far the autonomous concept hasn't been let off its human leash in the city. The F 015, unveiled back at CES in January, was spotted over the past few days in a variety of locations around the West Coast city, and though Mercedes apparently used a trailer for the main transportation, several bystanders reported seeing it in action. At the time, however, the concept's silvered windows meant it wasn't possible to see whether a human or a computer was at the wheel.

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Moto 360 hits Moto Maker for custom smartwatch

Moto 360 hits Moto Maker for custom smartwatch

Motorola has added its Moto 360 to Moto Maker, allowing buyers of the smartwatch to customize it with a variety of strap, casing, and face options. The wearable has been on sale for some months now, but it's the first time the circular-faced gadget has been offered customizable from the outset. In total, there are 27 physical combinations that can be pieced together, though that number gets even bigger if you take custom digital watchfaces into account as well.

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Google Calendar for iPhone released with Material Design

Google Calendar for iPhone released with Material Design

Google has finally released its Google Calendar app for iPhone, bringing iOS in line with the Material Design version released for Android last month. The new app boasts far improved interconnectivity with Gmail, including smarter scheduling which can turn emails into new calendar events automatically. Google Calendar for iPhone also aims to streamline common settings, with auto-suggests for different fields like location, people, and title, as well as changing the overall UI so that, Google claims, it's easier to keep on top of a tricky schedule.

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NSA sued over surveillance by Wikimedia & more

NSA sued over surveillance by Wikimedia & more

The NSA may be used to lurking in the shadows and quietly reading our emails, but the ACLU and Wikimedia Foundation aren't willing to let them stay that way, filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the government agency's actions. The suit, filed today in the US District Court for the District of Maryland, takes issue with NSA "upstream" surveillance which, it's argued, needlessly and intrusively gathers huge quantities of text-based messages sent and received by innocent people. That, the ACLU insists, is an infringement of both First and Fourth Amendment rights, among other things.

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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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