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.

Google Jamboard priced up, but there’s a subscription sting

Google Jamboard priced up, but there’s a subscription sting

Google has priced up its Jamboard, and by the standard of virtual whiteboards it's actually fairly affordable. Announced last year, Jamboard followed products like Microsoft's Surface Hub in turning a big, touchscreen display into a cloud-connected collaboration tool. However, our hopes that this might also be a great way to corral an unruly household together seems to have been over-ambitious.

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Uber gets San Francisco autonomous car permit but loses AI execs

Uber gets San Francisco autonomous car permit but loses AI execs

Uber, pressured into applying for a self-driving car testing license by San Francisco, has been granted approval for a small-scale roll out by city regulators. The ride-sharing company had flouted local rules on autonomous vehicles, sending out a fleet of customized Volvo SUVs back in December 2016 for real-world testing of its work-in-progress technology. However, the Department of Motor Vehicles disagreed with Uber's justification for why it didn't require a license.

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Tech-filled 2018 Dodge Demon is smarter on the drag strip

Tech-filled 2018 Dodge Demon is smarter on the drag strip

Dodge may be busy making its most powerful Challenger to-date, but the 2018 SRT Demon won't merely be some blunt-force instrument. Instead, the automaker has said today in the latest of what seems like an interminable series of teasers, the potent coupe will pack a new driver-focused infotainment system intended to unlock race-related statistics. Dubbed "Performance Pages", the interface will also allow the Challenger SRT Demon's driver to adjust the various drive mode settings.

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Cadillac V2V goes live: What you should know about “talking cars”

Cadillac V2V goes live: What you should know about “talking cars”

Cars that talk among themselves are the future of road safety, and Cadillac is rolling out its first Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications system today. The 2017 Cadillac CTS will be the first of the automaker's models to get the so-called V2V technology, a special radio which allows cars to communicate when they're within around 1,000 feet of another so-equipped car. While the possibilities of V2V have been tipped as instrumental in autonomous driving one day breaking into the mainstream, for now Cadillac's implementation focuses on safety.

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IBM turns an atom into a nano-scale hard drive

IBM turns an atom into a nano-scale hard drive

By now it's a truism that data storage keeps getting smaller and smaller, but even with that knowledge IBM's latest advance is still jaw-dropping. Researchers at the company have managed to store data on a single atom, by turning it into the world's tiniest magnet. Admittedly, its single bit capacity isn't going to replace the USB drive in the bottom of your bag, but IBM says the potential is huge.

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Forget Millennials, Toyota’s funky 2018 C-HR is really all about safety

Forget Millennials, Toyota’s funky 2018 C-HR is really all about safety

You'd be forgiven for thinking the 2018 Toyota C-HR was the Japanese automaker's play for car-eschewing Millennials, but really the crossover curiosity is the first major push in its safety tech offensive. Originally revealed as a Scion concept back in late 2015, and then promptly rescued by the mother-brand after the Scion nameplate ended up in the dumpster, the C-HR certainly fits a gap in Toyota's line-up. After all, while other automakers have plenty of compact crossover options, Toyota's ever-enlarging RAV4 may have grown itself out of the segment.

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Nokia Android flagship with Snapdragon 835 but no Zeiss tipped

Nokia Android flagship with Snapdragon 835 but no Zeiss tipped

Nokia may have eclipsed the smartphones of MWC 2017 with its nostalgia-stoking 3310, but the resurrected brand is reportedly planning something altogether more high-tech very soon. While the Nokia 3310 does little more than let you make calls, send texts, and play Snake - and, even then, not if you're in the US - brand-licensee HMD did have two new Android smartphones for the Barcelona show. The Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 slotted in beneath the existing Nokia 6, but it's in true flagship position that HMD is believed to be targeting its next handset.

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WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

Apple, Microsoft, and others in the tech industry have responded to Wikileaks' claims of CIA hacking abilities, pushing back on fears of federal agents turning smartphones and TVs into spies. The leak-focussed group, which has prompted controversy in recent months for the role it played in the US presidential election, released a cache of data earlier this week that it claimed proved the US Central Intelligence Agency could routinely eavesdrop through many of the connected devices people have in their homes or pockets. Dubbed "Vault7", the nearly 9,000-strong document drop has prompted chaos among many, uncertain whether their devices are in fact working against them.

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Cheaper Nest thermostat tipped plus Nest alarm system

Cheaper Nest thermostat tipped plus Nest alarm system

Competition in the smart home is only getting fiercer, and Nest is reportedly readying a cheaper and more flexible range of connected gadgets to drive up adoption in the face of mounting rivals. The Alphabet-owned company is best known for the Nest Learning Thermostat, an iPhone-inspired HVAC controller that promises to track how the home is used and cut energy costs without an impact on comfort. It arguably kickstarted a new generation of smart thermostats, but since then cheaper, more capable alternatives have hit the market.

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McLaren already has a custom MSO 720S: Meet “Velocity”

McLaren already has a custom MSO 720S: Meet “Velocity”

McLaren may only have revealed the new 720S supercar this week, but the British automaker's Special Operations team has already cooked up and even hotter version. The MSO 720S Velocity takes one of the stars of the Geneva Motor Show this year and gives it a bespoke makeover. The idea isn't so much to say that you should be driving this exact red rocket, but to suggest what you could do if you had an even bigger budget for your next supercar.

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The 2017 Mazda CX-5 got a reboot: Here’s what it costs

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 got a reboot: Here’s what it costs

Mazda has priced up the new 2017 CX-5, replacing its best-selling model with a revamped version that boosts spec and refinement. The new CX-5 kicks off at $24,045 (plus $940 destination), Mazda confirmed today. Three trim levels will be offered, as well as a selection of options packages and a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

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2018 Audi RS5 Coupe goes BMW baiting

2018 Audi RS5 Coupe goes BMW baiting

Could Audi have just out-maneuvered BMW with a refined but potent grand tourer? The new 2018 Audi RS 5 Coupe would certainly argue so, a 2.9-liter V6 biturbo powered two-door with enough straight-line speed to satisfy performance fans, but the long legs to keep road trip travelers happy. The second-gen car has been revealed for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show today.

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