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.

Spotify is building a hardware team to take on HomePod and Echo

Spotify is building a hardware team to take on HomePod and Echo

Spotify is cranking up its hardware efforts, building out its team as the streaming music company prepares to launch what's expected to be its first smart speaker. A number of hardware-related job openings have emerged at Spotify, though it's the new Operations Manager role which really spills the beans.

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Samsung’s new 30.72TB SSD is breaking all the records

Samsung’s new 30.72TB SSD is breaking all the records

Samsung has outed its latest SSD, the PM1643, with a whopping 30.72 terabytes (TB) of solid-state storage. The record-breaking drive is the industry's largest SAS SSD; indeed, even its 40 GB of DRAM alone is more flash than some smartphones and tablets are shipping with in storage today.

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Apple iOS 11.2.6 fixes iPhone Telugu message crash bug

Apple iOS 11.2.6 fixes iPhone Telugu message crash bug

Apple has pushed out an iPhone update, iOS 11.2.6, fixing the Telugu character bug that left iOS messaging apps crashing. The new patch comes less than a week after Apple confirmed the problem, which affected not only the company's own Messages app but third-party messaging software like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, and WhatsApp.

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The 3 leaked Galaxy S9 features to get you to upgrade

The 3 leaked Galaxy S9 features to get you to upgrade

The Galaxy S9 is coming, but what has Samsung in store to encourage you to step back onto the smartphone treadmill and upgrade? The Galaxy S9 and S9+ won't make their official debut for another week, at Samsung's first Unpacked event of the year at Mobile World Congress 2018, but the rumor machine hasn't been idle as we wait.

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2019 Volvo XC40 Inscription sees luxe crossover go subtle

2019 Volvo XC40 Inscription sees luxe crossover go subtle

Volvo has taken the wraps off the 2019 XC40 Inscription, a more subtle version of its youthful luxury small crossover. The new trim level slots in at the top end of the XC40 line-up, echoing previous Inscription models of the XC90, XC60, and S90. It also tones down some of the small SUV's more controversial features.

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Sony Xperia teaser hints at big changes at MWC 2018

Sony Xperia teaser hints at big changes at MWC 2018

MWC 2018 is almost upon us, and though we've pretty much seen what the Galaxy S9 will look like, Sony's Xperia efforts at the show are a lot more mysterious. The phone-maker has had mixed results with its Android devices in recent years, at least when it comes to the US. Still, a new Xperia teaser suggests it could be worth paying attention to Sony in 2018.

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Autism test could unlock much earlier diagnosis

Autism test could unlock much earlier diagnosis

A test for autism could allow far earlier diagnosis in children, British researchers claim, having discovered what appear to be chemical indicators in blood and urine samples. Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is believed to impact approximately 1 in 100 people, but with its broad range of symptoms can be difficult to correctly identify thus delaying possible treatment.

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Watch a drone crash into Apple Park

Watch a drone crash into Apple Park

Drone footage of Apple Park may have given us a glimpse of the vast, circular building through its construction, but one pilot recently discovered what it looks like to inadvertently crash into the Cupertino HQ. Video showing just what happens when your drone stops soaring gracefully over the top of the spaceship-like campus and instead goes plummeting down to crash-land on top of it has been shared over the weekend.

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Samsung’s flying display drone is like a floating tablet

Samsung’s flying display drone is like a floating tablet

You can't have a good futuristic dystopian city without huge flying displays, and so thankfully Samsung is apparently working on just such an idea. The company's Samsung Display screen-focused arm is usually responsible for OLED panels on smartphones like the upcoming Galaxy S9 or curved screens for huge 4K TVs, but now it's looking to the skies.

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Google exposes an Edge bug Microsoft still hasn’t patched

Google exposes an Edge bug Microsoft still hasn’t patched

Google security researchers have revealed a security flaw in Microsoft Edge, making the issue public before a fix for the browser has been released. The problem in the Windows 10 browser was identified by Google's Project Zero team, a group of researchers and analysts that, since mid-2014, has been tasked with digging out flaws and zero-day vulnerabilities in code both inside and outside of the company.

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VW I.D. VIZZION bets you’ll swap your steering wheel for luxury

VW I.D. VIZZION bets you’ll swap your steering wheel for luxury

Volkswagen is adding a new, even smarter model to its I.D. family of all-electric concepts, with the VW I.D. VIZZION previewing its, well, vision of tomorrow's autonomous transportation. While the concept car may not be an outlandish coupe or a go-everywhere SUV, it does have what's arguably an even tougher challenge ahead of it. Persuading people that driverless vehicles can still forge an emotional connection.

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This single-seater EV has wireless charging just like Formula E

This single-seater EV has wireless charging just like Formula E

As convenience transport goes, a tiny, single-seater electric car designed for darting through urban traffic and while you never have to plug in sounds pretty good. That's just what Electra Meccanica is promising, with the news that it's adding wireless recharging support to its SOLO EV, based on the same technology being used around some much, much faster electric one-seaters.

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