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.

Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Microsoft may have had a strong FY17 Q3, but dramatically lower sales of its Surface PCs in the quarter suggest it needs new models sooner rather than later. The software giant credited the value of the cloud for its $22.1bn GAAP revenue results, with net income of $4.8bn GAAP. However, today's announcement also included some bad news from Microsoft's hardware division.

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Uber’s self-driving expert off project amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber’s self-driving expert off project amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber's self-driving car lead has been put on the back-burner for LIDAR development, amid accusations from Alphabet's Waymo that he stole secrets about the technology. Anthony Levandowski has been head of the Advanced Technologies group at the ride-sharing firm since his startup Otto was acquired by Uber in July 2016. However, his time there hasn't been straightforward.

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Reboot-rebooted, new iOS 11 Apple Music tipped for iPhone 8

Reboot-rebooted, new iOS 11 Apple Music tipped for iPhone 8

Apple is preparing a second attempt at rebooting Apple Music, it's reported, with a big push into video joining the subscription-based streaming audio. The update will come roughly two years after Apple Music first launched, and mark a sizable bet on streaming video that will see several big-name celebrities contributing content. Only last year, Apple redesigned Apple Music considerably, in part to bring the company's curated playlists to greater prominence.

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Ignoring controversy, Larry Page gives glowing Alphabet recap

Ignoring controversy, Larry Page gives glowing Alphabet recap

Alphabet CEO Larry Page has released the 2016 Founder's Letter for the company, a glowing "State of the Union" for the umbrella company within which Google and Waymo reside. Published ahead of Alphabet's latest financial results, Page's letter predominantly focuses on the spin-offs of various projects into standalone businesses. That, after all, was the primary intention of the company when it was founded back in 2015.

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SiriusXM buys Automatic to go deeper into your connected car

SiriusXM buys Automatic to go deeper into your connected car

SiriusXM has acquired Automatic, makers of a wireless adapter that plugs in under your dashboard and pipes car information directly to your smartphone. The news, announced today, sees SiriusXM extend its reach from the infotainment system, where it has built a reputation for satellite radio and connected services. With the addition of Automatic, it'll be able to pull even greater information from vehicles than currently.

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2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Review: Uncompromising track star

2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Review: Uncompromising track star

Ford should make you sign a contract committing to go to the track every weekend before they'll sell you a 2017 Shelby GT350. This 5.2-liter V8 Mustang may be related to the affordable coupe that bears the same nameplate but, by the time Ford Performance is through, it's a very distant cousin. To be worthy of the rearing snake badge, the GT350 has to be more than special: it has to be capable of putting fear into Porsches.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review: Electric all-rounder

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review: Electric all-rounder

All it took was one road trip and I was a Bolt EV convert. Chevrolet's all-electric car may not be the automaker's first attempt at the category - and indeed it joins the similarly-named Volt hybrid on dealership forecourts - nor the first to market, but it's undoubtedly the first that feels ready not only for electric early-adopters but the mass market as a whole. With range that punches above even the official estimates, an enthusiastic driving style, and that sub-$30k sticker price after subsidies, there's plenty here to like.

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Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8: Do I buy Samsung now, or wait for Apple?

Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8: Do I buy Samsung now, or wait for Apple?

After my Galaxy S8 review, of the most frequent questions I've been asked is whether people should buy the new Samsung now, or wait until the new iPhone is revealed later in 2017. Samsung deserves some serious kudos for what it's done with the latest Galaxy flagship. Not only is the design on a par with the best we've seen from Apple's smartphone team, top-notch specs like the beautiful curved Super AMOLED screen make it just as pleasing to use as to hold.

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Apple threatened Uber with iPhone ban over privacy cheat

Apple threatened Uber with iPhone ban over privacy cheat

Controversial tech exec Travis Kalanick was forced into a face-off with Tim Cook, a new profile of the Uber founder claims, after Apple discovered the ridesharing app had flouted privacy rules. Kalanick's company has repeatedly made headlines over the past year for a number of reasons, ranging from frustrated drivers, arguments with city administrators and legacy cab firms, over-ambitious autonomous car testing, and allegations of harassment in the workplace. Indeed, Kalanick's ambition almost saw him lose his entire iPhone audience.

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The brains behind Google’s AI chips are starting a rival business

The brains behind Google’s AI chips are starting a rival business

A stealth startup of former Google engineers is working on an artificial intelligence chip that could outshine their former employer's much-vaunted TensorFlow tech. Dubbed Groq, the clandestine company has shared little of its plans or roadmap, though recent filings suggest more than $10m in funding has already been secured. More than four-fifths of the original Google TPU team are now working there.

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The IoT will survive this Juicero scorn

The IoT will survive this Juicero scorn

In a shocking revelation that came as a surprise to practically nobody, a $400 connected juicer may not be the must-have in the kitchen that it was pitched as. Nor is it the best poster-child for the Internet of Things and, as is usually the way, scorn heaped on Juicero has spilled over to the connected home more broadly. After all, with $120m in funding, some are already describing the company as the epitome of IoT hype.

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Your Mercedes now takes orders from Alexa and Google Home

Your Mercedes now takes orders from Alexa and Google Home

If the smart home is so darn smart, why shouldn't the garage be too? Mercedes-Benz is expanding its cars' support for the popular virtual assistants, with select models now taking instructions from both Amazon's Alexa and Google Home. Although we're still some way from being able to ask an Echo to have your S-Class dispatched to your front door, the functionality could still be a time-saver in the morning.

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