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.

You can buy an unlocked iPhone 7 from Apple now

You can buy an unlocked iPhone 7 from Apple now

Good news if you want an iPhone 7 but don't want want to commit to a carrier, as Apple begins offering unlocked iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets in the US. Although the smartphone has been available for several weeks, that's only been through carriers. Now, as long as you can stomach the full retail price, you can buy an iPhone 7 and drop the SIM of your choice in.

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With brain implants, this paralyzed man rediscovered his sense of touch

With brain implants, this paralyzed man rediscovered his sense of touch

Breakthrough research delivering the sense of touch from a robotic arm directly to the human brain could dramatically change how prosthetics wearers interact with the world in the coming years. The trial, run by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), demonstrated that brain implants could restore the absent sense to a quadriplegic man paralyzed from the upper chest down. Although still in early stages, it could have huge implications for future robotics.

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Now you can stream Facebook video to your TV

Now you can stream Facebook video to your TV

Facebook has been doubling-down on streaming lately, pushing election debates and more to its addicted audience, and now the social network is adding casting support to your TV. The update allows Facebook to hook up wirelessly to one of a number of set-top boxes or dongles - including Apple TV and Chromecast - and it works both from the mobile app and the browser. The goal, Facebook says, is to broaden the number of ways you can watch video content shared by your friends on the service.

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The best sub-$360 VR cameras for 360-degrees on a budget

The best sub-$360 VR cameras for 360-degrees on a budget

Shooting 360-degree or VR video used to require a huge budget and months of post-processing, but these days you can get near-studio quality from off-the-shelf cameras. The number of consumer virtual reality headsets is steadily rising, and VR in general is getting more affordable, most recently with Sony's PlayStation VR. Now's the time to pick up a sub-$360 VR camera, and we can help you choose.

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5 ways the 2017 Honda CR-V beats the old best-selling SUV

5 ways the 2017 Honda CR-V beats the old best-selling SUV

Messing with a working formula can be dangerous, but Honda believes it has the recipe to beat its best-selling SUV with this, the all-new 2017 CR-V. Introducing a turbocharged engine for the first time to the crossover, borrowed from Honda's latest Civic, the 2017 CR-V also ticks the next-gen infotainment boxes with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as options. The Japanese automaker is also promising a nice bump in economy numbers, though we'll have to wait to find out exactly how much.

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Logitech K780 Review: Why you want a multi-device wireless keyboard

Logitech K780 Review: Why you want a multi-device wireless keyboard

If you've ever suffered texter's thumb, you might have wished for a full-sized wireless keyboard for your smartphone. Logitech has just that in the shape of the K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard, and it goes beyond replacing the on-screen 'board too: it'll not only stand your iPhone and iPad up in its fancy, rubber-coated groove, but play nicely with your PC or Mac, too. One peripheral, three devices, and all for under eighty bucks.

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Tesla and SolarCity have a month to convince investors on merge

Tesla and SolarCity have a month to convince investors on merge

Tesla and SolarCity shareholders will get to have their say on the controversial merger plans in November, with a deadline for the investor vote now set. Holders of stock in either the electric car and battery firm, or the solar panel specialist, will have until November 16 to have their say as to whether Elon Musk's two ventures join forces.

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Amazon Music Unlimited: What you need to know

Amazon Music Unlimited: What you need to know

Look out Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, and all the other streaming music services: Jeff Bezos is out to poach your subscriptions. Amazon Music Unlimited has broken cover today, another player in the heated on-demand streaming market that aims to differentiate itself by working particularly nicely with the company's own Alexa AI. Question is, does that do enough to differentiate from everything else on the market today?

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The Lexus RC F needs an attitude adjustment

The Lexus RC F needs an attitude adjustment

First impressions matter, which is why - economy be damned - the Lexus RC F should start up in its feistiest Sport S+ mode. Lexus' hottest model, offering 467 HP and 389 lb-ft of torque from a 5.0-liter V8 that, increasingly rare, succumbs neither to turbocharging nor supercharging, it sits alongside the more practical GS F but - also like its sedan sibling - hides its magic from the start.

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2017 Audi A4 allroad First Drive: Wunderwagon

2017 Audi A4 allroad First Drive: Wunderwagon

For a nation so addicted to crossovers and SUVs, it's perverse that Audi had to get sneaky to make America swallow its wagon medicine. The 2017 Audi A4 allroad keeps to the Avant-with-attitude ethos of previous generations, but introduces a brand new quattro all-wheel drive system that the German automaker expects to go down very well among what has traditionally been a fairly niche allroad audience.

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Dyson 360 Eye Review: A great robo-vac with blind spots

Dyson 360 Eye Review: A great robo-vac with blind spots

Dyson's first robot vacuum arrives with plenty of fanfare, promising more suction than the competition, more flexible trundling on its tank tracks, and smarter cleaning with vision-based navigation. As with all the British icon's products, however, that doesn't come cheap: the Dyson 360 Eye has the familiar grey, blue, and fuchsia plastic of its manually-operated vacuum siblings, and a similarly hefty $999.99 price tag.

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Ultimate Ears PartyUp pairs 50+ speakers for group streaming

Ultimate Ears PartyUp pairs 50+ speakers for group streaming

Pairing two Bluetooth speakers for a stereo pair is tablestakes these days, so Ultimate Ears is cranking music to the next level with PartyUp, for more than 50 speakers in a single group. The new feature, being released today as a firmware update for some of the Logitech-owned company's most popular models, relies on some Bluetooth trickery and a revamped app to make managing large crowds of BOOM speakers straightforward.

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