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.

This Viv bot just put Siri and Google Now on notice

This Viv bot just put Siri and Google Now on notice

Watch out, Siri, Google Now, and Alexa, because there's a new virtual assistant in town and Viv wants to eat your lunch (after probably ordering it first, too). Dubbed "The Global Brain", Viv is actually the handiwork of some of Siri's creators prior to the technology being acquired by Apple, and as an astonishing demonstration today indicates, they've not been idle in the meantime.

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Periscope is making videos permanent by default

Periscope is making videos permanent by default

Periscope may have launched #save to allow live-stream videos to live on for more than 24 hours, but soon each broadcast will be saved by default. In a complete flip from the ephemeral video concept Periscope launched with, in a few weeks time the company will switch over to making permanent footage the status-quo.

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Soon your DJI drone will stream to Periscope

Soon your DJI drone will stream to Periscope

Not to be outdone by Facebook Live, Periscope is adding live streaming from drones courtesy of a new collaboration with DJI. The Twitter-owned live broadcast service will soon support beaming footage from a DJI drone's camera directly to an audience of iOS and Android users.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline first drive – Not your typical truck

2017 Honda Ridgeline first drive – Not your typical truck

In trucks, as in all things, you can take the easy way or the hard way, and the 2017 Ridgeline suggests Honda has some masochists in its ranks. In a market filled with beefy, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin competitors, the second-generation Ridgeline takes a more measured, considered approach. That works for Civic and Accord, but are Tacoma and Colorado drivers really ready to embrace the thinking person's pickup?

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Logitech Base Review: The iPad Pro stand Apple should’ve made

Logitech Base Review: The iPad Pro stand Apple should’ve made

Apple's Smart Connector on the iPad Pro has more potential than just the Smart Keyboard case, but it's Logitech that's filling in the biggest gap for the high-end tablet. The Logitech Base gives your iPad Pro a permanent perch on your desktop, a sleek stand that not only works as a useful home for the slate, but keeps it charged up while it's there.

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What you need to know about NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080

What you need to know about NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080

Given the advances in graphics tech in recent years, you'd be forgiven for thinking all things are now equal in GPUs, but NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 still stands out. The newly-announced video card - and its GeForce GTX 1070 sibling - debut NVIDIA's Pascal architecture, and it turns out that's a big deal indeed. Improvements in power efficiency, physical size, and most importantly graphics abilities make this possibly the most exciting GPU we've seen in the past few years.

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Oculus just lost its display guru

Oculus just lost its display guru

Oculus is losing one of its top display engineers, with Mary Lou Jepsen announcing she is to leave the Facebook-owned VR company. Jepsen revealed her departure while speaking at the Anita Borg Institute's 2016 Women of Vision Awards Banquet this week, saying that she felt it was time to "work on curing diseases" instead.

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Can Fiat Chrysler ride Google’s self-driving cars to success?

Can Fiat Chrysler ride Google’s self-driving cars to success?

Fiat Chrysler doesn't have much in the way of an autonomous car strategy itself, but riding Google's coat-tails into the self-driving future may be the answer. The automaker has already inked a deal to provide 100 of its 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for Google to turn into autonomous cars, but that could be only the beginning for a deal that would bring FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) back into competition with rivals General Motors and Ford.

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Little-loved Apple Music Connect said to be buried in iOS 10

Little-loved Apple Music Connect said to be buried in iOS 10

Changes in how easy Apple Music is to use aren't the only upcoming revamp of the streaming service, insiders say, with its high-profile social aspects said to be sidelined. Apple Music Connect was announced last year with great fanfare, Apple bringing musician Drake on-stage at WWDC 2015 to describe how artists could use the system to engage more directly with fans and bring them behind-the-scenes with the recording process.

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Four things the 2016 Prius Two Eco gets absolutely right

Four things the 2016 Prius Two Eco gets absolutely right

Not for nothing is the Toyota Prius the chariot-of-choice for the eco pious. Toyota's segment-starting hybrid has become a mainstay of the green driving movement over its nearly two decades of production, at the same time racking up criticisms that it's more appliance than automobile. Along comes the fourth-generation 2016 Prius, however, and while you may be tempted to write it off as more of the same, it turns out there's a lot more changed than just the controversial looks.

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Breakthrough embryo research puts 14 day rule in spotlight

Breakthrough embryo research puts 14 day rule in spotlight

The legal and ethical implications of human embryo research are set to make waves once more, with breakthrough research drastically extending how long petri dish embryos can survive. Two experiments have shown that lab-grown embryos - in both cases using donated human cells - could be kept for significantly longer than with any previous technique.

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Lyft is working on self-driving Chevy Bolt EV cabs

Lyft is working on self-driving Chevy Bolt EV cabs

Lyft will trial autonomous taxi service with a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs within the next twelve months, it's reported, as GM accelerates its car tech research. The automaker and the ride-sharing firm announced back in January that they had plans to collaborate on self-driving cars, with the eventual goal being an on-demand, autonomous vehicle network that could be summoned from a smartphone.

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