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.

Android 9 Pie’s Digital Wellbeing beta is open to Pixel now

Android 9 Pie’s Digital Wellbeing beta is open to Pixel now

Android 9 Pie isn't the only launch from Google today: it's also opening up its beta preview of Digital Wellbeing for Pixel users. Intended to help identify how you use your smartphone, and potentially flag up any addiction issues that might affect the device overall or specific apps, it's part of an industry-wide push to make gadget use more healthy.

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This Arlo Pro 2 wireless security camera deal is huge [Update]

This Arlo Pro 2 wireless security camera deal is huge [Update]

Wireless security cameras are one of the most popular entry points into the connected home, and a new deal today makes going completely cable-free even easier. Netgear spin-off Arlo's Pro 2 Home Security Camera System not only relies on a wireless connection to link each of the weatherproof cameras, but they're battery-powered, too.

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Now Facebook wants to see your bank account [Update]

Now Facebook wants to see your bank account [Update]

Facebook is trying to persuade banks to share your financial information with the social network, a further escalation of its personal data aggregation efforts. The company, still stinging from criticism around how it handled the Cambridge Analytica privacy disaster, has nonetheless faced renewed pressure from investors to increase engagement across its services.

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MoviePass will limit everyone to 3 movies a month

MoviePass will limit everyone to 3 movies a month

MoviePass is about to get a lot less appealing, with changes later in August that will limit every subscriber to just three movies per month. The troubled movie subscription service had previously promised its users they could watch a movie every day, but cashflow headaches and other issues have gradually soured the deal.

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T-Mobile Essentials plan goes back to basics

T-Mobile Essentials plan goes back to basics

T-Mobile has a new smartphone plan focusing on the holy trifecta: unlimited calls, messaging, and data, and very little else. T-Mobile Essentials does without the usual add-ons of international data access, unlimited mobile hotspot, and other features, in the name of keeping the price down every month.

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt first drive: Back to its roots

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt first drive: Back to its roots

There's a risk, when you make a movie tie-in like the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, of veering into pastiche. The most memorable part of the classic film, which saw Steve McQueen and his '68 Mustang take on the steep hills of San Francisco in an epic 10+ minute chase scene, holds up fifty years later, even if the city today is a congested nightmare of Ubers and electric scooters with a few autonomous prototypes threading their way through the mess.

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2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T first drive: Pure inspiration

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T first drive: Pure inspiration

The Porsche 911 has always been inspirational. Over the years, the rear-engined German icon has become the go-to benchmark for would-be sports car contenders, not to mention the motivation for plenty of people to get that bonus or clinch that promotion. Now, with the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T, the inspiration is to shed that excess weight around your waist.

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Captain Picard is back: Patrick Stewart confirms new CBS Star Trek series

Captain Picard is back: Patrick Stewart confirms new CBS Star Trek series

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is to return, with Sir Patrick Stewart again to star as the iconic Star Trek character in a new series. The show, as-yet untitled, will be made for CBS All Access, with Stewart confirming the news today on his Twitter account and in an announcement at the Star Trek convention.

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Surface Go teardown reveals one saving grace

Surface Go teardown reveals one saving grace

Microsoft's Surface Go may be cheap, but you pay for that in dire repairability and hardware that's practically disposable, a teardown of the tablet has concluded. Launched as the entry-level model in the company's Windows 2-in-1 line-up, the baby Surface keeps one key part of its bigger siblings' DNA.

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The adorable Mahindra Roxor just ran into Jeep’s furious legal team

The adorable Mahindra Roxor just ran into Jeep’s furious legal team

Mahindra's Roxor may have charmed Jeep Wrangler purists with its boxy design and off-road promise, but Fiat Chrysler's legal team isn't so impressed. The American automaker has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, arguing that the Roxor is infringing on intellectual property around the Jeep brand and design. Indeed, FCA won't settle for anything less than Roxor being completely barred from the US.

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These nine American astronauts will make commercial spaceflight history

These nine American astronauts will make commercial spaceflight history

NASA has revealed the nine astronauts who will man the first commercial spaceflights, as the US prepares to once again begin launching manned missions after retiring the Space Shuttle. The crews will be split between two of the commercial projects NASA is counting on to make space travel more accessible and, vitally, more affordable.

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This genius Google Maps location sharing feature just went live

This genius Google Maps location sharing feature just went live

Google has quietly updated its location sharing feature in Google Maps, including details that might calm your friends and family's fears if you suddenly disappear from the map. Location sharing has been a feature of Google Maps since last year, allowing users to selectively share their current position with their contacts.

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