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.

Eero price cut as mesh routers prepare for platform play

Eero price cut as mesh routers prepare for platform play

Mesh networking favorite Eero has cut the price of its router system, aiming to get its distributed WiFi system in as many homes as possible before adding more ambitious functionality. Launched a year ago, the unimposing white boxes led the charge in domestic mesh networks where, rather than a single router being the point of contact for every WiFi device, several act as nodes for broader coverage. That way, both speed and network availability is improved.

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iPhone 8 wireless charging only the start: 5 Apple teams reportedly involved

iPhone 8 wireless charging only the start: 5 Apple teams reportedly involved

The iPhone 8 may embrace wireless charging, but Apple is reportedly going all-in with developing cable-free solutions, with claims that five different teams at the company are all working on the technology. The absence of wireless charging has long been a point of criticism about the iPhone, forcing owners who want to be free of wires to either jump ship to Android devices where the tech has been commonly offered for some time, or to pick up a third-party adapter, like Mophie's recent Juice Packs. Now, though, it's apparently full-steam-ahead at Cupertino.

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Google Perspective puts comment trolls on notice

Google Perspective puts comment trolls on notice

Google is putting trolls on notice, announcing a new project dubbed Perspective which aims to take the vitriol out of comment sections online. Co-developed with Jigsaw, Perspective relies on machine learning to act as a constantly improving filter, just as a human admin might, only without the risk of the AI getting offended or overwhelmed along the way. Each comment is assessed for what potential impact that could have on the ongoing conversation.

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2018 Audi S5 Sportback and 2018 S4 priced up for US

2018 Audi S5 Sportback and 2018 S4 priced up for US

Audi had been holding out on North America when it came to the 2018 S5 Sportback, but now we know exactly how much it - and the 2018 Audi S4 - will cost when it arrives on these shores. It's also an opportunity to confirm just what sort of performance we can expect from the 3.0-liter V6 that both cars share. That musters an impressive 354 horsepower courtesy of its turbocharger - replacing the supercharging on its predecessor.

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Qualcomm VR HMD gets Snapdragon 835, Leap Motion hand-tracking

Qualcomm VR HMD gets Snapdragon 835, Leap Motion hand-tracking

GDC and MWC are just around the corner, and Qualcomm is diving head-first into virtual reality with a new dev-kit and hand-tracking technology. The chipmaker may be best known for its smartphone processors, but that same silicon is just as much at home in head-mounted displays. Indeed, the Snapdragon 835 is the centerpiece of Qualcomm's new Virtual Reality Development Kit.

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Qualcomm and LG Car-2-X trials begin 2018 on road to 5G

Qualcomm and LG Car-2-X trials begin 2018 on road to 5G

LG and Qualcomm are teaming up on 5G and connected cars, with joint trials of Cellular-V2X set to kick off in 2018. One of a number of so-called "C2X" - or "Car-to-X" - offshoots, which includes car-to-car, car-to-pedestrian, and car-to-infrastructure, Cellular-V2X explores using cellular modems to bring vehicles into an inter-communicating mesh. Most importantly for Qualcomm, it's one of the key use-cases for 5G.

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Tesla Model 3 production starts July, but 2017 will be expensive

Tesla Model 3 production starts July, but 2017 will be expensive

The most affordable Tesla, the Model 3, will begin initial production in July the automaker has confirmed, amid better-than-expected financial results for the last year. The upcoming milestone was announced as part of Tesla's report for Q4 and full-year Q4, with 24,882 cars produced in the last quarter. However, full production of the Model 3 isn't expected until September 2017.

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Range Rover Velar teased as “avant-garde” fourth SUV

Range Rover Velar teased as “avant-garde” fourth SUV

Any luxury SUV fan knows a new Range Rover is something worth getting excited over, and so consider our curiosity piqued at the British marque's upcoming car. The Range Rover Velar will be the fourth member of the automaker's line-up, borrowing a historic name from the late 60s. Intriguingly, though, it'll actually be the first production vehicle to launch with that name.

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Cadillac’s next-gen CUE gets Tesla-style updates, new UI

Cadillac’s next-gen CUE gets Tesla-style updates, new UI

Ask Cadillac drivers the one thing they wish the luxury car company would update, and you'll probably hear "the CUE infotainment system" most often. CUE, the touchscreen multimedia and navigation software found in cars like the CT6 and XT5, certainly wasn't lacking in ambition, but neither has it been called the most user-friendly system. Now, that's all set to change with a brand new version.

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Intel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhone

Intel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhone

Intel has outed a new Gigabit LTE modem and further detailed its 5G plans, as it mounts another attempt to oust Qualcomm from smartphones like the new iPhone. The chip-maker has detailed its latest Intel XMM 7560 Modem, supporting Cat 16 downlinks for rates over 1 Gbps, and Cat 13 uplink for up to 225 Mbps. There's also multi-SIM support, up to 35 LTE bands on a single radio, and up to 230 different combinations of carrier aggregation.

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Sonos PlayBase under-TV wireless speaker leaks

Sonos PlayBase under-TV wireless speaker leaks

Sonos' next wireless speaker, the Sonos PlayBase, has leaked, with the streaming music company's upcoming product apparently intended to sit under your TV. Speculation about the PlayBase has been circulating for some years now, after Sonos filed the name at the USPTO back in 2014. Now, courtesy of a - since pulled - BH Photo listing and some Twitter leaks, we have a better idea of what it looks like and how much it'll cost.

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Qualcomm X20 promises faster-than-fiber Gigabit LTE

Qualcomm X20 promises faster-than-fiber Gigabit LTE

If you could get better-than-fiber speeds from your LTE smartphone, would you bother with a fixed home internet connection? That's the question Qualcomm expects web-addicts to face with the launch of the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, its second-generation Gigabit LTE chip which promises Cat 18 downloads. That means, on the right network, up to 1.2 Gbps downloads.

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