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 Best Cyber Monday Tech Deals!

The Best Cyber Monday Tech Deals!

The Monday after Thanksgiving used to be the day you'd force yourself back to work, still nursing a turkey hangover, but now Cyber Monday deals help with the sting of indigestion. More than just leftovers from the better-known shopping day before the weekend, it's grown into a deals bonanza in its own right - as long as you're willing to sift through the thousands of offers, of course. Read on for some of our essential picks from today's selection.

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Tesla Autopilot 8.1 release date revealed to restore missing features

Tesla Autopilot 8.1 release date revealed to restore missing features

Tesla's latest update, AutoPilot v8.1, should begin rolling out in three weeks time Elon Musk has confirmed, good news for those frustrated by what the very latest EVs can actually do. The update will be pushed out as an over-the-air upgrade, taking advantage of the Model S and Model X's integrated connectivity. Still, not every owner will necessarily get it straight away.

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VW Arteon concept teases new design direction

VW Arteon concept teases new design direction

Aiming to move out of the shadow of luxury sibling Audi, Volkswagen has begun teasing its new design direction with the first official glimpses of a sports-minded four-door. The VW Arteon is a sleek, coupe-esque sedan which the automaker says previews not only a future high-end product from the company, but its new design strategy for the overall range. That strategy, it seems, involves mounting more of a style assault on the premium nameplates in VW's portfolio.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Review

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Review

Drive the Toyota Tacoma for even a day, and you suddenly realize quite how many are on the road. Toyota's pickup has a reputation for go-anywhere flexibility and live-forever build, and rightly so, though not all of them are finished in Inferno Orange like this 2016 Tacoma TRD Off-Road. You could argue, indeed, that this stab at fashion highlights one of Toyota's weaknesses: as its rivals have matured to be more refined, the Tacoma has been left behind.

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Surprise! An electric Maserati Alfieri is coming in 2020

Surprise! An electric Maserati Alfieri is coming in 2020

Maserati may have been slow to the electric car party, but going by its freshly-confirmed EV plans it'll make quite a splash. The company has announced that, sure enough, it intends to have an electric vehicle on the roads by 2020, and we now also know what that car will be. Turns out, Maserati has looked to its stunning Alfieri concept coupe for design inspiration.

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My favorite kitchen gadget is a Black Friday bargain [Update: And Cyber Monday!]

My favorite kitchen gadget is a Black Friday bargain [Update: And Cyber Monday!]

I'm greedy and I'm lazy, which are two generally incompatible things in the kitchen, but I have a cheat and it's the Instant Pot pressure cooker. We got ours as a Christmas gift last year, and since then it's become a go-to in the kitchen whether we're cooking meat, vegetables, or making rice or even stock. The good news is, while an Instant Pot normally has a $130 rrp, it's in Amazon's Black Friday sale today for $68.95. Read on for why I think you should get one.

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Tesla grabs top Microsoft HoloLens designer

Tesla grabs top Microsoft HoloLens designer

Tesla has snagged one of Microsoft's top designers, with former HoloLens industrial designer Andrew Kim leaving to join the electric car company. Kim will take up the role of Lead Designer at Tesla, his LinkedIn confirms. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, the designer spent three and a half years at Microsoft.

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Trump teases Apple incentives for US-made iPhone

Trump teases Apple incentives for US-made iPhone

US President-elect Donald Trump promised Apple incentives to bring manufacturing to America, claiming to have spoken to CEO Tim Cook about the possibility. Restoring America's position as a manufacturing behemoth was one of Trump's biggest campaign promises in the run up to the US election, with the outspoken then-candidate promising a resurgence in steel, coal, and other industries. However, it wasn't just traditional manufacturing Trump had in mind.

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This cool Touch Bar app polishes MacBook Pro task-switching

This cool Touch Bar app polishes MacBook Pro task-switching

Apple promised it'd be third-party developers who demonstrated just why the Touch Bar was the right way to make the new MacBook Pro finger-friendly, and now those devs are wading in. Microsoft is expected to push out a Touch Bar enabled version of Office later in the year, and Adobe is readying a Touch Bar Photoshop upgrade too. However, there are equally interesting things coming out of smaller coding studios as well, as the potential for the OLED touchscreen strip is explored.

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2016 is saved as Microsoft Solitaire hits iOS and Android

2016 is saved as Microsoft Solitaire hits iOS and Android

Microsoft is bringing one of its most popular products to iOS and Android, and if you needed the perfect distraction from Trump talk at the Thanksgiving dinner table, this is it. The Microsoft Solitaire Collection brings some of the mainstays of Windows distraction from the PC to the smartphones most of us have in our pockets. Best of all, it's a free download.

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The government wants to cripple your phone while driving

The government wants to cripple your phone while driving

US driving safety regulators are pushing for a strict limit on what smartphone tech can be used in the car, recommending phones go into lockdown when plugged into the dashboard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published its first set of guidelines on driver distraction for portable and aftermarket devices, effectively outlining its goals for cutting down on unsafe smartphone use while at the wheel. Though not a law, it's nonetheless a strict set of suggestions for how platforms like iOS and Android should behave, including limitations on apps and features that may leave drivers frustrated.

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Yes, there’s an Apple Black Friday 2016 sale

Yes, there’s an Apple Black Friday 2016 sale

If discounts and deals are your thing, Apple seldom satisfies: the Cupertino company is not only reluctant to cut its prices, but generally frowns on those resellers who dare to. That's going to change this Friday, though, with a rare Apple sale the day after Thanksgiving. Unlike many Black Friday promotions we're seeing this year, though, Apple's will really only be just for one day.

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