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.

Super Mario Run players are slamming it with one-star reviews

Super Mario Run players are slamming it with one-star reviews

Apple has been hyping Nintendo's first mobile game for iPhone, Super Mario Run, for months now, but that hasn't stopped frustrated players leaving a rash of 1-star reviews in the App Store. The hotly-anticipated title, which brings gaming icon Mario to iOS in a simple 2D, coin collecting side-scroller, is designed for one-handed play, with straightforward tap-to-jump control. That's gone down well among many players - ourselves included - but not everyone is convinced.

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Vine will be reborn as Vine Camera, but don’t get too excited

Vine will be reborn as Vine Camera, but don’t get too excited

Twitter's decision to axe the Vine app came as a big surprise back in October, but now we know what will become of the short looping video service. Come January, the Twitter-owned service says, Vine will become Vine Camera, a "pared-down" app focused pretty much solely on creating short clips for sharing on Twitter. Meanwhile, there's news for those wondering how they'll be able to take their Vine audience with them.

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Lost Apple AirPods earbud? This is what a replacement will cost

Lost Apple AirPods earbud? This is what a replacement will cost

The worst has happened, you clumsy oaf, you've only gone and lost one of your precious Apple AirPods: now we know how much a replacement AirPod will cost you. The Cupertino company's wireless headphones are undoubtedly one of the must-have gifts this holiday season, at least for the avid iPhone and Mac users in your life, but their diminutive size and lack of wires also makes them something of a liability. Small things are easily lost, after all.

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The 4 key things to know about Lucid Motors’ Air

The 4 key things to know about Lucid Motors’ Air

Launching an electric car company seems like the go-to folly of today's billionaires, but Lucid Motors wants to be more than just a vanity project of its well-heeled backers. The California-based automaker took the wraps off its first model, the Air, this week, promising Tesla-beating range, autonomous driving, and more gadgetry and luxury than a Mercedes or an Audi. Big words, certainly, and even with some industry heavyweights on the staff, it's no small challenge. Here's what you need to know.

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This Mercedes self-typing AI typewriter feels like real magic

This Mercedes self-typing AI typewriter feels like real magic

As experiments with artificial intelligence go, making a magical typewriter that collaborates on fairy tales probably wouldn't be your first idea. That's just what Mercedes Benz have made, however, as part of a demonstration of the power of AI. The result is both very "Harry Potter" and very cool.

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This is Lucid Air: a 1,000 HP electric Tesla-killer with 400 mile range

This is Lucid Air: a 1,000 HP electric Tesla-killer with 400 mile range

"The new era of luxury mobility starts here," says Lucid Motors, and this eye-catching Tesla rival is the part of that promise. Revealed today at Lucid's prototype shop in Fremont, CA, the handiwork of the automaker formerly known as Atieva is the Lucid Air. As well as being a luxury sedan, Lucid claims the Air will also be be the perfect commuter vehicle, while offering the power of a sports car at 1,000 HP.

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Now you can save you favorite Instagram thirst-traps

Now you can save you favorite Instagram thirst-traps

Instagram has always encouraged profligate "liking" of photos, but what if you want to come back to something you see in your timeline? That's being addressed today, with the new ability to save posts on Instagram to a private log. A new bookmark icon has been added to all public photos in the app; tap that, and the image is added to a special tab that only you can see.

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Uber’s San Francisco driverless tests prompt DMV ultimatum

Uber’s San Francisco driverless tests prompt DMV ultimatum

Uber's decision to roll out self-driving cars in San Francisco this week has gone down like an autonomous lead balloon with regulators, angry the firm didn't apply for permits like others running trials. The ride-sharing company confirmed today that, not only will it set loose a fleet of Volvo XC90 SUVs outfitted with the latest fruits of its autonomous research, but that it didn't feel it needed special permission to do so. That comes down to a loophole in the rules which Uber feels it can exploit.

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Amazon has started Prime Air drone deliveries

Amazon has started Prime Air drone deliveries

Amazon's Prime Air delivery drones may have seemed like science-fiction but the retailer has already kicked off real-world trials - albeit with only two shoppers. Flights began on December 7th in the UK, with one of Amazon's drones flying completely autonomously from its distribution center to a customer's home. The flight took thirteen minutes in total.

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Mercedes is making Google Home your car’s PA

Mercedes is making Google Home your car’s PA

Your connected car will soon chatter with your smart home, with Mercedes-Benz announcing it plans to be the first automaker to integrate its vehicles with Google Home. The functionality was revealed at the Mercedes innovation center in California's Silicon Valley, and will see your car personified in the form of a companion virtual assistant alongside Google's own. Although the full demo is being saved for the automaker's CES 2017 showcase, it gave SlashGear a preview of the technology.

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The big, frustrating thing Google Wifi is missing

The big, frustrating thing Google Wifi is missing

Google Wifi may look like a shorter, squatter version of Google Home, but while the two smart home devices might share DNA, there's oddly little overlap. The mesh router, which began shipping earlier this month, doesn't stint on features to go with its boosted range. Despite that, there's still one big thing missing.

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Relonch hands-on: Subscription camera meets AI Photoshop whizz

Relonch hands-on: Subscription camera meets AI Photoshop whizz

For most people, their wedding day is the only time in life that they get the benefit of a professional photographer, but Relonch wants to change all that. Pairing their leather-wrapped, control-scarce 291 camera with the smarts of a virtual Photoshop pro in the cloud, the company's goal is to bring you out from behind the lens and back into the moment, only without sacrificing great pictures in the process. Question is, can that be worth a not-inconsiderable monthly subscription? I slung a blue suede camera around my neck for a week to find out.

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