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.

This $350,000 handless watch is a sly nod at Apple Watch excess

This $350,000 handless watch is a sly nod at Apple Watch excess

It may look like an Apple Watch, but H. Moser & Cie.'s Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black is something far more unusual - and far more expensive than even Apple's Edition-version of the smartwatch. Handiwork of the legendary Swiss horologist, the minimalistic timepiece not only does away physical hands like the Apple Watch, but it also does away with a screen altogether.

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Windows 10 Mobile gets its end-of-life date

Windows 10 Mobile gets its end-of-life date

Microsoft is preparing to say goodbye to Windows 10 Mobile, warning hold-outs that their smartphones will no longer get support by the end of the year. The ill-fated phone platform failed to make a significant dent in iPhone and Android sales, and indeed now Microsoft is recommending that owners migrate to Apple or Google's platforms.

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Lexus LC Convertible first look: two questions and an answer

Lexus LC Convertible first look: two questions and an answer

Even today, two years after launching and seven after the original LF-LC Concept, the Lexus LC still turns heads - now, the automaker really needs to chop the top off. The Lexus LC Convertible Concept shown off at the Detroit Auto Show 2019 this past week answers one big question we've long had about the LC Coupe, and in the process sets the stage for a couple more head-scratchers.

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This ambitious off-the-grid EV charger uses hydrogen fuel cells

This ambitious off-the-grid EV charger uses hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen fuel cells could be the answer to building out a comprehensive EV charging network, but not in the way you might be thinking. While fuel cell based cars like the Honda Clarity and Toyota Mirai have seen limited launches, emitting only pure water as a waste product, one UK startup believes the hydrogen works better if you leave it behind.

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Cortana doesn’t need smart speakers to win insists Microsoft exec

Cortana doesn’t need smart speakers to win insists Microsoft exec

Microsoft isn't letting underwhelming interest in Cortana smart speakers sour it on the assistant technology, even if Amazon Echo and Google Home still get the lion's share of sales - and attention - in the connected home. The software giant still resists calls to develop its own smart speaker, instead relying on third-party hardware like the Harman Kardon Invoke to fill that niche.

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Four high-tech upgrades in the 2020 BMW 7 Series

Four high-tech upgrades in the 2020 BMW 7 Series

The 2020 BMW 7 Series is more than just a big grille and a lavish rear seat, it's also the Bavarian automaker's latest love-letter to technology. Gone are the days when it was enough for a luxury sedan to have soft leather and a couple of screens in the back. Now, if your flagship four-door isn't also CES on wheels, you're out of fashion.

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Google is raising some G Suite prices by 20-percent

Google is raising some G Suite prices by 20-percent

Google is hiking the price of two of its G Suite subscriptions, its collection of apps that replace Microsoft Office, support video conferencing, and live chat. It's the first price increase for the services in a decade, the search giant says. Depending on which plan you're on, you could see the cost rise by 20-percent.

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Tesla ends controversial referral program that got some owners free cars

Tesla ends controversial referral program that got some owners free cars

The Tesla customer referral program is being closed down, with CEO Elon Musk claiming the word-of-mouth promotion was costing too much. The scheme gave new Tesla owners who had been referred by an existing owner a bonus, as well as rewarding those existing owners with a series of awards.

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This half-price new Alexa Voice Remote deal won’t last

This half-price new Alexa Voice Remote deal won’t last

Shouting at the TV has never been so useful, since smart assistants like Amazon's Alexa took up occupancy in streaming adapters such as the Fire TV. That's why we're such big fans of Amazon's latest Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote, which not only supports voice control but now has those all-important TV controls too.

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Ford F-Series all-electric pickup confirmed

Ford F-Series all-electric pickup confirmed

Ford will make an all-electric F-Series pickup truck, the automaker has confirmed, giving Tesla's upcoming pickup EV an unexpected challenger. Sales of F-Series models contribute hugely to Ford's bottom line, and the automaker recently announced it would be further shifting investment away from traditional cars and more into pickups, SUVs, crossovers, and other utilities.

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The foldable screen RAZR reboot has a rare opportunity

The foldable screen RAZR reboot has a rare opportunity

The Motorola RAZR is reportedly returning, the iconic flip-phone rebooted as a cutting-edge foldable screen smartphone, but there's the potential for something far more interesting than just a cynical branding revival. It's fair to say that Motorola has never returned to the dizzying heights it attained on the success of the RAZR and its successors. What better way to pay homage to its innovation by bucking the trend in foldable phones today?

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Cortana and the Windows 10 search bar are getting divorced

Cortana and the Windows 10 search bar are getting divorced

Cortana is getting separated from the Windows 10 search bar, with Microsoft's assistant getting a separate spot in the taskbar. The new functionality was released today in Windows 10 Build 18317 (19H1), the latest version of Microsoft's Insider Preview in the so-called Fast ring.

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