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.


4 Tesla Roadster alternatives you can drive today

4 Tesla Roadster alternatives you can drive today

So the new Tesla Roadster has you gripped. There's $200k burning a hole in your pocket - or $250k, if you want to be among the first 1,000 owners - and you're all set to put down your deposit and join the waiting list. Problem is, Tesla isn't going to start making them until 2020, and that's assuming no delays between then and now. If you're in the market for some electrified sports car action while you wait, what are your options? Fret not, eco-racer, I've got you covered.

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Emberlight joins IoT dead pool as its smart lighting goes dark

Emberlight joins IoT dead pool as its smart lighting goes dark

The Internet of Things dead pool claims another victim, with Emberlight announcing that it's out of cash and shutting down, with bad news for owners of its smart lighting tech. The company launched on Kickstarter back in 2014, raising six times as much cash for its wireless bulb adapter than it was expecting. However, the intervening years have seen a huge influx in smart home gadgets, and that's made it difficult for Emberlight to stand out.

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The Tesla Semi already has some big-name reservations

The Tesla Semi already has some big-name reservations

The new Tesla Semi has already found some high-profile buyers, with Walmart and more confirming they've placed reservations for the all-electric truck. Unveiled last night, the Tesla Semi does away with traditional diesel engines altogether and, like the California automaker's cars, replaces them with high-powered electric motors. The big pitch is zero-emissions shipping and less maintenance.

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Apple’s HomePod delay is the right decision

Apple’s HomePod delay is the right decision

Apple may be missing the holiday shopping season by delaying its HomePod until 2018, but that decision could pay dividends if it makes Siri a better assistant. The smart speaker was due to launch in the US, UK, and Australia in December 2017, having been announced back in June alongside the iMac Pro at WWDC. Today, it conceded it will "need a little more time" before HomePod is ready for public consumption.

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Apple HomePod delayed

Apple HomePod delayed

Apple has delayed its HomePod smart speaker, pushing the launch of the Siri-powered Amazon Echo rival back into 2018. HomePod was revealed back in June 2017, a streaming speaker that physically embodied Siri, and which promised both smart home control and better music playback than other such products on the market.

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Tesla Roadster: 5 fast facts about Elon Musk’s electric supercar

Tesla Roadster: 5 fast facts about Elon Musk’s electric supercar

As "one more thing" surprises go, Elon Musk's unexpected reveal of the new Tesla Roadster was a move that would make Steve Jobs proud. After all, we knew a new Tesla Roadster was coming, we just didn't know to expect to see it quite so soon - and certainly not right after the EV-maker made its big pitch for the Tesla Semi truck. Missed the late-night announcement? Here are five fast facts to get you up to speed.

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This is the new Tesla Roadster: 0-60 in 1.9 seconds

This is the new Tesla Roadster: 0-60 in 1.9 seconds

Elon Musk promised a surprise at the Tesla Semi reveal, and this is it: the all-new Tesla Roadster. Set to hit the roads in 2020, the brand new car is a nod to the automaker's origins, the original Roadster, the all-electric convertible which started Musk & Co. on their path to making electrification the sexiest way to get from A to B.

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Tesla Semi revealed: 500 mile range and 0-60 mph in 5s

Tesla Semi revealed: 500 mile range and 0-60 mph in 5s

Tesla has revealed the Tesla Semi, the electric car company's first truck, and as you'd expect it's quite the vehicle. Designed to transport up to 80,000 pounds - the maximum permitted on US highways - it can't quite escape Tesla CEO Elon Musk's obsession with electric speed. That makes for some fairly crazy figures.

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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid priced up with 110 MPGe

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid priced up with 110 MPGe

Honda has priced up the 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, the gas-electric version of its mid-sized sedan. Though the car may be almost visually identical to the Clarity Fuel Cell, the hydrogen-powered car that Honda launched in limited markets earlier this year, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will undoubtedly be appealing to a greater number of drivers, with its more familiar powertrain.

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iOS 11.1.2 release fixes iPhone X cold screen issue

iOS 11.1.2 release fixes iPhone X cold screen issue

Apple has released iOS 11.1.2, promising to address the iPhone X cold screen issue where owners of the flagship smartphone reported their touchscreens weren't responding as expected. The issue, which first began surfacing earlier this month, was limited to colder locations. iPhone X owners found that the multitouch OLED screen on the smartphone would be sluggish to respond to taps or swipes, or simply stop responding altogether.

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Super-sized Tesla Supercharger stations go live

Super-sized Tesla Supercharger stations go live

Tesla might be building up to its big electric truck reveal tonight, but at the same time it's also readying its largest ever Supercharger stations in the US. Two of the new, supersized charging stations have reportedly come online, both in California, and offering Tesla drivers more capacity and a nicer place to wait.

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iHome lets Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant control your garden gadgets

iHome lets Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant control your garden gadgets

The typical smart home might be getting more connected, but outdoor gadgets have been slower to get online. iHome's new iSP100 Outdoor SmartPlug aims to change that, a weatherproof way to add Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, and other controls to devices outside.

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