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.

Olympus PEN E-PL8 packs retro style and selfie features

Olympus PEN E-PL8 packs retro style and selfie features

Olympus has added a new, retro micro four thirds camera to its lineup, with the PEN E-PL8 adding a selfie-friendly option alongside the PEN-F. Announced at Photokina 2016 today, the E-PL8 is the successor to 2014's PEN E-PL7, complete with a 180-degree flip-down LCD display and an easier to hold grip.

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2017 Audi Q3 gets aggressive revamp to ape Q7

2017 Audi Q3 gets aggressive revamp to ape Q7

Audi's Q3 baby premium SUV is getting a makeover, with a sharper design that borrows cues from its Q7 big brother, as well as a more sporting S line version. Expected to hit dealer forecourts from fall 2016, the 2017 Q3 has bolder crease-lines and a more aggressive grille, and there's a new Q3 S line competition model added to the line-up.

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The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country might just charm America into wagons

The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country might just charm America into wagons

Volvo has taken the wraps off its latest luxury car, the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country, a beefed-up, ruggedized version of its new V90 wagon. Like the S90 and V90, the new car is a particularly Swedish take on luxury - plenty of leather and open-pore black walnut wood - but, unlike its siblings, the Cross Country specification increases ground clearance by 2.5-inches to 8.3-inches.

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2017 Audi Q7 3.0T quattro Review: Seven seat excess

2017 Audi Q7 3.0T quattro Review: Seven seat excess

If there's something clearly pathological about my attraction to vast, luxury SUVs despite having neither the family nor the lifestyle to demand them, I can probably take solace in the fact that a large chunk of America feels the same way. Audi's 2017 Q7 will do nothing to dissuade either them or I, redesigned from the ground up from its strong-selling predecessor and making a pitch as the most technologically advanced SUV this side of a considerably more expensive Tesla Model X.

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Furiously fast, the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster cuts the roof not performance

Furiously fast, the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster cuts the roof not performance

Trust AMG to take Mercedes-Benz's luxury droptop and give it a super-aggressive upgrade, with the new AMG GT Roadster and AMG GT C Roadster offering two levels of performance convertible. The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, good for 476 horsepower and 465 lb-ft. of torque, for a 4.0 second 0-60 mph run and a top speed of 188 mph.

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There are still more questions than answers about the Chevrolet Bolt EV

There are still more questions than answers about the Chevrolet Bolt EV

It was a moment of celebration for one of the American auto industry's stalwarts: the Chevrolet Bolt EV would, at 238 miles, go further than Elon Musk's upstart Tesla Model 3. Cue flag-waving in Detroit, not least because the Bolt EV is expected to arrive at dealerships later this year, versus the late 2017 promised for the "cheap" Tesla. Nonetheless, while the early feedback has been fairly glowing from drivers given previews at the electric car's wheel, there's still a lot Chevrolet has to do before the Bolt EV is anywhere near ready for primetime.

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Review – This is no mini Escalade

2017 Cadillac XT5 Review – This is no mini Escalade

As a Brit who harbors a dark, some might say unnatural love for Cadillac's Escalade, I'm used to wearing my perversions on my sleeve, but I may be immune to the charms of the 2017 Cadillac XT5. Though sharp styling and clever all-wheel drive are welcome, as is an impressively high quality cabin that in most respects punches above its weight, there's the all-important question of that magic spark that true love requires.

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ZTE asked fans for new product ideas: These are the weird results

ZTE asked fans for new product ideas: These are the weird results

Brave or foolhardy, ZTE's attempt to crowdsource the next must-have mobile device has come up with a trio of oddball ideas it's hoping fans will flesh out for a potential production version. Project CSX was announced back in August, with ZTE inviting suggestions for a possible gadget to fit into its 2017 range; now, we know the shortlist.

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e-MINI and BMW 3 Series EV tipped as Tesla’s Model 3 looms

e-MINI and BMW 3 Series EV tipped as Tesla’s Model 3 looms

Struggling to sell its divisive vision of electrified cars and wary of Tesla's Model 3, BMW plans a trio of EV versions of some of its best-selling mainstream gas models, sources now claim. The German automaker has already embraced electric powertrains in a number of models, but its distinctive - and not universally appreciated - i Series of cars have failed to capture drivers' attention in the same way that rivals have managed.

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Samsung, Note 7 igniting stock crisis, accelerates board shuffle

Samsung, Note 7 igniting stock crisis, accelerates board shuffle

Burned by exploding Note 7 batteries and watching its carefully planned pre-emptive strike on the iPhone 7 go up in smoke, Samsung has brought in a heavy-hitter to try to right things before its stock price tanks any further. Shares in the South Korean company are down around 11-percent since Friday, after it was forced to begin a global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone following the discovery of battery flaws.

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Instagram comment keyword filtering aims to hide harassment

Instagram comment keyword filtering aims to hide harassment

Instagram is launching comment keyword filtering for all users, hoping to cut down on harassment on the photo-centric social network. The new feature offers Instagram users the option to enable a preset list of potentially offensive words which, if they're spotted in another person's comment, will automatically see that remark removed.

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MSI VR One pre-empts Intel’s Project Alloy with PC backpack

MSI VR One pre-empts Intel’s Project Alloy with PC backpack

Wearable computing might normally mean a smartwatch, but MSI is pretty keen to put a full gaming PC right on your back, and if you're into VR it might be worth strapping on. The company has revealed the MSI VR One, the production version of the virtual reality backpack it teased earlier this year, a roughly eight pound chunk of overclocked computer intended to drive your HTC Vive.

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