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.

VW’s unseen EV concepts just got trademarked

VW’s unseen EV concepts just got trademarked

VW has huge plans for electric cars, and the names of two more of its I.D. concept EVs may have just spilled ahead of the vehicles' big reveal. The German automaker has promised a total of fifteen different electrified models, globally, by 2025, with the first set to go on sale in the US in 2020. However, that hasn't stopped Volkswagen from previewing each in the form of a concept car.

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You can walk out of the Apple Store with an iMac Pro today

You can walk out of the Apple Store with an iMac Pro today

Apple's iMac Pro is now available for walk-in purchase at Apple Stores, with stock of at least one configuration now showing up on shelves. The Space Gray all-in-one is Apple's love-letter to content creators, a Xeon-powered processing monster with the latest and greatest in ports on the back, and a beautiful 5K display on the front.

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There’s a new giant octopus in town

There’s a new giant octopus in town

You might have thought 2017 was all out of surprises, but here's one more: what we thought was just one giant octopus is actually two distinct species. The Giant Pacific Octopus, or GPO, had already set records as being the largest known example of octopus kind on the planet. Now, scientists have discovered that there's not one type, but two.

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7 signs of Apple’s iPhone power management in action

7 signs of Apple’s iPhone power management in action

Apple found itself in hot water with slowing iPhones, and today's apology for how it communicated the iOS power management system is its attempt to patch things up with frustrated users. Battery chemistry may be inescapable - it's a fact of scientific life that lithium-ion batteries will age and get less effective - but iPhone owners weren't impressed at hearing some of the slowdown symptoms they've observed were intentionally added. So, just what does Apple's power management system look like in action?

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iPhone slowdown apology: Apple promises $29 battery replacement

iPhone slowdown apology: Apple promises $29 battery replacement

Apple has responded to accusations it slowed older iPhones with the promise of much cheaper out-of-warranty battery replacements and more software transparency. The Cupertino firm found itself at the center of user frustration and no few conspiracy theories in the past weeks, after conceding that its previous attempts to avoid unexpected crashes in older smartphones had artificially slowed iOS apps. Now, it's aiming to make things right.

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Apple sued for slow iPhone planned-obsolescence in France

Apple sued for slow iPhone planned-obsolescence in France

Apple's headache over slowing old iPhones continues, with threats of a costly lawsuit in France amid accusations of planned obsolescence. Faced with older iPhones that, due to battery aging, could unexpectedly crash when running system-intensive apps, Apple introduced a "smoothing" technique in earlier versions of iOS. Far from pleasing users, however, that decision has backfired considerably.

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Google just called time on the Pixel C tablet

Google just called time on the Pixel C tablet

The last signs of the Google Pixel C have been pulled from the Google Store, marking the demise of the clever-but-expensive Android tablet that always struggled to make sense. Launched in late 2015, the 10.2-inch tablet was revealed a matter of weeks after Apple took the wraps off the original, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and in many respects the two slates targeted similar audiences.

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Porsche Mission E specs spill as Tesla rival forms

Porsche Mission E specs spill as Tesla rival forms

Porsche's big Tesla rival is expected to come in three flavors, with insiders suggesting the Mission E sedan will run up to 670 horsepower as it tries to eat into Model S sales. First shown off as a prototype in late 2015, a wildly positive reception for the curvaceous electric four-door prompted Porsche to give the production version the green-light only a few months later.

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iMac Pro teardown video has good and bad upgrade news

iMac Pro teardown video has good and bad upgrade news

Apple seems to have conceded that professional users buying a new iMac Pro might be more demanding about upgrades than their consumer counterparts. Since the iMac was saw its most dramatic unibody adoption in 2009, embedding all of the components behind the display, its potential for user-upgrades has decreased. The new iMac Pro, however, takes a more forgiving approach along with its premium price tag.

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iPhone X “wait and see” doubts damaged sales say analysts

iPhone X “wait and see” doubts damaged sales say analysts

Less than a third of new iPhone buyers bought the iPhone X in the first month that the flagship iOS smartphone was released, analysts claim, with pricing and skepticism blamed for the cautious uptake. Apple has been reluctant to share how new iPhone sales broke down in 2017, with the Cupertino firm even suggesting that, as it has never had three new handsets launching pretty much simultaneously before, even it was uncertain how consumers would behave.

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Apple has been slowing old iPhones and South Korea wants answers

Apple has been slowing old iPhones and South Korea wants answers

Apple's slowing of older iPhones to avoid battery-related shutdowns has drawn the attention of South Korean regulators, amid allegations that it defrauded owners with the practice. The Cupertino company began adding features in earlier releases of iOS that would delay processing in iPhones with older, worn batteries.

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AT&T Huawei Mate 10 launch tipped for February 2018

AT&T Huawei Mate 10 launch tipped for February 2018

Huawei is reportedly just weeks away from its first official US carrier deal, with the AT&T Huawei Mate 10 said to be hitting store shelves in February 2018. Though the phone-maker has become one of the largest in the world, it has done so with minimal brand-recognition in the US. That will be Huawei's big challenge for the new year.

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