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.

Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren’t friends

Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren’t friends

Apple is discovering that sleek architecture doesn't necessarily play nicely with health & safety, after multiple reported cases of Apple Park staff walking into glass doors and windows. The facility, colloquially known as "the spaceship" for its unusual ring-like shape, has only just begun accommodating staff, having seen its opening delayed after construction took longer than expected.

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Gmail Go is the lightweight Android email app you can’t have

Gmail Go is the lightweight Android email app you can’t have

Google has released Gmail Go, a new app for Android that promises more lightweight access to your email. Sitting alongside, rather than outright replacing the default Gmail app available for Android, iOS, and other devices, Gmail Go is the latest in the search giant's line-up of pared-back "Go" edition software.

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Windows App Preview Program offers early apps without raw OS

Windows App Preview Program offers early apps without raw OS

Microsoft will allow users to try the latest version of apps without necessarily needing to be using the most cutting-edge - and potentially unstable - build of Windows 10. The Windows App Preview Program will offer Windows Insiders - members of Microsoft's open software testing scheme - to get their hands on the newest software from the company, without necessarily going the whole hog with their OS.

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2019 Subaru Ascent 3-row SUV priced up with standard AWD

2019 Subaru Ascent 3-row SUV priced up with standard AWD

Subaru has priced up the 2019 Ascent, its hotly-anticipated return to the 3-row SUV segment. Billed as the largest Subaru ever, the family SUV can be had in seven or eight passenger versions, all of which come with all-wheel drive as standard, just like the automaker's other cars.

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Surface Pro $200 price cut celebrates 2-in-1’s 5th birthday

Surface Pro $200 price cut celebrates 2-in-1’s 5th birthday

It's the fifth anniversary of the Surface Pro, and Microsoft is marking the occasion with a $200 price cut, though only if you act fast. The President's Day Surface Pro deal will run from February 17th through to February 19th, bringing the cost of the 2-in-1 down to as little as $799.

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HomePod coaster spawned by Apple’s speaker ring saga

HomePod coaster spawned by Apple’s speaker ring saga

Welcome to the inevitable result of HomePod's odd furniture ring issue: coasters specially designed for Apple's speaker. After Apple conceded that yes, under certain circumstances and on some surfaces like oiled wood, the silicone base on which HomePod sits could leave white rings on your furniture, it was only a matter of time until some enterprising accessory company stepped in to save the day.

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FedEx goof exposes 119,000 passports, IDs and more

FedEx goof exposes 119,000 passports, IDs and more

A huge FedEx security goof exposed more than 119,000 scanned documents, including passports and driving licenses of customers, the shipping company has admitted. Security researchers identified a server on which the scans - which had been collected as part of a discontinued service that assisted customers in setting up shipments - had been left unsecured and open to public access.

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Essential Phone limited-editions include Copper Black surprise

Essential Phone limited-editions include Copper Black surprise

Essential has spilled the details on its three new Essential Phone colors, Ocean Depths, Stella Gray, and Copper Black, with sales kicking off from today. Announced back when Essential first revealed the phone, the new finishes have taken longer to arrive than Andy Rubin's startup initially anticipated, after the discovery that getting the colors and textures right was trickier than they thought.

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A single character can crash your iPhone’s messaging apps [Updated]

A single character can crash your iPhone’s messaging apps [Updated]

A new iOS bug that can crash not only Messages but third-party messaging apps has been discovered, potentially leaving the app unusable by receiving a single character. It's the latest in a series of bugs that have affected iOS, and its messaging abilities in particular, though it looks like Apple will be fixing this particular one with iOS 11.3 if not before.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio priced up

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio priced up

Alfa Romeo's punchy little Stelvio crossover may have impressed us, but the version we've really been waiting for, the 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio, has finally got its price tag. Just as with the Giulia sedan before it, the "Quadrifoglio" badge on this particular luxury SUV means a huge increase in power from a beefy V6 engine.

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Intel finally has an 8th Gen Core i3 for cheaper laptops

Intel finally has an 8th Gen Core i3 for cheaper laptops

Intel has finally added an entry-level 8th Generation processor to its line-up, opening the door to more affordable new laptops and 2-in-1s with the latest silicon. The chip-maker's 8th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 processors have been spreading through notebooks and desktops since all the way back in August 2017, but Intel's staggered launch has left some odd gaps in the line-up.

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HomePod is changing how I listen to music

HomePod is changing how I listen to music

Is Siri better than the Google Assistant, or worse than Alexa, or the downfall of Apple's HomePod, or the reason it's so good? The questions around the Cupertino company's first connected speaker are numerous and fairly predictable, just like the tests pitting one virtual assistant against another in fact. From the start I'd figured Siri makes an excellent guide through Apple Music - you can credit Apple's otherwise frustratingly tight integration between streaming service and speaker for that - but what I didn't expect was how much she would change how I listen to music.

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