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.

Nest two-factor authentication boosts IoT security

Nest two-factor authentication boosts IoT security

Nest is adding two-factor authentication to its smart home products, aiming to prevent third-parties or hackers getting remote access to your cameras or smart thermostat. The new feature follows increasing concern over the security of the so-called Internet of Things, a topic only likely to become more prevalent as connected devices proliferate. Nest will make two-factor authentication optional, though it's probably something you should turn on.

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This is it: The 306hp 2017 Honda Civic Type R

This is it: The 306hp 2017 Honda Civic Type R

The long wait is over: Honda has finally taken the wraps off the new 2017 Civic Type R. Long-anticipated by hot hatch fans, and notable for being the first Type R-badged Honda to be offered officially in the US, the newest, hottest Civic doesn't stint on power or aggressive design. Indeed, it gets impressively close to Honda's previous Type R-teasing concepts.

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Sonos PLAYBASE soundbar sits under your TV

Sonos PLAYBASE soundbar sits under your TV

Sonos has revealed its latest streaming speaker, the Sonos PLAYBASE, designed to slot underneath your TV and deliver better audio than your flatscreen's integrated speakers. While the company already has a speakerbar, the PLAYBAR launched a few years back, PLAYBASE is being described as a reaction to how the majority of people actually install their televisions. Rather than hang them on the wall, almost three-quarters of homes have them standing on a table, sideboard, or other piece of furniture.

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Don’t buy this new Surface Book

Don’t buy this new Surface Book

Microsoft has quietly added a new Surface Book to its line-up, but even with higher performance it's hard to recommend the $3,000 2-in-1. Unlike the original Surface Book reveal - and, indeed, the addition of the Surface Book with Performance Base to the range back in October last year, this new iteration has raised nary a peep from Microsoft. That's despite it having some of the highest specifications we've seen from the hybrid 2-in-1 to-date.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie rides forth as AM-RB 001 gets named

Aston Martin Valkyrie rides forth as AM-RB 001 gets named

Aston Martin and Red Bull have given their AM-RB 001 hypercar a name, with the super powerful road-going racer set to launch as the Aston Martin Valkyrie. The name follows in the footsteps of previous "V" cars, the British automaker's affinity for the letter dating back to 1951. Then, the Aston Martin Vantage began a trend of extreme high-performance variants.

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VW Arteon four-door coupe debuts bold new style

VW Arteon four-door coupe debuts bold new style

Volkswagen promised a luxury grand-tourer with enough gravitas to give luxe sibling Audi palpitations, and the VW Arteon is it. Revealed today at the Geneva Auto Show 2017, the Arteon slots into VW's range above the Passat sedan. There, it promises "four-door coupe" Gran Turismo style as well as a host of new technology.

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iPhone 7 and Pixel owners need this Lightroom Mobile HDR update

iPhone 7 and Pixel owners need this Lightroom Mobile HDR update

Adobe has given iPhone, Google Pixel, and Samsung Galaxy S7 photographers a must-have reason to get Lightroom, with a new HDR mode that promises DSLR-style results. The update to Lightroom Mobile - version 2.7 for iOS, and version 2.3 for Android - released today includes a raw HDR capture mode, for high-dynamic range photos that should far exceed what the native HDR feature in the default camera app can deliver. However, not everyone can enjoy it.

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GM sells Opel/Vauxhall, but it’s going to be a complex split

GM sells Opel/Vauxhall, but it’s going to be a complex split

General Motors has sold Opel and Vauxhall, its European car brands, to PSA, the company best-known for Peugeot and Citroen. The deal, which also includes GM Financial's operations in Europe, is worth 2.2 billion Euro ($2.31bn) and will see PSA instantly grow to being the second-largest automotive company in Europe. For GM, meanwhile, it's an opportunity to renew focus on its North American markets, along with China, Korea, and South America, where the bulk of its business takes place.

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Maven Reserve adds monthly rentals to GM’s on-demand cars

Maven Reserve adds monthly rentals to GM’s on-demand cars

General Motors' Maven car-sharing service is getting a new option, Maven Reserve, giving users longer-term loans but still without a lease commitment. Launched in January 2016, Maven offers a range of cars for short-term use, similar to Zipcar or other rental schemes. However, until now there's only been the option for hourly or daily use of a car.

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A 600HP Lexus LC F could give Porsche’s 911 track fear

A 600HP Lexus LC F could give Porsche’s 911 track fear

Lexus may have only just wowed us with the 2018 LC 500, but the automaker is reportedly readying an even more potent, even more exclusive LC F version. The LC is currently available in two forms, the 471 horsepower LC 500 which uses a 5-liter V8 naturally-aspirated engine, and the 354 horsepower LC 500h hybrid, which pairs electric motors with a V6 engine. According to a new report, however, Lexus is preparing to throw some serious turbocharged grunt at the curvaceous car.

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SlashGear’s Best of MWC 2017

SlashGear’s Best of MWC 2017

Mobile World Congress 2017 is drawing to a close, and whether you're in the market for a new smartphone, tablet, laptop, or something else, there's plenty to choose from. This year's mobile gadgetry has spanned everything from retro revivals from names-of-yore like Nokia and BlackBerry, through to big bets on new technology from LG and Qualcomm. Read on for our picks of the very best of MWC 2017.

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The Volvo XC60 will steer you around potential crashes

The Volvo XC60 will steer you around potential crashes

Volvo is dropping teasers aplenty for the upcoming Volvo XC60, and as you might expect from the Swedish automaker, safety ranks high on the agenda. Like its bigger range-mates, the XC90, S90 and upcoming V90 Cross Country, the XC60 will pack a suite of active safety technology that will be able to physically steer drivers out of danger if the situation demands it. While it may sound like a tiny stepping stone toward the fully autonomous vehicles Volvo - and, of course, others - are working on, the company says it can actually make a big difference on the road.

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