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.

Nest bought and abandoned Revolv – now it’s killing it completely

Nest bought and abandoned Revolv – now it’s killing it completely

Owners of Nest-owned Revolv smart home hubs will find their automation platform no longer works come May 15th, with the IoT box killed off in favor of Nest. Revolv was one of the earlier attempts at a multi-platform hub, aiming to join the dots between products from different companies rather than try to make every component itself, centralizing control in a single app.

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Amazon’s new Kindle flagship due next week says CEO

Amazon’s new Kindle flagship due next week says CEO

Amazon is readying a new flagship Kindle ereader, CEO Jeff Bezos has unexpectedly revealed, which will be detailed in full next week. News of the new device came on Bezos' Twitter today, with the ereader described as "all-new" and "top of the line", though no technical details were shared.

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Elon Musk feeds Tesla Model 3 fire with new car details

Elon Musk feeds Tesla Model 3 fire with new car details

With more than 276,000 Tesla Model 3 preorders only halfway through the weekend, CEO Elon Musk has been fielding questions about the hotly anticipated $35k electric car. The upstart automaker only began taking reservations - at $1,000 a pop, albeit refundable if buyers change their mind between now and delivery - on Thursday morning, ahead of the Model 3 reveal in Los Angeles that evening, but already demand has proved more than twice what Tesla expected.

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Toyota Connected promises smarter cars with Azure cloud

Toyota Connected promises smarter cars with Azure cloud

Toyota is getting serious about smart cities and connected cars in a new partnership with Microsoft, and it might cut insurance costs and the time you sit in traffic, too. Toyota Connected is a new company that will, so the company's new CEO Zack Hicks somewhat ironically claims, "free our customers from the tyranny of technology" using lashings of technology itself.

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iPhone SE Review – Classic Remix

iPhone SE Review – Classic Remix

Did you love the iPhone 5s and rue the day Apple switched from crisp edges to comely curves on the iPhone 6? You'll probably approve of the iPhone SE, then, which goes excavating in the graveyard of Apple's design labs and comes up with a barely-changed riff on the classic.

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I tried the Tesla Model 3: Here’s what you need to know

I tried the Tesla Model 3: Here’s what you need to know

To say the Tesla Model 3 has been hotly anticipated is an understatement, and last night's unveiling in Los Angeles reached Apple-levels of excitement. CEO Elon Musk is still playing many of the details close to his chest, but after taking a brief ride in one of the latest prototypes, I do know a little more about the $35k electric car that could give the auto industry a serious shake-up.

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Tesla Model 3 first ride – Inside the $35k game-changer [Video]

Tesla Model 3 first ride – Inside the $35k game-changer [Video]

When Tesla asks if you want to take a ride in the future, you don't turn them down. Hot on the heels of the Tesla Model 3's big reveal tonight in LA, I was invited to go for a spin in the brand new "affordable" electric car.

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Revealed: This is the Tesla Model 3

Revealed: This is the Tesla Model 3

This is it - the "mass market" electric car that Tesla has been promising and teasing since Elon Musk & Co. decided to shake up the auto industry. Undercutting the current Tesla line-up by tens of thousands, and opening the door to EV ownership with that coveted badge - and the promise of the rapidly-evolving technology behind it - to a whole new cohort of drivers, to say the Model 3 is anticipated is to understate it considerably.

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Tesla’s Model S has a huge charging problem

Tesla’s Model S has a huge charging problem

Offer people free power for their electric cars and they'll undoubtedly plug in and take you up on that offer, and that leaves Tesla in a potentially tough spot. One of the electric car maker's perks for drivers of its Model S and Model X EVs is access to the Supercharger network, a growing number of high-speed charging stations at which not only do the vehicles get juiced-up fast, it doesn't cost a thing.

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The big questions the Tesla Model 3 needs to answer today

The big questions the Tesla Model 3 needs to answer today

If Tesla is the Apple of the auto industry, then today's big reveal of the Model 3 is the equivalent of the iPhone 7 keynote. Elon Musk & Co.'s plans for an affordable electric car more suited to the needs - and bank balance - of the mass market have been ticking away in the background for some time now, but it's only today, at an event at its facility in Los Angeles, CA, that we'll get the first clear sight of the fruits of those efforts.

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Sony’s newest team hunts oddball tech for post-PlayStation world

Sony’s newest team hunts oddball tech for post-PlayStation world

Sony is creating a new idea incubator unit, pulling together wearables, unusual home entertainment, and other odd R&D in the hope of figuring out the next big thing. The Sony New Business Incubation Group (NBIG) will hunt down potential "products that span and integrate conceptual consumer technology, human interaction and the environment around them," the company says today.

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The FTC is suing Volkswagen over its diesel ads

The FTC is suing Volkswagen over its diesel ads

Volkswagen's dieselgate fall-out woes continue, with the news today that yet another US government agency is suing the automaker over its diesel adverts. VW has admitted to fitting a "defeat device" to hundreds of thousands of cars, artificially reducing emissions when the car spotted it was being tested but then pushing out exponentially more nitrogen oxide than regulations permit under normal use.

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