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.

Facebook face recognition finds you in untagged photos: How to turn it off

Facebook face recognition finds you in untagged photos: How to turn it off

Facebook will use facial recognition to spot you in photos you haven't already been tagged in, as the social network attempts to fend off concerns about user privacy being overlooked. However, to get in ahead of complaints about the new feature, there's also a way to turn it all off.

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2019 Jeep Cherokee finally corrects the headlamp horror

2019 Jeep Cherokee finally corrects the headlamp horror

Sometimes controversial design grows on you, and sometimes those responsible for it simply retire it quietly, sensibly recognizing that it was never going to catch on. So it goes with the 2019 Jeep Cherokee, which will make its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 in mid-January. Gone are the unusual split front lights, replaced by an altogether more traditional look.

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2019 Honda Insight hybrid gets a slick Detroit preview

2019 Honda Insight hybrid gets a slick Detroit preview

Honda is teasing its all-new 2019 Honda Insight, a shiny hybrid that resurrects the old nameplate with a more premium twist. Set to be officially launched at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 in mid-January, the new Insight will sit above the current Honda Civic in the automaker's line-up.

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Echo Spot vs Echo Show: Amazon’s Alexa screen showdown

Echo Spot vs Echo Show: Amazon’s Alexa screen showdown

It's not unfair to say that Amazon's Echo line-up is getting pretty crowded. The arrival of the Echo Spot brings a second display to the range, but there's more to the spherical smart home gadget than that. The big decision many are facing is do they pick a new Echo Spot or go for the existing Echo Show... read on for five things you should consider before ordering.

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iRobot’s war on robot vacuums claims its first victim

iRobot’s war on robot vacuums claims its first victim

The war of the robot vacuums has claimed a new victim. iRobot has reached an agreement with Black & Decker, the two companies coming to legal blows over allegedly patent-infringing 'bots. iRobot, which makes the Roomba, filed against nine different manufacturers of rival home cleaning robots back in April 2017.

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Amazon Echo Spot Review: Alexa’s cutest container

Amazon Echo Spot Review: Alexa’s cutest container

Of all Alexa's various enclosures, the Amazon Echo Spot is undoubtedly the cutest. Its body is spherical - larger than a baseball, but much smaller than an Echo Show - and fronted with a 2.5-inch circular touchscreen. That's a display shape still rare enough to make the whole thing eye-catching; question is, has Amazon done enough to make the Echo Spot more than just that gimmick?

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Mercedes’ Millennial-friendly A-Class sedan is coming to US

Mercedes’ Millennial-friendly A-Class sedan is coming to US

America may be in the midst of a crossover love affair, but Mercedes-Benz is set to offer something very different in 2018, in the shape of a new small luxury sedan. The automaker plans to launch the A Class sedan in the US next year, having long resisted calls to bring one of its smallest models to the country. That change of heart comes as the A Class itself undergoes one of its most significant changes.

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A safe Galaxy S9 gives LG a huge opportunity in 2018

A safe Galaxy S9 gives LG a huge opportunity in 2018

As the Galaxy S9 approaches, you'd be forgiven for thinking smartphones in 2018 will be a battle between Samsung and Apple. Don't count LG out of the game quite yet, mind. Even though the rumors around the Galaxy S9 have been far more plentiful than those detailing next year's LG G7, that's not to say 2018 won't give "the other" South Korean phone-maker a rare opportunity to differentiate itself.

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Subaru WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS are 2018’s hot blue hellions

Subaru WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS are 2018’s hot blue hellions

Subaru may have been focused on families recently, with its 2019 Ascent SUV, but the 2018 WRX STI Type RA and 2018 BRZ tS prove it hasn't forgotten about performance. The STI (Subaru Tecnica International) tuned variants of the WRX STI and BRZ will only be made in small numbers, and promise more of the handling and grip the the automaker has become known for.

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Here’s where will get the Polestar 1 sports EV first

Here’s where will get the Polestar 1 sports EV first

Polestar has spilled more details on where it'll be launching its electrified sports car, the Polestar 1, though we're still waiting on some key details. Unveiled earlier this year, Polestar is the new identity for the performance brand of Volvo, taking the safety-focused Swedes technology and giving it a sporting twist. First out of the gate will be the Polestar 1.

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Beyond iPhone X: 3 potential uses for Apple’s TrueDepth

Beyond iPhone X: 3 potential uses for Apple’s TrueDepth

Apple is investing almost $400m into the one of the companies responsible for its TrueDepth camera system on the iPhone X, and it's likely just the first step in rolling the technology out further in its range. The decision to grant millions from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Finisar, the US-based manufacturer of lasers used in TrueDepth, is being billed as a win for American industry; however, it'll also give Finisar the scope to make more advanced versions. As they get smaller, more capable, and more precise, that opens the door to putting the clever camera into new places.

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The Galaxy S9 must fix these three big S8 flaws

The Galaxy S9 must fix these three big S8 flaws

2017 had a bumper crop of smartphones, but the mobile world refuses to slow, and all eyes are on the Samsung Galaxy S9 in 2018. The company's flagship consumer phone - since, it would likely argue, the Galaxy Note 8 and its eventual successor are targeted at prosumers - has big shoes to fill, coming on the heels of the generally well-received Galaxy S8. Still, that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.

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