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.

Tesla Model 3 production starts July, but 2017 will be expensive

Tesla Model 3 production starts July, but 2017 will be expensive

The most affordable Tesla, the Model 3, will begin initial production in July the automaker has confirmed, amid better-than-expected financial results for the last year. The upcoming milestone was announced as part of Tesla's report for Q4 and full-year Q4, with 24,882 cars produced in the last quarter. However, full production of the Model 3 isn't expected until September 2017.

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Range Rover Velar teased as “avant-garde” fourth SUV

Range Rover Velar teased as “avant-garde” fourth SUV

Any luxury SUV fan knows a new Range Rover is something worth getting excited over, and so consider our curiosity piqued at the British marque's upcoming car. The Range Rover Velar will be the fourth member of the automaker's line-up, borrowing a historic name from the late 60s. Intriguingly, though, it'll actually be the first production vehicle to launch with that name.

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Cadillac’s next-gen CUE gets Tesla-style updates, new UI

Cadillac’s next-gen CUE gets Tesla-style updates, new UI

Ask Cadillac drivers the one thing they wish the luxury car company would update, and you'll probably hear "the CUE infotainment system" most often. CUE, the touchscreen multimedia and navigation software found in cars like the CT6 and XT5, certainly wasn't lacking in ambition, but neither has it been called the most user-friendly system. Now, that's all set to change with a brand new version.

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Intel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhone

Intel paves 5G way with Gigabit LTE modem aiming for iPhone

Intel has outed a new Gigabit LTE modem and further detailed its 5G plans, as it mounts another attempt to oust Qualcomm from smartphones like the new iPhone. The chip-maker has detailed its latest Intel XMM 7560 Modem, supporting Cat 16 downlinks for rates over 1 Gbps, and Cat 13 uplink for up to 225 Mbps. There's also multi-SIM support, up to 35 LTE bands on a single radio, and up to 230 different combinations of carrier aggregation.

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Sonos PlayBase under-TV wireless speaker leaks

Sonos PlayBase under-TV wireless speaker leaks

Sonos' next wireless speaker, the Sonos PlayBase, has leaked, with the streaming music company's upcoming product apparently intended to sit under your TV. Speculation about the PlayBase has been circulating for some years now, after Sonos filed the name at the USPTO back in 2014. Now, courtesy of a - since pulled - BH Photo listing and some Twitter leaks, we have a better idea of what it looks like and how much it'll cost.

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Qualcomm X20 promises faster-than-fiber Gigabit LTE

Qualcomm X20 promises faster-than-fiber Gigabit LTE

If you could get better-than-fiber speeds from your LTE smartphone, would you bother with a fixed home internet connection? That's the question Qualcomm expects web-addicts to face with the launch of the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, its second-generation Gigabit LTE chip which promises Cat 18 downloads. That means, on the right network, up to 1.2 Gbps downloads.

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Qualcomm’s big IoT plan includes Android Things OS and tiny radios

Qualcomm’s big IoT plan includes Android Things OS and tiny radios

Qualcomm is pushing hard into the Internet of Things, embracing Google's Android Things OS as well as unveiling a pair of tiny, radio-packed chipsets for connected gadgets. Announced ahead of Mobile World Congress 2017 next week, the new tech is all about making smart home kit and other connected devices more power-efficient, smaller, and smarter. For device-makers, it'll mean speedier time-to-market, too.

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Dyson undercuts its flagship cordless with V8 Animal

Dyson undercuts its flagship cordless with V8 Animal

Dyson knows you had your eye on a V8 Absolute cordless vacuum but might have blanched at the $599 price, and so now the company is rolling out two more battery-powered models that are a little more affordable. The Dyson V7 Motorhead and Dyson V8 Animal each pack more suction than the vacuum-maker's old V6 models - up to 150-percent in the case of the V8, in fact - but are both priced under $500. Meanwhile, there's also a pair of new Dyson uprights.

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March 2017 iPad Pro event tipped for 10.5-inch Chromebook rival

March 2017 iPad Pro event tipped for 10.5-inch Chromebook rival

Apple is planning a clean sweep of its iPad Pro range for 2017, with talk of four new models of the tablet including an all-new screen size seemingly targeting Chromebook buyers. Though the iPad hasn't seen quite the bumper performance that Apple's iPhone has in recent quarters, and analysts peg tablet sales overall as slumping, the Cupertino slate is still the segment leader. Now, it's reported, Apple is preparing to capitalize on that with a top to bottom refresh.

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Chevrolet took the 2017 Camaro ZL1 to the track, and it’s FAST

Chevrolet took the 2017 Camaro ZL1 to the track, and it’s FAST

Chevrolet may have been making plenty of noise about its eco-friendly Bolt EV lately, but the 2017 Camaro ZL1 proves it hasn't forgotten about enthusiasts either. Billed as the "fastest ever Camaro", the ZL1 certainly promised a lot on paper, what with its 650 horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine. What we weren't entirely sure about was just how that would translate to the road.

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AT&T just tested its emergency LTE drones

AT&T just tested its emergency LTE drones

Nobody likes finding they've got no signal on their phone, especially if it's an emergency, so AT&T is pushing ahead with testing drones as temporary LTE towers. The carrier successfully completed its first trial flights last week, dispatching a number of drones on short flights in a network dead-spot in the US. Each was equipped with the necessary hardware to create its own little bubble of coverage.

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Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Chevrolet is readying a fleet of "thousands" of self-driving cars, the majority of which will be used by Lyft as autonomous taxi alternatives, insiders have claimed. General Motors had previously invested half a billion dollars into the ride-sharing firm, with the intention of co-developing self-driving vehicles that could be added to its fleet. In the meantime, GM also launched its own car-sharing scheme, Maven.

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