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.

The clever Here One earbuds are delayed

The clever Here One earbuds are delayed

The Here One smart earbuds which promised not only to make you forget your iPhone 7 lacks a headphone jack but put a virtual assistant right in your ear have been delayed, creators Doppler Labs confirmed today. The wireless headphones, put up for preorder earlier this year, promise active noise cancellation, music streaming, and the ability to boost speech. Much like Apple's AirPods, they're designed to be small and unobtrusive.

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How a combined Tesla and SolarCity make sense

How a combined Tesla and SolarCity make sense

With the Tesla acquisition of SolarCity complete as of today, Elon Musk's vision of an integrated solar energy business is ready to go. The deal, approved by shareholders late last week, sees Tesla's expertise in electrified vehicles join forces with SolarCity's energy generation and storage. In Musk's world, that means not only a cleaner way to live, but the chance for early-adopters to actually make some cash, too.

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The Snapchat Spectacles NYC pop-up is sticking around

The Snapchat Spectacles NYC pop-up is sticking around

Snapchat may have put its Spectacles sunglasses-cum-camera on sale on the West Coast first, but it's New York City where the first Spectacles store has sprung up. The social app surprised would-be buyers of its coveted wearables by not only bringing the Minion-esque Spectacles Bot to NYC this morning, but giving it a whole store to sit in. Better news still, the pop-up is going to stick around, at least for a while.

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Google doubles-down on WiFi as Apple eyes the exits

Google doubles-down on WiFi as Apple eyes the exits

Google's new home networking system, Google WiFi, may not be actually out juggling internet packets in users homes yet, but that hasn't stopped the company from declaring a premature mesh victory. Announced in early October, the cylindrical router doesn't just aim to replicate what the existing OnHub does, but goes beyond it by allowing multiple units to work together. It's called mesh networking and, while Google isn't the first company to attempt it in the home, the search giant is claiming to be best at it.

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This NIO EP9 performance EV wants to be the Tesla of supercars

This NIO EP9 performance EV wants to be the Tesla of supercars

If Tesla publicly demonstrated that electric cars could be just as fast as their gas-powered rivals, then supercar startup NIO plans to thoroughly roast Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche with its EV. Revealed in London, UK today, NIO is the fledgling automotive brand of NextEV, a Chinese company already known for its Formula E racing team. Now, it's taking the same electric performance technology and trying to repackage it for the road.

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Watch Apple’s monstrous holiday 2016 advert

Watch Apple’s monstrous holiday 2016 advert

The best holiday ads arguably tug the heart strings until, driven into a consumerism frenzy by "all the feels" and egg-nog, you max out all your credit cards. Apple has revealed its contribution to the festive season with its holiday 2016 commercial, and as you'd expect the iPhone maker carefully combines sentiment with its own shiny product. Less predictably, however, there's also a leftover from Halloween.

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How to use Instagram disappearing photo and video messaging

How to use Instagram disappearing photo and video messaging

If you can't beat 'em, "borrow heavily" from 'em. Instagram isn't the only company to look to its competitors' strategies in order to keep pushing ahead, but the Facebook-owned photocentric social site certainly has a tendency to look to Snapchat for inspiration periodically. That seems to have led to the creation of Instagram's latest feature.

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Jibo delayed to 2017 as social robot hits more hurdles

Jibo delayed to 2017 as social robot hits more hurdles

Delayed robotic companion Jibo will miss yet another launch promise, with the release of the ambitious crowdfunded project now pushed back into 2017. The robot, first revealed in mid-2014, is intended to package the power of the cloud in a voice-controlled, face-recognizing body blessed with lifelike movements taught by former Disney animators. Instead, however, it has run into problem after problem.

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Mark Zuckerberg details Facebook fake news manifesto

Mark Zuckerberg details Facebook fake news manifesto

With fake news overwhelming the Facebook news feed, Mark Zuckerberg has laid out his plan for tackling the made-up stories that have punctuated the recent US election. Zuckerberg, who is in Lima for the APEC summit, outlined his intentions on the controversial topic this weekend - in, unsurprisingly, a Facebook post - after widespread criticism over the past months. It's a significant departure from the social network's previous comments on click-bait articles.

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Watch how the new Discovery makes towing easy

Watch how the new Discovery makes towing easy

The new 2017 Land Rover Discovery is headed to the US next year, and for those planning to put the SUV to work rather than just do the school run, you might want to tick the new Advanced Tow Assist option. Intended to make reversing when towing large objects like boats and horse boxes more straightforward, it's part of a suite of new technology that gives the high-end truck its serious off-road cred. Making its US debut at the LA Auto Show this week, we caught up with the new Discovery to test the tech out.

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AT&T will detail DirecTV Now on Nov 28: 4 things to know now

AT&T will detail DirecTV Now on Nov 28: 4 things to know now

AT&T's DirecTV Now streaming service, with which the cable company is hoping to persuade cord-cutters to keep sending them at least a little money every month, will be officially detailed before the end of the month. Exactly what will be included for the $35-per-month subscription fee will be confirmed at an event in New York City on November 28, AT&T has confirmed this morning. According to the company, DirecTV Now will be "a new way to stream live TV", even though it certainly isn't the first option.

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Volvo trials concierge app to refuel and relocate your car

Volvo trials concierge app to refuel and relocate your car

A luxury car today means one with leather seats that massage you in traffic, but Volvo is taking a roundabout route to owner-pleasure by removing repetitive chores like filling up the gas tank. The Swedish company has announced a trial of its new concierge service, with which drivers of its most expensive models will be able to delegate the more mundane tasks of car ownership. The pilot will kick off with 300 Volvo owners, though only in a limited area.

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