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.

Polestar and Volvo will upend modern car ownership

Polestar and Volvo will upend modern car ownership

Polestar 1 may be the first exciting hybrid sports car from Volvo and Geely's EV-obsessed spin-off, but it's the prospect of shaking up the auto ownership experience that could really change the marketplace. Unveiled in China earlier this year, the Polestar 1 is a sleek performance hybrid that promises 600 horsepower from its combination of a gas engine and electric motors. However, Polestar would really rather you didn't buy it.

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Apple’s self-driving car tech just got caught on camera

Apple’s self-driving car tech just got caught on camera

Apple may not be making its own cars, but its mysterious Project Titan work continues as the company refines software and systems for other autonomous vehicles. The Cupertino firm has been plying the local streets for some time now with its Titan-topped test mules, bristling with LIDAR and more. Now, we've got what's arguably the best view of the current Project Titan hardware in the wild, and it comes courtesy of a rival.

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This is how the Pixel 2’s fiendishly-clever portrait mode works

This is how the Pixel 2’s fiendishly-clever portrait mode works

Of all the Pixel 2 surprises, top of the list has to be just how good the Google smartphone's portrait mode photography is, despite only using a single camera. Although phones that simulate background bokeh aren't new, the iPhone 8 Plus and others rely on two cameras side-by-side to pull off the trick. Now, Google is explaining how it's done - and giving some tips as to how to maximize the impact.

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NVIDIA’s cheapest SHIELD TV brings 4K HDR fight to Apple TV

NVIDIA’s cheapest SHIELD TV brings 4K HDR fight to Apple TV

NVIDIA's most affordable SHIELD TV is now shipping, with the entry-level set-top box promising 4K HDR content support and gaming despite its lower price. Announced last month, the SHIELD TV 16GB lacks the dedicated gamepad controller that comes bundled with its more expensive siblings. However, it still could be the best option for those looking for a fairly platform-agnostic way to get streaming shows and movies on their TV.

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Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Smart speakers are big business now, and with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home dominating the market, Sonos had a choice: step up or slip behind. The Sonos One shows the connected speaker stalwart chose to play the game, and not just with one virtual assistant but as many as it can. Rather than making its own AI for the Sonos One, the $199 connected speaker aims to be friends with all of them.

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Pixel 2: The 5 new features you might have missed

Pixel 2: The 5 new features you might have missed

Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have become the go-to Android phones for those wanting the latest and greatest, and there's more on offer than ever before. Android 8.0 Oreo is jam-packed with new features, to the point where it's easy to overlook some of the more charming or useful additions for 2017's flagships. Read on for our top five Pixel 2 features you won't want to miss.

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Google boosts security for high-risk users (but you can get it too)

Google boosts security for high-risk users (but you can get it too)

Hardly a week goes by without a high-profile hacking story, and now Google is launching a new security system for those who take their data really, really seriously. The Google Advanced Protection Program builds on the company's existing two-factor authentication with a more stringent system. Despite the target audience, though, there's some good news for the rest of us.

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Pixel 2 XL: A word of display warning

Pixel 2 XL: A word of display warning

If you're in the market for an Android smartphone the new Google Pixel 2 should be on your shortlist, but there's something you should know first. Google has two versions of the Pixel 2, the regular 5-inch model and a Pixel 2 XL with a 6-inch display. While they share the same name, and the same design language, in some key ways they're very different phones.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released today: Here’s what you get

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released today: Here’s what you get

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is here, and its a big deal for PC users, especially those wanting to dip a toe into Mixed Reality. Microsoft is releasing the latest upgrade for Windows 10 today, and as the name suggests many of the headline features are all about creating and manipulating content. That's not to say gaming has been ignored either, mind.

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Google Pixel 2 Review: Android camera magic

Google Pixel 2 Review: Android camera magic

If there's a rockstar of the Android world in 2017, it's the new Pixel 2. Google's own smartphones may not sell in as great a number as, say, Apple's iPhone or Samsung's Galaxy, but they're arguably no less important in their own way. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL embody Google's vision of hardware, software, and artificial intelligence, all working collaboratively.

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Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Microsoft has just unveiled the Surface Book 2, and it's pulling no punches as it targets Apple's MacBook Pro. Packing new processors for as much as twice the power of Apple's flagship notebooks, there's now not just one 2-in-1 but two. Joining the existing 13.5-inch model is a brand new 15-inch Surface Book 2.

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Apple faces $440m damages in VirnetX FaceTime lawsuit

Apple faces $440m damages in VirnetX FaceTime lawsuit

Things haven't gone well for Apple in the courts today, with the Cupertino firm slapped with a $440m penalty in its long-standing battle against VirnetX. The two companies first ended up in the courtroom after VirnetX sued Apple in 2010 over claims it had infringed on secure communications protocols patents.

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