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.

Nintendo Switch pre order sellout sends gamers hunting

Nintendo Switch pre order sellout sends gamers hunting

If you slept on getting your Nintendo Switch pre-order in, you may end up disappointed come March 3, with just about every retailer selling out of their initial stock. Preorders for the hotly-anticipated console opened just a few days ago, with GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and others all taking part. However, in the time between Friday and today, all of those orders have been snapped up.

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Intel has a $100m plan to bring the IoT and robots to the high street

Intel has a $100m plan to bring the IoT and robots to the high street

Shopping is about to get seriously high-tech, with Intel launching its Responsive Retail Platform, an Internet of Things upgrade for stores that will track shoppers as much as stock. Announced today, the Intel RRP is effectively a combination of a common language for various sensors intended for use in retail environments, a new tracking device, and a cloud-gateway combination that, altogether, promise to make brick & mortar stores as clever as their pattern-calculating online counterparts. Along the way, it might also mean more robots in the aisles.

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“Build better cars” German vice-chancellor snaps back at Trump

“Build better cars” German vice-chancellor snaps back at Trump

US and German automakers find themselves in the midst of a war of import tariffs and car comparisons, following President-elect Trump's threat to hit Mercedes, BMW, and others with eye-watering rates. The prospect of a 35-percent import duty to car manufacturers bringing in vehicles from outside of the US was met vocally by German politicians, this week. According to them, Trump's characterization of car sales as a "one-way street" is all down to American automakers.

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Folding Surface Phone teased in new Microsoft patent

Folding Surface Phone teased in new Microsoft patent

Microsoft has patented a folding, flexible smartphone which could open out into a far more practical tablet, potentially teasing a possible Surface Phone form-factor. The patent, granted earlier this month, describes a "Mobile Computing Device having a flexible hinge structure" or, in other words, a portable gadget the size of a smartphone when collapsed, but which can be opened up for a far larger interface. Indeed, Microsoft actually has multiple designs on the same core theme.

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Samsung’s chief faces arrest over vast corruption scandal

Samsung’s chief faces arrest over vast corruption scandal

It's not a good week for Samsung executives, with special prosecutors in South Korea looking to arrest Lee Jae-yong for his involvement in political corruption in the country. Although officially vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, Lee - the son of Samsung's chairman - has over the past months taken on more and more of the leadership role at the company, given his father's continuing ill health. Now, he faces serious charges in the ongoing scandal that has rocked the country.

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Tesla’s latest cars are getting Autopilot HW2 this week

Tesla’s latest cars are getting Autopilot HW2 this week

Tesla has begun pushing out its newest version of Autopilot to its latest-hardware cars, though drivers shouldn't expect to actually be able to use the tech initially. The roll-out is being delivered over-the-air, as is Tesla's standard practice, taking advantage of the connected cars' integrated modems. However, for the final round of testing, it'll only be observing - not taking part - in the driving process.

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Tesla Superchargers may charge fees, but it’s still cheaper than gas

Tesla Superchargers may charge fees, but it’s still cheaper than gas

For years Tesla's Superchargers have been the gravy-train for drivers of the upscale EVs, but as of this year's production that's all ending. Tesla's decision to begin charging for Supercharger access is, the company insists, all about funding its expansion rather than further lining its pockets. After all, Elon Musk & Co. point out, once the Model 3 arrives there'll be a significantly larger number of Tesla drivers on the road.

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Panasonic’s HOSPI robot gets new jobs at hotel and airport

Panasonic’s HOSPI robot gets new jobs at hotel and airport

Panasonic is getting in on the current robot craze, revealing new real-world trials for its HOSPI Autonomous Delivery Robot that will kick off this month. Set to be loosed upon the corridors of the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita hotel, as well as Narita International Airport, the robot - which resembles an armless Dalek of sorts, albeit one with a friendly face rather than an appetite for murdering Time Lords - has already been adopted by a number of Japanese hospitals. Now, Panasonic is curious to see how it does outside of medical settings.

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The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will out-punch the Hellcat

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will out-punch the Hellcat

Dodge is resurrecting one of its feistiest nameplates for an even more potent car than the Hellcat, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Set to be unveiled next week at the New York International Auto Show, details about the new car are in short supply, but Dodge is promising to drip-tease us tidbits to keep us going. One thing seems almost certain: we're talking about more than 707 horsepower here.

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FCA faces huge fines over Jeep and Dodge emissions cheating

FCA faces huge fines over Jeep and Dodge emissions cheating

Fiat Chrysler faces potentially millions in penalties, after being accused by the EPA of installing emissions cheating devices in more than 100,000 Dodge and Jeep vehicles. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informed FCA today that certain models of its Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks violated the Clean Air Act, by virtue of the automaker having installed - and failing to disclose - engine management software that may have presented unrealistic emissions results under test conditions. Meanwhile, the agency is still investigating whether FCA also used illegal hardware in the vehicles.

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Lily camera drone shuts down: $34m preorders just aren’t enough

Lily camera drone shuts down: $34m preorders just aren’t enough

Ill-fated camera drone startup Lily has shuttered without delivering a single device, blaming a lack of financing despite having raised millions in preorders. The project, which made headlines back in 2015 for its promised abilities to launch from the hand, follow a user around while filming them, and generally take the piloting headaches out of drone ownership. A successful preorder campaign followed, raising more than $34m.

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2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD Review: Luxury, reinvented

2017 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD Review: Luxury, reinvented

Cadillac could've followed its luxury rivals, but instead the 2017 CT6 rethinks its segment, injecting both sporting enthusiasm and style into an unabashedly tech-savvy sedan. Though GM's luxury arm has been making strides with its V Series over the past few years, charming fans of all-American muscle with potent four-door after potent four-door, the real challenge has been expanding from that niche and standing toe-to-toe with the best Germany has to offer. In top-of-the-line CT6 Platinum AWD form, they've succeeded.

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