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.

Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

You can control your connected lighting by app, from your smartwatch, by voice, and even by a good old-fashioned button, but Philips' latest addition to Hue only cares when you're around. The Hue Motion Sensor takes a hands-off approach to smart lighting, triggering scenes across any of Philips' bulbs, lamps, or luminaires when you walk past, either for convenience, security, or both.

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa goes everywhere

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa goes everywhere

Amazon may have all-but stumbled onto its hit Echo speaker and the smart Alexa assistant that powers it, but the new $49.99 Echo Dot proves the retailer has no intention of letting that momentum slip. Resembling a hockey puck rather than the column of its sibling Echo, the smaller, cheaper Echo Dot actually has two goals: be the new entry-level device for those just getting started with Alexa, as well as making it affordable for existing users to spread her skills around the home.

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Logitech C922 upgrades Twitch fan favorite to 60fps

Logitech C922 upgrades Twitch fan favorite to 60fps

Messing with a fan favorite can be a tricky business, but Logitech believes it's on to a winner with the C922 Pro Stream Webcam. Replacement to the ridiculously well-respected Logitech C920, the new webcam is targeted resolutely at gamers wanting the best quality - and some clever special effects - for their gameplay streaming, whether that be on Twitch, YouTube, or somewhere else.

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Meet Volkswagen I.D. – The EV future VW is betting on

Meet Volkswagen I.D. – The EV future VW is betting on

It's been a tough year for VW, but the German automaker is using "dieselgate" as a launching point for an ambitious electrification strategy detailed at the Paris Motor Show 2016 today. First in Volkswagen Group's EV assault is this, the VW I.D. Concept, a preview of the roughly Golf-sized, all-electric car it aims to have on the market by 2020 and - if all goes according to plan - have autonomously driving around cities by 2025.

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Revealing iMessage metadata reignites Apple privacy debate

Revealing iMessage metadata reignites Apple privacy debate

The privacy promised by Apple's Messages system is again under the microscope, after leaked documents detailing records of potentially attempted messages emerged from law enforcement. The Cupertino company has previously insisted that, even if it was pressed by investigators, it would not and could not reveal the contents of conversations held via Messages (also known as iMessage); however, other metadata could still reveal more than users expected.

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2018 Land Rover Discovery boosts off-road and tech talents

2018 Land Rover Discovery boosts off-road and tech talents

Feast your eyes on the latest incarnation of a British icon, the cliff-climbing, mud-plugging, school run storming 2018 Land Rover Discovery. Revealed for the first time at the Paris Motor Show today, the new Discovery is the fifth generation of SUV, with room inside for up to seven people spread across three rows.

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Alphabet’s Verily watch is a hospital on your wrist

Alphabet’s Verily watch is a hospital on your wrist

Google's healthcare-focused sibling Verily may be busy building fitness tracking wearables, but don't confuse its designs with the latest Android Wear smartwatch. The Alphabet division, established in December 2015 after being spun out from Google's own healthcare team, may not be ready to go public with its gadgets - a line-up expected to eventually include smart contact lenses for diabetics and wearables that can monitor for cancer - but an early preview has spilled new details on what one of Verily's gadgets will be like.

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bObsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum review

bObsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum review

I've been cohabiting with a robot slave, and though bObsweep claims its eponymous PetHair Plus vacuum doesn't mind hard labor, I wasn't convinced it would necessarily be the key to domestic bliss. My experiences with robot cleaners have led me to conclude that they have just as much of an appetite for stray cables and rugs as they do dust and dirt, but with one messy, frequently-shedding kitty in the house and a natural disinclination to vacuum myself, it seemed worth a try.

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This Volkswagen I.D. is the “electric Golf” for 2020

This Volkswagen I.D. is the “electric Golf” for 2020

Volkswagen has big ambitions for its electric car fleet, and it's previewing the first model at the Paris Motor Show this week, the distinctive VW I.D. Expected to go on sale in 2020 alongside Volkswagen's Golf, the "compact electric car" will be the first such compact vehicle to use the automaker's new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) which underpinned the BUDD-e microbus concept at CES.

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NVIDIA Xavier is an “AI supercomputer” brain for autonomous cars

NVIDIA Xavier is an “AI supercomputer” brain for autonomous cars

NVIDIA has rolled out its latest chipset for autonomous cars, an SoC dubbed Xavier that it says will not only make vehicles smarter but satisfy all-important safety regulations. The new system-on-chip is no mere processor, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang argued at Xavier's launch today, but in fact an "AI supercomputer" that could single-handedly replace NVIDIA's old system with a fraction of the power requirements.

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Narrative shuts down: Promises lifelogging camera app for owners

Narrative shuts down: Promises lifelogging camera app for owners

Lifelogging camera company Narrative is shutting down, with the wearable company confirming today that it has entered into voluntary dissolution. Sales of the compact Clip camera, which is designed to be attached to a shirt or bag strap and capture photos at regular intervals through the day, will cease, the company told owners in an email, as will aftermarket support.

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DJI Mavic Pro: Everything you need to know

DJI Mavic Pro: Everything you need to know

It's been a good month for drone lovers, and industry heavyweight DJI is playing its part with the freshly-announced Mavic Pro. Unveiled today, the new remotely-controlled drone promises the same abilities as DJI's Phantom series but in a seriously compact and easily transported form-factor, courtesy of a folding design that collapses it down to roughly half the size of a Phantom 4.

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