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.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are official

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are official

Apple has officially revealed the iPhone 7, with a brand new design, IP67 water-proofing, a solid-state force-sensitive home button, and an entirely revamped camera. Although instantly recognizable as an iPhone, the iPhone 7 debuts a cleaner new design and a host of unusual production methods.

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Apple Watch Series 2 adds GPS, swim-proofing, Nike+ version

Apple Watch Series 2 adds GPS, swim-proofing, Nike+ version

Apple has taken the wraps off its next wearable, Apple Watch Series 2, at its iPhone 7 event this morning in San Francisco. "Completely re-engineered" from the first Apple Watch, the Series 2 wearable is now swim-proof - up from the splash-proof casing of the original model - and is rated water resistant to 50 meters.

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Apple adds real-time collaboration to iWork

Apple adds real-time collaboration to iWork

Apple is adding real-time collaboration to iWork, allowing multiple people to make changes to a document in the cloud at the same time. The update, one of the most requested for Apple's document suite, ticks a significant box which until now rival platforms like Google Docs have had as an advantage over iWork.

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The iPhone 7 headphones savior won’t be Bluetooth

The iPhone 7 headphones savior won’t be Bluetooth

Apple's controversial - and unconfirmed - decision to kill the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 might not make Bluetooth its primary replacement, it's been suggested, with a proprietary wireless standard tipped to flatter audiophiles. The new flagship smartphone, expected to be revealed at a keynote event tomorrow, has divided Apple fans amid leaks suggesting Apple will continue its war on wires by skipping the aged but still commonplace 3.5mm headphone socket.

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Volvo and auto safety firm team on self-driving car tech spin-off

Volvo and auto safety firm team on self-driving car tech spin-off

With self-driving cars the next big thing in automotive, Volvo has joined forces with an auto safety tech specialist to form a new company that will specialize in
autonomous driving software for future vehicles. The deal, with Autoliv - which is responsible for manufacturing everything from seatbelts and airbags, through to more technological safety kit like night vision and radar sensors - will see new driver-assist and autonomous driving software developed for use both by Volvo and other automakers.

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DJI Mavic foldable drone leaks to pre-empt GoPro’s Karma

DJI Mavic foldable drone leaks to pre-empt GoPro’s Karma

DJI's next drone has leaked, a foldable remote-controlled quadcopter expected to be called the DJI Mavic, which collapses down for easier transportation. Signs of the upcoming model were spotted back in August, when DJI trademarked the Mavic name, but over the past few days we've seen the first photos of what the drone will look like, not to mention some of the specifications.

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SlashGear’s Best of IFA 2016!

SlashGear’s Best of IFA 2016!

IFA 2016 has come and gone, and with hundreds if not thousands of new smartphones, laptops, tablets, wearable gadgets, and connected gizmos announced in Berlin, Germany. There's plenty to choose from, but only a few stand-out devices worthy enough to win in SlashGear's Best of IFA 2016 awards. Whether you're already working on your holiday gift wishlist, or just need to get up to speed on what's most exciting from this year's show, we've got you covered.

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Look closely: This is the GoPro HERO5, Karma drone, and Osmo-rival

Look closely: This is the GoPro HERO5, Karma drone, and Osmo-rival

GoPro isn't quite ready to officially show us either its new HERO5 action camera or its Karma drone, but you can get ahead of the schedule with a quick glimpse of what the company has in store. An update over at the Italian GoPro site has prematurely confirmed what both camera and drone look like, as well as a new stabilizing accessory.

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I was wrong about Project Ara

I was wrong about Project Ara

Google has given up on Project Ara, another of the company's more intriguing skunkworks projects shuttered without making the big waves the initial hullabaloo promised. Ara was to usher in a new generation of upgradable, wildly flexible smartphones: a platform that would both buck the trend of the relentless replacement cycle, and unlock possibilities for niche and custom gadgets that wouldn't make financial sense as a traditional device.

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Project Ara is dead, Google confirms

Project Ara is dead, Google confirms

Project Ara is dead, with Google confirming reports that it has indeed axed plans to bring its modular smartphone to market. Ditched after more than three years of development and numerous setbacks, the Ara vision of a smartphone which could be upgraded piecemeal with various interchangeable components proved simply too tricky to commercialize.

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Huawei is now a force to be feared in smartphone design

Huawei is now a force to be feared in smartphone design

Amid exploding Samsungs and fast-incoming iPhones, a new challenger in smartphone design has arisen, and Huawei is landing hits not only in the price bracket it has traditionally played in, but against devices several hundred dollars more. Latest from the company is the Nova series, a pair of Android phones differentiated primarily by their size, but unified by two core elements.

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A smart assistant in the dash will make your next Mercedes a self-parking office

A smart assistant in the dash will make your next Mercedes a self-parking office

Mercedes-Benz may be - like most automakers - developing self-driving cars, but until you can set a destination and bury your head in your phone, the German company is looking to In Car Office to fill the productivity gap. Announced at IFA 2016 today, the new feature is set to launch in Mercedes cars in the first half of 2017, and more intelligently deliver interaction between the infotainment system and the cloud.

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