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.

Ford’s 2019 Ranger configurator builds out one pricey pickup

Ford’s 2019 Ranger configurator builds out one pricey pickup

Ford's 2019 Ranger is up on the public configurator, and while there's no Ranger Raptor quite yet to sate our performance truck urges, you can still spec out an impressive midsize pickup. Announced back at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the new Ranger promises F-150-style capabilities but in a more urban-friendly package.

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Now the 2019 VW Golf R can look as wild as it drives

Now the 2019 VW Golf R can look as wild as it drives

Volkswagen is injecting some fun back into its feistiest Golf, with the Volkswagen Spektrum Program offering a whole new set of colors for the 2019 Golf R. The sports hatchback certainly isn't going to be slow when it comes to pace, but VW's fairly sober portfolio of off-the-shelf paint finishes means the impact when it's standing still isn't so visceral.

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Samsung’s new Dolby Atmos soundbars tap Harman Kardon tuning

Samsung’s new Dolby Atmos soundbars tap Harman Kardon tuning

Samsung and Harman Kardon have a pair of new soundbars, packaging Dolby Atmos and DTS:X into a simple home theater upgrade. The HW-N950 and HW-N850 are the first co-branded speakers to be released since Samsung acquired Harman back in March 2017.

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T-Mobile Team of Experts makes customer service the next carrier war

T-Mobile Team of Experts makes customer service the next carrier war

T-Mobile is launching Team of Experts, aiming to oust bad customer service experiences and replace it with a dedicated team of people that are easier to contact. Announced at an event today, the news saw T-Mobile CEO John Legere fire his usual shots at his cellphone network rivals, blasting not only their retention numbers but their cavalier approach to customer service.

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Samsung’s Exynos Modem 5100 reveals 5G for future Galaxy models

Samsung’s Exynos Modem 5100 reveals 5G for future Galaxy models

Samsung has revealed its first 5G modem, the Exynos Modem 5100, promising not only compatibility with the new next-generation networks under construction but backward support too. The new modem follows 5G chips from Qualcomm and Intel, all of which are angling to find their way into future smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other hardware.

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No, you don’t want a first-gen 5G smartphone

No, you don’t want a first-gen 5G smartphone

5G smartphones are still months away, but the carriers are already shouting about their fresh new handsets. Sprint joined the 5G hype club today, announcing it’s working with LG on a special device to usher in its fifth-generation cellular network next year. It’s hot on the heels of the Moto Z3, a “5G Ready” phone you can buy today from Verizon… just not with any 5G hardware yet.

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LG and Sprint team on first 5G phone for 2019

LG and Sprint team on first 5G phone for 2019

LG and Sprint will make the carrier's first 5G smartphone, with the new handset expected to debut sometime in 2019. It follows Verizon announcing its first 5G-compatible phone, the Moto Z3, which went on sale this month but won't get its 5G support until next year.

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Earth’s mini-moons could unlock space secrets – and make fortunes

Earth’s mini-moons could unlock space secrets – and make fortunes

Earth may have one moon we can see, but a flock of much smaller "mini-moons" could end up being far more valuable for both scientific and commercial purposes, new research suggests. Faster moving and far harder to spot, the mini-moons are typically only temporary visitors in orbit. However, if we can start to effectively capture them, that could unlock some significant opportunities.

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Google Voice update gives app a welcome refresh

Google Voice update gives app a welcome refresh

Google Voice sometimes feels like the forgotten service in Google's portfolio, but a new app update has given the calling service a quick refresh. Launched on iOS with an update this week, the new app won't blow anybody away with its new functionality, but it does make using Google Voice a little easier if it's your primary voice call system.

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Samsung SmartThings Wifi: 5 things you should know

Samsung SmartThings Wifi: 5 things you should know

Samsung wants to tame your smart home and end your WiFi deadspots, with its new SmartThings Wifi mesh router system. Promising not only smoother internet access for things like online gaming, streaming media, and general browsing, the mesh networking system also integrates an IoT hub that could leave you spending less time jumping between apps and more time letting your connected home do the hard work in the background.

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Sony’s Digital Paper just got a killer back-to-school deal

Sony’s Digital Paper just got a killer back-to-school deal

Sony's unusual Digital Paper, a 13.3-inch tablet that pairs an e-paper touchscreen with a digital pen, has seen a rare discount ahead of back-to-school season. Announced earlier this year, the second-generation Sony tablet - DPT-RP1 - targets those who want to take their notes digitally, but much prefer the reading and writing experience of paper.

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Apple delays iOS 12’s Group FaceTime video calls

Apple delays iOS 12’s Group FaceTime video calls

One of iOS 12's headline features, Group FaceTime, will now no longer ship in the initial release of the iPhone update, Apple has confirmed. Announced at WWDC 2018, the feature allows FaceTime video calls to include up to 32 people simultaneously.

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