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.

Misfit Speedo Shine 2 gets wet with new swim tracking

Misfit Speedo Shine 2 gets wet with new swim tracking

Misfit has launched a new version of its fitness tracker for swimmers, the Speedo Shine 2 Swimmer's Edition, promising health metrics both in and out of the pool. The follow-up to the original Speedo collaboration a year ago, the new wearable keeps the circular design of the second-generation Shine 2 but throws in proprietary lap-counting algorithms suited to aquatic use.

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2017 Jaguar F-PACE First Drive – Clever Kitty

2017 Jaguar F-PACE First Drive – Clever Kitty

Jaguar may be new to the SUV segment, but there are no allowances for tardiness: the 2017 F-PACE has to land a knock-out punch to heavyweight rivals and prove the famed British marque is about more than just coupes and heritage. Falling somewhere in-between competitors like the BMW X3 and X5, and Audi Q3 and Q5, in size, the F-PACE doesn't take the easy route of raiding Land Rover's parts bin but instead forges its own path on both the highway and in the rough stuff.

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Alfa Romeo is coming for your 5 Series

Alfa Romeo is coming for your 5 Series

Look out, Germany: storied Italian automaker Alfa Romeo is coming for your 5 Series, E-Class, and A6 with a bigger version of the Giulia sedan. The new car isn't likely to show up until 2018 at the earliest, but it may very well be worth waiting for over the usual midsize luxury options from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi.

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Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 gets its $699 US release date

Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 gets its $699 US release date

Huawei's attempt to overshadow the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro, the MateBook, will hit US shelves come July 11 the company has confirmed today. Announced back at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the MateBook runs Windows 10 and can be paired with a detachable folio-style keyboard cover as well as a digital "MatePen" stylus for handwriting annotations and sketching.

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iPhone 7 dual-SIM could be the carriers’ worst nightmare

iPhone 7 dual-SIM could be the carriers’ worst nightmare

Forget the will-it/won't-it iPhone 7 headphone jack argument, the biggest news in Apple's upcoming flagship smartphone may well be how many SIMs you can slot in. The latest batch of iPhone 7 rumors, courtesy of leaked component images that allegedly show the dual-SIM support in the new phone, suggest that Apple plans to make one of the biggest physical changes to its handset in several generations, a move that could not only benefit owners but further frustrate the carriers.

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Honor 5C is the budget Android octacore to make the brand

Honor 5C is the budget Android octacore to make the brand

Huawei's Honor may still not be the first smartphone brand you think of when you're buying a new handset, but its budget-friendly Honor 5C aims to sway your loyalties. Launched in Europe today as an affordable alternative to Android smartphones from Samsung and LG - not to mention the iPhone SE - the 5C packs a 5.2-inch display and octacore processor, but at a fraction of the price some rivals would be asking.

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Your Tesla can swim, but Elon Musk is making something even better

Your Tesla can swim, but Elon Musk is making something even better

Your Tesla Model S can double as a boat for short swimming distances, Elon Musk has confirmed, but he's also working on something for those with more serious aquatic ambitions. Though Tesla doesn't recommend it, Musk took pains to point out, the Model S "floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time" if needs demand it.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 Review – Silicon Valley on wheels

2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 Review – Silicon Valley on wheels

It's a blessing and a curse to be the benchmark by which all others are judged, but the Mercedes-Benz S-Class shoulders its obligations well. Launched first in 1972, and now in its sixth generation, the beefy sedan has always possessed a perhaps unusual duality. On the one hand, it's the go-to vehicle for comfortable wafting, but on the other it's a high-tech test bed for the latest and greatest Stuttgart's geniuses can come up with.

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This astonishing Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 concept is sublimely crazy

This astonishing Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 concept is sublimely crazy

The Rolls-Royce of the future will be an astonishing, autonomous, space-age coupe worthy of Minority Report, at least according to the brand's new VISION NEXT 100 concept. Latest in owner BMW's look ahead to the next century of automotive design and technology, the striking Rolls-Royce 103EX VISION NEXT 100 is certainly the most dramatic of the cars we've seen so far.

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How Toyota will turn social stalker to make cars smarter

How Toyota will turn social stalker to make cars smarter

Toyota is working on ways to sift through your Facebook, follow your Twitter, and slide into your LinkedIn to make its cars smarter, the company's tech division chief has revealed today. Zack Hicks is CEO of Toyota Connected, the new company Toyota established in April to free drivers from "the tyranny of technology" and, so its parent hopes, encourage you to head to a Toyota or Lexus dealership next time you're in the market for a car.

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Welcome to your echo-chamber: Twitter turns on self-retweets

Welcome to your echo-chamber: Twitter turns on self-retweets

If there's nothing so lovely to you as the sound of your own voice, rejoice: today, Twitter has turned on the ability to retweet your own tweets. The functionality was promised as part of Twitter's big update back in May, when it also announced changes to how @-names were counted to the 140 character limit.

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Nissan’s 2020 fuel-cell plans put bio-ethanol in the tank

Nissan’s 2020 fuel-cell plans put bio-ethanol in the tank

Nissan is getting into the fuel-cell car business, but unlike rivals like Toyota and Honda, it's not looking to hydrogen to power its environmentally-friendly vehicle. Instead, Nissan is looking to harness bio-ethanol electric power, using a range of different fuels - including some sourced from sugarcane or corn - to power an electric car.

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