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.

2017 BMW 530i Review: Geek excess comes at a price

2017 BMW 530i Review: Geek excess comes at a price

Does it matter if all modern cars start to look the same, if your slick new 2017 BMW 530i could easily be mistaken for a 7 Series twice the price? The new entry point to 5 Series ownership isn't cheap, of course, but it's certainly cheaper than you might expect. There are a couple of compromises along the way if affordable Bavarian motoring is your modus operandi, mind.

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Honda is the new torch bearer for the mass-market stickshift

Honda is the new torch bearer for the mass-market stickshift

The manual transmission may be falling from favor, but you can't blame Honda for that. The Japanese automaker might not be the first you think of when it comes to preserving the stick-shift option, but it's actually doing more than most, particularly in the mainstream mid-range where most rivals have thoroughly embraced automatics. For the 10th generation, 2018 Honda Accord, though, enthusiasts won't be disappointed.

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This Pixel 2 leak spills all the key secrets

This Pixel 2 leak spills all the key secrets

It's fair to say expectations are high for Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones, and a new set of leaked specifications suggest that's with good reason. Although the new Android handsets aren't expected to make their official debut later in the year, speculation - and the leak machine - has been on high-alert to see how the new devices might compare to flagships like Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 and of course Apple's iPhone 8. Now, we may have got a little extra insight.

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Galaxy Note 8 may debut Qualcomm’s new flagship chip

Galaxy Note 8 may debut Qualcomm’s new flagship chip

Samsung's Galaxy Note series has for years been the phone-maker's launch pad for brand new hardware, and on the Galaxy Note 8 that's rumored to include a new processor. The smartphone is expected to launch later in 2017 and hopefully put to rest the flammable reputation of its ill-fated predecessor. While we've seen rumored spec lists for it, now there's word that Samsung and Qualcomm might be working together on something particularly special.

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The iPhone 8 could sacrifice gigabit LTE

The iPhone 8 could sacrifice gigabit LTE

Apple's legal spat with Qualcomm might seem like background noise easily tuned out by iPhone users, but it could have a big impact on how well the iPhone 8 performs. The two companies are currently embroiled in a patent argument over cellular radio standards, with Apple threatening to withhold royalty payments that it claims are extortionate. Now, the new iPhone might end up less capable on next-generation networks as a result.

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Pandora user? There’s some big news today

Pandora user? There’s some big news today

Pandora and SiriusXM are hooking up, with a $480m investment into the streaming music business that will see it ramp up its defense against Spotify, Apple Music, and other rivals. Tipped to be in the works for some weeks now, the deal sees SiriusXM pump almost half a billion dollars into Pandora. That will allow it to adopt "a hybrid advertising/subscription model" that it claims will be more sustainable than others.

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Intel just put Qualcomm’s Windows 10 plans on notice

Intel just put Qualcomm’s Windows 10 plans on notice

Intel was never going to be pleased at Microsoft and Qualcomm's plans to run Windows 10 on Snapdragon processors, and now it's dropping heavy hints that it could all end up in court. The latest attempt to squeeze Windows on ARM into the mainstream, the announcement between the software giant and the mobile chipmaker will eventually see processors like the Snapdragon 835 running Windows 10 on models from ASUS, HP, Lenovo, and more. For consumers, that's only going to be a good thing. For Intel, not so much.

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2018 Volvo XC60 First Drive: The best Swedish all-rounder since ABBA

2018 Volvo XC60 First Drive: The best Swedish all-rounder since ABBA

Volvo's reinvention has been a bright star in the auto industry, and with the 2018 XC60 SUV it's set to bring that thoroughly Swedish thinking into the mainstream. First of the new 60 Series models, it's a vital car for Volvo to get right. The old XC60 was Volvo's best-seller after all, not to mention the most popular premium SUV in Europe, even in its final year of production.

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Samsung’s vast 49-inch curved gaming monitor is probably overkill

Samsung’s vast 49-inch curved gaming monitor is probably overkill

Samsung still thinks curved displays are the future, and not just for your TV, with the company unveiling a vast curved gaming monitor using its QLED technology. The Samsung CHG90 is one of the biggest gaming-focused displays you'll find angling for a spot on your desk, a full 49-inches of extreme wide-angle. It's 32:9 aspect screen is effectively a half-height Samsung TV, in fact.

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ROLI’s $299 Seaboard Block is a modular squishy-keyed keyboard

ROLI’s $299 Seaboard Block is a modular squishy-keyed keyboard

Odd instrument company ROLI has a new keyboard, the Seaboard Block, and it's the most affordable of its squishy-keyed models to-date. Priced at $299, the Seaboard Block is intended to fit into a backpack and play music with synth apps running on your smartphone. It's also less than half the price of what was formerly ROLI's cheapest Seaboard RISE.

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Apple let me down: 3 things I wanted to see at WWDC 2017

Apple let me down: 3 things I wanted to see at WWDC 2017

At a jam-packed two and a half hours, Apple's WWDC 2017 keynote certainly wasn't slow going. iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra; the Siri-powered HomePod and new MacBook Pro and MacBook Configurations; the updated iMac and the sneak peek of the stealthily-seductive iMac Pro: this year's Apple developer conference bucked the trend and mixed new software and hardware. All well and good, but I went into WWDC day one with some back-of-the-envelope expectations, and those turned out to be dashed. Here are the three things I wanted to see Apple bring to the table, and why.

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Apple’s HomePod sounds terrific – but the Siri Speaker has a big issue

Apple’s HomePod sounds terrific – but the Siri Speaker has a big issue

Surprise: the HomePod may be Apple's physical embodiment of Siri, but there Cupertino firm would really rather you think of the smart speaker as a music system first and foremost. Described as a blend of Sonos and Amazon Echo during the WWDC 2017 keynote, here Siri is really the gateway rather than the main event.

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