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.

Amazon Echo Loop hands-on: Alexa at your fingertips (literally)

Amazon Echo Loop hands-on: Alexa at your fingertips (literally)

Alexa in your glasses isn't the only unusual place Amazon has been embedded its assistant today, with the Echo Loop another exploration of how wearables and voice tech could blend. Second of Amazon's Day 1 Editions, its tentative innovation tech offering an invite-only taste of what the future could hold, the Echo Loop is a smart ring with Alexa embedded.

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Amazon Echo Buds hands-on: Alexa, turn on active noise reduction

Amazon Echo Buds hands-on: Alexa, turn on active noise reduction

Even if you hate Alexa, you may have to concede that Amazon could well have made the product of the 2019 holidays in the Amazon Echo Buds. Announced today, the Bluetooth earbuds not only cut the cord from your phone or laptop, but bake in the Alexa assistant and some active noise reduction powered by Bose.

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Amazon Echo Frames hands-on: Alexa’s audio-only smart glasses

Amazon Echo Frames hands-on: Alexa’s audio-only smart glasses

Smart glasses may bring to mind complex augmented reality eyewear, but Amazon's Echo Frames are taking a more focused approach with Alexa using audio alone. Announced at today's hectic Amazon hardware event, the Alexa smart glasses are part of what the retailer is calling its Day 1 Editions range: products it's experimenting with, and will be offering to buyers by invitation only.

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Echo Flex plugs Alexa right into an outlet with modular accessories

Echo Flex plugs Alexa right into an outlet with modular accessories

Alexa has a new, even smaller and more convenient smart speaker to colonize your home, with Echo Flex plugging straight into an outlet. Looking more than a little bit like a plug-in air freshener, Echo Flex addresses one of the big challenges Amazon says 3D printers and DIY fans have been embracing: how can you fix up an Echo dot in a place that's not sitting it on a table or a nightstand.

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Echo Show 8 adds 3rd smart display with Alexa Food Network tie-in

Echo Show 8 adds 3rd smart display with Alexa Food Network tie-in

Amazon already has a few smart displays in its line-up, but Alexa is getting another screen to play with in the shape of the Echo Show 8. An 8-inch version of the existing Echo Show 5, it enlarges the Alexa smart display but keeps its privacy features, and arrives as Alexa gets a big new integration with the Food Network.

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Amazon Echo Studio, Echo Dot with Clock, and new Echo revealed

Amazon Echo Studio, Echo Dot with Clock, and new Echo revealed

Amazon is adding three new Echo smart speaker to its line-up, with a new Echo Dot with Clock, a new Echo with improved audio quality, and a new Echo Studio for audiophiles looking for an all-in-one music experience. Announced in Seattle today, at Amazon's big hardware launch, it's a big push for improving Echo's audio credentials.

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Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Always-on makes all the difference

Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Always-on makes all the difference

When it comes to smartwatches, there's the Apple Watch and then there's everything else. Five generations of wearable have seen Cupertino's timepiece lose most of its rough edges; now, the Apple Watch Series 5 is taking one of the last big usability issues to task. With an always-on display, the new Apple Watch aims to keep out-shining the competition.

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iPhone 11 Pro Review: The “should I upgrade?” question

iPhone 11 Pro Review: The “should I upgrade?” question

Tell someone you write about tech, and the question you're almost guaranteed to get is "should I buy the new iPhone?" With the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max freshly on the scene, that's a question a whole lot of people - whether considering their first smartphone, weighing an upgrade, or even thinking about jumping ship from another platform like Android - are now mulling over.

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Arlo Pro 3 adds 2K HDR, spotlight and siren to wireless security camera

Arlo Pro 3 adds 2K HDR, spotlight and siren to wireless security camera

There's a new Arlo wireless security camera hoping to keep an eye on your home, with the Arlo Pro 3 promising 2K HDR video and color night vision for improved footage. Joining the Netgear spin-out's range of battery-powered smart cameras, the Arlo Pro 3 works both indoors and out with a weatherproof casing.

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Apple Watch Series 5 battery life is the real deal

Apple Watch Series 5 battery life is the real deal

I've spent the past week with the Apple Watch Series 5 on my wrist, and while it's still a little too early for a full review, I've definitely come to appreciate some of the headline features. The always-on display addresses one of the lingering criticisms of the smartwatch, both from owners and would-be wearers, that you couldn't see the time or other information without waking the Apple Watch first. Apple fixes that, and it does it in a clever way.

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The Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro is living up to expectations

The Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro is living up to expectations

I'll admit it, I was a little bit obsessed with the Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro when Apple announced it last week. It still feels like an atypical color for Apple to pick, not quite as serious as Space Gray or Silver, but neither as colorful as some of the iPhone 11's finishes. Of course, it's not only the color of the case that sticks out.

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Faraday Future has a big plan – and a big problem

Faraday Future has a big plan – and a big problem

Faraday Future has big plans, and it needs big money to pay for them. The car startup was meant to weave together the electrification of Tesla, the user-experience of Apple, the data wrangling of Google, and the shared mobility flexibility of Uber. Instead it ended up with unpaid suppliers, frustrated investors, and a bank account nowhere near deep enough to cover its ambitions.

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