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.

This is the $2.43m Pagani Huayra Roadster

This is the $2.43m Pagani Huayra Roadster

Italian supercar manufacturer Pagani can always be relied upon to deliver some deeply dramatic carbon-fiber madness, but the new Pagani Huayra Roadster goes even further. Revealed today ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 in a few weeks time, the roofless version of the Huayra coupe is a multi-million dollar experiment in speed and materials expertise. Don't assume they just took an angle-grinder to the coupe.

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Smart yanks gas ForTwo in US and Canada to focus on electric car

Smart yanks gas ForTwo in US and Canada to focus on electric car

Smart plans to axe its gas-powered ForTwo city car in North America, and focus entirely on the plug-in electric version of the two-seater. The news was communicated to dealers this week, notifying them that, as part of the Mercedes-Benz sub-brand's focus on electrification moving forward, the model year 2017 ForTwo would be the last gasoline engined version offered in the US and Canada. That, Smart said, is a reflection of "challenges" in the super-compact's segment.

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Dubai sets autonomous flying cars loose this summer

Dubai sets autonomous flying cars loose this summer

The skies over Dubai will be abuzz with autonomous flying cars as soon as this year, with a human-sized octacopter the latest folly for well-heeled residents and visitors. Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the news this week, with a pod-like Chinese flying car selected as the first approved vehicle. Passengers won't have to do anything but pick a destination.

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Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

GM and Toyota will pressure lawmakers to loosen rules on self-driving cars, arguing that restrictive current regulations are leading to thousands of preventable deaths. Representatives from the two automakers will appear in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday this week, and according to prepared remarks will criticize existing laws on autonomous vehicles and the testing of such vehicles. Among their complaints are restrictions that demand traditional controls must be available.

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T-Mobile ONE plan upgrades to counter Verizon Unlimited Data

T-Mobile ONE plan upgrades to counter Verizon Unlimited Data

Not wishing to be outdone by the new Verizon Unlimited Plan, T-Mobile USA has announced an update to its ONE plan that improves both video quality and tethering data. The news comes in the aftermath of Verizon resurrecting its "true" unlimited data plan, offering subscribers a tariff with no upper ceiling on how much data they can use (though throttling does kick in if you get particularly excessive). Now, T-Mobile's John Legere says his network is updating its flagship plan to maintain parity.

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Qualcomm’s 802.11ax chips use smarter WiFi for battery life boost

Qualcomm’s 802.11ax chips use smarter WiFi for battery life boost

Modern WiFi is fast, but Qualcomm's latest range of chips is all about getting best performance in the increasingly crowded wireless spectrum. The new Qualcomm 802.11ax chips - one for network infrastructure like routers and cars, and another for client devices like laptops and smartphones - promise up to four times the capacity for WiFi traffic. That more efficient use of the spectrum has big potential pay-offs, with the possibility of up to 4x the throughput and longer battery life from your device overall.

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Nikon “extraordinary loss” kills DL cameras and slashes jobs

Nikon “extraordinary loss” kills DL cameras and slashes jobs

Bad news for Nikon today, with the camera company axing 1,000 jobs and killing upcoming camera models amid an "extraordinary loss" affecting most of 2016. Things clearly haven't been going as traditional camera makers might have hoped over the past few years, with increasingly capable smartphones chewing through the dedicated photography segment. Still, it seems Nikon has suffered it worse than most.

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Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet cranks G-Wagon to max-crazy

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet cranks G-Wagon to max-crazy

When you're the first SUV to bear the Mercedes-Maybach badge, drivers can guess they're not going to get the usual off-road experience, and the G 650 Landaulet doesn't disappoint. Taking the now-iconic SUV and throwing in not only high-luxe features but a convertible roof and, unexpectedly, portal axels, the limited edition vehicle keeps its go-anywhere reputation. As you might expect from a Maybach, though, the most fun happens in the back.

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5″ iPhone 8 reportedly won’t include wireless charger or 3.5mm dongle

5″ iPhone 8 reportedly won’t include wireless charger or 3.5mm dongle

A 5-inch "tweener" iPhone 8, in-between 2017's 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, has again been rumored, along with new - and potentially frustrating - details on charging and accessories. Apple's plans for its smartphones this year have been a source of huge speculation, with various reports now teasing as many as four different potential designs. According to a new set of rumors from Makotakara, however, previous chatter of a "tweener" iPhone is looking more likely.

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Apple’s Tim Cook predicts AR will be as big as iPhone

Apple’s Tim Cook predicts AR will be as big as iPhone

Tim Cook has again voiced his enthusiasm for augmented reality, suggesting that the technology - which blends the real world with digital elements - could be as big as the iPhone. The Apple CEO has previously expressed his interest in AR, though Apple is yet to release a product based on the technology. However, with Microsoft, Google, and other big names all at different stages of augmented reality and virtual reality systems, it's widely considered a foregone conclusion that Apple will dive in too.

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Magic Leap CEO: That bulky prototype leak isn’t our AR wearable

Magic Leap CEO: That bulky prototype leak isn’t our AR wearable

Magic Leap's CEO has denied the accuracy of the supposedly leaked hardware from the clandestine augmented reality firm, claiming it's not a prototype of the upcoming AR glasses. Photos of the "PEQ0" prototype emerged late last week, showing what looked to be a bulky backpack-style computer system tethered to a headset. Unsurprisingly for a startup which has provoked as much skepticism as it has anticipation, the reaction was swift and fairly merciless.

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ROLI BLOCKS Review: Modular music system has room to grow

ROLI BLOCKS Review: Modular music system has room to grow

ROLI has made a name for itself with weirdly tactile, expansively flexible musical instruments, and its ROLI BLOCKS promise to bring that to the mainstream. The British company built its reputation among electronic musicians for its rubbery-buttoned keyboards that allow for hitherto-unachievable levels of expression; problem is, even the smallest Seaboard RISE is $800. On paper, therefore, the much cheaper BLOCKS make perfect sense, but how do they hold up in practice?

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