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.

Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo speaker has long been able to pull streaming music from a number of services, but now Amazon is allowing users to set their Spotify account as the default. The new functionality, confirmed by Spotify - one of the streaming options with Echo support - means that no longer do users have to specify which provider they want to hear a track or playlist from.

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Stunning in bare carbon fiber, Acura’s NSX GT3 car gets snapped in testing

Stunning in bare carbon fiber, Acura’s NSX GT3 car gets snapped in testing

Acura is taking the NSX racing, and we've got our first glimpse of the supercar as it tackles the track in development form. Though it's not expected to officially compete in North American competitions until 2017, the NSX GT3 car is getting its practice in early, and looking mighty appealing in the process.

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The macOS Sierra public beta is ready to download today

The macOS Sierra public beta is ready to download today

Apple is launching the macOS Sierra public beta today, an opportunity for non-developers to get their hands on the upcoming software for Macs. As promised, the beta program throws open the doors to the latest version of macOS - renamed from OS X, of course, at WWDC earlier this year - ahead of its full release in the fall.

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In new Model X crash, Tesla suggests Autopilot not to blame

In new Model X crash, Tesla suggests Autopilot not to blame

With Autopilot's safety in question, Tesla has distanced the semi-autonomous driver assistance technology's role in a crash last Friday that saw a Model X rolled in Pennsylvania. The driver of the car, who was in the SUV along with a passenger on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Friday around 5pm, July 1, told law enforcement that Autopilot was active when the incident took place.

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In VW and LG’s world your new car talks to your smart home

In VW and LG’s world your new car talks to your smart home

Volkswagen may be steaming ahead with its ambitious electric car plans for 2025, but the German automaker is looking to LG for help with connected vehicles. The two firms have inked an agreement to work together on the Volkswagen Cross-Over Platform, using the cloud to pull together various systems in the car together with the smart home.

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D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 EXO WiFi Router Review

D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 EXO WiFi Router Review

As the cost of network hardware continues to tumble, fast ways of getting online around the home needn't break the bank. Announced at CES 2016, D-Link's DIR-879 AC1900 EXO WiFi Router promises a noticeable upgrade from your cable company's default hardware, without headaches at setup and for a street price of under $150.

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Rejoice! iPhone 7 tipped to have at least 32GB of storage

Rejoice! iPhone 7 tipped to have at least 32GB of storage

Apple is set to double the storage of its entry-level iPhone, with the iPhone 7 expected to kick off at 32GB rather than the much-criticized 16GB of the current model. The increase will address increasingly vocal complaints that 16GB is simply too small in an age of 4K video recording: after all, you can only fit around half an hour of 4K resolution footage on a 16GB iPhone 6s before the device is full, and that's assuming you don't download any other apps, games, or media.

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As self-driving car safety debate rages, Google teaches cyclist manners

As self-driving car safety debate rages, Google teaches cyclist manners

Self-driving car tech safety - or otherwise - may be making headlines, but Google's autonomous fleet has been focusing on smaller potential incidents, the company has explained in its latest monthly report. Every month, as part of its obligations in return for being allowed to test out its fleet of autonomous prototypes on public roads, Google details any crashes or damage sustained, and sure enough this month there've been a couple of scrapes.

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AM-RB 001 revealed: The street-legal hypercar Aston Martin and Red Bull built

AM-RB 001 revealed: The street-legal hypercar Aston Martin and Red Bull built

When Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing promised us a Ferrari-squashing, Lamborghini-crushing, Bugatti-embarrassing hypercar, it's an understatement to say we were intrigued. Now, the Aston Martin AM-RB 001 has been revealed, and all the big talk back in March is shaping up to be true: this thing is a monster.

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Check out the stunning open-top LaFerrari you can’t buy

Check out the stunning open-top LaFerrari you can’t buy

How do you make a LaFerrari supercar even more exclusive? Slash the top off it, and promise to make just a handful of the roofless result. Ferrari's hybrid monster is already a rare beast, but the Italian's couldn't leave it alone, designing a limited-edition special series based on the coupe but with a choice of roof options.

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2016 Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 Review: Torque fit for a king

2016 Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 Review: Torque fit for a king

At a time when diesel is a dirty word, Land Rover's refusal to give up with the 2016 Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 could be considered obstinance fit for a king. Sleeker than the Range Rover "proper" and more family-friendly than the Evoque, the Sport combines lashings of torque with quality accommodation, but comes with a high sticker price to match.

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HP Spectre 13 Review: Thin requires compromise

HP Spectre 13 Review: Thin requires compromise

How thin is too thin, and is extreme style worth extreme compromise? The HP Spectre 13 is the latest notebook to ask those questions, chasing - and indeed besting - Apple's MacBook in millimeters of depth and raw power potential, though demanding concessions in functionality and connectivity from users in the process.

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