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.

Moto Z gets Alexa Moto Mod and Gamepad add-on

Moto Z gets Alexa Moto Mod and Gamepad add-on

Motorola's main focus at MWC 2017 might be the new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, but it's not leaving the Moto Z out. The modular Android smartphone is getting a whole host of new Moto Mods, running the gamut from fairly practical power improvements to more unusual options, like adding Amazon's Alexa to your existing phone. There's also additions for gaming, too.

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Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5 pack more for your budget

Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5 pack more for your budget

Motorola has not one but two new Android smartphones for MWC 2017, the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus. Sticking with Motorola's strategy for cutting out any of the excess in the name of competitive SIM-free, unlocked prices, the two handsets also bring Moto's G line fully into aluminum bodies, along with introducing a new, curvaceous design language. If you're on a budget, there's plenty to grab your attention, albeit a few things that might give you pause.

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Key 5G players push for 2019 next-gen network launch

Key 5G players push for 2019 next-gen network launch

5G could get here sooner than expected, with an unexpected push from a number of carriers and modem makers to get the super-fast next-gen networks up and running in 2019. The news, announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 this week, would see 5G going live - in large-scale trials and early deployments, at least - a year ahead of the current goal of 2020. However, it's not as easy as just moving a few dates around on the calendar.

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BlackBerry KeyOne pairs physical keyboard with Android Nougat

BlackBerry KeyOne pairs physical keyboard with Android Nougat

BlackBerry isn't dead, and the new BlackBerry KeyOne is aiming to underscore that, not least by giving physical keyboard lovers a new fix for their addiction. Unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 today, the smartphone previously known as the BlackBerry Mercury has a QWERTY keyboard underneath a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen. Like other recent BlackBerry devices, it runs Android rather than RIM's OS, though with some primarily security and productivity-minded tweaks.

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Surprise: Porsche’s fastest Panamera is a hybrid

Surprise: Porsche’s fastest Panamera is a hybrid

Porsche's four-door Panamera has a new flagship model, and despite what you might expect it's actually a hybrid. Still, the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is no pious Prius. Instead, it's a 680 horsepower, 192 mph monster with a nod to being green.

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Supreme x Mophie Powerstation Plus Mini gives Hypebeasts a boost

Supreme x Mophie Powerstation Plus Mini gives Hypebeasts a boost

Mophie and fashion brand Supreme have teamed up on every Hypebeast's must-have accessory, a branded portable battery for your iPhone (or your Android-carrying friend). The Supreme x Mophie Powerstation Plus Mini takes a 4,000 mAh battery and gives it a distinctive makeover, with Supreme's bright red logo emblazoned across the front. Inside, meanwhile, there's enough power to for up to two recharges of your phone.

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Uber denies Waymo self-driving tech theft

Uber denies Waymo self-driving tech theft

Uber has denied stealing autonomous car technology from Alphabet's Waymo, after the Google spin-off accused the ride-sharing firm of copying its sensor technology. The allegations were made earlier this week, with Waymo saying that it was alerted to the issue inadvertently when a supplier sent over schematics of one of Uber's LIDAR designs. That design - for the sensor rig which scans the world around a self-driving car, mapping it in real-time - was strikingly similar to technology Waymo says it had developed itself.

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Ford GT Competition Series puts supercar on a diet

Ford GT Competition Series puts supercar on a diet

Take the super-exclusive Ford GT, trim what little fat you might be able to find, and you end up with this: the Ford GT Competition Series. Few would describe Ford's supercar as anything close to being obese, but the automaker is giving the coupe every edge it can when it comes to track performance. That includes ditching the creature comforts, but it's only the start.

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This self-driving truck startup wants drivers to keep their jobs

This self-driving truck startup wants drivers to keep their jobs

A new self-driving truck startup, Embark, has revealed its first autonomous vehicle, and is set to begin testing in Nevada. The company has eschewed the typical self-driving fare of passenger vehicles, despite many rivals focusing their development attention there, and instead predicts that long-distance haulage will be the place AI drivers make the biggest splash. Most importantly, perhaps, it's not threatening to make all truck drivers redundant as a result.

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Tesla plays Model 3 tax hardball with dealer-swayed states

Tesla plays Model 3 tax hardball with dealer-swayed states

Tesla has pulled out the big guns in its campaign to bypass traditional dealerships, warning US states they stand to miss out on potentially huge tax income. The automaker has long drawn the ire of old-school dealers, who complain that its strategy of owning its own showrooms - which Tesla refers to as "stores" - and selling direct to drivers unfairly cuts them out of the loop. Now, with the Model 3 approaching, Tesla has a big incentive to get lawmakers to play ball.

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2018 Ford Fiesta ST breaks cover, and we want one

2018 Ford Fiesta ST breaks cover, and we want one

Ford has taken the wraps off its new 2018 Fiesta ST, a punchy little hot-hatch that bucks the trend in terms of engines. Revealed initially in European-market form, the new Fiesta ST eschews the typical four-cylinder engine you'd expect to find under its hood, and instead goes the three-cylinder EcoBoost route. In fact, it's a mere 1.5-liter example, though Ford is still making sizable promises about the car's performance.

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Eero price cut as mesh routers prepare for platform play

Eero price cut as mesh routers prepare for platform play

Mesh networking favorite Eero has cut the price of its router system, aiming to get its distributed WiFi system in as many homes as possible before adding more ambitious functionality. Launched a year ago, the unimposing white boxes led the charge in domestic mesh networks where, rather than a single router being the point of contact for every WiFi device, several act as nodes for broader coverage. That way, both speed and network availability is improved.

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