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.

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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Huawei MateBook Review: Two big deal-breakers for this iPad Pro rival

Huawei MateBook Review: Two big deal-breakers for this iPad Pro rival

For years, Apple has cornered the market in stylish tablets, but Huawei's MateBook has arrived to steal the iPad's crown. Announced to no shortage of fanfare at Mobile World Congress in February, the MateBook pieces together the style of an iPad Pro, the connectivity of a MacBook, and the flexibility of full Windows 10. Question is, does Huawei's math add up, or is the MateBook too ambitious for its own good?

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VW dieselgate settlement: What you need to know

VW dieselgate settlement: What you need to know

Volkswagen has agreed a nearly $15bn fund to cover the majority of dieselgate complaints in the US, offering to buy back or repair emissions-cheating cars, plus throw in a cash bonus. It's been a complicated path to this point, and it's not all settled yet - today's settlement only covers the 2.0-liter TDI engine, which is not the only powerplant in VW's line-up accused of misleading in emissions tests - but it's big news for almost half a million US owners.

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With Kindle PageFlip, Amazon brings skimming to ebooks

With Kindle PageFlip, Amazon brings skimming to ebooks

Ebooks have made it easier to carry a library's worth of novels and textbooks, and now Amazon's new Page Flip feature for Kindle adds a virtual finger to temporarily hold your place. If you've ever wanted to flip between two points in an ebook without losing your place in the process, the update - coming to Kindle ereaders, Fire tablets, and the Kindle apps - might do the trick.

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Devialet’s Gold Phantom packs 4,500W of French ear-melting power

Devialet’s Gold Phantom packs 4,500W of French ear-melting power

If you thought Devialet's oddball Phantom speaker was extreme, get ready to slap on some ear protection for the new Gold Phantom. Squeezing more power into the same curvaceous body, Gold Phantom is the French company's most potent standalone speaker to-date, but it promises more than just potential hearing damage.

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Ford gets retro gloriously right with GT ’66 Heritage Edition

Ford gets retro gloriously right with GT ’66 Heritage Edition

Ford's GT is already pretty darn special, but if you demand even more super-exclusivity from your supercar, the blue oval has you covered. The automaker has taken the wraps off the 2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition, a limited-edition version of its incredible coupe that's intended to honor the 1966 Le Mans winner.

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How Anki’s Cozmo is the ambassador for robot-human relations

How Anki’s Cozmo is the ambassador for robot-human relations

Anki has come a long way from its WWDC 2013 demo of iPhone-controlled race cars, but today's big reveal of Cozmo, it's AI-blessed robot, is a lot more than just a toy. Scurrying around on its tank tracks, the palm-scale gadget looks like a plaything but is in reality a clever sleight of hand to bring some of the most complex parts of modern computing right into the home.

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As crunch day nears, NASA’s Juno beams home stunning Jupiter photo

As crunch day nears, NASA’s Juno beams home stunning Jupiter photo

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter may still be a week out from the distant planet, but it's already sending back unique images of the gas giant. The probe isn't expected to reach Jupiter until July 4th, but has been beaming back early photography as it makes its final approach, including hitherto-unseen angles of not only the planet but its four largest moons, too.

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How Surface is accelerating NASCAR into the cloud

How Surface is accelerating NASCAR into the cloud

NASCAR and high technology might not be the first bedfellows you think of - the sport has the reputation of being little more than big engines and circular tracks, after all - but the racing series has turned to the cloud and Microsoft specifically to not only bring its legacy systems into the 21st century, but do a better job of engaging fans and spotting rule-breakers.

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Self-driving car tech is easy: Autonomous morals are the killer

Self-driving car tech is easy: Autonomous morals are the killer

Your self-driving car is running a smooth 50 mph when a kid chases its ball into the road. Swerve, and the kid is safe but your car will crash; keep going, and there's a good chance of running them over. With a split-second to react - not enough to push responsibility back over to whoever is inside the vehicle - what should the AI in charge do?

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It’s Drone vs 2017 Nissan GT-R in this epic race

It’s Drone vs 2017 Nissan GT-R in this epic race

What do you do if you want to go chasing your speedy sports coupe around the track but the average drone simply isn't fast enough? If you're Nissan, you make your own GT-R Drone. Created to highlight just how fast the 2017 Euro-spec Nissan GT-R is, the remotely-controlled flying camera can actually out-accelerate its four wheeled cousin.

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Huge $10.2bn VW payout to settle US dieselgate tipped [Update]

Huge $10.2bn VW payout to settle US dieselgate tipped [Update]

Volkswagen will pay owners of diesel cars with emissions test-cheating engines up to $7,000 compensation as part of a $10.2bn settlement scheme, insiders say of the ongoing legal suit. The deal, yet to be made public but details of which have leaked to the Associated Press today, will apparently see Volkswagen offer to buy back affected cars or, alternatively, repair them, in addition to the compensation amount.

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