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.

With 925 lb-ft torque, the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty takes no chances

With 925 lb-ft torque, the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty takes no chances

Huge towing power, plenty of engine grunt, and a few lessons in aluminum borrowed from its F-150 sibling: the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is taking no chances. The 2017 version of the heavy-duty pickup has the highest towing capacity so far, along with more payload capacity than its beefy rivals.

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2017 Infiniti QX30 First-Drive

2017 Infiniti QX30 First-Drive

The 2017 Infiniti QX30 is Japanese designed, built in post-Brexit Britain, with German parts and engineering, and packaged for crossover-loving America: if that doesn't earn it the title of a "global car", I'm not sure what would. Taking over the reins of guiding new-to-brand buyers into the Infiniti family from the now-deceased G-series sedan, the QX30 arrives with high ambitions indeed, proudly setting its sights on the small, luxury crossovers from BMW and Audi.

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2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i Review

2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i Review

Decry me as a wagon-loving European rabble-rouser if you must, but BMW's decision to give the X1 a crossover-style makeover felt like a misstep. The original X1 always felt like a clandestine feint by the German automaker: yes, it bore the badge of an X Series, but its 3 Series underpinnings were more wagon than America's tastes generally lean toward.

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Five tips I shouldn’t have to tell you about Pokemon GO, but probably do

Five tips I shouldn’t have to tell you about Pokemon GO, but probably do

We're past the stage where gamers emerged, blinking and squinting in the light, and well into Pokemon GO as a cultural phenomenon. Nintendo and Niantic's augmented reality game hit just the right balance of cherished franchise and smartphone-powered location based play, demonstrated by just how many people are up off the couch and out in the streets searching for Pikachu and Pidgey. Problem is, some bad habits have developed along with the hunt...

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Nest Cam Outdoor offers 24/7 video streaming and easy install

Nest Cam Outdoor offers 24/7 video streaming and easy install

Nest is taking its intelligent cameras outside with the launch of the Nest Cam Outdoor, a weatherproof version of its streaming security system that makes ease of use and simplicity of installation its twin priorities. It'll work with a new machine learning system intended to cut out false warnings from motion-triggered alerts, together with a redesign of Nest's app that will affect users of its entire range of smart home products.

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Fiat Chrysler puts bounty on car cybersecurity bugs

Fiat Chrysler puts bounty on car cybersecurity bugs

Car hacks may very well be the next big battleground in cybersecurity, and Fiat Chrysler is the first automaker to put a bounty on bugs that could potentially cripple its vehicles - or worse. FCA US (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US) will offer security researchers up to $1,500 apiece for spotting potential security vulnerabilities, such as those discovered in its infotainment system which made headlines last year.

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Facebook Messenger embraces 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Facebook Messenger embraces 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Facebook continues to embrace 3D Touch, with Apple's pressure-sensitive touchscreen tech now being added to Facebook Messenger. In an update to the Messenger app released for iOS devices today, there's now support for previewing contacts, conversations, photos, videos, stickers, links, and locations with a firm press on the iPhone 6s' display.

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Garmin’s new GPS cycling computers track your riding pack

Garmin’s new GPS cycling computers track your riding pack

Getting outside and socializing needn't involve Pokemon GO, with Garmin launching a pair of new cycling GPS computers that each bake in rider pack interconnectivity. The Gamin Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 each do the usual tracking and navigation you'd expect from a cycling computer, but also include the company's GroupTrack feature.

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Nissan’s ProPILOT self-driving tech plays safe for public launch

Nissan’s ProPILOT self-driving tech plays safe for public launch

Japan's motorists are about to get their first taste of mass-market autonomous driving, with Nissan announcing it's bringing a self-driving minivan to public roads. The new Nissan Serena, a compact family car not sold in the US, will be the first of the automaker's models to offer ProPILOT, a combination of lane-following, traffic pacing, and more.

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This 60D is now the cheapest Tesla Model X

This 60D is now the cheapest Tesla Model X

Tesla has launched a new and more affordable version of its SUV, the Model X 60D, trading overall range in return for a lower sticker price on the forecourt. The new car slots in as the entry-level option in what's now a four model line-up of electric SUVs from the California automaker.

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The official Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launch is August 2

The official Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launch is August 2

The much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will make its debut on August 2, Samsung has confirmed, skipping a number for its freshest phablet. The new Android device will be revealed at an event in New York City at Hammerstein Ballroom, Samsung has confirmed today.

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Netgear throws VueZone cameras into the IoT dumpster

Netgear throws VueZone cameras into the IoT dumpster

The Internet of Things dumpster gains another tenant, with Netgear confirming it will pull the plug on its VueZone connected camera system. The range of wirelessly-enabled security cameras was acquired by Netgear back in 2012, which subsequently renamed the line-up - and its new additions - as Arlo. Unfortunately for those with investment in the initial cameras, however, they'll stop working in eighteen months time.

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