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.

2016 Nissan Leaf vs 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf: Range-Anxiety

2016 Nissan Leaf vs 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf: Range-Anxiety

Electric cars may be the future, but so is range anxiety. That's the lingering conclusion after testing two of the most popular, competitively-priced EVs on the market, the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf SE, and the 2016 Nissan Leaf SL. Unlike anything from Tesla's forecourt, you'll get change from $40k even buying brand new, and various subsidies tickle the sticker prices even lower. Question is, are either of these all-electric chariots really ready to join the rat-race?

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Now certified, WiFi 802.11ac Wave 2 promises faster, further wireless

Now certified, WiFi 802.11ac Wave 2 promises faster, further wireless

The next generation of WiFi, 802.11ac Wave 2, has begun certification, promising features that dramatically improve wireless speed and range. Although 802.11ac was first approved all the way back in January 2014, resulting in a surge of so-called Wave 1 routers and network adapters, this new round of certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance covers more advanced technologies that in many cases address the increasingly large number of wireless devices we find in our homes and offices.

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HERE makes bold play to define common language for self-driving cars

HERE makes bold play to define common language for self-driving cars

Mapping company HERE is driving ahead with its scheme to design the common language for all autonomous vehicles, submitting its Esperanto-for-autos to a vehicle safety standards body. Now dubbed SENSORIS, the car-to-cloud system was announced twelve months ago as an open specification for vehicle sensor data to be collected and transmitted to the cloud by connected vehicles.

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With Wink Relay update, order Uber from your lightswitch

With Wink Relay update, order Uber from your lightswitch

Wink Relay, the home automation hub's touchscreen wall controller, can now summon you an Uber and track your Fitbit performance. Announced back in 2014 as a flexible way to control the smart home from where you'd normally expect to find your light switch, the update pulls what would traditionally be functionality you'd dig into an app for on your smartphone into a far more accessible place.

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Flames and fanfare as NASA’s Mars mission rocket aces testing

Flames and fanfare as NASA’s Mars mission rocket aces testing

As ways to disturb the peace and quiet of the desert go, firing up the most powerful rocket in the world has to be near the top of the list. That was the fun & games had by NASA and Orbital ATK today, testing out the new Space Launch System (SLS) booster that will one day take first uncrewed probes and then astronauts to Mars.

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BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

Bose may not be the first name you associate with learning about electronics, but the company's BOSEbuild educational division is aiming to change that with a DIY speaker. The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is a $149 Bluetooth speaker broken down into its component parts, intended to teach kids not only what goes into a modern gadget but how principles like sound operate.

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Forget MateBook, Huawei made the perfect MacBook gadget

Forget MateBook, Huawei made the perfect MacBook gadget

The world is full of mysteries, but the question simmering among many is why Apple is still yet to produce a USB-C dock for the Retina MacBook. The port-light ultraportable has demonstrated its commitment to the USB-C spirit with two generations resolutely sticking to the idea that a single port is sufficient, but salvation for those with a handful of things to connect comes from a perhaps unlikely source.

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Evernote guts free plan, hikes paid plan pricing

Evernote guts free plan, hikes paid plan pricing

It's a cut-throat business out there in the cloud, and Evernote users are latest to bear the brunt, with the note management service making big changes to squeeze out more subscriber cash. Prices are going up for the company's two paid plans, while the free tier is being shackled with new limitations that some users might find tough to swallow.

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Why this vast helium discovery is being called “life-saving”

Why this vast helium discovery is being called “life-saving”

You might associate helium with party balloons and squeaky voices, but the gas is a whole lot more important: that's why scientists have been so worried in recent years of a helium shortage. Vital for everything from MRI scanners through to essential nuclear energy production systems, helium's usefulness has traditionally stood at odds with its relative rarity.

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It’s official: Check out the 550hp 2017 Porsche Panamera

It’s official: Check out the 550hp 2017 Porsche Panamera

Porsche has shrugged the silk off of the new 2017 Panamera, its redesigned four-door that promises lashings of performance for those who need more space than a 911. Revamped with styling borrowed from the 2017 Porsche 911 - which we drove earlier this month - along with the latest Cayman and 718 Boxster, the new Panamera gets a swooping, coupe-esque roofline but still has room inside for four.

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This is what Volkswagen will pay 2.0 TDI Diesel owners

This is what Volkswagen will pay 2.0 TDI Diesel owners

So you're a Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-liter TDI owner - or you used to be - and your big question this morning is "how much is VW going to pay for my car?" The ink is hardly dry on the proposed settlement between the emissions-test-cheating German automaker, regulators in the US, and a suit brought by drivers themselves, but already we have a good idea of what your diesel is worth whether you purchased outright or leased it.

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Amazon Alexa skills just got a whole lot smarter

Amazon Alexa skills just got a whole lot smarter

Amazon's Echo may allow you to order from the retailer's virtual shelves and play its audiobooks, but it's third-party features that make Alexa smartest and they're getting a makeover today. A year after Amazon threw open the Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service for others to tap into, there are now 1,400 extra abilities for the speech-controlled virtual assistant.

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