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.

iOS 12 will unlock TrueDepth camera app magic

iOS 12 will unlock TrueDepth camera app magic

Third party photo and video apps look set to get much more portrait mode and depth-related effects with iOS 12, as Apple hugely refines the data it shares from its iPhone camera arrays. The feature, previewed in a WWDC 2018 session this week in San Jose, CA, is based on iOS 12's new Portrait Matte feature, a dramatic improvement over the current depth data third-party apps are currently able to access.

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Lenovo Yoga Book 2 previews E Ink keyboard

Lenovo Yoga Book 2 previews E Ink keyboard

Lenovo has a second-generation Yoga Book 2 coming later in the year, the company has teased, and chip partner Intel may have given us a big preview with its Tiger Rapids reference design. Revealed at Computex 2018 this week, the dual-screen ultraportable is Intel's vision of what its new 8th Generation Core processor can do when paired with both traditional displays and E Ink panels.

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BlackBerry KEY2 gets dual cameras and smarter QWERTY

BlackBerry KEY2 gets dual cameras and smarter QWERTY

A new BlackBerry is always a cause for celebration since the smartphone-maker's reinvention with Android, and the BlackBerry KEY2 is no exception. Unveiled in New York today, the TCL-made smartphone delivers what we've come to expect from the BlackBerry brand of late: the combination of a touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard in a minimalistically-handsome design, along with the latest version of Google's OS.

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Here’s how Apple is making AR objects far more believable

Here’s how Apple is making AR objects far more believable

Apple is using machine learning to make augmented reality objects more realistic in iOS 12, using smart environment texturing that can predict reflections, lighting, and more. The new feature, being added in ARKit 2.0, uses on-device processing to better integrate virtual objects with their real-world counterparts, blurring the lines between what's computer-generated and what's authentic.

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Cadillac Super Cruise is finally getting the roll-out it deserves

Cadillac Super Cruise is finally getting the roll-out it deserves

Cadillac's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assistance system, while allows you to take your hands off the steering wheel while on the freeway, will spread to the automaker's entire range from 2020. Launchd last year, Super Cruise is one of the key distinguishing technology features from its luxury car rivals. However, it's only currently available on one model.

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Sonos Beam hands-on: Big sound, bigger promises

Sonos Beam hands-on: Big sound, bigger promises

Sonos has built its reputation on making streaming, whole-home music easy: now, with the Sonos Base, it wants to oust remote controls from your coffee table. Revealed today, the shrunken speaker bar relies on Amazon Alexa and some clever connectivity to streamline the living room, but as I discovered that doesn't mean Sonos has forgotten about sound quality too.

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Hummer H1 reborn: MSA gives iconic SUV a luxury upgrade

Hummer H1 reborn: MSA gives iconic SUV a luxury upgrade

With electrification in full swing, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the age of the Hummer SUV is behind us, but one project to bring the original behemoth back to life - and bang up to date - refuses to concede to EVs. Mil-Spec Automotive has revealed the MSA Launch Edition, a custom-built H1 that - for around $220k - promises to banish the original's foibles and make the ultimate SUV.

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Sonos Beam is new $399 smart speakerbar

Sonos Beam is new $399 smart speakerbar

Sonos has revealed its latest speaker, the Sonos Beam, a smaller soundbar that wants to be both your music and your home entertaining speaker. Unveiled in San Francisco, CA today, it also includes the same Alexa support - with more smart assistants in the pipeline - as the Sonos One.

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The Sonos AirPlay 2 update is coming in July

The Sonos AirPlay 2 update is coming in July

Sonos is bringing AirPlay 2 to its speakers in early July, allowing its connected devices to be linked with Apple's own HomePod in multi-room systems. Launched back in late May, AirPlay 2 saw Apple expand its streaming system from its own hardware, allowing third-party speakers to be linked in multi-room configurations and remotely controlled, en-masse, from an iOS or macOS device.

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Parrot Anafi drone is a 4K HDR flying camera

Parrot Anafi drone is a 4K HDR flying camera

The best drone is the one you have with you, Parrot says, hence its new foldable Anafi drone being so darn compact. Don't confuse small size with a shortage of capabilities, mind. With 4K HDR video recording, some new automatic shooting modes that want to make you the next Alfred Hitchcock, and 25 minutes of flight time, there's plenty to like about the Parrot Anafi beyond its scale.

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2019 BMW X5 adds more tech and power to luxury SUV

2019 BMW X5 adds more tech and power to luxury SUV

Your eyes do not deceive you. The 2019 BMW X5 may not look, at first glance, much different from its predecessor, but the fourth-generation luxury SUV is, in fact, all-new. Longer, wider, and taller than the old X5, not to mention more gadget-packed and more powerful, it's BMW's answer to upstart SUV rivals.

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5 things Elon Musk revealed in Tesla’s Q&A today

5 things Elon Musk revealed in Tesla’s Q&A today

Tesla just held its annual shareholder meeting, and it was an opportunity for Elon Musk to talk Model 3, new Superchargers, and Autopilot. As well as a fresh vote of confidence in the outspoken company founder and chief executive, the event saw some new details on some of Tesla's most hotly-anticipated hardware - both on wheels and otherwise.

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