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.

The Core i7 Pixelbook is up for order (but do you really need it?)

The Core i7 Pixelbook is up for order (but do you really need it?)

Is it madness to spend $1,549 on a Chromebook? Google says no, and has finally put its maxed-out configuration of the Google Pixelbook up for order. Bearing an Intel Core i7 processor, this most potent of Pixelbooks may well be overkill for most users, but if you're after Chrome OS bragging rights it's your best option.

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Apple: Old iPhone slowdown is a feature not a bug

Apple: Old iPhone slowdown is a feature not a bug

Apple has responded to ongoing controversy about older iPhones seeing their performance throttled, describing the behavior as a fix for an inherent issue affecting all smartphones as they age. Talk of a "planned obsolescence" strategy had re-emerged earlier this week, when benchmarking firm Geekbench waded into discussion about whether older devices - like the iPhone 6s, first released in 2015 - were having their processors artificially limited by iOS.

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Magic Leap’s big reveal only prompts more questions

Magic Leap’s big reveal only prompts more questions

$1.9 billion dollars and six years in, Magic Leap has revealed its first product, and yet we still have more questions than we do answers. The Magic Leap One: Creator Edition has arguably been one of the most hotly-anticipated - and certainly controversial - wearables in the new age of mixed and augmented reality. Problem is, just like the virtual graphics it promises to overlay atop our vision, we're still not quite sure what we're looking at.

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Amazon YouTube rival may break Alexa’s Google handcuffs

Amazon YouTube rival may break Alexa’s Google handcuffs

Google may be using YouTube access as both the carrot and stick in its standoff with Amazon, but the retail behemoth may bypass it altogether and launch its own video platform. The popular video streaming service has become a thorn in the side for Amazon in recent months, with Google repeatedly pulling access for the Alexa-powered Echo Show as it complains about unfair treatment on Amazon's virtual shelves.

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Amazon starts Apple TV sales after two year standoff

Amazon starts Apple TV sales after two year standoff

Amazon has begun selling the Apple TV again, ending a two year standoff between the retailer and Apple, though supplies of the set-top box are already constrained. The two companies found themselves at loggerheads in late 2015, when Amazon announced it would be pulling the Apple TV from its virtual shelves. Ironically, the reason it gave to justify the decision was quickly thrown into disarray.

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iOS and macOS universal app merge tipped for 2018

iOS and macOS universal app merge tipped for 2018

Apple will follow Microsoft in encouraging developers to build a single app that runs on both iOS and macOS, insiders claim, upending the current ecosystem in the name of cross-platform ubiquity. Currently, developers must choose between creating software intended for iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, and macOS devices, like the MacBook Pro and iMac. However, one is clearly more popular than the other.

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Pokemon GO AR+ update gives iPhone Trainers an edge

Pokemon GO AR+ update gives iPhone Trainers an edge

Pokemon GO is adopting Apple's ARKit, with an incoming update to the augmented reality game promising a much better experience on iPhone and iPad. The new Pokemon GO AR+ feature will be exclusive to Apple's devices - since, of course, Apple isn't making ARKit available for other platforms such as Android - and promises more accurate positioning and perspective of Pokemon encountered in the encounter mode. They'll also scale more accurately in size.

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iPhone slowdown blamed on controversial fix for aging batteries

iPhone slowdown blamed on controversial fix for aging batteries

Older iPhones getting unexpectedly slower could be down aging batteries rather than iOS inefficiency, with Apple said to be artificially throttling handsets to prolong runtimes. For years, Apple - and other smartphone makers - have been accused of quietly encouraging so-called "planned obsolescence," where the experience of using a device is artificially worsened to encourage upgrades.

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Waymo just cut an insurance deal for its autonomous taxi riders

Waymo just cut an insurance deal for its autonomous taxi riders

Car insurance is a headache at the best of times, but things get even more confusing when, like Waymo, you're trying to figure out liability for a self-driving vehicle. The Alphabet-owned company has filled in at least one of the blanks ahead of starting its own commercial ride-hailing service, with news that it has found an insurance firm that will cover members of the public when they're using the autonomous cars.

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UPS just placed a huge Tesla Semi reservation

UPS just placed a huge Tesla Semi reservation

The Tesla Semi just got another high-profile customer, with UPS announcing it too plans to add the all-electric truck to its fleet. The delivery behemoth confirmed today that it has placed a reservation for 125 of the Tesla trucks, having worked with the EV company to make sure the haulage vehicle is up to its demands.

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Audi bakes Amazon Music into its latest car dashboards

Audi bakes Amazon Music into its latest car dashboards

Audi and Amazon have teamed up to offer native Amazon Music streaming support in the automaker's recent cars, all accessed through the vehicle's infotainment system. The integration sees select cars from Audi's 2017 and 2018 model years gain Amazon Music and Amazon Prime Music streaming support, beyond just playing it back over a Bluetooth connection from your smartphone.

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AirPods 2 tipped for 2018: Here’s what could be new

AirPods 2 tipped for 2018: Here’s what could be new

Apple's second-generation AirPods will launch in the latter half of 2018, complete with internal refinements, according to new analyst predictions. The wireless headphones have proved to be a stand-out hit for the Cupertino firm, despite their later-than-planned release. Indeed, Apple is struggling to keep AirPods in stock.

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