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.


Super-sized Tesla Supercharger stations go live

Super-sized Tesla Supercharger stations go live

Tesla might be building up to its big electric truck reveal tonight, but at the same time it's also readying its largest ever Supercharger stations in the US. Two of the new, supersized charging stations have reportedly come online, both in California, and offering Tesla drivers more capacity and a nicer place to wait.

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iHome lets Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant control your garden gadgets

iHome lets Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant control your garden gadgets

The typical smart home might be getting more connected, but outdoor gadgets have been slower to get online. iHome's new iSP100 Outdoor SmartPlug aims to change that, a weatherproof way to add Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, and other controls to devices outside.

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The Dallara Stradale promises to be an epic roadster

The Dallara Stradale promises to be an epic roadster

Boutique sports cars are often more style than substance, but when racing specialist Dallara Automobili cooks up a road-legal model, you pay attention. The Italian automaker has pulled the wraps from the Dallara Stradale, a super-lightweight roadster that combines old-school strategy with cutting-edge materials and design.

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2018 Kia Stinger pricing revealed, and we’re surprised

2018 Kia Stinger pricing revealed, and we’re surprised

Kia has priced up the 2018 Stinger, its unexpectedly ferocious fastback sports sedan. Pricing for the car kicks off at $31,900, with five trim levels and a choice of two engines. However, you should probably budget some time to spend on explaining exactly what it is you're driving to strangers at the gas station.

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6 key Tesla Truck facts we need to hear today

6 key Tesla Truck facts we need to hear today

Tesla CEO Elon Musk doesn't believe in making his life easy. Model 3 production may only be slowly ramping up now, but that hasn't stopped the electric-obsessed automaker from holding a whizz-bang launch for its next product, the Tesla truck. It's a chance today to finally see the vehicle that Musk has promised will revolutionize haulage: here are the big questions he needs to answer.

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Amazon Key hack disables Cloud Cam while courier is inside

Amazon Key hack disables Cloud Cam while courier is inside

Amazon may have pitched the Cloud Cam as a key security feature of Amazon Key, but researchers have demonstrated a huge flaw that could leave customers thinking twice about giving couriers virtual keys. Launched in October, Amazon Key offers Amazon's most loyal users in its Prime membership scheme a way to accept packages even if they're not home, by giving delivery people one-time access to the home with a connected lock. Figuring many would be wary of that, the Amazon Cloud Cam was pitched as a way to ensure everything was above board.

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Surface Book 2 Review (15-inch): The MacBook Pro eater

Surface Book 2 Review (15-inch): The MacBook Pro eater

If you were crafting a recipe for the perfect performance notebook, the Surface Book 2 15-inch wouldn't be a bad place to start. Microsoft's move to "lead by example" in Windows 10 laptops still wows, with its detachable screen and crisp, premium hardware, even two years after its original debut. Still, for all its battery life and design cred, the Surface Book wasn't perfect. Embracing USB-C, a larger 15-inch screen, and some of the beefiest specifications this side of a gaming PC, the Surface Book 2 sets out to give Apple some nightmares.

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GM just teased this electric crossover in its EV grand plan

GM just teased this electric crossover in its EV grand plan

General Motors has given a brief glimpse of its upcoming electric crossover, the Bolt EV based vehicle that could kick the automaker's zero-emissions sales into the mainstream. The concept was shown during GM CEO Mary Barra's appearance at the Barclays Global Automotive Conference today, as part of a broader roadmap of green and autonomous motoring.

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Google Pixel Buds Review: Lost in Translation

Google Pixel Buds Review: Lost in Translation

The Pixel 2 may not have a headphone jack, but the Google Pixel Buds promise to make you forget all about your legacy port. Taking on Apple's best-selling AirPods, the $159 headphones not only promise hands-free calls and music, but to bring the power of the Google Assistant to your ear, and translate conversations in foreign languages. Sadly, though, the Pixel Buds aren't the AirPods-killers we were hoping for.

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2019 Subaru Ascent SUV teases long-awaited 3-row return

2019 Subaru Ascent SUV teases long-awaited 3-row return

Subaru fans love the all-wheel-drive addicted automaker but want more space, and that's just what the company is promising with its new 3-row SUV. The 2019 Subaru Ascent is set to debut at the LA Auto Show 2017 in just a few weeks time, and promises to relaunch the automaker back into a category they haven't played in since 2012.

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Google Home equalizer paves way for the big Max

Google Home equalizer paves way for the big Max

If your demands from a smart speaker focus more on, well, music than how well it answers questions, the latest update to Google Home might be of interest. In a new update, the Google Home and Google Home Mini have gained an equalizer, allowing owners to tweak the audio levels to suit their own particular tastes.

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Essential Phone Oreo update released in beta

Essential Phone Oreo update released in beta

There's another good reason to pick up an Essential Phone, with the company releasing its Android Oreo beta today. The new software has been pushed out via Essential's developer site, fulfilling its promise back in October to quickly move users to the latest version of Android.

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