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.

Volvo’s 40 Series Concepts preview compact EVs and hybrids

Volvo’s 40 Series Concepts preview compact EVs and hybrids

Volvo has given us the first glimpse of its new 40 Series cars, in the shape of two new concepts: an aggressive crossover and a punchy sedan. Built on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), the new cars aim to distill the style, safety, and technology of the award-winning XC90 SUV and the upcoming S90 and V90 luxury sedan and wagon, down to a mass-market price.

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It might be too late for a Nokia Android phone

It might be too late for a Nokia Android phone

The Nokia-branded Android smartphone we've demanded since before the company's ill-fated commitment to Windows Phone is finally coming, but it may be too little, too late. News today that Nokia will license its name for the next ten years to a new line of phones and tablets, only running Google's platform rather than Windows 10, seemed initially to be the perfect opener to Google I/O 2016, but it also raises one big question: does anybody still care about a Nokia device?

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Smarter and sleeker: This is Acura’s new self-driving prototype

Smarter and sleeker: This is Acura’s new self-driving prototype

Acura has revealed its second-generation autonomous car prototype, smarter and more capable of potentially tricky road conditions than its predecessor. The new car has been outfitted with an updated batch of sensors, but arguably more important is the fresh software, with a new set of algorithms that Acura claims will be more resilient to changing real-world challenges.

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Sony’s Xperia AI reinvention puts Alexa in the crosshairs

Sony’s Xperia AI reinvention puts Alexa in the crosshairs

Sony has set its sights on the "evolution of communication", and it's not content to let Google, Amazon, and Apple hog the spotlight in AI. The company may have a patchy track-record with its Xperia range of phones and tablets over the past few years, but with the rebooting of its mobile business in 2016 and a more ambitious strategy centered on smart products with more unusual form-factors and functions, it could well be time to take Sony seriously again.

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Cadillac killed the ELR in February to clear path for CT6 Hybrid

Cadillac killed the ELR in February to clear path for CT6 Hybrid

Cadillac has quietly pulled the plug on the ELR, its clever but slow-selling hybrid alternative to Tesla's EVs. The coupe's demise actually came in February this year, it's been confirmed, with Cadillac discretely retiring the 2016 ELR and leaving just a few remaining cars in dealerships.

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These HP Jet Fusion printers could revolutionize 3D printing

These HP Jet Fusion printers could revolutionize 3D printing

HP is ready to supercharge 3D printing, revealing its much-anticipated printers capable of up to ten times the speed at half the cost of existing technology. Dubbed the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution, the system is able to produce not just the oft-lumpy clumps of melted plastic we're familiar with from existing 3D printers, but functional, prototype-ready parts or, alternatively, market-ready customized components or tchotchkes.

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Apple’s GarageBand gets Chinese instruments as Tim Cook visits

Apple’s GarageBand gets Chinese instruments as Tim Cook visits

Apple is giving GarageBand a distinctly Chinese twist, marking CEO Tim Cook's visit to China with a fresh batch of local instruments and more. GarageBand 2.1.1 for iOS and GarageBand 10.1.2 for Mac each gain three new instruments - the pipa, erhu and Chinese percussion - along with 300 Chinese musical loops which can be dropped into new or existing compositions.

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NXP’s BlueBox promises off-the-shelf autonomous cars

NXP’s BlueBox promises off-the-shelf autonomous cars

An off-the-shelf autonomous car brain could accelerate self-driving vehicles onto the roads, with NXP pitching its open-source based BlueBox to automakers. The platform - which consists not only of the AI smarts for the car but its "nervous system" of sensors and communication - could be used to quickly develop a Level 4 autonomous vehicle, the company claims.

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Twitter may finally ignore the big frustration for sharers

Twitter may finally ignore the big frustration for sharers

Twitter may not be willing to extend its notorious 140 character limit, but the social network is reportedly going to allow you make better use of those characters. While CEO Jack Dorsey is adamant that the limit should not be lifted - "it's a good constraint for us," he said, earlier this year - reports now suggest that Twitter plans to change how embedded photos and links count to that number.

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Garmin’s vivosmart HR+ adds GPS and remote action-cam control

Garmin’s vivosmart HR+ adds GPS and remote action-cam control

Garmin has a new fitness wearable, the vivosmart HR+, and if we were the designers of Microsoft's Band we might be feeling a little flattered. The lookalike gadget packs in not only activity tracking and heart-rate monitoring but built-in GPS for more precise standalone location, and is waterproof to 5 ATM for wearing in the pool or the shower.

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GM freezes 60k SUV sales over misleading economy labels

GM freezes 60k SUV sales over misleading economy labels

General Motors has slammed the brakes on sales of several of its large SUVs, after discovering economy figures had been misrepresented. Sales of vehicles wearing Chevrolet, GMC, and Buick nameplates have been put on hold - affecting almost 60,000 cars - after it was realized that the EPA numbers were higher than they ought to be.

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Audi is teaching its self-driving car human manners

Audi is teaching its self-driving car human manners

Audi is teaching its autonomous cars some thoroughly human road-manners, acknowledging that safe self-driving is about more than just sticking to the Vehicle Code. The German automaker has been running real-world tests of its autonomous fleet for several years now, most recently taking a self-driving A7 - dubbed "Jack" - out onto the A9 Autobahn.

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