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.

Molekule purifier promises clean air Tesla would be jealous of

Molekule purifier promises clean air Tesla would be jealous of

Here's something shocking that you might not realize, just try not to gasp when I tell you: the air in your home or office can be up to five times as polluted than the air outside. Chemicals off-gassed from product manufacture, smog from cars and trucks, and bacteria and viruses all get trapped inside; ironically, better insulation means 21st century buildings are doing a fantastic job at keeping us surrounded by those pollutants whenever we're indoors.

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Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Review – Louder, longer

Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Review – Louder, longer

In a world of square or cylindrical Bluetooth speakers, Ultimate Ears' circular Roll 2 stands out, freshly updated for 2016 for music-lovers on the move. The form-factor is the same, a saucer-sized disk of tough fabric and rubber with a handy bungee cord loop on the back, it's still waterproof to IPX7, and so is the price, $99.99. Inside, therefore, are where the main changes have happened.

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DJI’s Facebook Live streaming drone app released today

DJI’s Facebook Live streaming drone app released today

DJI's new drone-control app supporting Facebook Live video streaming is now available, allowing pilots to beam a drone's eye view across the social network. Announced as an upcoming feature back at Facebook's F8 2016, the company's annual developer event, held in April, the functionality effectively uses your smartphone as a conduit to Facebook Live, rebroadcasting the drone's video stream you'd usually rely on for navigation.

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Chime wants to be the Keurig of chai tea: Hands-on

Chime wants to be the Keurig of chai tea: Hands-on

Chai tea is a complicated thing, and startup Chime wants to give it the same geek upgrade coffee has seen over the past five years. Though you wouldn't necessarily know it to drink the syrupy Starbucks beverage claiming to be a chai latte, a proper cup of chai tea takes some serious effort to prepare: Chime is promising to address all that, with the convenience of a Keurig but the authenticity of a hand-made drink.

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Gung-ho on Project Tango, Google bakes it into Android N

Gung-ho on Project Tango, Google bakes it into Android N

Google's Project Tango isn't just a big focus as the skunkworks team aims to map the world, it's a full-fledged component of Android N. The company isn't spilling the beans on Lenovo's upcoming Tango smartphone - details on that will have to wait until Lenovo's own event on June 9 - but it is talking about how it has paved the way for a whole range of Tango-capable devices in future.

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This is Xiaomi’s Mi Box, the new Android TV superstar

This is Xiaomi’s Mi Box, the new Android TV superstar

Android TV hasn't quite managed to clamber aboard the hype-train yet, but if any company can light a fanboy fire for the set-top box platform, it's Xiaomi. The Chinese firm - and outspoken VP Hugo Barra - brought the Xiaomi Mi Box along to Google I/O this week for its first public outing, complete with 4K Ultra HD resolution and a pair of very different controllers.

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Expect Play-focused Chromebooks when Android app support arrives

Expect Play-focused Chromebooks when Android app support arrives

Android apps on Chromebooks will arrive with brand new hardware and the possibility of much more expensive software, Google has said. The news today that Google is bringing Android app support to Chromebook also brings the promise of new Chromebook devices; while there's no specific news to share at I/O 2016, the company said, when Android apps arrive later in the year it'll be accompanied by "new hardware built with the Play store in mind," Kan Liu, director of product management for Chrome OS, said.

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Google will make its own Daydream VR kit

Google will make its own Daydream VR kit

Google won't be leaving adoption of Daydream, its virtual reality platform built on Android, to chance: it's going to make its own headset, just to be sure. The plans were revealed during a VR-focused session at Google I/O this morning, the company's annual developer event, with VP of VR Clay Bavor confirming that, while third-party firms would be free to develop their own Daydream hardware, they'll face Google-made competition on store shelves.

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This is how Hyundai is breaking into Android Auto

This is how Hyundai is breaking into Android Auto

Android Auto may be all about burying the car company's infotainment system under a familiar Android UI from your phone, but Hyundai is showing off a new, more seamless integration. Demonstrated for the first time at Google I/O 2016 today, the system relies an on upcoming version of Android Auto that allows automakers to insert their own custom cards into the interface.

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Google Home versus Amazon Echo: Alexa’s Prize Fight

Google Home versus Amazon Echo: Alexa’s Prize Fight

Amazon may already have a foot in the smart home with Echo, but does its Alexa assistant have what it takes to fend off Google Home? The new virtual companion won't be the first of its kind to market - in fact, with a release date pegged only for sometime later in 2016, it could lag Echo by as much as two years - but that's not diminishing Google's confidence that its embodiment of the Google Assistant will take the top spot.

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Waze for Android Auto is coming plus “Ok Google” triggers

Waze for Android Auto is coming plus “Ok Google” triggers

Android Auto is about to get a whole lot more useful, with wireless connectivity, "Ok Google" hot-word triggering, and Waze integration all set to be added. Google's attempt to colonize the dashboard through plugging in Android phones is set to receive a number of convenience features in the coming months, including the ability to hook up your smartphone via WiFi rather than plugging in a USB cable.

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Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

Does your smartwatch need a keyboard? That's what Google thinks is the next stage for wrist computing, previewing Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O 2016 today. The next generation of Google's wearable platform follows Apple's watchOS in some respects, with new support for native apps for instance, while in other ways Google's idea of interaction is very different.

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