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.

Neato’s robot vacuums now obey Google Home’s voice orders

Neato’s robot vacuums now obey Google Home’s voice orders

The number of ways you can automate your home just by barking at it continues to grow, with Neato adding Google Home support to its connected robot vacuum range. Available as a new talent for the smart speaker today, the integration allows you to trigger a clean entirely hands-free. The functionality joins Neato's existing Amazon Alexa support.

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Lucid Motors’ Air price confirmed as EV maker puts BMW on notice

Lucid Motors’ Air price confirmed as EV maker puts BMW on notice

We knew Lucid Motors' Air was going to come in a super-exclusive, super-expensive configuration, but now the electric car company has spilled the details on its cheapest model. Unveiled back in December 2016, the Air is the first vehicle to use Lucid's modular electric powertrain. A luxury sedan, it'll go head-to-head not only with EV heavyweight Tesla, but BMW and Mercedes-Benz, too.

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The Jaguar I-PACE got loose, and even British weather can’t overshadow it

The Jaguar I-PACE got loose, and even British weather can’t overshadow it

Somebody let the big electric cat off its leash. The Jaguar I-PACE isn't expected to roll into dealerships until the second half of 2018, but the British car company couldn't resist taking it for a spin - in prototype form, at least - on the public roads on its home turf. Turns out, even grim, overcast London can't cast too much of a shadow on what's set to be Jaguar's most important car in decades.

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Living with AirPods: Three months to change my mind

Living with AirPods: Three months to change my mind

Three months in, has the reality distortion field around the AirPods faded, or are Apple's Bluetooth headphones still my pick of iPhone accessories? They may have met with some ridicule when Apple revealed them, but the ongoing stock shortages would suggest that the mass market doesn't care: they want their AirPods, and they're willing to pay $159 for them. Having lived with them as my primary headphones for some time now, I can't say I disagree.

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2017 Alpina B7 Review: A BMW M7 by any other name

2017 Alpina B7 Review: A BMW M7 by any other name

You wait a couple of decades for one BMW M7 to come along, and life brings you two. Well, not quite: neither BMW's own M760i or this, the 2017 Alpina B7, is officially an M car, but then neither would you really want them to be. Go too far down that track and you end up sacrificing luxury in the name of raw performance, and that's entirely at odds with the 7 Series raison d'être. Does that make the Alpina B7 a plutocrat's sports pretender? No, no it does not.

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TAG’s new smartwatch has a fix for when you bore of Android Wear

TAG’s new smartwatch has a fix for when you bore of Android Wear

TAG Heuer's latest smartwatch may be all about interchangeable modules, but the biggest benefit of the Connected Modular 45 might well be its ability to live on after wearables lose their charm. Announced earlier today, the new watch is one of the more expensive options out there - unsurprisingly, given its old-school timepiece brand name - not to mention among the first to run Android Wear 2.0. TAG's trick is interchangeability not only of straps and virtual watch-faces, but far greater personalization.

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Samsung’s QLED TVs go on sale: The Frame “art TV” lands Spring

Samsung’s QLED TVs go on sale: The Frame “art TV” lands Spring

Samsung's 2017 QLED TVs have hit shelves, with the super-skinny Ultra HD sets that wowed back at CES in January also joined by a new digital picture frame. Priced from $2,799 (MRSP), the QLED TVs use Samsung's Quantum dot display technology for 100-percent color volume along with broader viewing angles than before. A new sound bar and Blu-ray player complete the 2017 line-up.

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2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Review: 575 singing horses

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Review: 575 singing horses

Should you manage to beg, borrow, or steal the keys to the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR, drop everything - bags, laptop, kids - on the ground and drive to the nearest tunnel. Wait until the road is clear; be patient, my friend, because I promise you the payoff is all worth it. You can occupy yourself by opening the windows and tugging the tactile drive-mode toggle into Dynamic, which has the time-saving side effect of switching on the Active Sport Exhaust. Then, when you have the road to yourself, floor the gas.

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Volvo’s 2019 EV will go head-to-head with Tesla Model 3 and Bolt

Volvo’s 2019 EV will go head-to-head with Tesla Model 3 and Bolt

Volvo's first all-electric car will be priced under $40,000 and be able to go at least 250 miles on a full charge, the company has confirmed. The pure EV isn't expected to reach dealerships until 2019, Volvo says, lagging both Chevrolet's Bolt EV and Tesla's Model 3 to market. However, in automotive development times, that really doesn't give the Swedes much leeway.

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Apple is still trying to make iMessage Stickers happen

Apple is still trying to make iMessage Stickers happen

Do you use iMessage stickers? Did you even remember they existed? One of the most fanfared features of iOS 10 was the ability to slap zany little graphics and cartoons into your blue bubble conversations, but the launch of the iMessage App Store was swiftly overshadowed by the platform's other talents.

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Why the LG G6’s display leads the way in 2017

Why the LG G6’s display leads the way in 2017

It's fair to say the LG G6 looked pretty odd in the first leaked photos. By the time the Android smartphone hit the stands at Mobile World Congress last month we were pretty much inured - both from leaks and LG's own near-constant drip-drip-drip of announcements - to its tall & skinny design. Still, when you first pick it up you notice, even if subconsciously, there's something strange going on.

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Apple’s iPad Pro 2 refresh could sneak in next week

Apple’s iPad Pro 2 refresh could sneak in next week

Apple could surprise us next week with new hardware, rumors from the supply chain suggest, potentially refreshing the iPad Pro line-up without the ceremony of an event. Expectations that the Cupertino company will revamp its tablet range this month have circulated for some time now, with analysts and others all suggesting both the 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be replaced by new versions. Now, there's the possibility that Apple will do that with little more fanfare than a press release.

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