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.

iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

I don't think I've ever been in the midst of a conversation and thought "what this discussion needs is my opinion stated by a perfectly-animated poop emoji," though I concede I'm a sample of one. There's also been doubt among some I've spoken to post-Apple iPhone X event that you couldn't do Animojis with a regular front-facing camera and facial tracking. After all, Snapchat has cemented its relevance, in part, by doing just that across pretty much any smartphone.

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Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE hands-on

Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE hands-on

Despite an enthusiastic start with smartwatches, my wrist has, for the past six months at least, stayed conspicuously bare of tech. The new Apple Watch Series 3 might well change that. Somehow managing to squeeze in cellular connectivity, the LTE Apple Watch begs a spot on my wrist by virtue of its iPhone-free existence.

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iPhone X hands-on : Apple’s OLED flagship up close

iPhone X hands-on : Apple’s OLED flagship up close

Familiar, and yet so very different. That's my first impression of the iPhone X, Apple's brand new flagship iOS smartphone, revealed today at the Steve Jobs Theater in California. First things first, arguably the most important thing if you don't want to look stupid when you walk into your nearest Apple Store: it's pronounced "iPhone Ten", not "iPhone X".

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2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package tames the wild wing

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package tames the wild wing

What's a person to do if they want a Porsche 911 GT3 but also crave life out of the spotlight? The German automaker believes it has the answer with the 2018 911 GT3 with Touring Package, a new version of the coupe that drops its most outlandish feature. Where normally the GT3's sizable fixed rear wing would be found, the Touring Package trades it for a far more discreet alternative.

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This is the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE: an F1 car for the road

This is the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE: an F1 car for the road

"A race car for the road" may be a cliche, but in the case of the new Mercedes-AMG Project ONE it's true. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show IAA 2017 today, the hotly-anticipated coupe borrows liberally from Formula 1 technology, not least a very special hybrid powertrain. With over 1,000 horsepower and a top speed in excess of 217 mph, this is arguably the modern day equivalent of the classic McLaren F1.

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GM’s Cruise self-driving cars are mass-production ready

GM’s Cruise self-driving cars are mass-production ready

Cruise Automation, GM's self-driving car company, has a new model and a plan for production, it has announced today. The new Cruise car, its third-generation, is based on the Chevrolet Bolt EV and will come equipped with all of the necessary hardware for real-time navigation without relying on a human driver. However, though the vehicle is being described as Cruise's "first production design" it won't be ready to drive itself quite yet.

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Audi R8 V10 RWS is a super-rare rear-wheel drive oddity

Audi R8 V10 RWS is a super-rare rear-wheel drive oddity

Audi and quattro all-wheel drive usually go together like peas in an automotive pod, so nobody expected this: a rear-wheel drive Audi R8. The limited-edition supercar is making its debut today at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 in Germany, based on the R8 LMS racing car, but bringing that to public streets. The result is this, the new Audi R8 V10 RWS.

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The Bugatti Chiron just smashed an incredible speed record

The Bugatti Chiron just smashed an incredible speed record

The Bugatti Chiron was always going to be fast. An 8.0-liter W16 engine with almost 1,500 horsepower will guarantee that, after all. However, we didn't realize just how quick it would be, something Bugatti has now established with a record-breaking speed test.

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Tesla urban Superchargers bring high-speed charging to cities

Tesla urban Superchargers bring high-speed charging to cities

Tesla is planning a big push in urban Supercharger locations, attempting to bolster its network as Model 3 owners start to join the crowds. The company has traditionally used Supercharger Stations to enable long-distance driving for its electric cars, positioning them along highways and on popular driving routes. In contrast, city recharging has focused on other, less powerful means.

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iPhone 8 is iPhone X: Apple’s big secret spills

iPhone 8 is iPhone X: Apple’s big secret spills

What's in a name? When it's the much-discussed new iPhone flagship, the answer is "plenty"; there's been no shortage of speculation about what the upcoming "iPhone 8" will actually be called when Apple reveals it next week. So far the consensus has been on iPhone 8 being the company's name of choice, but a new leak courtesy of some judicious digging through the latest iOS 11 golden master (GM) build.

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TVR Griffith reborn: British icon back from dead with V8 monster

TVR Griffith reborn: British icon back from dead with V8 monster

Of all the British automakers we thought might come back from the dead, TVR was nowhere near the top of our shortlist. Nonetheless, the classic - and in many ways infamous - automaker has been reborn, with a completely new TVR Griffith that sticks closely to the equation that made its original namesake so notorious. And, while the brand might not be too well known outside of motoring enthusiast circles, the new Griffith has some serious names behind it.

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Jaguar made the most beautiful electric car I’ve ever seen

Jaguar made the most beautiful electric car I’ve ever seen

Jaguar just made the most beautiful electric car in the world, and it only had to cheat a little to do so. The Jaguar E-Type Zero may look like it's right out of the sixties, but that's for good reason: it's an EV wearing the body of a classic. I've been spending some time up-close with it in London, England, at Jaguar Land Rover's inaugural Tech Fest event, and it's not hard to fall in love.

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