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.

DirecTV NOW: 7 reasons to beware

DirecTV NOW: 7 reasons to beware

DirecTV NOW is open for business, and cord-cutters with a taste for live television have another option for their home entertainment. AT&T's play for Millennials - and indeed anyone who wants to trim their monthly spend on huge TV channel bundles from traditional cable TV providers - launches with a tempting $35 per month promotion and plenty of fanfare, but is it really the PS Vue and Sling TV eclipsing, Netflix replacing, Amazon Prime Video burying super-service DirecTV NOW would have you believe? Read on for the drawbacks and small-print.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV configurator reveals fast-charge times and more

Chevrolet Bolt EV configurator reveals fast-charge times and more

Chevrolet's configurator for the Bolt EV has gone live, detailing just what buyers of the all-electric Tesla rival can expect from their new car. Set to go on sale by the end of the year, availability of the Bolt EV will be fairly limited initially. If you're not in the handful of west coast locations where Chevy plans to sell the plug-in, though, you can still play with the configurator.

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(RED) Apple grows as new products and Apple Pay fund AIDS research

(RED) Apple grows as new products and Apple Pay fund AIDS research

Apple is marking World AIDS Day with a bevy of new products that also mark its ten year anniversary of partnering with (RED). Four new accessories - including an iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case now available in the appeal's distinctive hue - have been added to the Cupertino company's range ahead of the holidays, while Apple will also donate a portion of Apple Pay transactions to the fund. It's not all digital, mind: Apple Stores across five continents will be running (RED) promotions.

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GoPro slashes jobs and axes divisions amid growing HERO5 sales

GoPro slashes jobs and axes divisions amid growing HERO5 sales

Solid sales of GoPro's newest action cameras may be warming the hearts of company execs this holiday season, but it's not enough to save the workforce from sizable job cuts. The GoPro HERO5, announced back in September as the camera firm's flagship model, has succeeded in turning around the slump in demand, the company said today. In fact, sales over the week including Black Friday suggest a 35-percent rise year-on-year in the US.

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2017 Honda CR-V First Drive: Are you ready for “Beautility”?

2017 Honda CR-V First Drive: Are you ready for “Beautility”?

To describe the CR-V as a success for Honda is to damn it with faint praise. Since its arrival in 1997, nearly four million have sold in the US. In fact, the CR-V is the country's top-selling SUV, and it helped Honda's truck sales go from little more than a rounding error to almost half of the vehicles moving off dealer forecourts each year.

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Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford is set to expand its real-world autonomous vehicle testing, kicking off on-the-road trials in Europe next year. The expansion builds on Ford's existing project in North America, where the automaker has already announced it aims to launch a self-driving rideshare scheme by 2021. Now, just like an American driver taking a local driving test while abroad, Ford's technology has to get to grips with foreign roads.

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Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Tesla's Supercharger network is arguably the jewel in the EV company's crown: without it, after all, cars like the Model S would be far less appealing for everyday transportation. Now, though, a consortium of traditional automakers is partnering up to eclipse Superchargers with a more widespread connector than Tesla's proprietary plug. Including big names like Volkswagen Group, BMW, and Daimler, the joint venture aims to make all-electric long-distance travel a reality, in Europe at least.

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Samsung mulls massive split

Samsung mulls massive split

Samsung will spend the next six months figuring out if investor demands to split the South Korean behemoth in two makes financial sense, the company has confirmed today. The split - which would see Samsung Electronics divide, forming both a holding company and an operating company - would result in a shareholder payoff in the billions of dollars. That's just what one of the firm's biggest investors has been insisting must take place.

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Facebook Instant Games puts PAC-MAN and more in Messenger

Facebook Instant Games puts PAC-MAN and more in Messenger

Facebook is taking gaming out of apps and consoles and baking it right into the News Feed and Messenger, bringing classics like PAC-MAN and more to the social network. Dubbed Facebook Instant Games, the titles require no installation, instead being built with HTML5. That means, not only will they play directly in the Facebook or Messenger app on your phone, or in the browser on your desktop, they're also cross-platform too.

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NASA’s plucky Cassini is about to buzz Saturn’s epic rings

NASA’s plucky Cassini is about to buzz Saturn’s epic rings

It's been a whirlwind adventure for NASA's Cassini spacecraft, beaming back incredible photos from Saturn over the past years, but its most exciting mission is almost upon us. The research probe has been surveying Saturn from different angles since 2004, along the way capturing shots of its moons and more, but now it's the turn of the planet's most notorious feature to get some attention. Cassini is about to buzz Saturn's rings.

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The Best Cyber Monday Tech Deals!

The Best Cyber Monday Tech Deals!

The Monday after Thanksgiving used to be the day you'd force yourself back to work, still nursing a turkey hangover, but now Cyber Monday deals help with the sting of indigestion. More than just leftovers from the better-known shopping day before the weekend, it's grown into a deals bonanza in its own right - as long as you're willing to sift through the thousands of offers, of course. Read on for some of our essential picks from today's selection.

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Tesla Autopilot 8.1 release date revealed to restore missing features

Tesla Autopilot 8.1 release date revealed to restore missing features

Tesla's latest update, AutoPilot v8.1, should begin rolling out in three weeks time Elon Musk has confirmed, good news for those frustrated by what the very latest EVs can actually do. The update will be pushed out as an over-the-air upgrade, taking advantage of the Model S and Model X's integrated connectivity. Still, not every owner will necessarily get it straight away.

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