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.

The Samsung foldable phone has more questions than answers

The Samsung foldable phone has more questions than answers

Samsung is making a foldable phone but, though we've seen the screen, there remain more questions than answers about the Android device and the market for others like it. Previewed at Samsung's opening keynote at its annual developer conference, SDC 2018, the heavily-disguised handset was more about showing off Samsung Display's flexible AMOLED technology than making a pitch to phone buyers themselves.

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Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer adds Apple HomeKit support

Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer adds Apple HomeKit support

Wemo's WiFi Smart Dimmer light switch is gaining Apple HomeKit support, with a new update bypassing the need for a hub to integrate with Apple's smart home system. Launched back in 2017, the WiFi Smart Dimmer is intended to replace a traditional light switch in the wall, and thus enable remote-control access to the light that it operates.

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Daimler and Bosch autonomous car ride-hailing starts 2019

Daimler and Bosch autonomous car ride-hailing starts 2019

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler and automotive supplier heavyweight Bosch will start an autonomous ride-hailing service in California next year, offering self-driving taxis. The project will take place in San Jose, the third largest city in California, while the vehicles will be Level 4/5 autonomous, with the ability to drive themselves completely without human interaction.

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Facebook Portal on sale now: But should you buy one?

Facebook Portal on sale now: But should you buy one?

Facebook's Portal and Portal+ smart displays are on sale, but the big "should I buy one?" question is about more than just the technology on offer. The social network raised more than a few eyebrows when it announced the two video calling-focused smart displays earlier this year, while still in the shadow of a data privacy controversy.

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Alexa for PC brings Amazon AI to Windows 10

Alexa for PC brings Amazon AI to Windows 10

Amazon has released Alexa for PC, bringing its smart assistant to Windows 10 and turning your notebook or desktop computer into a smart speaker. The free app brings features familiar from Amazon's Echo line-up to Microsoft's platform, including smart home control.

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Samsung foldable phone specs: Big Android changes

Samsung foldable phone specs: Big Android changes

The day of the foldable phone is almost upon us, and with Samsung's Infinity Flex - and the mysterious smartphone that will use it sometime in 2019 - we have plenty of questions and a handful of answers. Key to the story is just what advantages a foldable phone will have over current devices, and what app-makers will need to do in order to get their software experiences ready for devices that morph between different sizes.

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Samsung can’t resist the notch – in fact it now has several

Samsung can’t resist the notch – in fact it now has several

Samsung may have been one of the display notch hold-outs so far, but that won't last, with new Infinity Display panels promising to further annoy those who can't stand screen cut-outs. The fresh additions to the company's AMOLED line-up were previewed at SDC 2018, Samsung's annual developer event, today, expanding the existing Infinity Display brand with several new options.

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Samsung One UI previews Galaxy S10 experience

Samsung One UI previews Galaxy S10 experience

Samsung has revealed its new interface for smartphones, One UI, focusing on making the experience clearer and more intuitive, not to mention easier to navigate with just one hand. Previewed at Samsung's annual developer conference, SDC 2018, in San Francisco, CA today, Samsung One UI takes the familiar aesthetic of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 and revamps it throughout.

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Samsung puts voice at the heart of the Smart Home

Samsung puts voice at the heart of the Smart Home

Samsung's smart TVs are gaining more voice control, with new partnerships with streaming services like Netflix and Spotify that won't need you to pick up the remote. Announced at SDC 2018, Samsung's annual Developer Conference, the new Voice Media Control API will allow apps and services to enable speech controls more easily.

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Samsung opens Bixby to developers in scalable AI platform play

Samsung opens Bixby to developers in scalable AI platform play

Samsung isn't done with Bixby. The virtual assistant may not have reached the usefulness of Alexa or the Google Assistant, or the consumer awareness of Siri, but Samsung is betting that embracing third-party developers and expanding Bixby's availability will make the difference in the long-term.

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The Samsung foldable phone needs to explain “why” not just “how”

The Samsung foldable phone needs to explain “why” not just “how”

If the rumors and teasing is true, Samsung is about to show us its long-anticipated foldable smartphone. Variously known as the Galaxy X or, more recently, the Galaxy F, the folding phone is expected to make its debut - or at least get a preview - at Samsung's Developer Conference on Wednesday in San Francisco, CA. The question is, has Samsung got more than a hardware showcase for us?

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Arc Vector EV motorcycle wants to be the Tesla of two wheels

Arc Vector EV motorcycle wants to be the Tesla of two wheels

Electric motorcycle startup Arc wants to do for two wheels what Tesla did for four, and it's not being coy with its new Vector bike. Billed as "the most premium and individual of EVs," the all-electric super bike won't only be very fast, but very much in-tune with its rider, not to mention - no surprise - very expensive, too.

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