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.

Apple let me down: 3 things I wanted to see at WWDC 2017

Apple let me down: 3 things I wanted to see at WWDC 2017

At a jam-packed two and a half hours, Apple's WWDC 2017 keynote certainly wasn't slow going. iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra; the Siri-powered HomePod and new MacBook Pro and MacBook Configurations; the updated iMac and the sneak peek of the stealthily-seductive iMac Pro: this year's Apple developer conference bucked the trend and mixed new software and hardware. All well and good, but I went into WWDC day one with some back-of-the-envelope expectations, and those turned out to be dashed. Here are the three things I wanted to see Apple bring to the table, and why.

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Apple’s HomePod sounds terrific – but the Siri Speaker has a big issue

Apple’s HomePod sounds terrific – but the Siri Speaker has a big issue

Surprise: the HomePod may be Apple's physical embodiment of Siri, but there Cupertino firm would really rather you think of the smart speaker as a music system first and foremost. Described as a blend of Sonos and Amazon Echo during the WWDC 2017 keynote, here Siri is really the gateway rather than the main event.

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Mophie’s wireless charging cases ditch the built-in battery

Mophie’s wireless charging cases ditch the built-in battery

Mophie might be best known for its battery cases for smartphones, but the company's new Charge Force cases for iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 eschew that in favor of easier wireless charging. Available for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+, the slimline cases wrap each handset in leather and add a wireless charging receiver on the back. If you don't have a wireless charging pad to hand, though, there's a fix for that too.

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iPad Pro 10.5-inch hands-on: iOS 11’s big cheerleader

iPad Pro 10.5-inch hands-on: iOS 11’s big cheerleader

"In every generation there is a chosen one," and in the case of iOS 11 it's the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch that is the unofficial cheerleader for Apple's big new mobile update. Both revealed at WWDC 2017 today, the new iPad Pro and the new iOS version go hand-in-hand. Indeed, Apple pointed out, iOS 11 will be the biggest iOS update for iPad ever.

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The iMac Pro is the gorgeous Darth Vader of Apple products

The iMac Pro is the gorgeous Darth Vader of Apple products

The iMac Pro is classic Apple. Although the flagship all-in-one desktop isn't set to reach Apple Store shelves until December this year, and while it will carry an eye-watering price tag when it does, there's something about the Mac-maker's combination of style, hyperbole, and pure performance that is bound to give desktop computer upgraders pause if they're poised over buying another workstation. Here at WWDC 2017, where the wraps have just been taken off the Space Gray iMac Pro, it's hard to resist its charms.

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Forgetful? Now Alexa can juggle your crazy reminder list

Forgetful? Now Alexa can juggle your crazy reminder list

Amazon's Alexa can now remind users of specific tasks, with the ability to set not only an alarm but assign a reason for it too. The latest in Alexa's growing skillset on the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap, it opens the door to far more useful reminders than simple alarms. Both reminders and timers are supported by the update.

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Trump pulls US from Paris Agreement: Elon Musk quits councils as tech firms react

Trump pulls US from Paris Agreement: Elon Musk quits councils as tech firms react

President Trump has announced that he is pulling the US from the Paris Agreement, the accord on climate change that his predecessor, Barack Obama, was instrumental in establishing. Trump cited his concerns that the deal, which was named after the city in France where it was agreed upon and signed, was unfair to American interests. However, the President also suggested that he would seek to renegotiate a new deal.

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Sense8 cancelled as Netflix pulls plug on diverse sci-fi hit

Sense8 cancelled as Netflix pulls plug on diverse sci-fi hit

Netflix has cancelled Sense8, with the show becoming the latest in the on-demand streaming TV service's growing list of axed series. Two seasons of Sense8 were produced, focusing on an eight-person group who discovered they had interlinked mental connections through which they could share emotions and more. It was the creation of Lana and Lilly Wachowski, along with J. Michael Straczynski.

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Apple’s Swift Playgrounds gets robot hook-up with LEGO, Parrot, more

Apple’s Swift Playgrounds gets robot hook-up with LEGO, Parrot, more

Swift Playgrounds, Apple's software developing toolkit intended to encourage kids to learn code, is breaking out of the iPad and connecting with educational toys from LEGO, Parrot, and more. Launched at WWDC 2016 a year ago, Swift Playgrounds took Apple's programming language and wrapped it up in an iPad app that aimed to be equal parts education and entertainment. Now, the fruits of Swift Playgrounds will be able to engage with devices in the real-world.

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The 3 big reasons you’ll want Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+

The 3 big reasons you’ll want Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+

Qualcomm is boosting its charging technology, unveiling Quick Charge 4+ for getting juice back into your phone's battery even faster. The technology, which launches today on the nubia Z17 Android smartphone but is likely to be featured on a number of flagships in the coming months, promises faster recharging but also greater safety while that happens. Given high-profile issues surrounding exploding batteries in phones like the Galaxy Note 7, that's likely to get some attention among increasingly safety-conscious users.

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Apple hits $70bn milestone in App Store developer pay-outs

Apple hits $70bn milestone in App Store developer pay-outs

Apple usually saves its App Store developer payout milestones to shout about at WWDC, but the Cupertino company clearly couldn't wait this time around. According to Apple, developers worldwide have now earned in excess of $70 billion, since the App Store launched in 2008. Meanwhile, download rates are also said to be up significantly.

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Adobe’s new app really wants to kill your scanner

Adobe’s new app really wants to kill your scanner

Of all the computer peripherals that most of us would like to die a painful death whenever we have to use them, the scanner probably sits neat the top of the list. Now, Adobe wants you to junk it completely, with its new Adobe Scan app for iOS and Android. Built on the idea that people are already using their phone cameras as makeshift scanner replacements, Adobe Scan promises to give the whole process a little more polish.

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