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.

Stunning Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept tests luxe-EV reception

Stunning Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept tests luxe-EV reception

Has the time come for a true luxury EV? That's what Bentley is testing the waters about at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 this week, bringing out the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept to gage the potential reception for an all-electric grand tourer. As the British automaker sees it, the requirements of the super-rich are slightly different to what other EV buyers might be concerned about.

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Audi Q8 sport concept teases world-first hybrid tech

Audi Q8 sport concept teases world-first hybrid tech

What if I told you that you could have the luxury of a big SUV, the performance of a V8, but the economy of a four-cylinder? That's what Audi is promising with the new Q8 sport concept, a second take on its SUV-range-topping Q8 concept that throws some "mild hybrid technology" into the mixture. And, while they may be saying "mild", this is no shy, retiring truck for the school run.

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Mercedes-AMG GT Concept is a hybrid for hooligans

Mercedes-AMG GT Concept is a hybrid for hooligans

Mercedes-AMG has made a hybrid, but the GT Concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show today is not your Uber driver's Prius. A sleek and attention-grabbing four-door coupe, the trick to appreciating the GT Concept is to look past the hot red bodywork. The real meat is underneath.

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2018 Volvo XC60 gives Swedish twist to SUV best-seller

2018 Volvo XC60 gives Swedish twist to SUV best-seller

Expectations for the 2018 Volvo XC60 are high: after all, its predecessor, the original XC60, is one of the automaker's most popular cars, despite now being nine years old. Throw in the reputation-redefining success of the Volvo XC90, and the stakes for the new midsize premium SUV are high. As you'd hope, then, Volvo has given the new car a distinctly Swedish twist.

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The McLaren 720S supercar is a 212mph engineering dream

The McLaren 720S supercar is a 212mph engineering dream

When McLaren wants to take on Ferrari and the other supercar makers it doesn't hold back, and the new McLaren 720S is fine example of that. Revealed today at the Geneva Motor Show 2017, the new 720S is the first model of the second-generation Super Series, McLaren's top-tier range of cars. Initially offered as a coupe, the 720S is all about light weighting and aerodynamic efficiency.

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Mayfield Robotics’ Kuri adds IFTTT to tap into your home

Mayfield Robotics’ Kuri adds IFTTT to tap into your home

Mayfield Robotics' Kuri robot companion may not have launched yet, but it's already getting smarter, adding facial detection as well as IFTTT integration. The personable robot was announced at CES 2017 back in January, a Bosch-backed project to put a friendly AI in the modern connected home. Now, the ways in which Kuri will be able to interact with both people and its environment have been improved.

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Nest two-factor authentication boosts IoT security

Nest two-factor authentication boosts IoT security

Nest is adding two-factor authentication to its smart home products, aiming to prevent third-parties or hackers getting remote access to your cameras or smart thermostat. The new feature follows increasing concern over the security of the so-called Internet of Things, a topic only likely to become more prevalent as connected devices proliferate. Nest will make two-factor authentication optional, though it's probably something you should turn on.

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This is it: The 306hp 2017 Honda Civic Type R

This is it: The 306hp 2017 Honda Civic Type R

The long wait is over: Honda has finally taken the wraps off the new 2017 Civic Type R. Long-anticipated by hot hatch fans, and notable for being the first Type R-badged Honda to be offered officially in the US, the newest, hottest Civic doesn't stint on power or aggressive design. Indeed, it gets impressively close to Honda's previous Type R-teasing concepts.

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Sonos PLAYBASE soundbar sits under your TV

Sonos PLAYBASE soundbar sits under your TV

Sonos has revealed its latest streaming speaker, the Sonos PLAYBASE, designed to slot underneath your TV and deliver better audio than your flatscreen's integrated speakers. While the company already has a speakerbar, the PLAYBAR launched a few years back, PLAYBASE is being described as a reaction to how the majority of people actually install their televisions. Rather than hang them on the wall, almost three-quarters of homes have them standing on a table, sideboard, or other piece of furniture.

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Don’t buy this new Surface Book

Don’t buy this new Surface Book

Microsoft has quietly added a new Surface Book to its line-up, but even with higher performance it's hard to recommend the $3,000 2-in-1. Unlike the original Surface Book reveal - and, indeed, the addition of the Surface Book with Performance Base to the range back in October last year, this new iteration has raised nary a peep from Microsoft. That's despite it having some of the highest specifications we've seen from the hybrid 2-in-1 to-date.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie rides forth as AM-RB 001 gets named

Aston Martin Valkyrie rides forth as AM-RB 001 gets named

Aston Martin and Red Bull have given their AM-RB 001 hypercar a name, with the super powerful road-going racer set to launch as the Aston Martin Valkyrie. The name follows in the footsteps of previous "V" cars, the British automaker's affinity for the letter dating back to 1951. Then, the Aston Martin Vantage began a trend of extreme high-performance variants.

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VW Arteon four-door coupe debuts bold new style

VW Arteon four-door coupe debuts bold new style

Volkswagen promised a luxury grand-tourer with enough gravitas to give luxe sibling Audi palpitations, and the VW Arteon is it. Revealed today at the Geneva Auto Show 2017, the Arteon slots into VW's range above the Passat sedan. There, it promises "four-door coupe" Gran Turismo style as well as a host of new technology.

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