Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for SlashGear 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.

Sony XB900N noise-canceling headphones have big bass, lower price

Sony XB900N noise-canceling headphones have big bass, lower price

Sony has a new set of noise-canceling headphones, and if the WH-1000XM3 proved too rich for your bank account, the WH-XB900N might fit the bill - and crank up your bass. Latest to join the Sony EXTRA BASS range, the new active noise-canceling headphones borrow the style of their more expensive sibling, along with some of the tech, too.

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These Facebook robots are training more cunning AI

These Facebook robots are training more cunning AI

Facebook has revealed the fruits of its robotics division, driving artificial intelligence research and coming up with some creepy bug-like 'bots in the process. Though robots capable of walking, using tactile sensors to better manipulate new objects, and even showing curiosity may sound like a strange endeavor for a social network, Facebook argues that they're just what its AIs need.

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Impossible Foods new fake-meat sausage arrives on Little Caesars pizza

Impossible Foods new fake-meat sausage arrives on Little Caesars pizza

Impossible Foods is spreading its faux-meat, with a new plant-based sausage set to appear on the Little Caesars Impossible Supreme pizza. The latest in the company's meat alternative line-up, the new Impossible Sausage is described as "spicy-sweet" and will be trialed on the new pizza.

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Lutron Aurora Philips Hue dimmer is the smartest smart-switch yet

Lutron Aurora Philips Hue dimmer is the smartest smart-switch yet

Philips Hue smart bulbs inadvertently cut off from the network could be a problem no longer, with Lutron launching an Aurora dimmer accessory that also prevents accidental switch-offs. Hue bulbs are now a mainstay of many smart home installations, however they typically come with one lingering problem. For the bulbs to work, the power must remain switched on.

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Huawei speaks out on Android ban

Huawei speaks out on Android ban

Huawei has reacted to Google's block on key Android apps and features at the behest of the US government, insisting that existing devices won't suddenly lose features, and pointing to its own enhancements to Android. The Chinese telecoms company found itself added to the Trump administration's blacklist late last week, a decision which could have a massive impact on smartphone and tablet sales outside of China.

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Huawei’s Android nightmare just got much, much worse

Huawei’s Android nightmare just got much, much worse

Google will cut off Huawei’s access to key Android apps and updates, it’s reported, as the Chinese company takes another hit in the US government’s trade war. Although relatively absent from US shelves, Huawei has a huge smartphone business in Europe and Asia, which could well be significantly impacted by the change.

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Google Purchases is a creepy list of your online shopping history

Google Purchases is a creepy list of your online shopping history

A barely-publicized Google page may have been tracking every purchase you make online, sucking in online order details from Gmail accounts without most people knowing it's happening. The revelation comes amid Google's attempts to shift the focus away from the huge quantity of personal data it holds on people, and instead position itself as a champion of privacy.

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Tesla Autopilot update dilutes features for some owners

Tesla Autopilot update dilutes features for some owners

Tesla's OTA updates typically surprise and delight owners with new features, but recent software changes have in fact reined in Autopilot as the EV-maker feels the pinch of new regulations. The driver assistance system has seen numerous upgrades in recent years, building on adaptive cruise-control and lane-keeping to add features like automatic lane-changing and auto-park.

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Garmin Overlander goes off-road with adventure focused features

Garmin Overlander goes off-road with adventure focused features

Garmin has a new GPS navigation device, and while smartphones may have taken over in-car directions, the Garmin Overlander aims to prove that standalone still has its place. Targeting the overlanding community, the eponymous all-in-one navigator includes not only road mapping and directions but topographical mapping, too.

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Elon Musk makes dire Tesla warning in cost cutting hunt [Updated]

Elon Musk makes dire Tesla warning in cost cutting hunt [Updated]

Tesla's Elon Musk has made an ominous prediction about the automaker's financial outlook, with a leaked memo from within the firm giving it less than a year to achieve breakeven at its current spending rate. Tesla announced losses of $700m in the last quarter, though the automaker did end the three month period with $2.2 billion in cash.

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North Focals conversation mode silences smart glasses when you’re chatting

North Focals conversation mode silences smart glasses when you’re chatting

North's Focals smart glasses are becoming more aware of what's going on around you, with a new conversation detection mode promising to minimize distractions while you're engaged in real life. The new feature is part of North's latest update for the digitally-upgraded glasses, rolling out from today.

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Google Trips is a one-stop hub for your vacation plans

Google Trips is a one-stop hub for your vacation plans

Google has brought its simplified travel planning system to the desktop, integrating flights, hotels, and ideas for actives into a single, comprehensive hub. The move combines Google Flights, Hotels, and more into one Google Trips location, that promises to be more useful than a fanny pack for your passport and travelers checks.

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