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.

Switchmate’s DIY-free wireless light upgrade hits stores in May

Switchmate’s DIY-free wireless light upgrade hits stores in May

Renter-friendly ways for a smart home upgrade are few and far between, but lighting at least is getting a blast of the IoT, no screwdrivers required. Glowing from its successful crowdfunding campaign last year, Switchmate is finally bringing its Bluetooth-connected adapter for your existing light switches to market.

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Dyson’s Supersonic hairdryer blows best, but the price sucks

Dyson’s Supersonic hairdryer blows best, but the price sucks

Dyson's quest to upgrade everything that sucks or blows continues, with the Dyson Supersonic bringing fancy airflow to your hairdryer. Promising not only greater control, less hair damage from excess heat, and quieter operation, the dryer - which almost looks like a tiny Thor's hammer, if you squint a fair amount - kicks things off by redesigning and moving the most important part.

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Apple breaks its revenue streak with Q2 2016 YoY decline

Apple breaks its revenue streak with Q2 2016 YoY decline

It's tough times in tech, and there's no better example of that than Apple recording its first year-over-year decline in quarterly revenue since 2003. The Cupertino behemoth revealed Q2 2016 financial figures today and they don't make for the usual glowing reading, with CEO Tim Cook blaming "strong macroeconomic headwinds" for the market-disappointing numbers.

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Talkshow app is Periscope for the camera-shy

Talkshow app is Periscope for the camera-shy

Are your text conversations so interesting, it kills you that you don't have an audience? Those who believe themselves to be truly entertaining can now prove their worth with Talkshow, a new app which blends elements of Twitter, Slack, and a sort of visual-podcast to effectively broadcast a written radio show.

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This ceiling mount for Amazon Echo makes perfect sense

This ceiling mount for Amazon Echo makes perfect sense

Amazon's Echo is already proving its worth in thousands of kitchens and living rooms, but when your smart speaker is entirely voice controlled, why does it need space on your coffee table? One enterprising Redditer has taken the obvious next step and moved his Echo completely out of the way, cooking up a ceiling mount that not only helps keep things tidy but could improve performance, too.

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Cheap LEDs could fix HoloLens’ biggest problem

Cheap LEDs could fix HoloLens’ biggest problem

HoloLens' biggest hurdle could be fixed with cheap LEDs rather than expensive transparent displays, one research team suggests, tricking the eye and cutting VR nausea at the same time. The augmented reality headset has been widely lauded since Microsoft made the surprise announcement in early 2015, but those who have been able to try it have generally had one key criticism: the field of view is just too small.

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Karma Revero takes Fisker from ashes to EV reboot

Karma Revero takes Fisker from ashes to EV reboot

If at first your electric Tesla rival doesn't succeed, go bankrupt, get bought out, ditch your running gear, team with BMW on powertrains, and - if you're Karma - rebrand. Out of the ashes of the Fisker Karma, the slinky electric sedan which took plenty of federal incentives but then showed more of an inclination to set itself on fire rather than save the planet, comes the Karma Revero.

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Amazon Prime Music graduates for full Sonos streaming

Amazon Prime Music graduates for full Sonos streaming

Sonos' streaming speakers are gaining another source of tunes, with Amazon Prime Music graduating from its beta on the popular audio players. The support had begun trials in October last year as Amazon and Sonos worked out the kinks, with the 1m+ tracks Amazon offers to listeners as part of their annual Prime subscription able to be added to Sonos playlists and mixed with music from other sources.

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Hover Camera drone uses Snapdragon brain for AI flight

Hover Camera drone uses Snapdragon brain for AI flight

Taking the perfect selfie usually requires skill, dedication, and the sort of flexibility that only comes with years of yoga, so why not get a drone to snap the shot instead? That's Zero Zero Robotics' big idea with the Hover Camera, promising not only the flexibility of a compact drone that can be folded for transport but one that can then be piloted from a smartphone with a couple of finger-swipes.

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Volvo’s take on Maybach-style luxury swaps seats for iPads

Volvo’s take on Maybach-style luxury swaps seats for iPads

Volvo may be playing catch-up to the German automakers in the chase for max-opulence, but its latest play shows the top-end S90 could be some very nice digs indeed. The Swedish firm may not be quite ready to reveal its S90 Excellence - the flagship version of the luxury sedan - but it is happy to give us a glimpse of what the interior could look like.

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Android makes enterprise play with Gmail Exchange support

Android makes enterprise play with Gmail Exchange support

Google is adding Microsoft Exchange support to the Gmail app for Android, a huge step forward in making its mobile OS more palatable to enterprise deployment. The update will filter out to all Gmail users over the next three days or so, Google says, integrating Gmail accounts, Exchange accounts, and other email providers into a single inbox app.

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iPad Pro 9.7 Review – On the road with the laptop killer

iPad Pro 9.7 Review – On the road with the laptop killer

I’ve tired of tablets, and I’m not alone. The glorious days of finger-computing arrived, certainly, but it was big-screen smartphones that benefited most from them, and persuading new or existing tablet owners to take the plunge or upgrade has proved harder than manufacturers expected. Apple’s answer is the iPad Pro, straddling segments by trying to be not only the best tablet on the market, but a legitimate replacement to your notebook too.

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