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.

David Lynch exits new Twin Peaks project over money

David Lynch exits new Twin Peaks project over money

Director David Lynch has dropped out of the much-anticipated Twin Peaks revival, parting ways with the Showtime project after arguments over money. Rather than being a case of the high-profile director demanding a bigger fee, the issue is one of how much the new Twin Peaks should cost, with disagreements said to be around the overall budget. However, while initial reports suggested that Showtime had axed the new season of the show altogether as a result, Lynch says that may not in fact be the case.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Review

Samsung has a lackluster track record making flagship smartphones with serious lust-appeal. Its plastic-bodied Galaxy range was the Camry trying to play in Mercedes and Audi territory, earnestly ticking the boxes on the spec sheet, but failing to grasp that owners care about a sense of prestige as much they do a roster of the latest functionality. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and its flashy Galaxy S6 edge sibling are a lesson hard-learned, then, with both patchy sales and increasingly vocal criticism in 2014 demanding changes be made. 2015 might well be the fiercest year in phone tech yet; these two are evidence of Samsung's A-game.

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Hyundai’s 2016 Tucson bets on safety and economy

Hyundai’s 2016 Tucson bets on safety and economy

If you hadn't already realized it, the crossover is the must-have automotive trinket of the moment, with just about every brand weighing in with a baby SUV of their own. Now it's Hyundai's turn, whipping the silky covers off the 2016 Tucson, its own take on the segment with a focus on cosseting and fuel economy. Set to go on sale in July, the new crossover has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor, and now sits on optional 19-inch alloys for a meatier look. Really, though, this is all about braving the urban jungle in safety.

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Porsche’s ultralight Boxster Spyder couldn’t resist one compromise

Porsche’s ultralight Boxster Spyder couldn’t resist one compromise

Throw out the excess weight, junk the fancy DSG gearboxes and the electric hood, and you get this: the new 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder, the lightest and most powerful yet. Unveiled this week at the New York Auto Show, the pared-back Porsche trades out the creature comforts drivers of even high-performance vehicles have come to expect, in favor of coaxing the most fun from the 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine. That adds up to a 0-60 mph time of just 4.3 seconds, and a top speed of 180 mph.

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Philips Hue Go adds battery for portable LED light

Philips Hue Go adds battery for portable LED light

Philips has launched its latest hue lamp, the Hue Go, taking multi-color LED lighting and throwing in battery power for portability. Joining the existing range of ZigBee-connected hue bulbs and luminaires, the Hue Go is a semi-spherical mood lamp capable of mixing together over 16 million different color combinations, despite being liberated from a power supply for up to three hours.

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McLaren 570S live: The “practical” British supercar

McLaren 570S live: The “practical” British supercar

McLaren promised something special for the New York Auto Show and the company delivered with the 570S, as close to an entry-level model as you can get when you're talking in the region of $180k. The new "starter" McLaren, it's the British company's retort to Porsche's 911 Turbo S - among others - offering as much as 562 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque while still keeping outlandish supercar staples like gullwing doors and lashings of carbon-fiber.

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2016 Kia Optima bakes in Android Auto

2016 Kia Optima bakes in Android Auto

When it comes to refreshing your best-selling model, you could be forgiven for playing it safe, but Kia is taking the tech approach with the 2016 Optima. Longer and wider than the outgoing model, not to mention with a more distinctive exterior design, it's also Kia's first shipping car with Android Auto support. The gadgetry doesn't stop there, however, as the South Korean firm takes on its American rivals like Chevy and Ford.

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This insane SUV is what happens when Range Rover lets loose

This insane SUV is what happens when Range Rover lets loose

Picture the scene: you're filthy rich, addicted to luxury, and have a secret ambition to drive around the automotive equivalent of a stately home/battleship hybrid. Just for you, Range Rover has whipped the SVAutobiography out of the garage, the pinnacle of both the marque's premium SUV line, and of its Special Vehicle Operations customs division. Differentiating itself from not only rivals but its own, more affordable siblings by virtue of flexibility, the true meaning of SVAutobiography is being able to get as luxurious - or ridiculous - as your wallet might allow.

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Honda’s Civic Concept previews Type-R madness

Honda’s Civic Concept previews Type-R madness

The 2016 Honda Civic is coming and, if we're really, really lucky, it might look a little bit like this. Honda may not be quite ready to whip the sheets off the 10th-gen Civic, but that hasn't stopped its designers from going a little crazy and cooking up this striking Civic Concept to preview some of the aesthetics we can expect this fall.

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