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.

The BMW M8 is real: Here’s what we know

The BMW M8 is real: Here’s what we know

Praise be: BMW has not only previewed the all-new 8 Series Coupe that will launch in 2018, but confirmed a BMW M8 is also headed for production. The car, shown here in early prototype form complete with hefty amounts of camouflage, will be developed in tandem with the 8 Series, BMW has announced today. Full details are scant, but we do have some very intriguing tidbits.

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Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a jaw-dropping one-off coupe

Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a jaw-dropping one-off coupe

True luxury isn't going to your nearest car dealer and buying the most expensive model on the lot: it's calling up Rolls-Royce and asking them to make you a completely unique, one-off bespoke ride. Such is the story behind this, the Rolls-Royce Sweptail, the handiwork of several years of the automaker's expert designers and engineers, and a well-heeled (but currently unnamed) fan of the British marque. He wanted a racing yacht inspired coachbuilt car, entirely individual and reminiscent of the best of the automaker's projects of the 1920s and 30s.

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Watch a McLaren P1 LM crush the Nürburgring record

Watch a McLaren P1 LM crush the Nürburgring record

Prepare for some supercar tears, as a road-legal McLaren P1 LM has smashed the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record. Stealing the production car lap record crown from Lamborghini - something the Italians are unlikely to be pleased about - the exceedingly limited-edition coupe shaved not just tenths of a second but full seconds from the previous lap time of 6:52.01. Indeed, it was even faster than the vehicle which had been sitting at the top of the 'Ring times, the 1,340 HP electric NextEV Nio EP9.

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Postmates offers delivery drivers electric scooter rentals

Postmates offers delivery drivers electric scooter rentals

Postmates may be experimenting with robots to replace human delivery drivers, but a new electric scooter rental program shows it's not giving up on flesh & blood quite yet. The Postmates Zero-Emission Scooter Initiative offers drivers for the service to get access to a plug-in EV two-wheeler specially tailored for delivery purposes. Initially it's kicking off in Manhattan, NY, though the expectation is that, if a hit, it'll expand to other urban areas.

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Apple’s streaming WWDC 2017 keynote is June 5th: How to watch

Apple’s streaming WWDC 2017 keynote is June 5th: How to watch

Wanted to go to Apple's WWDC 2017 developer event, but couldn't get tickets? You'll still be able to watch the opening keynote in real-time, with Apple confirming that it will again be streaming the event when it kicks off on June 5th. From 10am PT for what will probably last around two hours, we're expecting to hear about the latest features coming to macOS and iOS, and maybe a little hardware news too.

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Jaguar just revealed its epic 592hp XE SV Project 8 super-sedan

Jaguar just revealed its epic 592hp XE SV Project 8 super-sedan

Jaguar has revealed its most powerful car ever, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, a super-exclusive performance version of the XE sedan. The car, which so far has only been shown wrapped in camouflage, will be the handiwork of the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team, responsible for previous production-limited models like the F-TYPE Project 7. Indeed, only 300 of the XE SV Project 8 will be created.

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Finally, the Moto 360 2nd Gen Android 2.0 update is here

Finally, the Moto 360 2nd Gen Android 2.0 update is here

Motorola's long-anticipated Android 2.0 update for the Moto 360 2nd Gen has finally begun rolling out, though owners of the smartwatch may still have to wait to see it. Wearers of the watch, launched in late 2015, had been left in limbo waiting for Motorola to get around to pushing out Google's updated version of its OS, which adds features like Play Store access and Google Assistant to wearables. Now, that deployment has actually started.

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BMW’s futuristic electric motorbike concept is an urban-warrior’s dream

BMW’s futuristic electric motorbike concept is an urban-warrior’s dream

The stunning BMW Concept 8 Series isn't the only automotive tease BMW has this week, it also rolled out a brand new vision of zero-emission biking. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link made its debut alongside the Concept 8 Series at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, the latest design study from the automaker as it looks ahead to what urban mobility will be like in the years to come. In the case of this particular electric bike, that means styling that manages to be both futuristic and retro simultaneously.

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The iPhone 8’s Touch ID will be right in the OLED report claims

The iPhone 8’s Touch ID will be right in the OLED report claims

The iPhone 8 will embed its fingerprint scanner into its display, a new report claims to confirm, with a new technology helping minimize the bezels while maintaining Touch ID's convenient location. Speculation has been rife about the flagship iOS smartphone expected to launch later this year, particularly with regards to how it will balance existing specifications that iPhone fans now expect with Apple's own desire to slim down the handset's bezels significantly. Part of that will involve using a brand new display technology.

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T-Mobile DIGITS brings multi-number, multi-device joy on May 31

T-Mobile DIGITS brings multi-number, multi-device joy on May 31

T-Mobile's DIGITS, which allows subscribers to mix & match with multiple numbers across multiple devices, is rolling it to all its customers from May 31. With it, users will be able to have two lines - one for personal, one for business - call the same smartphone, for instance, without having to pay for two full service plans. DIGITS launched in beta back in December 2016, but as of the end of this month all T-Mobile subscribers will find it activated on their plans.

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The DJI Spark needs to be more than a floating selfie-stick

The DJI Spark needs to be more than a floating selfie-stick

The dirty secret about drones is that they generally take some practice to fly well. We're not talking "sit in front of the TV and master the latest console game" practice, either: you need a big open space, no trees to crash into, and enough daylight to see what you're doing. That's before you get to flexing your camera-operator skills. Not for nothing do the drone videography pros generally have two people at the controls: one piloting, and the other operating the gimbal.

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Missed the big Surface Pro reveal? Now you can re-live it

Missed the big Surface Pro reveal? Now you can re-live it

Microsoft's big Surface Pro announcement this week saw the long-anticipated update of its tablet, but you'd be forgiven for missing the whole thing. The decision to hold the event in China meant that you'd have needed to get up pretty early in order to watch the livestream from North America. That's a shame, as Microsoft devices chief Panos Panay spared no enthusiasm around why the Surface Pro should be in your bag.

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