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.

Sony’s big PlayStation event is September 7: Neo ahoy?

Sony’s big PlayStation event is September 7: Neo ahoy?

Sony will hold an event in New York City on September 7th, where the company is expected to show off the next-generation PlayStation 4 Neo, its follow-up to the PS4. The PlayStation 4.5 event, which will kick off at 3pm ET, is being described as a "PlayStation meeting" though Sony is being coy about confirming any specifics.

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Intel buys AI startup Nervana Systems for deep learning chips

Intel buys AI startup Nervana Systems for deep learning chips

Intel has bought an artificial intelligence startup, Nervana Systems, aiming to bake the company's machine learning expertise into future processors. Nervana, founded in 2014, specialized in software and hardware for deep learning, borrowing neuroscience concepts to give computers more intuitive - and easily programmed - ways to deal with data.

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Self-driving Bolt EVs headed to Arizona as GM’s Cruise expands

Self-driving Bolt EVs headed to Arizona as GM’s Cruise expands

GM's real-world autonomous car research has spread to another city, with Cruise Automation's self-driving Bolt EVs now tackling the streets of Scottsdale, Arizona. The electric cars, which have been retrofitted with various sensors, laser scanners, and other onboard smarts to replace a human driver, had previously been plying the tarmac in San Francisco, California.

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Samsung Gear 360 Review

Samsung Gear 360 Review

Samsung hasn't just made a bet on virtual reality being the future of entertainment, with the Gear 360 camera it wants VR content creation to be accessible to the masses, too. Hot on the heels of the Gear VR headset comes the perfect camera companion to actually shoot your own 360-degree photos and videos, though it finds itself in the early stages of what may well be a significant learning curve for users.

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Chevrolet’s 2017 Camaro ZL1 priced up, and it’s a 650HP monster

Chevrolet’s 2017 Camaro ZL1 priced up, and it’s a 650HP monster

Chevrolet has priced up the hottest versions of its Camaro, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 and 2017 Camaro 1LE, challenging Ford's 2017 Mustang Shelby GT350 head-on. The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is Chevy's most powerful version of the car in its fifty year history, pumping out an astonishing 650 horsepower from its LT4 6.2-liter V8 supercharged engine.

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Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is axing free streaming (but don’t panic)

Hulu is ending its free service and will demand viewers cough up a monthly subscription to watch its streaming shows, though a deal with Yahoo may soften the blow somewhat. Since it launched in 2006, Hulu has offered both free, ad-supported viewing and paid subscriptions, though unusually the latter does not necessarily guarantee no commercials in your stream.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Review: Italy gives Miata an attitude adjustment

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Review: Italy gives Miata an attitude adjustment

Somebody screwed up. That, at least, was my first thought upon slipping into the compact cabin of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider and finding, not a sweet little six-speed shifter, but an automatic. Somebody, when filling in the order form, foolishly and unforgivably ticked the $1,350 six-speed auto transmission option.

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You have to wait a little longer for Samsung’s Gear IconX earbuds

You have to wait a little longer for Samsung’s Gear IconX earbuds

Bad news if you were waiting for Samsung's Gear IconX headphones, with word today that Samsung has decided to slightly delay the launch of the cable-free earbuds. Announced back in June alongside the Gear Fit 2 smartwatch, the battery-powered 'buds each connect wirelessly to your smartphone with no cables connecting them, though they also have a fitness angle too.

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Google’s autonomous car project loses a key player

Google’s autonomous car project loses a key player

Google's self-driving car lead, Chris Urmson, is leaving the project, after more than seven years of working on autonomous vehicle technology at the company. The news, which was announced today, means the loss of one of the most involved members of the self-driving project, with Urmson joining Google having previously been part of a DARPA grand challenge winning Carnegie Mellon team.

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Valve opens up HTC Vive’s tracking tech for the good of VR

Valve opens up HTC Vive’s tracking tech for the good of VR

HTC and Valve are opening up the technology in Vive to third-party peripherals and accessories, hoping that a more flexible attitude to aftermarket add-ons will only improve virtual reality in the long run. The decision will see HTC, Valve, and Synapse all working with hardware manufacturers to offer software and technical support to develop accessories HTC and Valve themselves might not have thought of.

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Nucleus Anywhere squeezes Alexa into high-tech home intercom

Nucleus Anywhere squeezes Alexa into high-tech home intercom

Amazon's Alexa continues its gradual spread throughout the home, with the voice-controlled virtual assistant now featuring in the new Nucleus Anywhere, a 21st century take on the intercom. Built around an 8-inch touchscreen, the tablet-esque gadget hooks up to a home network and supports video calls whether in the same home or between distant locations.

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Zero emission, 100% crazy: Nissan builds its astonishing BladeGlider

Zero emission, 100% crazy: Nissan builds its astonishing BladeGlider

Nissan's bonkers BladeGlider concept was only ever intended to hint at how electrification and driving enthusiasm could work together, so imagine our surprise to find a fully functional version has been made. Shown off at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013, the oddly proportioned three-seater looks more like a wingless jet-fighter than a car, but according to Nissan it could well shape the automaker's future EVs.

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