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.

2017 Acura MDX borrows NSX’s slick Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

2017 Acura MDX borrows NSX’s slick Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Acura's luxury SUV, the MDX, has had a nose job, with the 2017 MDX showing off its new look at the New York International Auto Show 2016 today. The polish also includes some work under the hood, with a new hybrid powertrain that, so Acura is predicting, will add 7mpg to the 2017 MDX's economy figures.

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This is the 2017 Nissan GT-R: Power and luxury boosted

This is the 2017 Nissan GT-R: Power and luxury boosted

Nissan's GT-R is undeniably iconic, but it's also getting long in the tooth, and so Godzilla has gone in for a revamp. It's no minor surgery, either, with the 2017 Nissan GT-R getting a more aggressive look outside, more power from the engine, and more luxury inside, as the company readies itself for big competition from the Lexus LC 500, Acura NSX, and others.

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The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith is peak selfie-magnet

The Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith is peak selfie-magnet

You might think that a regular Rolls-Royce would be the pinnacle of crowd-pleasing, but you'd be wrong. For that, you need to look to the automaker's newest designer label, Black Badge, and the epitome of selfie motivation, the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith.

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Lincoln Navigator Concept says gullwing doors are “quiet luxury”

Lincoln Navigator Concept says gullwing doors are “quiet luxury”

Gullwing doors, an imposing on-road presence, and a brand new powertrain... no, not the Tesla Model X, but Lincoln's astonishingly outlandish Navigator Concept. Wheeled out at the New York International Auto Show this week, the vast SUV previews the next generation of Navigator and the vision of "quiet luxury" that the automaker believes its drivers - and their passengers - deserve.

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Bolt EV hits pre-production as Chevy ramps Tesla rival

Bolt EV hits pre-production as Chevy ramps Tesla rival

All electric eyes may be on Tesla and the upcoming Model 3 reveal at the end of the month, but Chevrolet would really like you to remember that it, too, has an affordable EV and it's due even earlier. The Bolt EV is now in pre-production, Chevrolet has announced today, with cars whirring down the line at the company's Orion Township, Michigan.

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Existing Tesla owners can jump the line on Model 3 reservations

Existing Tesla owners can jump the line on Model 3 reservations

Tesla may be unveiling its hotly-anticipated Model 3 on March 31, but the big question among would-be "affordable EV" buyers is how they can get one. That's something Tesla has announced today, along with some details which might well frustrate potential new-acquisitions to the brand.

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Low-key? Maybe, but Apple’s event pushed strategy over pizzazz

Low-key? Maybe, but Apple’s event pushed strategy over pizzazz

Familiarity breeds contempt. The internet had, collectively, braced itself for an underwhelming Apple event today and, having gone in with the "meh" bombs primed, was unsurprisingly unsurprised by news of the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. "The Apple event was a wash," the critics declared.

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iPad Pro 9.7 first impressions and hands-on

iPad Pro 9.7 first impressions and hands-on

It was only a matter of time before the 12-inch iPad Pro spawned a smaller sibling, and the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is that tablet. Revealed this morning at Apple's Cupertino HQ, the new iPad Pro takes the boosted performance of the larger model but distills it into what the company says is still the most popular screen size.

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2016 Lexus RX 350 FWD Review

2016 Lexus RX 350 FWD Review

It's easy to coast when you're in first place, but in the fiercely contested SUV segment it's also a recipe for disaster. Lexus has been sitting pretty at the top of the luxury SUV pile for years now - a class of car the Japanese marque is keen to remind you that it invented, no less - and so expectations for the 2016 RX are understandably high. Anything less than best-foot-forward isn't an option.

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Microsoft exec on Xbox GDC 2016 party: We screwed up

Microsoft exec on Xbox GDC 2016 party: We screwed up

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has apologized for the Microsoft GDC 2016 party, after the company was blasted for hiring dancing girls on podiums as entertainment. The tone-deaf event took place after the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Thursday evening, ironically following a Microsoft-sponsored "Women in Games" lunch that took place earlier in the week.

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Google pressures government to fast-track its self-driving cars

Google pressures government to fast-track its self-driving cars

Google is pressuring the US government to green-light more advanced autonomous car testing, including ditching the requirement that prototype vehicles have controls for emergency use. Leader of Google's project, Chris Urmson, has penned a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx requesting more flexibility in how self-driving vehicles are judged, a move which would not only affect Google but any other company working on such technology.

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Car hacking the next big road threat warns FBI

Car hacking the next big road threat warns FBI

Drivers should be cautious of potential car hacks, the FBI has warned today, pointing out that increasingly connected vehicles open the door to futuristic automotive exploits. The PSA, issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Transportation (DoT), recognizes that onboard data connections - whether installed by automakers themselves, or via a third-party accessory by the cars' owners - can be useful, but cautions that we're unlikely to have heard the last of high-profile hacking incidents.

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