Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for SlashGear 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.

Wyze Bulb just the start, budget smart home firm promises

Wyze Bulb just the start, budget smart home firm promises

The unexpected arrival of the Wyze Bulb has been followed by open sales through the company's app, with the notably affordable smart lighting set to ship in June. Spotted earlier in the week, the Wyze Bulb takes on established challengers like Philips Hue and LIFX.

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Razer signs OUYA’s death warrant

Razer signs OUYA’s death warrant

Remember OUYA? You'd be forgiven if you'd forgotten about the crowdfunded Android console, but allow Razer to jog your memory with news that it's about to pull the plug once and for all. The OUYA game store is about to expire, and with it will go Forge TV and the MadCatz MOJO game stores too.

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Google Duplex often uses humans to make its calls

Google Duplex often uses humans to make its calls

Google Duplex, the AI-powered restaurant reservation service which made headlines last year, relies on humans to make calls more often than you might think, new tests have revealed. Google unveiled Duplex at I/O 2018, wowing attendees with a demo of its AI-powered Assistant calling a restaurant and discussing a reservation with staff there, all apparently independent of the human user.

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Consumer Reports is mad at Tesla Autopilot. Again.

Consumer Reports is mad at Tesla Autopilot. Again.

The latest version of Tesla Navigate on Autopilot finds itself in the crosshairs of Consumer Reports' criticism this week, with the testing organization singularly unconvinced that the automaker's promises of a "more seamless" drive hold up to scrutiny. The feature was tweaked earlier this year so that suitably-equipped EVs could automatically change lane while Autopilot was enabled.

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NASA Mars 2020 mission is taking passenger names – but not how you think

NASA Mars 2020 mission is taking passenger names – but not how you think

NASA may not be ready to take passengers to Mars, but you'll be able to put your name down in the meantime - quite literally. The space agency is offering "frequent flyer" points along with souvenir boarding passes to members of the public for a trip to Mars, as part of its push around the Mars 2020 mission.

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Google Search redesign puts brands to the front

Google Search redesign puts brands to the front

Google Search is getting a makeover, with results set to add recognizable brands and more in order to make finding your answer even quicker. The update will be showing up in mobile results first, Google says, though it coincidentally arrives in the midst of an indexing glitch that has left the search giant ignoring new content.

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2020 BMW X5 M50i and X7 M50i give SUVs a 530hp twin-turbo V8

2020 BMW X5 M50i and X7 M50i give SUVs a 530hp twin-turbo V8

Your SUV needs more power, and BMW wants to give it too you. The latest chess move in the German automaker's strategy of M-all-the-things, the 2020 BMW X5 M50i and X7 M50i answer the age-old question of "why doesn't my luxury truck do 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds like the new Toyota Supra?"

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Apple WWDC 2019 keynote invites are out: Here’s what we expect

Apple WWDC 2019 keynote invites are out: Here’s what we expect

Apple's WWDC 2019 keynote invitations have dropped, and all eyes are on the annual developer event to see the latest updates for iOS and macOS - and just in case some new hardware makes an unexpected appearance. The keynote kicks off at 10am PT on June 3, 2019, and will set the stage for Apple's big updates to its mobile, desktop, and services for the year ahead.

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NASA’s ambitious drone air traffic control trial faces its toughest challenges

NASA’s ambitious drone air traffic control trial faces its toughest challenges

NASA's automated air traffic control for drones project is headed into its final - and most challenging - year, and the future of UAV deliveries, automated flying taxis, and more could hinge on just how well the trials pan out. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management project (UTM) has been running since 2015, NASA's experiment in collaboration with the FAA and other agencies to explore how piloted and self-flying drones and other unmanned aircraft can cohabit in the skies.

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Huawei 5G phones frozen out of carrier plans

Huawei 5G phones frozen out of carrier plans

Huawei's smartphone woes continue, as carriers pull the Chinese company's 5G handsets from their rollout amid concerns about future Android updates. The company, one of the largest smartphone makers in the world, found itself suddenly facing a future without access to key Android technology, after the Trump administration put Huawei on its trade blacklist.

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2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport gets hybrid, style and tech upgrades

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport gets hybrid, style and tech upgrades

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport has broken cover, and the three-row SUV is getting upgrades both in the shape of a mild-hybrid powertrain and a more tech-savvy cabin. Set to hit dealerships in the US this summer, the new Discovery Sport also gets a more aggressive exterior than the regular Discovery.

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Peak Design Travel Tripod could be a photographer’s must-have

Peak Design Travel Tripod could be a photographer’s must-have

Peak Design has already built up a huge following in bags - now it wants to do the same with a new Travel Tripod. The photographers-favorite has seen no shortage of crowdfunding success with previous launches like the Everyday Pack and camera clips, and has now turned that attention to another must-have accessory.

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