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.

2018 Jaguar F-Type adds GoPro integration

2018 Jaguar F-Type adds GoPro integration

Jaguar has taken the wraps off the achingly-pretty 2018 F-Type, upgraded inside and out for the new model year, and joined by a 400 Sport special edition. The car will continue to be offered as either a coupe or a convertible, and in either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Differentiating the MY2018 version will be new LED headlamps and updated LED taillights.

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2018 Lexus LC priced up, and it’s cheaper than we feared

2018 Lexus LC priced up, and it’s cheaper than we feared

Lexus has announced pricing for its 2018 LC 500 and LC 500h coupes, ahead of the sleek two-doors arriving in dealerships in just a few months time. The cars, based on the LF-LC concept and astonishingly close to that design as they reach production, will sneak in under the $100,000 mark whether you go for the naturally-aspirated V8 or the hybrid model. Meanwhile, there's a healthy options list with some of the niceties we've seen on the GS F, details of which you'll find below.

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Windows 10 privacy revamped: Creators Update to streamline settings

Windows 10 privacy revamped: Creators Update to streamline settings

Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update isn't just bringing new features, but a revamped privacy system that the company hopes will settle concerns about ads, location sharing, and more. Although the Creators Update isn't expected to arrive for Windows 10 fans until around April 2017, Microsoft has been detailing some of the tweaks and improvements, both in individual settings and how those settings impact the overall experience. Meanwhile, there's a taste of the new focus on privacy available to try today.

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AT&T raises price on grandfathered truely-unlimited data plans

AT&T raises price on grandfathered truely-unlimited data plans

AT&T subscribers clinging to their grandfathered unlimited data plans face yet another price increase, with the carrier slapping on an extra monthly charge. The plans, which offered legitimately unlimited data rather than the capped allowances currently offered, haven't been available for new AT&T customers for some years now. However, that hasn't stopped existing users from refusing to give them up.

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MacBook Pro battery retested as Consumer Reports tries Apple’s fix

MacBook Pro battery retested as Consumer Reports tries Apple’s fix

Consumer Reports is re-testing battery life on the latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, after Apple released a software update intended to address wildly varying runtimes. The patch, which is being released to the macOS beta channel today and will eventually be included for all users of the software, focuses on a buried setting in Safari, the browser which Consumer Reports used for its controversial testing back in December. Back then, the organization found that despite Apple's claims of around 10 hours of battery life for the new notebooks, the MacBook Pro models it bought would sometimes deliver just a fraction of that.

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Fitbit buys Vector Watch as smartwatch app store plans simmer

Fitbit buys Vector Watch as smartwatch app store plans simmer

Fitbit continues its spate of acquisitions, with news that the wearables company has acquired Vector Watch, a smartwatch startup that made headlines with its long battery life and discreet design. The news, confirmed by Vector Watch today, will see both the Vector Watch team and its software platform added to Fitbit's ranks. However, for existing Vector smartwatch owners, it means an end to updates and new features.

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They’re back: Ford Bronco SUV and Ranger pickup reborn

They’re back: Ford Bronco SUV and Ranger pickup reborn

Like a phoenix from the ashes, Ford is resurrecting the beloved Bronco nameplate, as well as promising to return the Ranger to the US market. The news, shared at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 this morning, was light on details but heavy on promise, with midsize truck and SUV fans finally getting the news they'd been hoping the Blue Oval would give them for some years now. Don't expect instant gratification, mind.

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This is the new 2018 Toyota Camry: You’ll buy thousands of them

This is the new 2018 Toyota Camry: You’ll buy thousands of them

Nobody has ever felt their breath catch in their throat at the sight of a Toyota Camry, but that hasn't stopped it from becoming the best-selling car in America for the past fifteen years. Now, Toyota is aiming to "stir the soul" for its eighth generation, with the 2018 Camry promising not only the dependable functionality of its predecessors but some excitement too. Here's how they'll do it.

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The 2018 Honda Odyssey is like CES on wheels

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is like CES on wheels

You don't need to be driven by Waymo's autonomous car to find a high-tech minivan, with Honda's 2018 Odyssey cranking up the gadgetry for the Detroit Auto Show this year. The new minivan not only promises more power and refinement, but the ability to peek into the back via the infotainment system, get online with a baked-in hotspot, and even clean up with an integrated vacuum cleaner. It's enough to make the school run seem like CES.

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Mercedes outs 2018 AMG GLA 45 4MATIC and 2018 E-Class Coupe

Mercedes outs 2018 AMG GLA 45 4MATIC and 2018 E-Class Coupe

Mercedes-AMG has brought a new performance version of the Mercedes GLA to Detroit, revealing the 2018 GLA 45 4MATIC. Revamped for the new model year, the sportier AMG GLA packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 381 HP and 350 lb-ft. of torque, which Mercedes' tuning arm says is good enough for a 0-62 mph time of just 4.4 seconds. Top speed is an electronically-limited 155 mph.

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2018 Audi SQ5 and S5 Convertible hit NAIAS with high tech levels

2018 Audi SQ5 and S5 Convertible hit NAIAS with high tech levels

Audi has brought two fast helpings of bright red car to the Detroit Auto Show 2017, with the 2018 SQ5 and 2018 S5 Convertible showing up in North America for the first time. In fact, it's the new SQ5's debut worldwide, with the performance version of Audi's best-selling vehicle getting a turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI engine and new driving dynamics systems. That's despite also delivering better economy than its predecessor, mind.

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Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept car previews bold new self-driving sedan

Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept car previews bold new self-driving sedan

Nissan has whipped the sheets from its newest concept car, the Vmotion 2.0, a striking luxury sedan with autonomous driving and a high-luxe interior. Revealed today, during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017, the new concept previews a potential future four-door design direction for Nissan, the automaker promises. That includes more focus on dynamic styling, along with a greater emphasis on the cabin experience.

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