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.

New iPod touch 6th-gen packs iPhone 6’s A8 heart

New iPod touch 6th-gen packs iPhone 6’s A8 heart

Apple has introduced the iPod touch 6th-gen, faster and with higher resolution cameras front and back, along with new colors for all of its iPods. The new iPod touch is priced from $199, keeping its 4-inch display but now powered by an Apple A8 processor that, the company says, will run graphics 10x as fast as its aging predecessor. Meanwhile, there are new fitness features along with, of course, support for Apple Music.

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HTC Desire line gushes midrange Android across nine US carriers

HTC Desire line gushes midrange Android across nine US carriers

HTC's One M9 may not have made the splash it wanted, but a new range of more affordable Desire handsets across multiple US carriers may still brighten 2015. Announced today, the HTC Desire 626, Desire 626S, Desire 526, and Desire 520 may not have the metal body or the 20-megapixel camera of the One M9, but neither will they cost anywhere near as much, despite all packing LTE and a quadcore Snapdragon processor.

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Volvo swallows Polestar to make the Germans blue

Volvo swallows Polestar to make the Germans blue

Volvo has acquired Polestar, the tuning company that turned sensible Swedish cars and wagons into bright blue performance machines. Set up in 1996, Polestar has two divisions, one for racing and one for tuning, and has been Volvo's "official performance partner" for those who want more grunt but to still keep their factory warranty. The deal will see Volvo using the Polestar brand for its internally-developed performance cars, as well as a broader range of engines - including twin-engine electrification systems - coming under the sports umbrella.

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Google Eddystone open-source Bluetooth beacons revealed

Google Eddystone open-source Bluetooth beacons revealed

Google has launched Eddystone, a new open-source Bluetooth LE beacon platform which plays nicely with iOS, Android, and other OSes. Aiming to power a new age of location-based services, as well as give those responsible for managing a flock of Bluetooth beacons the tools to make sure they're working properly, Eddystone arrives with two main features: telling mobile devices exactly where they are and what's nearby, and linking a physical location with online data.

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Microsoft’s folding Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with all

Microsoft’s folding Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with all

Microsoft's Universal Folding Keyboard has finally hit store shelves, with the platform-agnostic wireless peripheral playing nicely with phones and tablets. Shown off back in March alongside a pair of midrange Lumia phones, the keyboard hooks up over Bluetooth and has a dedicated switching button at the top which allows it to flick between two different devices. That way, so the theory goes, you could be typing on your iPad one moment, then flip to your Android smartphone the next.

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Apple TV’s cable-killer said close to all-important deals

Apple TV’s cable-killer said close to all-important deals

Apple is hoping to do to cable TV what Apple Music looks set to do to radio, with deals for a broadcast TV service reportedly close to being finalized. The Cupertino firm's ambitions to offer live TV content - only without the typical cable pricing - are long-standing, dating back to the days when Steve Jobs was still at the helm according to some rumors, but have traditionally stumbled on the scale of the agreements Apple would need to organize with networks and affiliates. Now, insiders claim, Apple may have figured out a workaround.

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Uber reportedly dropped its $3bn Nokia HERE bid

Uber reportedly dropped its $3bn Nokia HERE bid

Uber is no longer courting Nokia HERE, having reportedly dropped out of bidding for the mapping company after having an offer as much as $3bn rebuffed. The taxi-disruptor was tipped to be wooing HERE back in May, and said to be keen to add its high-resolution maps to its platform not to mention pave the way for self-driving cars. However, new reports suggest Uber has fallen by the wayside, leaving a consortium of tough-dealing German automakers in pole position.

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Amazon Echo’s weirdest talent is making you feel heard

Amazon Echo’s weirdest talent is making you feel heard

Amazon’s Echo is a lot of things - shopping companion, music player, portal to Wikipedia - but its most surprising feature says more about human comfort with next-gen electronics. Echo’s cleverness is in the cloud; the black column of its local hardware is really just a gateway to that remote functionality. Yet it also has to satisfy a few core requirements, such as demonstrating attentiveness. The solution Amazon came up with is both simple and elegant.

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Nokia won’t rule out its own phone: “It’s complicated”

Nokia won’t rule out its own phone: “It’s complicated”

If you believe the rumors, Nokia is just desperate to wade back into the phone business, but according to the company the reality is a whole lot more complicated. Speculation in recent weeks of a return to smartphones - most likely using Android, having sold off its Windows Phone division to Microsoft - has been met with no small amount of enthusiasm from the company's fans, but spokesperson Robert Morlino points out that if it happens the main thing Nokia will be contributing is its name.

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Sonos boosts PLAY:1, makes Google Play Music smarter

Sonos boosts PLAY:1, makes Google Play Music smarter

Sonos has pushed out an upgrade to its streaming music system, boosting the performance of its entry-level PLAY:1 speakers plus making setup easier. The changes, released today, tweak the clarity of the PLAY:1, which is the most affordable Sonos speaker at $199 apiece, not to mention optimizing bass performance if you pair the one with a Sonos SUB. Meanwhile, there's now also support for music services to deliver customized streams, like curated Google Play Music radio stations that depend on the time of day.

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Netgear R6400 promises up to 80% boost from afar

Netgear R6400 promises up to 80% boost from afar

Netgear has added a new smart router to its home networking line-up, with the AC1750 Smart WiFi Router R6400 promising up to 80-percent better performance at a distance. The new router, which offers 802.11ac WiFi along with backward compatibility for a/b/g/n devices, offers up to 1,750 Mbps speeds (450+1300 Mbps), at least in theory, along with simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz use. Meanwhile there's a smartphone app for management rather than having to log into a clunky browser interface.

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado refreshed as bear enters F-150 battle

2016 Chevrolet Silverado refreshed as bear enters F-150 battle

Chevrolet is giving its Silverado truck a glitzy revamp for the 2016 model year, throwing eye-catching LEDs on the front and packing Android Auto and CarPlay inside. The changes, which will first be seen on forecourts when the new 2016 Silverado 1500 pickup arrives this fall, focus on giving the truck a more distinctive look from the front, with a beefier grille that includes more aggressive detailing.

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