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 privacy page opens data download to US users

Apple privacy page opens data download to US users

Apple has launched a new privacy site allowing users of iPhone, macOS, and other products to see just what data the Cupertino firm has on them. The US expansion of the service follows its debut in Europe earlier this year, as Apple complied with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules imposed by the European Union.

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Helm personal email server promises perfect privacy

Helm personal email server promises perfect privacy

You don't have to be a politician or a celebrity to worry about email privacy these days, but if you're starting to eye your Gmail account with suspicion, startup Helm thinks it has the answer. The company's personal email server may look like a router, but in fact it's a standalone hub for your messages that puts security to the fore.

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SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro adds wide-angle camera to your front door

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro adds wide-angle camera to your front door

Video doorbells are increasingly our first point of contact with the modern smart home, and now SimpliSafe is joining the party with its new Video Doorbell Pro. Designed to integrate with a SimpliSafe security and home automation system, the new camera allows for two-way audio as well as getting a glimpse of who is standing at your door.

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This 755hp 1973 Chevrolet Laguna has a Corvette ZR1 heart

This 755hp 1973 Chevrolet Laguna has a Corvette ZR1 heart

If the one thing stopping you from picking up a 1973 Chevrolet Laguna was the absence of a Corvette ZR1 engine, then we have some excellent news for you. Sadly Chevy isn't planning on putting this mash-up of '70s retro-classic and supercharged 755 horsepower monster into production, but it will sell you the most important part so you can do it yourself.

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Skydio R1 Apple Watch app puts autonomous drone control on your wrist

Skydio R1 Apple Watch app puts autonomous drone control on your wrist

Skydio's self-flying drone is getting Apple Watch control, bringing the key autopilot features of the intelligent flying camera out of the app and to your wrist. Arriving as an update today, the new Apple Watch interface promises to make it even easier than before to operate the Skydio R1 and navigate through its various tracking modes. At the same time, the R1 drone is also arriving in Apple Stores.

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The 2019 BMW X7 is big, brash, and full of the latest tech

The 2019 BMW X7 is big, brash, and full of the latest tech

There's a new luxury SUV coming to town, and if you demand seven seats, striking style, and an M Sport package, the 2019 BMW X7 might be the truck for you. Sitting above the X5 as BMW's biggest, most lavish SUV option, the all-new X7 promises the best of the automaker's technology without sacrificing on comfort.

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Google Maps EV charging locations are a genius idea

Google Maps EV charging locations are a genius idea

Google Maps is adding electric vehicle charging station information, promising to make powering up an EV or plug-in hybrid more straightforward. The new functionality is being added to the Google Maps app for iOS and Android today, and will follow on in the desktop version in the coming weeks, Google says.

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This Huawei decision seems like a terrible idea

This Huawei decision seems like a terrible idea

At first glance there's a whole lot to like about Huawei's new Mate 20 series, but the company's attempt to shake up the memory card market could end up more frustrating than anything else. The Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 will be the first of Huawei's phones to use NM Card storage, a new type of memory card intended to replace microSD.

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Google imposes Android app fees after huge Euro antitrust ruling

Google imposes Android app fees after huge Euro antitrust ruling

Google will charge Android phone-makers in Europe to include Google Play access, as the search giant adjusts its policies to comply with an EU antitrust ruling. The European Commission slapped Google with a 4.34 billion euro - $5bn - fine three months ago, after complaints that it had stymied the smartphone space by forcing phone-makers to install Chrome and Google Search if they wanted Play store access.

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Facebook ‘Ripley’ could turn your TV into a huge Portal

Facebook ‘Ripley’ could turn your TV into a huge Portal

Facebook may have met more skepticism than excitement with its Portal video call devices, but the social network isn't letting that dampen its video streaming plans. A new gadget is reportedly in the pipeline, eschewing the smart display form-factor of the Portal and Portal+ in favor of turning your TV into a video chat device.

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Every phone needs this genius Huawei Mate 20 Pro feature

Every phone needs this genius Huawei Mate 20 Pro feature

There's no shortage of things to like about the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Five cameras, a beautiful AMOLED screen, a huge 4,200 mAh battery, and a focus on speedy, useful artificial intelligence, just to name a few highlights. However there's one big feature that rival phone-makers really need to copy.

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Huawei Watch GT and Band 3 Pro track fitness with incredible battery life

Huawei Watch GT and Band 3 Pro track fitness with incredible battery life

Huawei doesn't just have the new Mate 20 Pro today, it also has a pair of wearables that promise maximum fitness tracking flexibility without compromising on battery life. The new Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band 3 Pro are two different aesthetic answers to a similar problem: what do you do if you want full GPS tracking for your workouts, but also want a wearable that lasts longer than a couple of hours?

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