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.

There’s very good news about VW’s neat little I.D. electric car

There’s very good news about VW’s neat little I.D. electric car

Volkswagen's first I.D. car, the Golf-sized hatchback expected to open the floodgates for the automaker's new all-electric range, will keep most of its concept glamor the company has insisted. Shown off in concept form at the Paris Auto Show back in 2016, the VW I.D. introduced not only the I.D. brand - which has since grown to a number of models - but the next step in the automaker's post-dieselgate mea culpa.

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OneMap Alliance targets single HD map for driverless cars by 2020

OneMap Alliance targets single HD map for driverless cars by 2020

A new collaboration between digital map-makers, the OneMap Alliance, has set itself the challenge of developing a global HD map for autonomous cars by 2020. The project - which is also inviting other companies to get involved - hopes to offer automakers and other companies developing driverless vehicles a single, consistent HD map across different regions.

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Belkin made the aux cable upgrade the modern iPhone needs

Belkin made the aux cable upgrade the modern iPhone needs

The aux cable is getting a 21st century update, with Belkin revealing its newest cord to hook your headphone-jackless iPhone up to your car's dashboard or just about anything else. Apple's decision to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack on its more recent iPhone models prompted no shortage of teeth-gnashing, but little more so than in the car.

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Amazon’s AI is powering scary police facial-recognition systems

Amazon’s AI is powering scary police facial-recognition systems

Amazon has quietly been pushing its Rekognition AI system to police departments, using the deep learning technology to power real-time facial recognition. The company has already deployed Rekognition-powered services in a number of US states, it's reported, automating the identification of "people of interest" from multiple cameras spread across cities.

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Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote invites are out: What to expect

Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote invites are out: What to expect

WWDC 2018 is just around the corner, and Apple has begun inviting press to the opening keynote. Set to be held on June 4, the presentation kicks off at 10am PDT in San Jose, and begins the Cupertino firm's annual week-long developer event.

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Instagram mute ousts humblebrags from the feed: Here’s how

Instagram mute ousts humblebrags from the feed: Here’s how

Instagram is adding a new mute feature to its feed, a more discreet way to oust bragging friends from your timeline without prompting unfollow arguments. It's being billed as a useful option to curate your timeline, and there'll still be ways to see content that muted friends share - or that you're tagged in.

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Google Maps just gave iPhone users a fun UI treat

Google Maps just gave iPhone users a fun UI treat

Google Maps is adding a cute new interface tweak, though right now only those using the iOS version for iPhone and iPad will be able to play with it. The new Google Maps for iOS is getting a customizable navigation icon, for those bored of the traditional blue arrow that shows where you currently are on the map.

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This RED 8K 4V camera uses Hydrogen One as its 3D viewfinder

This RED 8K 4V camera uses Hydrogen One as its 3D viewfinder

If when RED said its Hydrogen One smartphone would have interchangeable cameras, you were thinking simple lenses, think again. One of the first of the modular camera accessories for the upcoming smartphone has been revealed, courtesy of 3D specialist Lucid, and it's big enough to dwarf the upcoming Android handset.

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Tesla Model 3 brake controversy loses EV a key recommendation

Tesla Model 3 brake controversy loses EV a key recommendation

Tesla's Model 3 may be its most affordable car, but concerns over braking performance has seen the electric sedan miss getting the nod from Consumer Reports. Latest in a series of ongoing tensions between the testing company and the EV-maker, the decision comes as Tesla announced it was almost ready to open the order books on even more expensive versions of the electric car.

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USB-C to Lightning cable price cut suggests an Apple change afoot

USB-C to Lightning cable price cut suggests an Apple change afoot

Apple's USB-C to Lightning cable has seen a quiet price cut, dropping in price by almost a quarter amid rumors of a shake up in iPhone and iPad charging. Although Apple includes a USB-A to Lightning cable in the box with each iPhone and iPad, it has also had an option for those wanting faster charging, just as long as they're willing to pay up.

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Meet the real star of the Royal Wedding

Meet the real star of the Royal Wedding

Forget the Givenchy dress, groundbreaking sermon, and vast cake: the real star of the Royal Wedding this weekend had four wheels and an electric heart. While it may have looked like a classic E-Type, however, Meghan and Harry's getaway car was actually even rarer than that.

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The Huawei MateBook X Pro is finally on sale in the US

The Huawei MateBook X Pro is finally on sale in the US

Huawei's MateBook X Pro, the MacBook-rivaling ultraportable notebook that proves the company can make some seriously impressive design, is now available in the US. Announced back at Mobile World Congress, the 13.9-inch notebook gets a 3K resolution touchscreen with minimal bezels, along with a clever way to hide its webcam for both aesthetic and security reasons.

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