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.

Lenovo Yoga 910 hands-on: Same skinny 360 style; bigger, better display

Lenovo Yoga 910 hands-on: Same skinny 360 style; bigger, better display

Fitting more laptop into less chassis is an admirable goal, and Lenovo has done just that with the new Yoga 910, increasing screen size without sacrificing portability. An upgrade to the well-received Yoga 900, the new notebook packs a 13.9-inch display into a form-factor that - despite being slimmer in all dimensions - its predecessor could only fit a 13.3-inch screen into.

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Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

If you've got a Galaxy Note 7 in your pocket then the perfect accompaniment is a Samsung Gear S3 on your wrist, at least that's the argument the smartphone behemoth is making ahead of the Apple Watch 2. Launched at IFA 2016 today, the Gear S3 builds on Samsung's earlier Tizen wearables with a more distinctive and tougher design, the option of integrated LTE connectivity, and the convenience of Samsung Pay to leave your purse or wallet (and, for that matter, your Galaxy phone) at home.

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ASUS ZenScreen is a portable USB-C display for your laptop

ASUS ZenScreen is a portable USB-C display for your laptop

ASUS' big announcement today may have been the ZenWatch 3, but if it's a secondary screen for your ultrabook not your smartphone that you're interested in, there's something new for you too. The ASUS ZenScreen is, as the name suggests, a portable display: effectively just the top-half of a notebook with a USB-C connection.

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Acer bets on IMAX to make Star VR the Oculus-killer

Acer bets on IMAX to make Star VR the Oculus-killer

Acer has opened up on just what it believes will make its Star VR headset a success in the face of Oculus, Vive, and Gear VR, bringing both the latest devices and some content partners to IFA 2016 in Berlin this week. Announced earlier in the year, Star VR is Acer's take on the growing virtual reality space, as it attempts to expand its success in gaming with the Predator line into a new, and growing segment.

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A curved display notebook? Acer Predator 21 X wows with vast laptop

A curved display notebook? Acer Predator 21 X wows with vast laptop

Curved displays are gradually making their way into the living room and onto the desktop, but so far laptops have been relatively immune to the charms of a flexed panel. That's something overdue, Acer believes, and so gamers have the promise of the Predator 21 X on the horizon, a vast, 21-inch portable with the world's first curved notebook display.

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Mophie’s new Powerstations embrace lower prices, USB-C, and wireless charging

Mophie’s new Powerstations embrace lower prices, USB-C, and wireless charging

Mophie isn't quite ready to reveal its inevitable battery case for the iPhone 7 - like the rest of us, it's waiting for Apple's imminent reveal - but it does have a brand new line-up of universal Powerstation battery packs. In fact, there are now four product lines, spanning new, considerably lower price points from under $30, through to portable power with USB-C or wireless charging support.

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Meet Intel 7th Gen Core, the 4K, VR-ready “Kaby Lake” processors

Meet Intel 7th Gen Core, the 4K, VR-ready “Kaby Lake” processors

If we're post-PC, nobody told Intel: the chip company has higher hopes than ever for the computer - albeit in a range of form-factors - running its new 7th Gen "Kaby Lake" Core processors, officially announced today. With headline 7th Gen vs 6th Gen improvements including swifter, less power-intensive media playback and processing, the ability to do serious gaming on the move, and broader support for next-generation interconnects like Thunderbolt and USB-C plus security features like Windows Hello, Intel sees Kaby Lake as more than just a speed bump.

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New Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 pack auto-tracking, move nudges, more

New Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 pack auto-tracking, move nudges, more

Fitbit has updates its two most popular fitness wearables, with the Charge 2 and Flex 2 adding features like auto-recognition of different exercise types, guided breathing, and Apple Watch style reminders to get up and move. Meanwhile, there's a new app with Fitbit Adventures pitting your exercise regime against a trek through Yosemite, while designer collaborations aim to make the health gadgets as close to high-couture as possible.

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Philips Hue motion sensor triggers IoT lights; new Hue bulbs debut

Philips Hue motion sensor triggers IoT lights; new Hue bulbs debut

There are plenty of ways to turn on connected lighting, from an app on your phone, through smart switches like Logitech Pop, to voice control via Alexa or Siri, but Philips wants to make it as simple as moving into the room. The new Philips Hue motion sensor does away with physical or voice controls altogether, and instead triggers different individual bulbs or whole lighting scenes via movement instead.

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2016 Toyota Corolla S Review: The “S” is for sorta-sporty

2016 Toyota Corolla S Review: The “S” is for sorta-sporty

Never mind brand loyalty, how about name loyalty? The 2016 Toyota Corolla is the eleventh generation of the car, larger than ever before and - in this "Special Edition" Corolla S form, at least - faintly striking on the road, courtesy of Absolutely Red paint and 17-inch gloss black alloys. It's a car that promises not only the predictability that Corolla addicts expect, but some sort of driving enthusiasm too, though in the face of tough competition only half of all that is true.

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Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT

Logitech Pop Review: A smarter button for the IoT

It's an awkward fact of life: the smart home, and the Internet of Things in general, is meant to make life more streamlined but can often just leave us poking at our phones more frequently. Want to turn the lights on? There's an app for that. Want to play your favorite new album? There's an app for that too. Sometimes you yearn for the halcyon days of a switch, and that's just what Logitech is offering with Pop, a programable shortcut button.

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Tesla’s biggest challenge is batteries, and there’s no easy fix

Tesla’s biggest challenge is batteries, and there’s no easy fix

Suddenly, battery chemistry is the most interesting - and arguably most frustrating - topic in technology. Tesla's announcement today of a new, larger battery pack which will make its debut in even-faster versions of the Model S and Model X may sound like just another spec bump as the automaker looks to further eclipse gas engines, but according to CEO Elon Musk it's never been harder to improve range and performance.

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