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.


There’s a simple workaround for the iPhone X cold weather problem

There’s a simple workaround for the iPhone X cold weather problem

It's not been a great few weeks for smartphone screen issues, but at least with the iPhone X's newly-discovered cold weather problems there's an easy workaround. The new iOS flagship was making headlines for its controversial "notched" OLED panel, but now some owners are reporting issues which aren't just aesthetic. Turns out, the iPhone X is pretty temperature-sensitive.

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Faraday Future’s EV plans are floundering as execs jump ship

Faraday Future’s EV plans are floundering as execs jump ship

Faraday Future is discovering it's harder than you might think to start a brand-new electric car company, with numerous executives leaving amid struggles to begin production. The automaker made headlines with its ambitious plans to take on luxury players and EV heavyweights alike, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Tesla, with cars built for autonomous driving but also promising supercar-style performance.

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Google Pixelbook Review: Chrome OS plays hardball

Google Pixelbook Review: Chrome OS plays hardball

With the Google Pixelbook, you could say the Chromebook market has come full circle. Almost five years ago, Google's Chromebook Pixel forced us to consider whether $1,299 was ridiculous or reasonable for a pared-back notebook that ran web apps. Today, with Chrome OS having chomped through a big chunk of the education market and making increasing inroads with both consumers and the enterprise, Google is back with another high-end option. Get ready for some deja-vu.

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Ford exoskeleton gives workers super-arms

Ford exoskeleton gives workers super-arms

Once the sole preserve of science-fiction, exoskeletons giving their human operators boosted strength are now increasingly commonplace, with Ford the latest to make use of the high-tech wearables. Dubbed the EksoVest, Ford's new system sadly isn't going to give any of its workers super-human strength or the ability to run faster than the Six Million Dollar Man. Instead, it's intended to support staff with repetitive tasks.

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Android’s Do Not Disturb driving mode is going big in 2018

Android’s Do Not Disturb driving mode is going big in 2018

Google will unlocking Android's Do-Not-Disturb mode for developers, pushing road safety by reducing the potential distraction from phones like the Pixel 2. The company added the new mode with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: once turned on, it promises to automatically identify when the user is driving, and cut down on the number of alerts and notifications they receive during that time.

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Tesla’s electric cars just got more Chill

Tesla’s electric cars just got more Chill

Tesla may be giving gas-powered supercars sleepless nights with the torque-tastic straight line speed of its EVs, but a new mode promises something different at the other end of the scale. With each progressive version of the Model S and Model X, Tesla has been pushing the performance envelope, taking advantage of the instantaneous power that makes electric motors so alluring once you've tried them.

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Logitech screwed up with Harmony Link: now it’s making amends

Logitech screwed up with Harmony Link: now it’s making amends

Logitech will give all owners of its Harmony Link a free Harmony Hub, after being hit with a backlash of angry users furious that their smart home tech would be bricked next year. The company notified owners that the six year old gadget - which allows functions previously demanding multiple remote controls to be controlled by a single smartphone app - would be unexpectedly rendered useless next March, in an email this week.

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Ram’s 2018 1500 Hydro Blue Sport pickup is about as subtle as a Raptor

Ram’s 2018 1500 Hydro Blue Sport pickup is about as subtle as a Raptor

Trucks going green may be the next big thing in pickups, but Ram clearly didn't get the memo: instead, it's gone seriously blue. The 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue is the truck-maker's last special-edition Sport model of the year, and if you're the shy and retiring type on the road it probably isn't the transportation for you.

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Apple Clips 2.0 “Selfie Scenes” tap iPhone X and Star Wars

Apple Clips 2.0 “Selfie Scenes” tap iPhone X and Star Wars

Apple has released Clips 2.0, a new version of its free video creation app, and if you've got an iPhone X it's a must-have download. The new video editing app taps into the TrueDepth camera that occupies the "notch" in the iPhone X's display. Until now, that's primarily been used for the Face ID security system, but Clips 2.0 puts it to much more entertaining use.

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T-Mobile Gigabit LTE goes big: What you need to know

T-Mobile Gigabit LTE goes big: What you need to know

5G may still be some way off, but the chance of getting super-speedy data service on your phone just increased significantly. T-Mobile has announced its LTE Advanced network has more than doubled since the carrier began rolling out the technology last year, with over 920 markets now served. Read on for what you need to know...

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eero Plus adds anti-malware, 1Password and VPN (but there’s a catch)

eero Plus adds anti-malware, 1Password and VPN (but there’s a catch)

eero's mesh router wants to be your internet watchdog as well as getting all your gadgets online, with the addition of new security tools to the company's eero Plus subscription service. Launched alongside the second-generation eero system earlier this year, eero Plus started out with two of what the company said were users biggest demands: whole-home network security, and parental controls with content filtering.

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How TrueDepth could make Apple’s AR headset actually work

How TrueDepth could make Apple’s AR headset actually work

Apple is working on an augmented reality headset, and I would be very surprised if the TrueDepth camera wasn't inside. Teams inside the Cupertino company are reportedly busy building a new rOS "reality operating system," the custom system-on-a-package chipset to run it, and the hardware to build around that under the codename "T288." Just as tricky as actually making an AR wearable that isn't utterly dorky, though, is figuring out how wearers will actually interact with it.

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