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.

Karma Revero revealed as deja-vu plug-in hybrid for the well-heeled

Karma Revero revealed as deja-vu plug-in hybrid for the well-heeled

Insert your choice of phoenix-from-the-ashes metaphor here, as Karma Automotive reveals the new Revero plug-in hybrid, and no we haven't used an old Fisker photo. Hoping to drag profit, customers, and acclaim from the embers of ill-fated Fisker - which went down in flames, both euphemistically and literally - the reborn car company hasn't strayed too far from the original car, or at least its design.

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Logitech Pop hands-on: A simple programmable button for the IoT

Logitech Pop hands-on: A simple programmable button for the IoT

The modern smart home may be a whiz-bang palace of connected gadgets and smartphone control, but there are times when you really just want to press a button and switch on the lights. Logitech Pop promises to be just that, a programmable wireless button that hides its not-inconsiderable scope in triggering the Internet of Things behind a veil of rubbery simplicity.

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides finally embrace iPad split-view

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides finally embrace iPad split-view

Google's Office apps have finally - finally - embraced iOS 9's split-view support, ending one of the most confusing feature hold-outs ever to plague Apple's mobile platform. Split-screen multitasking was one of the most-anticipated aspects of iOS 9, addressing in one fell swoop criticisms that the platform was unsuitable to properly replace a laptop or Windows tablet that had plagued it since the first iPad.

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Ford’s Shelby GT500 Mustang spotted amid 800 HP rumors

Ford’s Shelby GT500 Mustang spotted amid 800 HP rumors

Put your dreams of a Shelby Mustang GT350 to one side for the moment, as Ford is reportedly working on an even more potent pony for those who demand frankly ridiculous levels of power. The Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang has been spotted plying the streets of Michigan, partially wrapped but sporting a very eye-catching aero kit.

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This is Mercedes-Maybach’s “ultimate luxury” coupe

This is Mercedes-Maybach’s “ultimate luxury” coupe

First Mercedes-Benz re-resurrected the Maybach name for a super-luxe version of the S-Class, and now it's taking a shot at a monstrous coupe. Billed as "ultimate luxury" the shadow-masked two-door is still more mystery than showroom model, with the German automaker playing it very coy with the details, though we've already seen enough to get excited.

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HP gives fanless Stream notebooks a sub-$250 refresh

HP gives fanless Stream notebooks a sub-$250 refresh

HP has outed a fresh batch of its Stream notebooks, targeting back-to-school shoppers and bargain hunters with sub-$250 budgets. The new HP Stream 11 will be one of the cheapest notebooks in the company's 2016 line-up, with a $199 sticker when it hits shelves on August 24. That gets you an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display and Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core processor.

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IFTTT bakes IoT recipes right into partner apps

IFTTT bakes IoT recipes right into partner apps

IFTTT may be the glue for the Internet of Things, but now the useful service-linking platform is going embedded, with deep app integration making cooking up smart home recipes even more straightforward. IFTTT - or "If This Then That" - has announced an update today that sees its recipes embedded into third-party apps from Ring, Automatic, and more.

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Surface AIO trio tipped as Surface Book 2 hinge said squeezed

Surface AIO trio tipped as Surface Book 2 hinge said squeezed

Microsoft is testing a trio of Surface All-in-One desktops as well as a new Surface Book design that could address the original notebook's most controversial feature, according to the latest leaks. Chatter of a Surface AIO broke back in July, with rumors of a new, large-screen PC developed by Microsoft's in-house team and intended for the living room.

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BMW Connected arrives this month with Alexa skill to come

BMW Connected arrives this month with Alexa skill to come

BMW showed off its vision of the next-gen connected car back in March, and now it's ready for a test-drive, with integration with Amazon's voice-controlled Alexa platform in the pipeline. BMW Connected is an overhaul of the German automaker's existing connected-car apps and services, which use an embedded modem fitted to hundreds of thousands of its vehicles to link with smartphones, wearables, and - soon - smart speakers like Echo.

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SolarCity plans “solar roof” to power Tesla’s master plan

SolarCity plans “solar roof” to power Tesla’s master plan

Forget solar panels retrofitted on top of your roof: SolarCity is working on an ambitious plan to actually tile your home itself with solar panels. The Elon Musk backed energy startup - which Tesla announced recently it would acquire - currently offers modular arrays of panels that can be installed onto existing roofs in different sizes, but the future it envisages is far more cleanly integrated.

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September 7 said to be the iPhone 7 release date

September 7 said to be the iPhone 7 release date

All signs may point to Apple's new smartphone coming in September, but just when exactly is the iPhone 7 release date? Anyone with even a passing interest in mobile is keeping at least one eye on rumors around the Cupertino firm's newest handset, with tidbits like dual cameras and, for the first time, a move away from a physical home button all among the whispers, but the big question is always around when we can see the iPhone 7 for real.

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GoPro’s Omni 360-degree camera ships next week

GoPro’s Omni 360-degree camera ships next week

GoPro has confirmed the shipping date for its Omni 360-degree camera, a rig of the company's compact action cameras that's capable of filming fully spherical video. Announced back in April, Omni mounts six HERO4 Black cameras - pointing in six different directions - in an aluminum frame, and comes with software to stitch the resulting footage together into a single video that's viewable with a VR headset.

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