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.

Tesla’s latest Model S makes more range an in-app upgrade

Tesla’s latest Model S makes more range an in-app upgrade

Tesla is pushing the limits of in-car upgrades, offering some owners of its Model S sedan the option to add more range without changing a single battery or motor. The automaker has quietly been putting its 75 kWh battery pack inside its entry-level Model S, but badging - and selling - the car as the Model S 70, billed as having a 70 kWh pack instead.

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The free Windows 10 upgrade gravy train is ending soon

The free Windows 10 upgrade gravy train is ending soon

The days of a free Windows 10 upgrade are numbered, with Microsoft confirming that, after July 29, you'll be expected to open your wallet if you want to bring an older Windows PC up to the cutting edge. As part of its efforts to get Windows 10 on as many PCs as possible, as soon as possible, Microsoft had launched the OS with a year-long free upgrade offer.

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Here’s how to #save your Periscope videos more than 24hrs

Here’s how to #save your Periscope videos more than 24hrs

Your Periscope witticisms, comedy gold, earnest real-talk, and harsh-but-fair relationship advice can now live on forever, with Twitter adding an easy way to save recordings. Previously, videos streamed through Periscope would be available for replay for a 24 hour period after broadcast, but at that point they'd be deleted altogether.

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The five most ridiculously lavish features of the Bentley Bentayga

The five most ridiculously lavish features of the Bentley Bentayga

"Lavish excess" may be a given when you're talking about a $230k-plus SUV, but even the Bentley Bentayga can surprise you. With its 600 horsepower W12 engine and a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds, the Bentayga could embarrass a proper sports car on the road, but the lucky occupants may well be too busy enjoying the high life inside to notice. Read on for some of the most extreme, OTT, and generally uber-luxe features of the 2017 Bentayga.

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Taking the 600hp 2017 Bentley Bentayga to the track

Taking the 600hp 2017 Bentley Bentayga to the track

The racetrack is not the natural place for an SUV, but then the Bentley Bentayga is not your typical truck. For a start it's luxurious in an Black Amex-melting way - it starts just shy of $230,000 but only the most ascetic of buyers resists the Bentley options list, and they've no reason to be in the showroom in the first place.

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2016 BMW 340i Review – Back on form

2016 BMW 340i Review – Back on form

Messing with an icon can be trouble, something BMW found when it launched the sixth-gen 3 Series in 2012, and something it aims to redress with the 2016 340i. The car that had long been the sport sedan to beat suddenly suffered a crisis of identity: too focused on luxury for those who look to Bavaria for their four-door performance, but not cosseting enough in the face of Mercedes' efforts. Now, for 2016, we get the 340i and a surprisingly successful do-over.

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MacBook 2016 Review – Still controversial

MacBook 2016 Review – Still controversial

More than a year after it first launched, the MacBook Retina is still one of the most divisive of Apple's products. Now, in its 2016 refresh, it finds itself in a replay of many of those initial complaints: just one port; a processor chosen for being humble; and a variety of other compromises in the name of keeping a waif-like form factor. Has Apple's stubbornness damned its premium ultraportable in the process?

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An AI for everything as Qualcomm opens Snapdragon Zeroth

An AI for everything as Qualcomm opens Snapdragon Zeroth

Qualcomm has a vested interest in smarter mobile devices: it wants to power even more of them with its own Snapdragon chips. To that end, today sees the launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine an SDK for the Snapdragon 820 chipset that promises a simpler path to deep-learning software and artificial intelligence on phones, tablets, wearables, and even in cars.

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August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled Review: Siri, lock my door

August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled Review: Siri, lock my door

The Internet of Things may be the Wild West right now, but if Apple has its way, HomeKit-enabled devices like August's new Smart Lock 2nd generation will tame the confusion. It promises to act as your virtual doorman courtesy of the soothing tones of Siri, though at $229 it's not an inexpensive upgrade.

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2016 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI quattro Review

2016 Audi A3 2.0 TFSI quattro Review

Judge a luxury car company not by its flagship but by its compromises: namely, the sacrifices it makes to put its badge - in this case the four Audi rings - on the nose of its smaller, cheaper models. The 2016 Audi A3 2.0T quattro is a case in point, the most affordable way to get the coveted badge on your driveway, but losing some of the bells and whistles along the way. Question is, do those sacrifices outweigh the benefits?

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Switchmate’s DIY-free wireless light upgrade hits stores in May

Switchmate’s DIY-free wireless light upgrade hits stores in May

Renter-friendly ways for a smart home upgrade are few and far between, but lighting at least is getting a blast of the IoT, no screwdrivers required. Glowing from its successful crowdfunding campaign last year, Switchmate is finally bringing its Bluetooth-connected adapter for your existing light switches to market.

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Dyson’s Supersonic hairdryer blows best, but the price sucks

Dyson’s Supersonic hairdryer blows best, but the price sucks

Dyson's quest to upgrade everything that sucks or blows continues, with the Dyson Supersonic bringing fancy airflow to your hairdryer. Promising not only greater control, less hair damage from excess heat, and quieter operation, the dryer - which almost looks like a tiny Thor's hammer, if you squint a fair amount - kicks things off by redesigning and moving the most important part.

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