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.

Ford GT reborn as 600+ HP uber-coupé

Ford GT reborn as 600+ HP uber-coupé

Ford has revealed its new GT, an all-new carbon fiber supercar set to push the limits of its EcoBoost turbo technology, and set to go into production in 2016. The new coupé, revealed at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the 2017 F-150 Raptor today, has the most powerful EcoBoost turbocharged engine Ford has ever produced, a twin-charged 3.6-liter V6 good for more than 600 horsepower. Final performance figures are yet to be confirmed, but the incredible - and modern, unlike the GT40 - design is striking from the outset.

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor gives truck a sports boost

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor gives truck a sports boost

Ford may have a hit on its hands with the F-150, but all along it knew what truck lovers really wanted: a new Raptor. Sure enough, that's just what it's brought along to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year, the new 2017 F-150 Raptor that's lighter than its predecessor, more powerful - despite a shift from a V8 to a V6 that's likely to be controversial among purists - and more capable across different terrains, Ford claims. It also looks suitably aggressive, you'll be pleased to hear.

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Buick’s Avenir is lustworthy (& I can’t believe I just said that)

Buick’s Avenir is lustworthy (& I can’t believe I just said that)

A beautiful Buick? Wonders never cease: while GM's affordable-luxury marque may be better known for appealing to the golf set, its Avenir concept for the Detroit Auto Show is a legitimate stunner. The huge sedan is inspired by the sea, so Buick claims, with calming waves that coast along the side profile, but beyond the marketing hype it's simply a genuinely good-looking car. It's also clearly a modern Buick, with a huge grille, plenty of chrome that manages to not look out of place, and a particularly distinctive rear.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept: 200 miles for $30k

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept: 200 miles for $30k

Chevrolet's new 2016 Volt wasn't the only EV the company had to show at the opening of the Detroit Auto Show today, with a new Bolt EV Concept previewing a more affordable version of the car. Dubbed the EV for not just California, but the remaining 49 states in the US - as well as "select locations" further afield - the Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept previews a roughly $30,000 car with the same battery pack and range-extending drivetrain technology as featured in the 2016 Volt.

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Philips hue heats up to fight smart bulb tide: Interview

Philips hue heats up to fight smart bulb tide: Interview

You could hardly walk five paces through the halls at CES 2015 without stumbling over a wireless light bulb. Connected lighting seems determined to be the point of entry to domestic home automation, and there are plenty - startups and larger - hoping to corner the market. Ironically, then, the company which arguably created the market, Philips, had decamped to a nearby hotel, outfitting a suite with a full array of hue bulbs and lamps. I stopped by to get a demo of the newest 12 Monkeys hue light-soundtrack support, as well as to find out what's coming up next as the smart home accelerates.

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SpaceX fails in ambitious rocket re-use test

SpaceX fails in ambitious rocket re-use test

SpaceX's attempt to land a reusable rocket on a floating recovery platform ended in failure this week, with outspoken founder Elon Musk admitting it was "close, but no cigar" for the technology. The ambitious mission was to see the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket maneuver its way back down after propelling Dragon 9 the initial step of the way to the International Space Station, dropping down to a pad in the Atlantic ocean. If successful, it would have been one of the most impressive acts of recycling around, with the first stage a whopping fourteen-stories tall.

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2016 Buick Cascada drops top with compact convertible

2016 Buick Cascada drops top with compact convertible

If there's one thing Detroit in January needs, it's a new convertible, but GM couldn't resist bringing the new 2016 Buick Cascada drop-top along to the show. The 2+2 has a soft-top, rather than the more fashionable retractable solid roof other convertibles sport, and is a rebadge of the Opel Cascada already available in Europe. That includes an engine perhaps at odds with the US taste for big coast highway cruisers, with a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder under the hood.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV tipped to take on Tesla Model 3

Chevrolet Bolt EV tipped to take on Tesla Model 3

Chevrolet is set to reveal a second hybrid EV, the Chevrolet Bolt, in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday, insiders claims, as a pre-emptive strike against the upcoming cheaper Tesla. The Bolt - its name a nod to the existing Volt, which itself will be updated for the 2016 model year at Detroit - will reportedly cost around $30,000 and be able to run around 200 miles on a charge. Like the Volt, it will not only support being plugged-in to replenish the batteries, but have a range-extending gasoline engine onboard.

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SlashGear’s Best of CES 2015

SlashGear’s Best of CES 2015

It’s the biggest technology show of the calendar, and so expectations of CES are always high. Each year, companies compete to bring their A-game, but there’s inevitably some that stand out as more innovative, more feature-packed, more beautifully designed, or just more lust-worthy than their rivals. They’re the products we want to celebrate in SlashGear’s Best of CES 2015 - read on for the full list of this year’s winners.

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AmpStrip packs Band-Aid with biometrics: Hands-on

AmpStrip packs Band-Aid with biometrics: Hands-on

Fitness wearables haven't been in short supply here at CES, but whether they're on your wrist as a watch or band, or clipped to your clothes, there's the hassle of always remembering to attach them. AmpStrip aims to bypass that by sticking to your skin, a digital, wireless Band-Aid that can track heart rate and movement and then funnel that data via Bluetooth to your phone. By opting for direct skin contact, AmpStrip says, not only are the biometric readings more accurate, but you can go several days without having to think about the sensor itself.

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