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.

Pininfarina PF0 electric hypercar to surpass 250mph in 2020

Pininfarina PF0 electric hypercar to surpass 250mph in 2020

Pininfarina has cranked up the teasing of 250+ mph electric hypercar, showing off three design sketches ahead of the super-fast sports car's expected launch in late 2020. The car, currently codenamed the Pininfarina PF0, will be the first to commercially launch bearing the company's own brand.

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Apple MacBook Pro 2018: Everything you need to know

Apple MacBook Pro 2018: Everything you need to know

Apple's new 2018 MacBook Pro range is here, and if you've been holding off a Mac upgrade because you wanted more performance, these could well be the notebooks for you. Intel's latest silicon, display technology borrowed from the iPhone X and iPad Pro, and a blast of extra security all help make these the most powerful Apple laptops ever. Read on for what you need to know.

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Aston Martin made a 430hp city car and we’re in love

Aston Martin made a 430hp city car and we’re in love

Aston Martin's two-seater Cygnet city car might not be your first port of call for a 430hp racer, but that hasn't stopped the British automaker's engineers crafting a bizarre one-off with the V8 engine of a Vantage. The unexpectedly potent runabout is the handiwork of the Q by Aston Martin commission team, the group within the car-maker that comes up with solutions to customers' trickiest challenges.

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Tesla tax credits are changing, and Model 3 buyers face a tough choice

Tesla tax credits are changing, and Model 3 buyers face a tough choice

Tesla has become the first automaker to hit the tax credit threshold, hitting the 200,000 US deliveries mark and potentially leaving buyers of its EVs hit harder in the wallet depending on when they get their new cars. The current tax incentive system, designed to encourage drivers to purchase electric or electrified vehicles, offers a $7,500 tax credit on new cars, but only up to a limit.

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McLaren hybrid plan sees every supercar electrified by 2025

McLaren hybrid plan sees every supercar electrified by 2025

McLaren has revealed an ambitious plan to make all of its sports cars hybrids by 2025, a $1.59 billion project the British automaker has called Track25. A total of eighteen new models are expected to be launched over the next seven years, building on the roadmap set out by the gas-electric McLaren P1.

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Apple just discontinued the beloved 2015 MacBook Pro

Apple just discontinued the beloved 2015 MacBook Pro

Apple has discontinued the much-loved 2015 MacBook Pro, the last of the old-generation design notebooks. The laptop had built a fierce following despite being several years old, with a vocal section of macOS fans clinging to its full-sized USB-A, HDMI, and other ports.

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Blackmagic eGPU gives new MacBook Pro a graphics boost

Blackmagic eGPU gives new MacBook Pro a graphics boost

If you're picking up a new MacBook Pro today you might want something to plug into one of its Thunderbolt 3 ports, and so Blackmagic has just the external GPU for you. The new Blackmagic eGPU was designed in collaboration with Apple to make perfect use of those high-bandwidth ports, packing a Radeon Pro 580 graphics card and a full suite of ports to be your Mac's desk-side buddy.

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MacBook Pro 2018: New CPUs, True Tone, quieter keyboard

MacBook Pro 2018: New CPUs, True Tone, quieter keyboard

Apple has updated the MacBook Pro, adding new processors, support for more memory, a True Tone display, and making some changes to the controversial keyboard. The company says that altogether it's enough for a huge increase in performance: up to 70-percent faster, in fact, on the updated 15-inch MacBook Pro.

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Baraja’s LIDAR sets its sights on self-driving cars

Baraja’s LIDAR sets its sights on self-driving cars

Spectrum-Scan LIDAR startup Baraja wants to knock the silly hat from the top of autonomous cars. Emerging into the light after several years in stealth mode, the Australian company is promising a double whammy for self-driving vehicle manufacturers: better performance than current laser scanning systems, but in a more discreet and flexible package.

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TicWatch Pro Review: One smartwatch, two screens

TicWatch Pro Review: One smartwatch, two screens

We may still argue about the usefulness of smartwatches, but few would disagree that a wearable with a flat battery is no use at all. The TicWatch Pro running Wear OS by Google wants to make sure that's not an accusation you can level at it, using a clever twin screen system of stacked panels, one for full functionality, the other for power efficiency. At $249.99 it's fairly affordable, too, but has TicWatch made a smartwatch that's twice as usable or just doubly frustrating?

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Sonos AirPlay 2: How to get started and what to expect

Sonos AirPlay 2: How to get started and what to expect

The Sonos AirPlay 2 update is out, and if you've always wanted your iPhone, iPad, and Macs to play more with your Sonos speakers, this may well scratch that itch. Though the AirPlay 2 support isn't limited to Sonos, the speaker-maker's streaming system is one of the best known, and its integration one of the more polished. Read on for how to get started, how to use AirPlay 2 on Sonos, and what else you need to know.

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Sonos Beam Review: AirPlay 2, Alexa, and TV harmony

Sonos Beam Review: AirPlay 2, Alexa, and TV harmony

Sonos' vision of entertainment has always been more open house than invite-only, and with Amazon Alexa, Apple AirPlay 2, and the Google Assistant on the horizon, the new Sonos Beam epitomizes that ethos more than ever. The $399 speakerbar isn't just a more affordable version of the company's Playbar and Playbase models, but the smart guts of the Sonos One packed into a louder, TV-friendly enclosure. Question is, does the Beam's house party go without a hitch, or are all these assistants bad neighbors?

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