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.

Samsung Gear 360 arrives in US (but you probably can’t buy it)

Samsung Gear 360 arrives in US (but you probably can’t buy it)

Samsung's Gear 360 camera is finally going on sale in the US, but you're almost certainly not able to actually buy one. The 360-degree camera was revealed alongside the Galaxy S7 earlier this year, but until now has only been available for sale in markets outside of the US. Now, Samsung is kicking off sales, but in a very limited way.

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macOS Sierra Preview – The ecosystem play

macOS Sierra Preview – The ecosystem play

OS X has a new name, but macOS Sierra is otherwise business as usual for Apple: continue to draw together the Mac on your desk and the iPhone in your pocket. That means features we've become familiar with on iOS, like Siri and Apple Pay, making the leap to your Mac, but also a blurring of the lines between your different devices and what's in the cloud.

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This all-electric Acura NSX concept plans to beast Pikes Peak

This all-electric Acura NSX concept plans to beast Pikes Peak

Acura is taking the 2017 NSX supercar to Pikes Peak, complete with a high-tech all-electric prototype version that could one day revolutionize racing. The Japanese firm will have three cars in total at the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26, the regular NSX making its North American racing debut at the same time.

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Check your Amazon account for a surprise from Apple today

Check your Amazon account for a surprise from Apple today

If you're an Amazon customer who has bought ebooks in the past, you might have a pleasant surprise waiting for you in your account today as the retail behemoth starts delivering Apple credits. The refund comes as part of Apple's settlement over ebook price fixing allegations, with anybody who bought Kindle titles from five specific publishers due to get a percentage of the purchase price back: today, it's the turn of Amazon's customers.

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Sonos iPhone lock screen controls added plus 3D Touch

Sonos iPhone lock screen controls added plus 3D Touch

Sonos is finally answering one of the biggest requests from users of its streaming speakers, and embracing Apple's 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in the process. Ditching its standalone remotes in favor of its smartphone apps made a lot of sense - who wants to spend a couple hundred dollars on a dedicated touchscreen remote, when you have a far slicker one in your pocket already - but they did make adjusting things like volume and track a little more time consuming since you needed to unlock your phone and load the app first.

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Nest’s new talent tames the thermostat when power gets pricey

Nest’s new talent tames the thermostat when power gets pricey

Nest's thermostat has always been billed as "smart" but, courtesy of even deeper integration with power companies, a new "Time of Savings" feature could help your wallet, too. Part of the smart home staple's intelligent energy services, the new addition works with so-called "time of use" (TOU) plans by learning what the rates are and adjusting heating and cooling use according to when it's most affordable.

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Instagram celebrates 500m users with some surprising trends

Instagram celebrates 500m users with some surprising trends

Selfies, food photos, gratuitous humble-brags... Instagram has them all, and it also has, as of today, 500 million members active every month. The new user milestone comes on the heels of the photo sharing service's big brand revamp which left many members spitting over the pared-back icon and more minimalistic app, but that controversy doesn't appear to have had a negative impact on how many actually use it.

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Misfit Speedo Shine 2 gets wet with new swim tracking

Misfit Speedo Shine 2 gets wet with new swim tracking

Misfit has launched a new version of its fitness tracker for swimmers, the Speedo Shine 2 Swimmer's Edition, promising health metrics both in and out of the pool. The follow-up to the original Speedo collaboration a year ago, the new wearable keeps the circular design of the second-generation Shine 2 but throws in proprietary lap-counting algorithms suited to aquatic use.

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2017 Jaguar F-PACE First Drive – Clever Kitty

2017 Jaguar F-PACE First Drive – Clever Kitty

Jaguar may be new to the SUV segment, but there are no allowances for tardiness: the 2017 F-PACE has to land a knock-out punch to heavyweight rivals and prove the famed British marque is about more than just coupes and heritage. Falling somewhere in-between competitors like the BMW X3 and X5, and Audi Q3 and Q5, in size, the F-PACE doesn't take the easy route of raiding Land Rover's parts bin but instead forges its own path on both the highway and in the rough stuff.

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Alfa Romeo is coming for your 5 Series

Alfa Romeo is coming for your 5 Series

Look out, Germany: storied Italian automaker Alfa Romeo is coming for your 5 Series, E-Class, and A6 with a bigger version of the Giulia sedan. The new car isn't likely to show up until 2018 at the earliest, but it may very well be worth waiting for over the usual midsize luxury options from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi.

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Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 gets its $699 US release date

Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 gets its $699 US release date

Huawei's attempt to overshadow the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro, the MateBook, will hit US shelves come July 11 the company has confirmed today. Announced back at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the MateBook runs Windows 10 and can be paired with a detachable folio-style keyboard cover as well as a digital "MatePen" stylus for handwriting annotations and sketching.

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iPhone 7 dual-SIM could be the carriers’ worst nightmare

iPhone 7 dual-SIM could be the carriers’ worst nightmare

Forget the will-it/won't-it iPhone 7 headphone jack argument, the biggest news in Apple's upcoming flagship smartphone may well be how many SIMs you can slot in. The latest batch of iPhone 7 rumors, courtesy of leaked component images that allegedly show the dual-SIM support in the new phone, suggest that Apple plans to make one of the biggest physical changes to its handset in several generations, a move that could not only benefit owners but further frustrate the carriers.

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