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.


YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube is preparing to make yet another attempt at getting music fans to pay for streaming, with a new service in the works to try to coax better revenues from the video site. The company has made several attempts over the past 5-6 years to better monetize its content, most recently focusing on videos - including music, but not limited to that - which it offers ad-free to subscribers of YouTube Red.

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LA fire forces police warning: Don’t trust map apps

LA fire forces police warning: Don’t trust map apps

As Los Angeles continues to burn, the LA Police Department has been forced to warn drivers not to trust their navigation apps, which may mistake roads where fires are raging for conveniently open routes. It's proved to be another example of how the Internet of Things may be heavily interconnected, but it isn't quite as smart as it really needs to be in order to be truly reliable.

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Qualcomm’s USB-C DAC could fix your headphone jack sadness

Qualcomm’s USB-C DAC could fix your headphone jack sadness

The 3.5mm headphone jack might be disappearing from smartphones, but Qualcomm wants to give us something better in the shape of a new DAC for smartphones and other mobile devices. The Qualcomm AQT1000 is the chip-maker's new Aqstic Hi-Fi digital to analog converter (DAC), set to show up in products in 2018.

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Honda’s bringing a robot army to CES (but they want to love you)

Honda’s bringing a robot army to CES (but they want to love you)

Honda isn't bringing cars to CES 2018, it's got a small army of cheerful robots instead. Dubbed the Honda 3E Robotics Concept, the quartet of bots built around "Empower, Experience, Empathy" aren't so much focused on traditional practicality, but instead want to give physical embodiment to a more helpful artificial intelligence (AI).

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Only these 15 cars passed 2018’s toughest crash tests

Only these 15 cars passed 2018’s toughest crash tests

Only a handful of cars currently sold in the US qualify as the industry's safest, the IIHS has said today, with tougher tests slimming the number of models that get its top award. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been running its own crash tests in parallel to those of the NHTSA testing for decades now, most recently including small-overlap challenges that go beyond what the US government examines to model how vehicles handle real-world incidents. If you're in the market for a new car, it makes for a list you should be reading.

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Apple’s smart glasses may have found their missing key

Apple’s smart glasses may have found their missing key

Mass-production of digital lenses for augmented reality glasses has reignited rumors of Apple's smart glasses plans, with the company believed to be aiming for a 2019 or 2020 launch. Transparent display specialist Lumus has been showing its lenses for some years now, including integrating them into glasses-style wearables that can overlay digital information onto a view of the real world.

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Snapdragon 845 hands-on: The blueprint for 2018

Snapdragon 845 hands-on: The blueprint for 2018

This is the first Snapdragon 845 smartphone and, if you're thinking "that looks like a pretty generic Android device," then you're not far off the mark. In fact, the reference designs are the most generic phones of all: they're simply designed to give device OEMs and other companies an idea of what to expect from the new chips. In fact, Qualcomm has two such devices it showed me.

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What Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 could do for smart speakers

What Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 could do for smart speakers

Qualcomm might be inside your next smartphone and even your next laptop, but the chip-maker is hoping to find a spot in your smart speaker, too. The ink is only just dry on the Snapdragon 845 but, among the smartphone form-factor reference designs, Qualcomm has cooked up an Amazon Echo and Google Home alternative.

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Watch Qualcomm’s weird vision of what Snapdragon 845 life is like

Watch Qualcomm’s weird vision of what Snapdragon 845 life is like

Augmented Reality glasses that can identify your meal. Clearer, more color-rich photos of your salad. 360-degree streaming of avocados over LTE. Qualcomm has a vision of what the Snapdragon 845-powered experience might be like out in the real world, and it's oddly obsessed with food.

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Qualcomm tweaked Bluetooth 5.0 to make headphones so much better

Qualcomm tweaked Bluetooth 5.0 to make headphones so much better

Your Bluetooth music experience could get a whole lot more rewarding, with Qualcomm promising wireless earbuds could last a lot longer with the arrival of the Snapdragon 845. The new chipset brings with it Qualcomm's Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, opening the door to far broader adoption of Gigabit LTE and more. However, for many it'll be more mundane improvements that could make the biggest difference day to day.

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Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crown

Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crown

Apple may have planted its flag on the idea that artificial intelligence (AI) can still be mindful of privacy, but Qualcomm is looking to unlock the same for Android with the new Snapdragon 845. The new system-on-chip (SoC), unveiled today, will help device and service-makers break their phones, apps, and other products away from their tether to the cloud. It also puts a renewed focus on security.

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This is Snapdragon 845: 2018’s AR, VR, and HDR super-chip

This is Snapdragon 845: 2018’s AR, VR, and HDR super-chip

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its new super-chip, the Snapdragon 845, set to be found inside smartphones, tablets, and more come 2018. Renewing Qualcomm's focus on virtual and augmented reality, computational photography, video capture, mobile security, and more, the new system-on-chip (SoC) promises faster performance along with more efficient battery use and charging.

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