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.

3.5 things to know about Apple’s AirPods

3.5 things to know about Apple’s AirPods

Has Apple's first set of wireless headphones, the Apple AirPods, overshadowed even the new iPhone 7? There's certainly plenty of controversy - and confusion - about the earbuds, which take EarPod style and then snip off the cord. Are they only going to be useful if you have an iPhone 7? Will they play nice with your Surface Book? What happens if you lose one half of your AirPods set? We've got you covered with the answers.

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Karma Revero reborn as $130k super-luxe, super-niche Tesla rival

Karma Revero reborn as $130k super-luxe, super-niche Tesla rival

If the rough definition of karma is "what goes around, comes around" then Karma Automotive picked an excellent name for its Revero luxury hybrid, the rebirth of the loved-but-flawed Fisker. After snapping up the gas-electric leftovers from Fisker's demise in early 2014, the new company has taken the wannabe Tesla rival and brought it back up to date, preserving the distinctive - and still fresh - design but revamping powertrain, tech, and more.

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This is the concept crossover Lexus hopes to woo Millennials with

This is the concept crossover Lexus hopes to woo Millennials with

Lexus makes big money from its luxury SUVs, and now it's teasing a future where it does the same from tiny versions too. Toyota's luxury arm has taken the wraps off the first teaser shot of the upcoming Lexus UX Concept, a smaller city crossover that will make its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show come September 26.

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Apple must take its iPhone 7 AirPods decision and run with it

Apple must take its iPhone 7 AirPods decision and run with it

If you're not already sick and tired of hearing arguments about Apple's iPhone 7 headphone jack decision, don't worry: give it a few days and you'll be ready to strangle yourself with your outmoded 3.5mm cable. Whether or not I agree the decision to ditch the legacy - but apparently beloved - port was as "courageous" as Apple's Phil Schiller argued on stage this week, there's one thing I'm pretty certain of, though: Apple will not reverse course.

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Nest Sightline borrows Google smarts for fewer alerts and free service

Nest Sightline borrows Google smarts for fewer alerts and free service

Nest is rolling out a new, smarter app for its security cameras, adding free historical images for all users, as well as putting a release date on the new Nest Cam Outdoor. The weatherproof camera, announced back in July, is actually already shipping to preorder customers, and should start arriving on doorsteps today, Nest says.

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New Nest colors adds white, black, or copper to your wall

New Nest colors adds white, black, or copper to your wall

When it comes to home design, a smart looking smart thermostat might not be your first thought for a makeover, but Nest is hoping some new finishes might tempt you into an upgrade. Based on the current third-generation Nest, the new Learning Thermostat finishes are the company's first diversion from basic silver.

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Apple AirPods hands-on

Apple AirPods hands-on

The headphone jack is dead, but Apple giveth as it taketh away, and what it gives are AirPods. Well, it gives them if you cough up an extra $159 on top of the $649+ for your shiny new iPhone 7: otherwise you're stuck listening to music like a peasant with the wired, Lightning-connected EarPods bundled as standard with the new phone, or rocking it old-school with the ugly little Lightning to 3.5mm adapter that's also nestled in the box.

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iPhone 7 hands-on

iPhone 7 hands-on

Don't get hung up on the missing headphone jack: there's a lot more to Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus than the port "courageously" left behind. Apple's big event in San Francisco has just finished, and I've spent a while playing with both sizes of the new iPhone 7 to see how the most hotly-anticipated smartphone of the year is shaping up.

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RIP iPhone 7 headphone jack: Welcome Apple AirPods

RIP iPhone 7 headphone jack: Welcome Apple AirPods

As expected - and, for many, feared - the iPhone 7 has killed off the 3.5mm headphone jack, with Apple turning to Lightning and wireless AirPods instead. The new wireless earbuds resemble the company's existing EarPods only with the wires cut off, and take a spot at the pinnacle of Apple's new sound offering with the brand new phone.

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are official

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are official

Apple has officially revealed the iPhone 7, with a brand new design, IP67 water-proofing, a solid-state force-sensitive home button, and an entirely revamped camera. Although instantly recognizable as an iPhone, the iPhone 7 debuts a cleaner new design and a host of unusual production methods.

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Apple Watch Series 2 adds GPS, swim-proofing, Nike+ version

Apple Watch Series 2 adds GPS, swim-proofing, Nike+ version

Apple has taken the wraps off its next wearable, Apple Watch Series 2, at its iPhone 7 event this morning in San Francisco. "Completely re-engineered" from the first Apple Watch, the Series 2 wearable is now swim-proof - up from the splash-proof casing of the original model - and is rated water resistant to 50 meters.

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Apple adds real-time collaboration to iWork

Apple adds real-time collaboration to iWork

Apple is adding real-time collaboration to iWork, allowing multiple people to make changes to a document in the cloud at the same time. The update, one of the most requested for Apple's document suite, ticks a significant box which until now rival platforms like Google Docs have had as an advantage over iWork.

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