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.

It’s the right time for a Nintendo phone

It’s the right time for a Nintendo phone

Nintendo has traditionally been steadfast in its dedication to hardware, even as rival consoles have out-performed, out-exclusived, and eventually out-sold it in the process. It's taken the company years to concede that yes, smartphone gaming and leveraging the value of its game IP might be a good way of making money, and sure enough Nintendo's stock price has soared as Pokemon GO became a must-have on iOS and Android.

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This is the Cozmo SDK: I think it’ll do for robots what iOS did for apps

This is the Cozmo SDK: I think it’ll do for robots what iOS did for apps

Robots with personality aren't new, but Anki's Cozmo has broader goals than just entertainment: it wants to bring advanced coding techniques to the mass market. Announced last month, Cozmo - a palm-sized robot that uses your smartphone for a brain - may look like a toy but its companion SDK is arguably just as ambitious as that of iOS or Android.

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Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon just got snappier

Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon just got snappier

The processor arms-race slows for nobody, and Qualcomm is already pitching its upgrade to the chip found in many of the flagship 2016 Android smartphones. The Snapdragon 821 is, as the name suggests, a freshened version of the Snapdragon 820, which Qualcomm says offers a 10-percent performance increase for device manufacturers who simply must have the speediest silicon.

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2016 Audi TTS Coupe Review

2016 Audi TTS Coupe Review

Resplendently menacing in battleship gray, the 2016 Audi TTS Coupe hides its horsepower upgrade over the regular TT with little more than some red badging to signify the difference. The third-generation TT looks great, rediscovering its way, if not quite to the Bauhaus purity of the original, then at least to a sharper, crisper aesthetic than the second-gen car ever managed, and if you're of the mind that more power always equals more appeal, the TTS argument might seem clear cut.

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Tesla is now upgrading old Roadsters with 340 mile batteries

Tesla is now upgrading old Roadsters with 340 mile batteries

Tesla has begun upgrading Roadster batteries, giving the automaker's oldest car a boost in range in a welcome - albeit expensive - refresh. News that Tesla would turn its newer battery technology to improving the Roadster, production of which ceased in 2012, came as a surprise when Elon Musk announced it in late 2014, though it's taken some time to actually filter through to owners' cars.

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Mophie Juice Pack Wireless Review for iPhone 6s

Mophie Juice Pack Wireless Review for iPhone 6s

For many of us, a battery case for our smartphone is a necessary fact of life, but Mophie wants to make opportunity out of obligation. The company is no stranger to putting extra power into cases for the iPhone and other smartphones, but with the Mophie Juice Pack Wireless it's embracing not only wireless charging but building a power ecosystem that, though not inexpensive, promises to last you through the iPhone 7 and beyond.

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Siri is the star of macOS Sierra

Siri is the star of macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra may not be short on new features, but the biggest change from OS X is that you're now encouraged to talk to your Mac. Siri's arrival on the desktop is more than just an extension of the now-familiar virtual assistant from her previous roles on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, however.

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I won’t install the iOS 10 public beta: This is why

I won’t install the iOS 10 public beta: This is why

I know how temptation feels; most of us feel it too. The latest, must-have beta arrives - in this case, Apple's iOS 10, several months before its full release this fall - and before you know it you're hitting the download button and eagerly installing it onto your precious device. Before you get too carried away, though, stop: there is danger ahead.

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Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo speaker has long been able to pull streaming music from a number of services, but now Amazon is allowing users to set their Spotify account as the default. The new functionality, confirmed by Spotify - one of the streaming options with Echo support - means that no longer do users have to specify which provider they want to hear a track or playlist from.

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Stunning in bare carbon fiber, Acura’s NSX GT3 car gets snapped in testing

Stunning in bare carbon fiber, Acura’s NSX GT3 car gets snapped in testing

Acura is taking the NSX racing, and we've got our first glimpse of the supercar as it tackles the track in development form. Though it's not expected to officially compete in North American competitions until 2017, the NSX GT3 car is getting its practice in early, and looking mighty appealing in the process.

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The macOS Sierra public beta is ready to download today

The macOS Sierra public beta is ready to download today

Apple is launching the macOS Sierra public beta today, an opportunity for non-developers to get their hands on the upcoming software for Macs. As promised, the beta program throws open the doors to the latest version of macOS - renamed from OS X, of course, at WWDC earlier this year - ahead of its full release in the fall.

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In new Model X crash, Tesla suggests Autopilot not to blame

In new Model X crash, Tesla suggests Autopilot not to blame

With Autopilot's safety in question, Tesla has distanced the semi-autonomous driver assistance technology's role in a crash last Friday that saw a Model X rolled in Pennsylvania. The driver of the car, who was in the SUV along with a passenger on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Friday around 5pm, July 1, told law enforcement that Autopilot was active when the incident took place.

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