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.

Watch the LG V40 ThinQ Cine Shot mode in action

Watch the LG V40 ThinQ Cine Shot mode in action

LG won't take the wraps off the V40 ThinQ, its latest Android smartphone, until later this week, but we can already share a sneaky tidbit about the new handset today. One of the flagship features of the smartphone - already notable for having a whopping three cameras on its rear - will be its Cine Shot mode, making it easy to create "living photos" or Cinemagraphs.

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Is your iPhone XS Max charging right?

Is your iPhone XS Max charging right?

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max owners, as well as people who have upgraded their existing iPhones and iPads to iOS 12, are in some cases reporting sporadic charging problems which mean their phones and tablets won't recharge - despite being plugged in. The newest iPhones promise the longest battery life of an X-series device so far, with up to 90 minutes more compared to last year's iPhone X.

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Surface Pro and Surface Laptop update leaks have some terrible news

Surface Pro and Surface Laptop update leaks have some terrible news

Microsoft's big event may make relatively small changes this week in New York City, with its Surface refresh tipped to play it safe - or even disappointing - as it heads into holiday sales season. The software giant has summoned the media to NYC on Tuesday, October 2nd to reveal the latest fruits of its Surface computing team. However, some early leaks have spoiled the surprise a little.

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3rd Gen Chromecast sold early, spoils Google surprise

3rd Gen Chromecast sold early, spoils Google surprise

Google's big October Pixel 3 event may not be for another week, but the 3rd Gen Chromecast we're expecting to see debut there has already shown up in the wild. The new version of Google's streaming TV adapter isn't meant to make its official appearance until October 9th, but it seems more than one retailer has pulled the trigger early.

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Elon Musk settles SEC fraud case – and his Tesla tweets are the big casualty

Elon Musk settles SEC fraud case – and his Tesla tweets are the big casualty

Elon Musk has settled with the SEC, stepping down as chairman of the Tesla board and paying $20m in penalties - a figure matched by the automaker - though the biggest loss may well be on his Twitter account. The outspoken and often controversial billionaire found himself on the wrong side of the US Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year, after tweets about taking Tesla public were accused of being securities fraud.

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The 2019 Altima has a secret weapon

The 2019 Altima has a secret weapon

The new 2019 Nissan Altima is affordable, carries a whole host of new tech, and is far more memorable to look at than its predecessor, but the smartest upgrade you need to lift the hood to see. While the new Altima's standard engine may be a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four cylinder, Nissan saves the real magic for the upgrade option.

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Mercedes-AMG ONE gives F1-inspired hypercar a fitting title

Mercedes-AMG ONE gives F1-inspired hypercar a fitting title

All hail the Mercedes-AMG ONE, the newly-titled hypercar and the ambitious vision to bring technology until now limited to F1 cars to public roads. The "absolute top-of-the-line model" as the automaker would have it won't just be exclusive, it'll also be an example of just how impressive hybrid performance can be.

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If Facebook just logged you out, don’t log back in again

If Facebook just logged you out, don’t log back in again

Facebook has logged 50 million users out of their compromised accounts today, along with 40 million more as a precaution, and frankly you might want to just not bother logging back in again. This latest forced detox from the increasingly controversial social network comes as Facebook admits a security glitch in one of its profile privacy features could've allowed hackers to gain access to the accounts of millions.

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Facebook hack put 50m users’ private info at risk

Facebook hack put 50m users’ private info at risk

A Facebook hack affecting almost 50 million accounts has been revealed, with the social network saying attackers compromised its security but admitting they don't yet know what data might have been stolen. The news is the latest in a series of bombshell security confessions from Facebook around digital privacy, which has led regulators and politicians to question whether greater scrutiny is required.

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This cooling paint could slash A/C bills

This cooling paint could slash A/C bills

A cooling paint that could easily deliver buildings a significant temperature drop could help cut down on expensive air-conditioning, one research team is suggesting. The light-reflecting material gives ancient advice to paint buildings white in order to reflect away heat a high-tech upgrade.

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Spotify family plan crackdown threatens account sharing [Updated]

Spotify family plan crackdown threatens account sharing [Updated]

Spotify may crack down on friends sharing subscriptions to its more cost-effective family plan, demanding GPS location data from some of its users. The streaming music provider has offered a family plan since 2014, making it more competitive in mid-2016 by allowing up to six people to share a premium subscription for $14.99 per month.

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Intel has bad news for anyone wanting a cheap laptop

Intel has bad news for anyone wanting a cheap laptop

Intel is warning that short supplies of its entry-level processors are likely to continue, as the company's struggles to get its next-generation production online. The processor-maker had pegged its growth in potential on 10nm production, delivering smaller and more efficient chips, but encountered unforeseen levels of difficulty getting yields to satisfactory levels.

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