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.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback pricing and fuel economy confirmed

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback pricing and fuel economy confirmed

Toyota has confirmed pricing and fuel economy numbers for the new 2019 Corolla Hatchback, and there's generally good news all round. The first of the 12th generation Corolla range to hit the market, it replaces the 2018 Corolla iM - previously known as the Scion iM - with more power and more economy.

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Essential Phone 2 axed as Rubin reportedly weighs selling firm

Essential Phone 2 axed as Rubin reportedly weighs selling firm

Smartphone maker Essential, Andy Rubin's project to reinvent the Android phone, has axed development of its second device and is considering selling itself off, according to a new report. The company is part of Playground Global, the startup incubator that Rubin began in 2015 to focus on new hardware projects after leaving his role as Android chief at Google.

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Amazon admits Echo eavesdropping as Alexa shares private chat [Updated]

Amazon admits Echo eavesdropping as Alexa shares private chat [Updated]

Amazon is investigating how an Echo recorded a conversation and sent that to another person, after one Portland couple claims the smart speaker eavesdropped on their discussion. The incident, which Amazon has described as "an extremely rare occurrence," is likely to reignite concerns around privacy, the Internet of Things, and increasingly connected devices.

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Trust in autonomous cars is falling

Trust in autonomous cars is falling

Trust in autonomous vehicles has faded among American drivers, new research suggests, with recent crashes and other incidents blamed for souring potential riders on the developing technology. While a number of companies have closed trials underway involving driverless cars, the general expectation among automakers and others is that it won't be until 2020 or later before services begin to take off in earnest.

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This TicWatch Pro Wear OS watch stacks two circular displays

This TicWatch Pro Wear OS watch stacks two circular displays

Smartwatch maker Mobvoi has come up with a new twist on the wearable battery dilemma, with the TicWatch Pro doubling the number of displays to cut power consumption. The new Wear OS smartwatch has a circular OLED touchscreen as we've seen from plenty of other wearables, but when that's idle a whole second panel comes into play.

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Mophie’s new Charge Stream Travel Kit takes Qi on the go

Mophie’s new Charge Stream Travel Kit takes Qi on the go

Mophie has rolled out a new travel charger kit, combining a compact Qi wireless charging pad with easily-packed adapters for hotel and car use. The Mophie Charge Stream Travel Kit combines a smaller-than-average wireless charger pad - the Charge Stream Pad Mini - with a travel pouch and a number of different adapters to suit the various outlets road-warriors might encounter.

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iPhone 6 “Bendgate” docs confirm Apple knew bending more likely

iPhone 6 “Bendgate” docs confirm Apple knew bending more likely

Apple was aware that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were much more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s they replaced, new court documents reveal, though the company kept quiet on its post-launch design fixes even as owners complained of "Bendgate" problems. The iPhone 6 launch, in 2014, saw one of the most significant changes in design language for Apple in the smartphone's history.

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Fatal autonomous Uber crash report says car wasn’t programmed to brake

Fatal autonomous Uber crash report says car wasn’t programmed to brake

The initial report on the Uber self-driving car crash that saw a pedestrian killed in Arizona has been released, with the NTSB putting the spotlight on the vehicle's emergency braking system. While the preliminary report does not go into analysis of the crash, nor reach any conclusion about who - or what - was at fault, it does reveal more of the circumstances of the incident in March.

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2018 Lexus LC 500 Review: A movie star for the road

2018 Lexus LC 500 Review: A movie star for the road

If Lexus wanted to convince us that it was neither boring nor unimaginative, the 2018 LC 500 is the car to do it. Born of a melodramatic concept, translated with painstaking care to mass production, and tasked with changing decades of preconceptions at a price that's reasonably affordable, it's no surprise that the LC doesn't quite hit every note. Still, the delta between what this V8 GT promises and what it delivers is impressive.

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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor goes airborne with smarter Shox

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor goes airborne with smarter Shox

The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor is getting an update for the new model year, sticking with the go-anywhere-fast mantra but upgrading the shocks, tech, and cabin. Hardly shy and retiring already, the V6 EcoBoost powered performance pickup has carved out a niche for itself among those who prize truck utility with 450 horsepower.

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Apple may have $50 for you if you replaced your iPhone battery in 2017

Apple may have $50 for you if you replaced your iPhone battery in 2017

iPhone owners who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement may find that they're eligible for a $50 credit from Apple, as the company continues its power throttling mea-culpa. Apple cut its fees for out-of-warranty battery swaps in late December 2017, in the aftermath of criticism as to how it had handled CPU management on older iPhones.

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Uber ends Arizona driverless car trials after fatal crash

Uber ends Arizona driverless car trials after fatal crash

Uber is shutting down its autonomous vehicle project in Arizona, opting to cease operations in the state altogether in the aftermath of a fatal collision in March. The company had previously frozen all public testing of its self-driving cars in the state, after one of the vehicles struck a pedestrian in Tempe, AZ.

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