Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in London, UK, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

HERE Maps hands-on: Google & Apple should be worried

HERE Maps hands-on: Google & Apple should be worried

For a long time, Nokia HERE Maps has been Windows Phone's secret ace card. The quiet star of Lumia - and perhaps the most interesting part of Nokia now that Microsoft has its phone division - the app's free offline navigation and comprehensive traffic data service has made it a hit among users. Now liberated from its Windows Phone blinkers, though, the HERE team has spread its sights to include Android and iOS, slipping us a beta version of the app for Samsung's Galaxy smartphones to try out ahead of the full release.

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SwannOne sees Swann make wireless smart home play

SwannOne sees Swann make wireless smart home play

Another day, another smart home hub, and this time it's Swann Security wading in with the SwannOne. Another attempt to pull together the disparate parts of DIY home automation into a single box, SwannOne kicks off with a wireless video camera that can feed video to a smartphone or into the cloud, but will eventually support lights, locks, and professional remote monitoring.

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Why Pebble just added fitness tracking, and what comes next

Why Pebble just added fitness tracking, and what comes next

Pebble is breaking into the health and fitness space, opening up its smartwatches to enable full activity and sleep tracking, with partners like Jawbone and Misfit already onboard. Meanwhile, there's a price cut for the original Pebble and Pebble Steal, including bringing things under all-important $100 barrier. I spoke to Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky about the evolving smartwatch, and why he believes Pebble still has the edge in an age of Android Wear and Apple Watch.

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2015 Honda CR-V first-drive: Small SUV, Big Evolution

2015 Honda CR-V first-drive: Small SUV, Big Evolution

The CR-V is a big deal for Honda, and the compact SUV’s redesign for 2015 reflects that. Described as “the most ambitious mid-cycle update in the car’s history,” this is no simple facelift: new engine, new interior design, and a splash of new safety and convenience tech mean that much of the best-selling car has changed. In a competitive segment, however, you need to bring your A-game, so has the 2015 CR-V evolved sufficiently?

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Apple Bash patches released for OS X

Apple Bash patches released for OS X

Apple has released patches for the bash security exploit, fixing a security flaw in the UNIX shell, though the company maintained that the issue did not affect most of its users. The three patches, released today, follow similar security updates for some of the best-known Linux distributions, after a potentially significant problem was identified earlier this month.

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2015 Mustang gets Saleen and Roush tuner treatment

2015 Mustang gets Saleen and Roush tuner treatment

Ford's take on the 2015 Mustang is no slouch, either in the looks or the performance departments as we found when we took the new Pony Car for a spin, but that hasn't stopped some of the more notorious tuners from weighing in with their own interpretations. Roush and Saleen both have a long history of taking regular Mustangs and fettling them into something a whole lot more extreme, and each has begun sharing what they plan to do with the new car.

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Cadillac’s taking a second shot at the ELR coupe

Cadillac’s taking a second shot at the ELR coupe

Cadillac will reveal its second take on the ELR plug-in hybrid in November, making a renewed attempt to challenge the Tesla Model S, the GM luxury brand has confirmed. Expected to take the stage at the 2014 LA Auto Show, the 2016 ELR has a big challenge ahead of it, with the original car criticized for its $76,000 sticker price and derided by some as being too similar to the considerably more affordable Chevrolet Volt it shares its underlying technology with.

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BMW just made car charging smart

BMW just made car charging smart

BMW has given the electric car charger a smart makeover, boosting performance, integrating with smart home technologies, and and opening the door to further cutting ties to the mainstream grid. The BMW i Wallbox Pro joins BMW's existing i Wallbox Pure for cars like the i8 and i3, but boosts power to 7.4 kW and throws in a 7-inch touchscreen for more in-depth control and feedback.

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