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.

There’s bad news if you wanted a year-one Polestar 1

There’s bad news if you wanted a year-one Polestar 1

EV upstart Polestar has some bad news if you'd been dawdling on getting your Polestar 1 order in, with the first year of production cars already sold out. The handsome hybrid coupe isn't expected to begin production until midway through 2019, but early demand has already fingered every model the Swedish automaker can make.

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2019 Genesis G70 pricing should give BMW some anxiety

2019 Genesis G70 pricing should give BMW some anxiety

Genesis has priced up the 2019 G70, and the fiesty sports sedan has the BMW 3 Series firmly in its sights. Headed to dealerships this week, the G70 will be priced from $34,900 plus destination, and attempt to lure in enthusiastic drivers with its manual gearbox option.

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I cooked a potato with my voice, and it might be the IoT’s tipping point

I cooked a potato with my voice, and it might be the IoT’s tipping point

Never has the humble potato been so smart - or so readily cooked - as inside the Amazon Basics Microwave. Now blessed with Alexa support, what's probably the strangest product from Amazon's massive gush of connected gadgets today might seem, on the face of it, a gimmick. In reality, though, it's arguably the most important of them all.

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Amazon Echo Auto gives your car an Alexa copilot

Amazon Echo Auto gives your car an Alexa copilot

Amazon has revealed its first Alexa product for the car, with the Echo Auto set to add the voice assistant to your dashboard. The new gadget may be tiny - smaller than a smartphone, in fact, or a radar detector - but it still manages to fit in the eight microphone array from the new second-generation Echo Show.

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Amazon Basics Microwave with Alexa would be ridiculous if it wasn’t so cheap

Amazon Basics Microwave with Alexa would be ridiculous if it wasn’t so cheap

Amazon is adding Alexa support to one of its most popular microwaves, with the new Amazon Basics Microwave with Alexa now capable of responding to voice commands. It's another sign of Alexa's spread into the kitchen, which Amazon says is one of the most common locations for the virtual assistant to be found.

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Amazon Echo Input brings Alexa to non-smart speakers

Amazon Echo Input brings Alexa to non-smart speakers

Amazon has launched its first speaker-less Echo, the new Echo Input, offering a way to pipe music and the virtual assistant to third-party speakers. Smaller and cheaper than an Echo Dot, the new gadget looks more like a hockey puck than anything else.

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Amazon Alexa is learning how to whisper – and more

Amazon Alexa is learning how to whisper – and more

Amazon Alexa is getting more personable and more conversational, with 50,000 skills now available, and new features that will make the assistant more flexible and interactive being rolled out. Announced as part of Amazon's annual Echo event in Seattle, WA today, the assistant is getting a number of updates which should make using Alexa more natural.

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This is how the new Apple Watch’s mesmerizing motion faces were made

This is how the new Apple Watch’s mesmerizing motion faces were made

The Apple Watch Series 4 may have made headlines with its ECG sensor and much larger display, but it's the new "motion faces" that arguably show just how much attention to detail the Cupertino company will go to. Added as part of the fourth generation watch, the new fire, water, liquid metal, and vapor faces aren't, as you might have first suspected, CGI.

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The 2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 does the unthinkable

The 2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 does the unthinkable

Eyebrows were raised when Bentley announced it was making an SUV, but the Bentayga proved the skeptics wrong. Weaving together performance, luxury, and unmistakable curb presence, the only thing it lacked was subtlety. Now, with the arrival of the 2019 Bentayga V8, it's getting a little brother - one who may just overshadow the original altogether.

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Surprise Amazon event today will be an Alexa-fest

Surprise Amazon event today will be an Alexa-fest

Amazon is holding a surprise event in Seattle today, with a host of Alexa-based devices expected to break cover in advance of Google's big Pixel event next month. It's the latest salvo in Amazon's smart assistant line-up, which leaks have suggested will expand into connected appliances as well as more capable multimedia devices.

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Aston Martin Project ‘003’ hypercar will be Valkyrie-inspired sports hybrid

Aston Martin Project ‘003’ hypercar will be Valkyrie-inspired sports hybrid

Aston Martin is working on a new hypercar, a limited-edition coupe that has been codenamed Project '003' and will cherry-pick the cutting edge of the automaker's technology. The vehicle will be the third hypercar produced by Aston Martin, following the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro.

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2019 Cadillac CT6-V renamed as beloved CTS-V put out to pasture

2019 Cadillac CT6-V renamed as beloved CTS-V put out to pasture

Cadillac's most potent V-Series cars are gaining a new member, with the 2019 CT6 V-Sport graduating ahead of its launch to CT6-V status. The news will see the roughly 550 horsepower super-sedan take the place of the CTS-V in Caddy sports sedan fan's hearts, since the existing car is being discontinued after the 2019 model year.

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