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 Mercedes-AMG S63 First Drive: Fiercely relaxing

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 First Drive: Fiercely relaxing

Throbbing red and scented with bespoke perfume, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63's cabin made absolutely clear that, even by Stuttgart's standards, this is no ordinary luxury sedan. Still, to describe the 2018 S-Class as an important car for Mercedes-Benz is to damn it with understatement. What's under its handsome sheet metal doesn't just represent the pinnacle of the automaker's engineering efforts, but in effect sets a roadmap for the rest of its vehicles over the next ten years.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup revealed: Rugged luxury

2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup revealed: Rugged luxury

Mercedes-Benz might not be the first automaker you'd think of adding a pickup truck to its range, but nobody told the brand new Mercedes X-Class that. Unveiled today, the newest addition to the German company's line-up promises not only all the utility and flexibility you'd expect from a pickup, but with the driving dynamics and luxury drivers of vehicles bearing the three-pointed star expect. Unfortunately, there's also some bad news.

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Amazon Spark melds Instagram and Pinterest to sell you more stuff

Amazon Spark melds Instagram and Pinterest to sell you more stuff

Amazon may be the go-to online retailer for a huge number of people, but the sales behemoth now wants to be a glamorous lifestyle boutique as well as a bargain warehouse. The company has launched a new feature, Amazon Spark, in its iOS app, taking ideas from Instagram and Pinterest in the grand scheme of making you buy more stuff. The premise? You'll be more likely to open your wallet if you see things looking pretty.

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Bluetooth Mesh: What you should know about this IoT revolution

Bluetooth Mesh: What you should know about this IoT revolution

You might associate Bluetooth with cutting the cable between your headphones and your phone, but Bluetooth Mesh aims to make it a ubiquitous backchannel for the Internet of Things. Launched today, Bluetooth Mesh is a way that low-energy radios can build many-to-many (m:m) links between devices, evolving to encompass new gadgets, temporary blackouts, and more. Initially, it's setting its sights on the lucrative smart lighting segment.

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Microsoft’s self-driving play sees Azure underpin Baidu’s Apollo

Microsoft’s self-driving play sees Azure underpin Baidu’s Apollo

Microsoft and Baidu are hooking up on autonomous car tech, with the Seattle software giant playing cloud host to the Chinese behemoth's self-driving ambitions. The collaboration will see Microsoft Azure made the home for the Apollo alliance, Baidu's attempt to make autonomous driving an open platform. Importantly, it gives Apollo some degree of legitimacy outside of Baidu's home turf.

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Google Glass reborn: Enterprise Edition gives reviled wearable 2nd chance

Google Glass reborn: Enterprise Edition gives reviled wearable 2nd chance

Google's ill-fated wearable, Glass, has been reborn for factory drones as Glass Enterprise Edition, now part of Alphabet's developmental X division. The new version of the headset has already been used in trials with a number of business customers, the team announced today, with a revamped version of the hardware and a new focus on making manufacturing, project management, and other enterprise tasks more productive. It's been enough to catch the attention of big names like DHL, GE, Boeing, and Volkswagen.

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Fake Obama lipsync has terrifying implications for video evidence

Fake Obama lipsync has terrifying implications for video evidence

"The camera never lies" may not have ever been especially true, but new research into lip-sync for computer-generated mouths could one day leave all videos suspect. The research, by a group at the University of Washington, details how by training a neural network it can be used to generate a computer-controlled mouth to map onto a chunk of real footage. In their example, presented at SIGGRAPH 2017, a section from one of President Obama's speeches was used to create a totally new video of him apparently speaking it.

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Netflix: We can save movies (but not movie theaters)

Netflix: We can save movies (but not movie theaters)

Netflix has more than 100 million subscribers, and has taken aim at the movie industry, warning that what's good for films may not be so great for the traditional ways they're watched. The on-demand media service announced revenues of $2.79bn in Q2 2017, with the vast bulk of that from streaming rather than its legacy DVD business. Now, international subscribers now account for half of Netflix's total user-base.

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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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