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.

Is Bixby Voice on track for US? Samsung’s Siri-rival reportedly struggling

Is Bixby Voice on track for US? Samsung’s Siri-rival reportedly struggling

Samsung's Bixby Voice assistant on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is still absent in the US, and there are now reports that the virtual agent will miss its expected launch window. Announced alongside the Galaxy S8 as Samsung's response to Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, and the Google Assistant, Bixby promises not only natural language recognition for questions but full voice control over just about every aspect of the smartphone. However, come the S8's launch, and Bixby Voice was conspicuously missing.

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The 2018 Focus RS Limited Edition is a Ford fan’s wishlist come true

The 2018 Focus RS Limited Edition is a Ford fan’s wishlist come true

How do you make the Ford Focus RS better? Ford decided the easiest way to do that was to ask its most vocal fans what they wanted to see, and the result is this, the 2018 Limited-Edition Focus RS. Set to be produced in vanishingly small numbers, it's the culmination of a driver wishlist we can totally get behind.

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Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Microsoft is betting big on Windows Mixed Reality, and it turns out PC makers are rising to the challenge with a variety of designs shown off this week at Computex 2017. The software giant's decision not to make its own headset, following the Surface strategy, but throw the responsibility over to OEMs had led to some concern that we'd see plenty of me-too mixed reality visors clogging shelves come the holiday season. Happily, it looks like that's not going to be the case.

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Elgato Eve Degree Review: A simple temperature & humidity HomeKit sensor

Elgato Eve Degree Review: A simple temperature & humidity HomeKit sensor

Apple's HomeKit may have had a quiet start, but third-party accessories for an iOS smart home are gradually picking up pace. Latest to store shelves is Elgato's Eve Degree, a compact temperature, humidity, and air pressure sensor, wrapped up in a simple and handsome design, and promising to be the smart trigger your connected home has been asking for.

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Amazon Alexa iCloud Calendar support gives Echo your schedule

Amazon Alexa iCloud Calendar support gives Echo your schedule

Amazon's Alexa now supports iCloud Calendar, allowing the virtual assistant to check your schedule on the Apple service. The update means that users of the Amazon Echo - as well as the Echo Dot and Amazon Tap - can get an instant read-out of what's on their agenda for the day, by asking "Alexa, what's on my calendar today?" There's also support for adding new appointments, again all by voice.

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Nest Cam IQ intros lossless zoom and facial recognition: Hands-on

Nest Cam IQ intros lossless zoom and facial recognition: Hands-on

Nest has a new home security camera, the Nest Cam IQ, and it's promising to be the smartest, sleekest, and yes, most expensive model in the Alphabet company's range. While it may look a lot like the Nest Cam Outdoor, it's actually the first camera to use the company's all-new platform. Two years in development, it'll be the basis of a new, more intelligent take on home security.

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5 big things Andy Rubin just told us about the Essential Phone

5 big things Andy Rubin just told us about the Essential Phone

When the "Father of Android" says he's building a new smartphone, people sit up and pay attention, so it's fair to say Andy Rubin's Essential Phone has got us interested. Unveiled today, the handset may run Android - though also help debut a new OS that will feature on a smart home hub among other things - but what's really grabbed attention is its design. Rubin himself took to the stage at the Code Conference today, Essential Phone in hand, and took the opportunity to clear up a few questions about the project.

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Curved smartphone camera sensors could out-snap your DSLR

Curved smartphone camera sensors could out-snap your DSLR

A new curved sensor camera developed by Microsoft Research may well help deliver the biggest step forward in smartphone photography in years. The system, dubbed Project Vermont, relies on a specially manufactured concave camera sensor that "can dramatically improve" resolution, light-gathering, and uniformity of illumination. Indeed, it could legitimately offer DSLR-style performance from a smartphone-scale sensor.

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Cadillac is testing V2I cars that talk to traffic lights

Cadillac is testing V2I cars that talk to traffic lights

Cadillac has given its CTS luxury sedan the ability to chat with traffic lights, though the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technology isn't yet on production vehicles. Instead, the automaker has been carrying out trials on cars that can communicate with city infrastructure, more specifically getting information on when the lights are likely to change. That data, Cadillac says, could make urban driving both safer and less stressful.

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Uber just fired the ex-Googler accused of Waymo autonomous tech theft

Uber just fired the ex-Googler accused of Waymo autonomous tech theft

Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the controversial vice president of technology who had until recently been leading the ride-sharing firm's autonomous car business. Levandowski was one of Uber's highest-profile talent grabs, joining the company after it acquired his startup, Otto, in July 2016. That prompted a lawsuit from Alphabet's self-driving car company Waymo, accusing the engineer of stealing tech secrets.

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Halide promises classic Leica charm from the iPhone camera

Halide promises classic Leica charm from the iPhone camera

The smartphone may have won the "best camera you always have on you" war, but new iPhone app Halide believes it can still win the battle for the sweet spot of mobile photographers. The app, which landed in the App Store today, attempts to fill the gap between two extremes that have formed in smartphone camera apps. On the one hand, you have the full-auto mode, which takes away almost all the controls from the user.

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Qualcomm’s smart router plan puts mesh, IoT, and Alexa-style agents in one

Qualcomm’s smart router plan puts mesh, IoT, and Alexa-style agents in one

Routers may not be sexy but they can definitely be ambitious, with Qualcomm looking to replace your Echo, router, and smart home bridges with a single unit. The company unveiled its Mesh Networking Platform and Reference Design at Computex 2017 this week, an all-in-one that combines mesh networking, self-healing and -organizing configuration, voice agents like Alexa and Google Assistant, and all the radios to talk to your connected lights, locks, speakers, and more, in a single box.

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