Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in London, UK, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

Don’t hold your breath for a Retina MacBook Air this week

Don’t hold your breath for a Retina MacBook Air this week

MacBook Air lovers may be crying out for a Retina display upgrade to their favorited ultraportable, but Apple will leave them wanting after Thursday's event, according to new leaks. A higher-resolution version of the MacBook Air, following its more expensive MacBook Pro sibling, has been rumored for some time now, with chatter back in July suggesting the pixel-packed notebook was headed into production imminently. However, for one reason or another, the new laptop won't actually be taking the stage in Cupertino this Thursday.

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Cadillac schemes plans to trample Tesla

Cadillac schemes plans to trample Tesla

Cadillac is planning a strike at Tesla, with a fully-electric luxury car on the roadmap that will see the company challenge the Model S as the GM-owned marque broadens its play for eco-friendly motoring. The all-electric car - the name of which has not been confirmed - will be one of a number of new models that includes the refreshed ELR plug-in hybrid and a luxury sedan now known to be the CT6. However, Cadillac is also considering a number of other models, including new crossovers and an even huger, uber-luxe sedan to take on the best of German rivals from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi.

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Jaybird Reign lands in the Go-Zone on October 26

Jaybird Reign lands in the Go-Zone on October 26

The world is not short of fitness wearables, and while Jaybird's Reign managed to impress us back at CES 2014 in January, it's only this month that the wrist-worn wearable is finally hitting shelves. Packing the ability to track Heart Rate Variability (HRV) - which Jaybird says gives results 99-percent accurate to those you'd get from a medical EKG - the Reign introduces a new metric dubbed "Go-Score" which, rather than tracking historic performance, claims to actually tell you how ready for activity your body is.

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T-Mobile outs Sony Xperia Z3 launch details

T-Mobile outs Sony Xperia Z3 launch details

Sony's Xperia Z3 will land on T-Mobile USA from October 29th, the carrier has announced today, though those without commitment issues can preorder the smartphone from October 15th. Announced at IFA in September, the Xperia Z3 offers a 5.2-inch Full HD display and 20.7-megapixel camera wrapped up in a waterproof casing, as well as LTE for use on T-Mobile's 4G network. Perhaps more interesting for those with coverage issues, the T-Mobile version of the Z3 will also support WiFi Calling for routing voice calls over a WiFi connection.

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iPhone 6 spreads: 36 more countries in October

iPhone 6 spreads: 36 more countries in October

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are getting even bigger, with China, Israel, and South Korea among 36 new countries and territories set to get the new iOS 8 smartphones in October. A staggered roll-out across locations through the month will see the iPhone 6 family available in 69 countries and territories before November has even started, though Apple says it's still on track to increase that number to more than 115 before 2014 is through.

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Tesla’s wicked-fast P85D just drove me autonomously

Tesla’s wicked-fast P85D just drove me autonomously

I confess, I didn't really take Tesla's test driver seriously when he told me I needed to put my head safely against the headrest before he floored the new Model S P85D. Sure, EVs are torquey from a standing start, but 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds isn't unheard of in the sports car world. Then we accelerated down Tesla's LED-lit tunnel, a multi-colored birth canal for the fastest four-door sedan ever made.

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Tesla Model S “D” adds AWD: Self-driving Auto-Pilot

Tesla Model S “D” adds AWD: Self-driving Auto-Pilot

Tesla promised us something new with its big "D" reveal, and the reality is a new version of the Model S - the P85D - and some smarter driving tech that helps push the EV ahead of its Germanic rivals offer. Announced in LA at an event swamped with existing Model S owners (many of whom were hoping it would be the Model X SUV that was actually the secret star of the show), the "D" isn't a new model as such but in fact new versions of the existing Model S, adding an all-wheel-drive version to across the line-up that boosts traction, performance, and range. Maybe more exciting, though, is the future ability for the car to - in limited circumstances - drive itself to meet you.

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Apple’s iPad and Mac event confirmed for October 16th

Apple’s iPad and Mac event confirmed for October 16th

Apple will hold an event on October 16th, according to invitations sent out from the company to press this morning, where it is expected to reveal a new range of iPads alongside Mac updates. The event, with the tagline "It's been way too long", will take place at Apple's own campus in Cupertino, CA, and kick off at 10am PST next Thursday. It comes only a few weeks after Apple's big iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus event.

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Could psychic coffee make you use mobile payments?

Could psychic coffee make you use mobile payments?

Mobile payments systems like Apple Pay promise to make your time at the checkout briefer, but what if they could even further accelerate the most important purchases: like that first cup of coffee in the morning? Square's new Square Order system aims to do just that, using a personalized favorites list and geolocation so that cafes and restaurants not only know what you want, but when you'll be stopping by to pick it up so that it can be ready and waiting on the counter.

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EE TV promises DVR and on-demand harmony

EE TV promises DVR and on-demand harmony

Carrier EE is launching its own TV service, EE TV, promising to bring together free-to-air and on-demand content with smartphone and tablet viewing and control. The new set-top box, which will be offered free to EE's UK home broadband subscribers, claims to eschew the usual ugly and impenetrable user-interface of traditional cable boxes and instead borrow heavily from smartphones and tablets; meanwhile, those devices themselves can be used to navigate through the UI, with the EE TV app, and then "flick" content from mobile to TV.

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