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.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 BOGO deal is weirdly competitive

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 BOGO deal is weirdly competitive

Samsung hasn't been slow in selling Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ phones, but if you've been holding off buying the new Android flagship then it may have the deal you've been waiting for. Although its curved AMOLED touchscreen, slimline glass and metal construction, and speedy Snapdragon 835 processor have meant the Galaxy S8 isn't cheap - especially if you buy it unlocked - Samsung itself is running a BOGO deal in the US that's worth considering. Best of all, it appears Samsung could teach the carriers something about being user-friendly.

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The HP Spectre x2 wants to solve your Surface Pro frustrations

The HP Spectre x2 wants to solve your Surface Pro frustrations

Microsoft has left the Surface Pro to languish, unloved, and HP isn't going to let an opportunity like that pass it by. Welcome, then, the HP Spectre X2, the latest in the laptop company's range of touchscreen 2-in-1s. With the body of a tablet - and a 12.3-inch, 3,000 x 2,000 resolution one at that - and the flexibility of a magnetically-attached keyboard, HP is hoping you'll forget all about your Surface Pro dreams.

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iPhone 8 price tipped to start at $870

iPhone 8 price tipped to start at $870

Prepare to dig deep if you want a shiny new iPhone 8 later this year, with analysts warning that the next-generation smartphone will command a budget-busting price tag. The iPhone 8 is expected to be just one of a trio of new iPhones that Apple launches in 2017, part of its annual upgrade cycle. However, in marking the tenth anniversary of the series, the iPhone 8 will not only debut all-new features but a new premium tier of pricing.

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Amazon Alexa now controls your DISH DVR by voice

Amazon Alexa now controls your DISH DVR by voice

DISH is looking to end "where's the remote?" hunting with an update for its Hopper and Wally set-top boxes that adds Amazon Alexa support. The new feature works with Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap, with voice control for everything from navigating between channels, search, and the basics of pause, fast-forward, and rewind. It's the first official integration of this sort between Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant, and a third-party TV provider's hardware.

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Ford’s big CEO shuffle puts AI and autonomous car chief at the wheel

Ford’s big CEO shuffle puts AI and autonomous car chief at the wheel

Ford is having a huge management shake-up, with CEO Mark Fields being replaced with the automaker's former smart mobility and self-driving car head. Fields, Ford says today, will retire, with Jim Hackett taking over as Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Most recently he'd been executive chairman of Ford Smart Mobility, the startup that the automaker created to tap into new markets including ride-sharing, mixed-mode transportation, and autonomous vehicles.

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2017 McLaren 570GT Review: Because “practical” needn’t be dull

2017 McLaren 570GT Review: Because “practical” needn’t be dull

In the fast, exclusive, and expensive world of supercars, "practical" is a dirty word. Cachet for such cars, after all, comes from their speed, or their rarity, or how efficiently their jaw-dropping design endears you to those of your gender of preference. Yet the 2017 McLaren 570GT carries its convenience like a mark of honor, and it turns out with good reason.

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The arcane rules Facebook uses to censor its users

The arcane rules Facebook uses to censor its users

If you looked at your Facebook feed over the past election season and wondered "just what does it take for a post to get censored?" then prepare to be even more confused. A set of slides from the social network's moderation manuals have been published publicly, revealing the narrow line the site's managers tread between "credible statements" invoking violence or discrimination, hate speech, cruelty to animals, terrorism, sex, and free speech. Be warned, though, it might leave you frustrated.

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Vine just screwed up your privacy from beyond the grave

Vine just screwed up your privacy from beyond the grave

Vine may be dead, but it's still managing to cause headaches for some former users, with warnings that some registered email addresses were inadvertently exposed. Twitter, Vine's owner, announced it was pulling the plug on the six-second video clip social network back in October 2016, though it still maintains an online archive of all the publicly shared footage. It's that Vine Archive that is causing headaches now.

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Ford is updating 2016 SYNC 3 cars with CarPlay and Android Auto

Ford is updating 2016 SYNC 3 cars with CarPlay and Android Auto

Ford is rolling out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its earlier SYNC 3 cars, with a hotly-anticipated update for its model year 2016 vehicles. SYNC 3 version 2.2 will be available both via a dealer-installed update and via a DIY method, with owners able to load the new software onto a USB stick themselves. However, for the first time, Ford will also offer an over-the-air update as a third option, part of its shift to bring some smartphone-style thinking to its infotainment platforms.

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Tim Cook himself is testing the new Apple Watch’s huge medical feature

Tim Cook himself is testing the new Apple Watch’s huge medical feature

Apple's next smartwatch is expected to test blood sugar levels, and the prototype has reportedly been strapped to none other than CEO Tim Cook. The next-generation Apple Watch will, if the rumors are to be believed, double-down on its health applications. Likely to be the flagship feature is something that, until now, has only really been offered by medically-licensed devices.

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YouTube VR puts you face to (virtual) face with comment trolls

YouTube VR puts you face to (virtual) face with comment trolls

In Google's brave new world of virtual reality, every comment troll's favorite place to spam their misspelled wares, YouTube, is getting a VR version. Announced at Google I/O 2017 this morning, YouTube VR will do away with text comments in favor of projecting 360-degree video directly into your headset. It's part of the software giant's attempts to drive adoption of virtual reality and augmented reality, preferably through its Daydream platform.

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Android Pay will make paying friends an easy Assistant command

Android Pay will make paying friends an easy Assistant command

Google is turning the Google Assistant into a personal bank teller for sending and receiving payments, potentially lighting a fire underneath Venmo and Square Cash. Set to roll out as an update over the next few months, it'll allow for direct person-to-person transactions, like when you need to settle up a split check for dinner. The news comes as Google expands Android Pay to a number of new markets.

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