Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for SlashGear 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.

Cortana Play My Emails for Outlook on iOS lands with masculine voice option

Cortana Play My Emails for Outlook on iOS lands with masculine voice option

Cortana is about to get a lot more chatty, with Microsoft launching a new Play My Emails feature for its assistant at Ignite 2019 today. The new Outlook mobile feature is joined by a new voice for Cortana, adding a masculine option to the existing feminine voice the assistant first debuted with.

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Nest Wifi Review – Mesh network with a side of Google Assistant

Nest Wifi Review – Mesh network with a side of Google Assistant

Google's Nest Wifi arrives as mesh networking is firmly embedding itself in the mainstream. Three years ago, Google Wifi surfed into homes at the bleeding edge of mesh, promising whole-home coverage with multiple interconnected routers filling in any dead spots. Now, Nest Wifi promises the same, only with fewer units and the addition of Google Assistant smart speaker functionality.

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Apple AirPods Pro Review – Why less noise costs more

Apple AirPods Pro Review – Why less noise costs more

If the AirPods' convenience was enough to make Apple's fully-wireless earbuds a runaway hit, adding active noise cancellation could send them stratospheric. That's the theory behind the Apple AirPods Pro, anyway, instantly familiar at first glance but packing the sort of sound isolation that city dwellers, office workers, and frequent fliers dream of. At $249 they may not be cheap, but can the AirPods Pro make up for that in the ears?

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Beats Solo Pro Review – Active noise cancellation with an Apple core

Beats Solo Pro Review – Active noise cancellation with an Apple core

We're suddenly in a golden age for active noise cancelling headphones, and the Beats Solo Pro are aiming to oust the Bose from your bag with some Apple razzle-dazzle. The latest iteration of Beats' wildly successful headphones range, the Solo Pro were redesigned from scratch with Apple's H1 chipset at the heart, and a fully-automatic noise-cancelling system to keep the outside world at bay. Read on for the full review.

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2020 Porsche 911 gives manual fans something to smile about

2020 Porsche 911 gives manual fans something to smile about

The manual transmission may be gradually disappearing, but Porsche knows what 911 enthusiasts want. The German automaker has confirmed that the 2020 911 Carrera S and 4S will be offered with a manual transmission, regardless of whether you opt for the coupe or the convertible. And that's not the only good news.

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Apple AirPods Pro: 5 things to consider before you buy

Apple AirPods Pro: 5 things to consider before you buy

They're the Apple product many have been waiting for: AirPods Pro bring active noise cancellation to the instantly-recognizable white earbuds. Joining, rather than replacing, the existing AirPods range, they're not exactly cheap at $249, but for frequent travelers or urban commuters deep in the Apple ecosystem they could be a godsend. I've been wearing AirPods Pro this week: read on for what already stands out.

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Motorola RAZR foldable phone leaks and now we really want one

Motorola RAZR foldable phone leaks and now we really want one

Motorola's RAZR reboot with a foldable display has leaked, with images showing the Galaxy Fold-rivaling clamshell emerging ahead of its expected debut in November. Chatter of a return of the iconic RAZR name has been circulating for some time now, with Motorola said to be tapping flexible OLED technology in order to squeeze a big display into a much smaller form-factor.

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Fiat Chrysler and PSA merger official: Here’s why it matters

Fiat Chrysler and PSA merger official: Here’s why it matters

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA, the European behemoth behind Peugeot, Citroen, and others, will merge it's been confirmed. The 50/50 deal will see the combined automakers become the fourth largest global OEM in terms of vehicle sales, together selling 8.7 million in 2018 alone. Combined 2018 revenues topped $187 billion.

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Misty’s robotics master plan is more Android than R2-D2

Misty’s robotics master plan is more Android than R2-D2

Misty II doesn't look too pleased to see me when I sit down in front of the new platform robot, and even with only a pair of cartoon eyes to express itself, there's no doubting the glare. A stroke across the touch-sensors on the back of its head is enough to make it coo with pleasure, however. I feel like I may have begun what could be an interesting friendship, though for the moment I'm not the person Misty Robotics is trying to convince.

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A huge Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot’s Groupe PSA merger could be imminent

A huge Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot’s Groupe PSA merger could be imminent

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA, the European behemoth behind Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, and other nameplates, could announce a merger as soon as Thursday. The automakers confirmed today that they were in talks, "aimed at creating one of the world's leading mobility Groups."

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16-inch MacBook Pro leak reveals Apple’s Touch Bar change

16-inch MacBook Pro leak reveals Apple’s Touch Bar change

Apple's much-discussed 16-inch MacBook Pro continues to drip details, with the latest leak suggesting the aesthetics of the larger notebook won't stray too far from what's already on the market. The new MacBook Pro is expected to squeeze a slightly larger, potentially higher-resolution Retina display into a similar footprint as the current MacBook Pro 15.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro is a rugged Android tablet with waterproof S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro is a rugged Android tablet with waterproof S Pen

Samsung has a new Android P tablet, and if you're clumsy - or working on a job site - this may be the MIL-SPEC touchscreen slab for you. Announced at SDC 2019 this morning, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro follows on from 2018's Tab Active2, with MIL-STD-810G and IP68 standard resilience to things like excess pressure, extremes of temperature, drops, and submersion in water.

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