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.

Verily shelves diabetes-tracking contact lenses

Verily shelves diabetes-tracking contact lenses

An ambitious project to make contact lenses that could track glucose levels for people with diabetes has been shelved, with Alphabet's Verily admitting the technology just wasn't up to scratch yet. The health-centric lenses were one of the company's first public projects to break cover back in 2014, and a headline example of how it would work with the pharmaceutical industry.

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This new iPad Pro bend test raises some questions

This new iPad Pro bend test raises some questions

How much pressure should the new iPad Pro stand up to before its aluminum and glass bends? That's the question being asked today, after a bend test of Apple's latest tablet showed it's possible - with your hands alone - to fold the iOS slate in half, and not in the good "Samsung foldable phone" way.

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Alexa just made another button on your remote control useless

Alexa just made another button on your remote control useless

Amazon's Alexa is adding another talent to help keep your remote control gathering dust, with a new Wake-on-LAN controller able to rouse TVs and other devices from low power mode. The new update addresses one of the lingering annoyances for those trying to use voice assistants with their home electronics, where gadgets in frugal standby modes aren't listening out for a wireless wake-up.

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This Pixel 3 BOGO 50-percent off deal is already underway

This Pixel 3 BOGO 50-percent off deal is already underway

Black Friday may be a week away, but Google is already running a tempting deal on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that could save up to 50-percent on the Android smartphones. The new promotion comes in advance of Google's other big Pixel 3 deal for Black Friday, which will see up to $200 cut off the price of the smartphone.

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2020 Toyota Camry TRD and Avalon TRD get unexpectedly fierce

2020 Toyota Camry TRD and Avalon TRD get unexpectedly fierce

As candidates for a track-tuned upgrades go, Toyota's two largest sedans might not come to mind first, but the 2020 Camry TRD and 2020 Avalon TRD would like to buck those expectations. Handiwork of the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) team in collaboration with Calty, the automaker's US design studio, the pair of sporting sedans promise to be more than just a body kit.

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Mercedes reveals the 5G robot-filled factory for its most high-tech cars

Mercedes reveals the 5G robot-filled factory for its most high-tech cars

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the high-tech production line on which key models like the first EQ electric car, the new S-Class, and its autonomous cars will be built, and it could be more advanced than the vehicles themselves. Dubbed Factory 56, the new plant in Sindelfingen, Germany is about as far away from the traditional vision of manufacturing - or building cars in a tent - as you can imagine.

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The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is the perfect hybrid

The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is the perfect hybrid

It was pretty clear when Porsche announced the 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo that it wasn't going to be your normal hybrid. The closest the automaker's cars get to green is usually their paint job, after all, but the shapely Sport Turismo claims to be more eco-conscious than you'd expect. Of course, since this is a Porsche it couldn't just be about saving the planet.

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The most interesting iPhone of 2018 is now easier to buy

The most interesting iPhone of 2018 is now easier to buy

Apple's iPhone XR turned out to be the most fascinating smartphone of the company's 2018 refresh, with its combination of colorful style and relative affordability, and now there's more flexibility in how you can buy it. Until now, if you've wanted the $750+ iPhone XR you've had to pick it up with a carrier, but that's all changing.

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Apple just shoved its chip and 5G plans in Qualcomm’s face

Apple just shoved its chip and 5G plans in Qualcomm’s face

If you can't beat them, grab their talent. Apple is hunting for wireless chip and processor designers on Qualcomm's home turf, lending weight to the ongoing rumors that it plans to bring as much of its future chipset design in-house as possible, and potentially oust current partners like Intel from its iPhone and Mac ranges.

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Sharp made a double-notch phone – but for a great reason

Sharp made a double-notch phone – but for a great reason

Sharp heard you complaining about smartphone display notches and clearly decided to really give you something to moan about, with the new Sharp Aquos R2 Compact having not one but two of the screen cut-outs. The diminutive Android phone has one of Sharp's well-esteemed IGZO LCD displays, but to stay true to its "Compact" billing it takes bites out of that panel top and bottom.

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2019 BMW 330e hybrid boosts range, performance and tech

2019 BMW 330e hybrid boosts range, performance and tech

BMW has given its new 2019 330e Sedan hybrid a big tech bump, raising electric range significantly while also improving on performance. The gas-electric hybrid is part of the automaker's big 3 Series Sedan refresh, unveiled back in October, and will jostle on forecourts with a new M3 sports sedan. Still, the BMW 330e might still be able to sway you.

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Roku TV Wireless Speakers release date confirmed: What you need to know

Roku TV Wireless Speakers release date confirmed: What you need to know

Home movie night is about to get louder, with Roku's TV Wireless Speakers set to begin shipping at the end of the week. The company announced its speaker bundle all the way back in July, promising not only better audio quality for your streaming media, but more convenience than rival speakers, too.

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