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.

The US airline laptop ban is dead

The US airline laptop ban is dead

The US government's laptop ban for travelers on Middle Eastern airlines has been lifted, with the rules squashed for the last airline to be impacted. The Department of Homeland Security had begun the restrictions back in March, with nine predominantly Middle Eastern airlines impacted. Passengers were unable to bring large electronic items, including laptops, into the cabin as hand luggage. Instead, they needed to be stowed in checked luggage in the hold.

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2018 Honda Accord makes huge break with tradition

2018 Honda Accord makes huge break with tradition

As daring automakers go, you might not count Honda as high on the list of risk-takers, but that's certainly not the case with the new 2018 Accord. Honda revealed its brand new sedan over the weekend, and while you might have thought the equation for what makes an Accord an Accord was sewn up right now, turns out the Japanese firm has something new in mind. As well as the dramatic new design, there are some potentially controversial new directions Honda is taking the car.

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VW I.D. EV boast: We’ll hugely undercut Tesla’s Model 3 says exec

VW I.D. EV boast: We’ll hugely undercut Tesla’s Model 3 says exec

Volkswagen's all-electric alternative to the Golf may still be a few years away, but the automaker is already cranking up the hype machine with promises to significantly undercut Tesla. The VW I.D. is due to arrive at Volkswagen dealerships in the US come 2020, a fully-electric hatchback that will debut the the automaker's new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) platform. Now, we have an idea as to what it might cost.

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Doctor Who’s female Doctor isn’t its first regeneration controversy

Doctor Who’s female Doctor isn’t its first regeneration controversy

Doctor Who's decision to make the 13th Doctor regenerate into a female body prompted the predictable degree of controversy, but it's not the first time the BBC series has come under fire. The news over the weekend that Peter Capaldi would bow out after the upcoming Christmas 2017 special, and be replaced by Jodie Whittaker, left many sci-fi fans gleeful at the new representation after decades of male Doctors. However, not everybody felt the same way.

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Blade Runner 2049 Trailer 2 is a gorgeous, ominous must-see

Blade Runner 2049 Trailer 2 is a gorgeous, ominous must-see

Skepticism was high when it was announced that Blade Runner 2049 would be a sequel to the Ridley Scott classic. Now, having seen the second of Warner Bros. Pictures' trailers for the upcoming science-fiction movie, we're not so sure it's all bad news. The newest preview gives a little more insight into the world set thirty years after the original, as well as reigniting a whole bunch of lingering questions.

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Nokia’s cheapest phones revealed (but they’re not what you expect)

Nokia’s cheapest phones revealed (but they’re not what you expect)

Nokia may be striking out with some intriguing new Android smartphones, but the company - in its latest stage of reincarnation - hasn't forgotten its roots. The newest two devices come courtesy of HMD Global Oy, the company which now licenses the Nokia brand for phones and tablets across a wide range of price points and abilities. On the one extreme there are handsets like the upcoming Nokia 8, but at the other we have today's new devices.

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iPhone 8 leak: New design claims tip huge display change

iPhone 8 leak: New design claims tip huge display change

With all signs pointing to a trio of new Apple smartphones for 2017, the biggest questions have centered not on the largest or smallest, but the mid-sized phone. That's expected to be the "true" iPhone 8, slotting in-between the refreshed but evolutionary iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, with a revolutionary design that opens the door to the iPhone's next decade. Now, one source claims we know what this phone looks like.

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Samsung Pay PayPal deal will make Note 8 the perfect digital wallet

Samsung Pay PayPal deal will make Note 8 the perfect digital wallet

You're now able to use your Samsung smartphone to make a payment through your PayPal account, with a new deal that sees Samsung Pay's digital wallet expand. Samsung has added PayPal as a payment option for both in-store and online transactions, in addition to in-app purchases. Initially, Samsung and PayPal say, the functionality will be available in the US.

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“Night of the Living Dead” director George A. Romero dies at 77

“Night of the Living Dead” director George A. Romero dies at 77

Legendary horror director George A. Romero has died, his family has confirmed, at the age of 77. Romero was best known for effectively birthing the zombie movie genre, with Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea, the movie was made with a mere $114,000 budget, but went on to gross $12 million in the US and $18 million internationally.

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Meet Doctor Who’s 13th Doctor (and yes, finally, it’s a woman)

Meet Doctor Who’s 13th Doctor (and yes, finally, it’s a woman)

Iconic science fiction series Doctor Who has named its latest star character, and as has long been rumored there's now a female Time Lord at the helm of the TARDIS. The BBC has confirmed that actor Jodie Whittaker will be the thirteenth Doctor, replacing Peter Capaldi, who will leave the show after the Christmas special. It's the first time in the character's many regenerations that a female actress has taken the role.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges puts an AR lightsaber in your hands

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges puts an AR lightsaber in your hands

Disney has teased what Star Wars fans have long been demanding: an augmented reality game that allows you to wield your own lightsaber. Previewed at D23, Disney's annual expo, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges combines an AR headset with a smartphone app and a number of games. While details are in short supply right now, there are already several hints at just what the system could do.

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The 2018 Jaguar E-PACE SUV is not what you think it is

The 2018 Jaguar E-PACE SUV is not what you think it is

Jaguar has taken the wraps off the 2018 E-PACE, it's latest SUV, but despite what the name would seem to imply this isn't the company's hotly-anticipated electric crossover. Instead, the E-PACE is the automaker's new compact SUV, a smaller option alongside the F-PACE. If you want full electric, you'll have to wait for the I-PACE EV that's due in 2018.

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