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.

Samsung’s The Frame 2018 gets more art and smarter TV

Samsung’s The Frame 2018 gets more art and smarter TV

Samsung has revealed the new version of its "digital gallery" TV, with its The Frame 2018 version boosting picture quality and customization potential. Announced last year, the original Samsung The Frame took one of the TV-maker's flat-screen panels and dressed it in a surround you'd most typically associate with a work of art, then added the ability to show actual artwork while the set was not in use.

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Tesla sets 6,000 Model 3 goal amid car quality promise

Tesla sets 6,000 Model 3 goal amid car quality promise

Tesla more than doubled EV production in Q2 versus Q1, the automaker has confirmed today, with Model 3 cars rolling off the line - including the new tent facility - at a rate of more than 5,000 per week by the end of June 2018. All eyes had been on Elon Musk & Co. after the Tesla team promised a new Model 3 production milestone; now, a new target has been set.

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Plug-&-play Alexa chip liberates Amazon assistant from the outlet

Plug-&-play Alexa chip liberates Amazon assistant from the outlet

A new plug-and-play chip to give Amazon's Alexa talents to anything with a speaker could also help cut the cord to new smart speakers. Currently, Amazon only offers a single completely wireless Alexa-powered speaker, the Amazon Tap. All of the other Echo speakers demand to be perpetually plugged into power.

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Gentoo’s GitHub was hacked: What you need to know

Gentoo’s GitHub was hacked: What you need to know

Popular Linux distribution Gentoo has been hacked, with the company warning that its GitHub repository should be "considered compromised." Unknown hackers took control of the GitHub account earlier this week, on June 28, and modified both pages and the OS data there.

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Microsoft’s folding “Andromeda” Surface leaks again

Microsoft’s folding “Andromeda” Surface leaks again

The much-rumored Microsoft Andromeda dual-screen folding tablet will launch as a "pocketable Surface," according to the latest leak. Andromeda first broke cover amid the rumor mill last year, as a new Windows 10 device that would build on cutting-edge hardware and software development within the company.

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Apple Maps is getting a huge reboot

Apple Maps is getting a huge reboot

Apple Maps is about to get a huge upgrade, with exponentially more data, crowdsourced updates, and potentially paving the way to future AR smart glasses projects. The mapping app hasn't exactly got the best reputation among navigation right now, though it has significantly improved since Apple first launched it in 2012 as part of iOS 6.

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Porsche’s liberated 919 Hybrid Evo just crushed a Nurburgring record

Porsche’s liberated 919 Hybrid Evo just crushed a Nurburgring record

Give an electric car its freedom and it'll pay you back double in broken speed records and acts of excess. At least, that seems to be Porsche's recipe for success with the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, its former Le Mans car that, race-mandated limiters removed, has been demonstrating just what joys electrification can bring.

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Oppo O-Free fully-wireless AirPods rival revealed

Oppo O-Free fully-wireless AirPods rival revealed

Oppo has a new Apple AirPods rival, the Oppo O-Free, fully wireless Bluetooth headphones that it'll be offering alongside its unusual Find X Android smartphone. The new headphones cut the cables completely, with no wires between the lozenge-shaped left and right earbuds.

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Qualcomm paves way to bundled wireless headphones

Qualcomm paves way to bundled wireless headphones

First the headphone jack disappeared, next the headphone cables altogether: at least, if Qualcomm has its way with a new Bluetooth audio chip. Announced today, the Qualcomm QCC3026 may not have a name that's music to the ears, but it promises to make wireless headphones cheaper and more reliable - to the point where they're likely to supplant the bundled wired headphones most new smartphones include in the box.

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A free Google Home Mini for all is analyst’s nuclear bomb in war with Alexa

A free Google Home Mini for all is analyst’s nuclear bomb in war with Alexa

There's an easy way for the Google Assistant to overshadow Amazon's Alexa, one analyst has suggested: simply give every home in America a free Google Home Mini. The coast-to-coast giveaway might cost Google a pretty penny to achieve, or so the idea goes, but it could more than make up for it with search profits.

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This Note 9 preview spills Samsung’s biggest changes

This Note 9 preview spills Samsung’s biggest changes

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is coming, but early hands-on impressions are spoiling some of the surprises for the hotly-anticipated Android smartphone. Set to make its official debut in New York City in just a few weeks time, the stylus-equipped handset certainly hasn't been short on rumors over the past few months.

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2019 Honda Pilot and HR-V load up on safety and cabin tech

2019 Honda Pilot and HR-V load up on safety and cabin tech

Honda has revealed the 2019 Pilot and 2019 HR-V, adding more tech and more active safety systems to one of its largest, and one of its smallest, cars. The model year 2019 refresh means that the automaker now offers Honda Sensing, its suite of driver-assistance and safety technology, either as standard or as an option across its entire range.

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