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.

Nissan’s Rogue Dogue puts your pup in pole position

Nissan’s Rogue Dogue puts your pup in pole position

Nissan has revealed its second custom Rogue crossover for the New York International Auto Show 2017, and the Rogue Dogue is all about keeping your dogs happy. The customized compact SUV has a completely reworked cargo space, upgraded into a mobile penthouse for your pooch. Where the Rogue Trail Warrior concept yesterday was all about going out and getting up to mischief in the mud yourself, the Rogue Dogue is more about a muddy canine friend.

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Cadillac’s answer to Tesla Autopilot won’t activate off highways

Cadillac’s answer to Tesla Autopilot won’t activate off highways

Cadillac's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system will land this fall, the automaker has confirmed, taking on Tesla's Autopilot in the process. The feature had been expected to launch in 2016 alongside the Cadillac CT6, but the automaker opted to delay its release out of a surfeit of caution. Now, though, it'll be offered as an option on the 2018 Cadillac CT6 from this fall.

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Ford’s new cop car is a hybrid (no, really)

Ford’s new cop car is a hybrid (no, really)

Hybrids may have earned a reputation for being both environmentally-obsessed and performance-impaired, but Ford's new hybrid police car didn't get that memo. The new For Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is the latest in the automaker's special line-up for law enforcement, as well as the first pursuit-rated hybrid police car ever. It's the first of a pair of hybrid vehicles for police officers that Ford has promised over the next few years.

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Epic Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior swaps wheels for tank tracks and camo

Epic Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior swaps wheels for tank tracks and camo

Nissan just can't resist putting tank tracks on its normal SUVs, and the latest to get the extreme off-road treatment is the 2017 Rogue Trail Warrior. Based, as you've probably guessed, on the regular Rogue crossover, the one-off car has been made especially for the 2017 New York International Auto Show, which kicks off later this week. Unfortunately, that means you can't just turn up at your local Nissan dealer and buy one yourself, at least not yet.

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This Alexa update makes Echo your smart bulb’s best friend

This Alexa update makes Echo your smart bulb’s best friend

Amazon has dramatically improved how Alexa, its smart assistant found, works with connected bulbs, allowing users to control color and white light temperature by voice. The tunable lighting control update, announced today, allows developers to integrate color and temperature control with simple voice commands, and is compatible with some of the most popular connected bulbs on the market. It's a feature which has been much-requested by smart home fans.

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This is Samsung’s big Galaxy S8 commercial

This is Samsung’s big Galaxy S8 commercial

Even with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ undoubtedly the most eagerly-anticipated Android phones of the year, Samsung is leaving nothing to chance. The company has revealed its first TV commercial for the upcoming smartphones, and it's playing up their most obvious change over the Galaxy S7. That's the so-called "Infinity Display", Samsung's curved Super AMOLED screen with tiny, weeny bezels.

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Apple Clips now available to download

Apple Clips now available to download

Apple Clips has hit the App Store, with the new social video editing app a free download for those with an iPhone or iPad. Announced back in March, Clips joins iMovie for iOS rather than replacing it, as a second way to edit videos on the go. In fact, the two are very different animals: whereas iMovie is, like its desktop counterpart, focused on time-based edits, Apple Clips is more freeform in its approach.

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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan pack turbocharged 205HP

2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan pack turbocharged 205HP

Want a Honda Civic Type R but driving on a budget? Honda thinks it has the answer with the new 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan, two fresh versions of the 10th generation Civic that promise more affordable performance. Set to arrive at dealerships next month, they'll take on Ford's Focus RS in the process.

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2018 VW Atlas First Drive: A 7-seater SUV to dethrone Explorer

2018 VW Atlas First Drive: A 7-seater SUV to dethrone Explorer

The 2018 Atlas is long-overdue: VW has needed a proper, 7-seater SUV for some time. More than that, it's needed a proper, 7-seater SUV that is built with the American market foremost in mind. The Tiguan is too small; the Touareg too expensive: enter the Volkswagen North American Region (NAR) and a big SUV that, while it'll be sold elsewhere in the world, really has America's best-selling Ford Explorer in its crosshairs.

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2017 Jaguar F-PACE 35t Prestige Review: A crossover with claws

2017 Jaguar F-PACE 35t Prestige Review: A crossover with claws

Jaguar knows how to make a handsome car, and the 2017 F-PACE is no different. The British automaker's crossover borrows liberally from the design language of the slinky F-TYPE coupe and the imposing XJ sedan, no bad thing in either case, and the result is a striking and aggressive SUV. Still, the styling isn't the only thing Jaguar poached from the F-TYPE: there's the engine, too.

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The 400 horsepower 2018 Audi TT RS just got a US price

The 400 horsepower 2018 Audi TT RS just got a US price

Audi is making good use of its all-new five cylinder engine, dropping the 400 HP monster under the hood of the 2018 Audi TT RS, which has finally been priced up for the US today. The latest addition to the renamed Audi Sport range, the 2018 TT RS is the most powerful production TT so far, with the automaker claiming a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds. Top speed is 174 mph with the optional Dynamic plus package.

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For Zero Motorcycles, a Tesla-sized opportunity to redefine EVs

For Zero Motorcycles, a Tesla-sized opportunity to redefine EVs

Zero Motorcycles may not be the first electric vehicle company that comes to mind when you think of California transportation start-ups, but there's more to the firm than just Tesla on two wheels. Founded back in 2006 in Santa Cruz, CA, the trajectory from passion project to internationally respected bike company has been a rapid one. With a new CEO at the handlebars, and more attention than ever on EVs and the future of transportation, I stopped by to take a tour of the production line and find out more.

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