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.


A safe Galaxy S9 gives LG a huge opportunity in 2018

A safe Galaxy S9 gives LG a huge opportunity in 2018

As the Galaxy S9 approaches, you'd be forgiven for thinking smartphones in 2018 will be a battle between Samsung and Apple. Don't count LG out of the game quite yet, mind. Even though the rumors around the Galaxy S9 have been far more plentiful than those detailing next year's LG G7, that's not to say 2018 won't give "the other" South Korean phone-maker a rare opportunity to differentiate itself.

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Subaru WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS are 2018’s hot blue hellions

Subaru WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS are 2018’s hot blue hellions

Subaru may have been focused on families recently, with its 2019 Ascent SUV, but the 2018 WRX STI Type RA and 2018 BRZ tS prove it hasn't forgotten about performance. The STI (Subaru Tecnica International) tuned variants of the WRX STI and BRZ will only be made in small numbers, and promise more of the handling and grip the the automaker has become known for.

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Here’s where will get the Polestar 1 sports EV first

Here’s where will get the Polestar 1 sports EV first

Polestar has spilled more details on where it'll be launching its electrified sports car, the Polestar 1, though we're still waiting on some key details. Unveiled earlier this year, Polestar is the new identity for the performance brand of Volvo, taking the safety-focused Swedes technology and giving it a sporting twist. First out of the gate will be the Polestar 1.

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Beyond iPhone X: 3 potential uses for Apple’s TrueDepth

Beyond iPhone X: 3 potential uses for Apple’s TrueDepth

Apple is investing almost $400m into the one of the companies responsible for its TrueDepth camera system on the iPhone X, and it's likely just the first step in rolling the technology out further in its range. The decision to grant millions from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Finisar, the US-based manufacturer of lasers used in TrueDepth, is being billed as a win for American industry; however, it'll also give Finisar the scope to make more advanced versions. As they get smaller, more capable, and more precise, that opens the door to putting the clever camera into new places.

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The Galaxy S9 must fix these three big S8 flaws

The Galaxy S9 must fix these three big S8 flaws

2017 had a bumper crop of smartphones, but the mobile world refuses to slow, and all eyes are on the Samsung Galaxy S9 in 2018. The company's flagship consumer phone - since, it would likely argue, the Galaxy Note 8 and its eventual successor are targeted at prosumers - has big shoes to fill, coming on the heels of the generally well-received Galaxy S8. Still, that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

If there’s a bittersweet lesson from Star Wars: The Last Jedi it’s that, whether you’re good or you're evil, sometimes you have to give up on what's most heartfelt before it brings about your downfall. That’s a lesson which fans must learn too, as they navigate how The Last Jedi embraces some of the franchise's core concepts while rejecting others. In Star Wars, the deaths might be bloodless but that doesn't make the losses hurt any less.

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McLaren Senna: 5 facts about this epic road-legal racer

McLaren Senna: 5 facts about this epic road-legal racer

When McLaren goes extreme, it really, really goes extreme: witness, for example, the McLaren Senna. The latest in the Ultimate Series, the automaker's flagship range, follows roughly in the tread marks of the McLaren P1, but bypasses electrification in favor of raw gasoline performance. That includes packing the most powerful road car engine McLaren has ever made.

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This PlayStation Plus 1-year subscription deal is under $40

This PlayStation Plus 1-year subscription deal is under $40

A rare deal on PlayStation Plus membership has brought a year's subscription down to under forty bucks, just ahead of the holidays. The deal sees the twelve month subscription, usually priced at $59.99, brought down to $39.99. That's a saving of a third from what it will normally cost you.

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This is the McLaren Senna: Compromise is not an option

This is the McLaren Senna: Compromise is not an option

What's a driver to do when a "regular" McLaren isn't quite fierce enough? The answer might be this, the McLaren Senna, latest model in the British automaker's legendary Ultimate Series and named after the even more famous Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna. It's billed as "the ultimate road-legal track car," and they might just be right.

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Apple Park complete, Jony Ive retakes direct design control

Apple Park complete, Jony Ive retakes direct design control

Jony Ive, Apple's legendary designer, is reclaiming direct management of the Cupertino firm's product design teams. The decision comes after Ive stepped back from direct control over Apple's various designers in order to focus on a somewhat larger project, the "spaceship" Apple Park campus.

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2019 Toyota Avalon previews bold new styling

2019 Toyota Avalon previews bold new styling

Remember the Toyota Avalon? If so, you're probably in the minority. Toyota's full-size sedan could never be described as the most exciting of the Japanese automaker's line-up, and while it may be one of the company's biggest cars, it's kept a relatively low profile in comparison to the Camry and others.

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Apple just gave easy App Store devs a nasty surprise

Apple just gave easy App Store devs a nasty surprise

Apple has begun warning templated apps that they face removal from the App Store, taking an unexpectedly hard line on what has traditionally been one of the easiest ways to release iPhone software. Although Apple has released various tools intended to make creating software for iOS devices more straightforward, for many the process is still too complex or time-consuming.

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