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.

Tumblr replies are back, finally, and better than ever

Tumblr replies are back, finally, and better than ever

Wildly popular blogging platform tumblr is restoring one of its most-missed features, adding back replies to posts. The feature allows tumblr users to add comments to one specific post, without having to reblog it to their own blog, and had been removed when tumblr introduced private messaging in 2015.

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Toyota’s automatic braking should be nearly standard 4 years ahead of feds

Toyota’s automatic braking should be nearly standard 4 years ahead of feds

Toyota plans to beat the NHTSA deadline to automatic braking by a whopping four years, announcing it will make the safety tech standard on nearly all of its cars by the end of next year. The technology, automatic emergency braking (AEB), is currently offered as an option on several Toyota and Lexus models, along with features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure guidance.

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Mazda’s Miata RF is a Porsche Targa on a budget, and that’s perfect

Mazda’s Miata RF is a Porsche Targa on a budget, and that’s perfect

Mazda's fourth-generation MX-5 Miata might be the lightweight droptop for purists, but it's the Miata RF that will satisfy the mass market hunting biggest bang-for-buck. The slick fastback style and mechanized roof give the classic roadster a brand new twist, not to mention a degree of Porsche Targa-esque theater, that's likely to appeal to drivers who might want luxury coupe looks but on a much tighter budget.

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Amazon Alexa voice control for Nest’s Thermostat is live

Amazon Alexa voice control for Nest’s Thermostat is live

The integration between Amazon's Alexa voice control system and Nest's Thermostat has gone live, allowing owners of the Echo, Fire TV, or other devices to control their heating by spoken command. Announced earlier this month, the functionality has gone live in the Alexa companion app, allowing users to link the smart HVAC control to their Amazon account.

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Toyota brings Scion refugees to New York

Toyota brings Scion refugees to New York

Toyota's power-boosted 86 coupe made its public debut this week, with the Scion FR-S rescued and rebadged from the ill-fated youth brand. It's the first opportunity to see exactly what styling changes Toyota is making to the affordable sports car before it reappears in the company's US dealerships.

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Netflix will soon let you choose your mobile streaming quality

Netflix will soon let you choose your mobile streaming quality

Netflix has confirmed it has been secretly throttling video streaming to AT&T and Verizon subscribers, but now promises an update to be more transparent is in the pipeline. The on-demand video provider had been delivering low-quality streams over the two largest cellular networks in the US, the WSJ revealed earlier this week, much to the surprise of customers of those networks since there was nothing disclosing such a strategy to them.

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In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

If the Toyota Prius is the de-facto geekmobile of the green movement, then the new Prius Prime is the moon buggy it aspires to grow up to be. Intended as Toyota's showcase for just what sort of technology it can squeeze into a hybrid - only without pushing the price tag up to lavish Tesla Model S levels - the new car introduces a big dashboard touchscreen, head-up display, and wireless charging, among other things. All the same, when you push gadgetry and limit price, something has to give.

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Buick’s Avista looks great in red. You still can’t have one

Buick’s Avista looks great in red. You still can’t have one

As elaborate teases go, bringing out your widely-acclaimed concept car in another stunning finish but refusing to green-light production ranks pretty high up on the list. Buick is certainly reveling in the attention the Avista concept has been receiving, and for the New York International Auto Show it has brought along a new version of the slinky coupe.

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Volvo’s S90 priced up to scare the Germans

Volvo’s S90 priced up to scare the Germans

Volvo has priced up its S90 luxury sedan, undercutting the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW's 5 Series as the Swedish automaker attempts to repeat the success of the XC90 SUV. Revealed in January, the S90 is set to hit dealer forecourts in the US this summer, initially as a pair of gas-only models, but with a plug-in hybrid to follow on. Meanwhile, Volvo is looking to shake up the ordering process with its new Volvo Concierge service.

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How Audi’s 2017 R8 Spyder pairs soft top with hard performance

How Audi’s 2017 R8 Spyder pairs soft top with hard performance

When you're making the droptop version of your track-destroying supercar, do you tone things down for the open air crowd? To the relief of R8 fans everywhere, Audi opted to do no such thing with the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder, appearing for the first time at the New York International Auto Show ahead of its release later this year. I caught up with Filip Brabec, director of product management at Audi, as well as the chief engineers on the project to find out why this roofless R8 hasn't lost its edge in the process.

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Mercedes’ New York showing is anything but subtle

Mercedes’ New York showing is anything but subtle

Most automakers bring one new model to the New York International Auto Show; Mercedes-Benz brought three. Whether indecision or simply being blessed with a surfeit of choice, the trio of three-pointed stars runs a range from potent convertible, through unusual crossover, to a luxury sedan that promises to be anything but restrained.

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We gave the Acura NSX a nose-job

We gave the Acura NSX a nose-job

The first 2017 Acura NSX hasn't even made it into an owner's garage, but is the supercar already due a facelift? That's the question we couldn't help but ask ourselves after seeing the Acura MDX break cover today at the North American International Auto Show, complete with the company's brand new - and far more charming - nose.

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