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.

Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset hands-on: DTS 7.1 surround

Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset hands-on: DTS 7.1 surround

Logitech given its gaming headset range an upgrade, retiring the Greek God naming but adding a new, G533 Wireless Gaming Headset to the line-up for CES 2017. Announced today, the G533 targets PC gamers rather than their console counterparts, raiding the parts bin of the more expensive G933 for its Pro-G audio drivers. While it doesn't have Dolby 7.1 surround sound, the G533 does offer DTX Headphone X 3D sound support.

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Samsung’s QLED TVs wow with Quantum Dot 4K and easy mounts

Samsung’s QLED TVs wow with Quantum Dot 4K and easy mounts

Forget OLED: Samsung's big TV ambitions are all about QLED now, with Quantum LED making its big, colorful debut at CES 2017 today. It might sound like another buzzy acronym, but Samsung is pretty insistent that its quantum dot technology is a big deal in the living room. Think ridiculously accurate colors, super-simple wall mounting, and plenty of onboard smarts.

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This Honor Magic should’ve been Honor’s big CES 2017 launch

This Honor Magic should’ve been Honor’s big CES 2017 launch

Honor brought its Millennial-bait 6X to CES 2017 complete with a startlingly low price tag, but it hid its magic - literally - in the corner of a demo booth. The Honor Magic was announced for China some months ago, but had until now avoided American shores, despite no shortage of interest. It's undoubtedly the company's most interesting device right now.

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Honor 6X hands-on: Bokeh on a budget

Honor 6X hands-on: Bokeh on a budget

Honor may be obsessed with Millennials and youth, but its ambitions of cornering the affordable Android smartphone market aren't just good news for the young. Joining the team on Huawei's offshoot is the new Honor 6X, originally announced in China back in October, but given its North American and European pricing at CES 2017 today. The price is certainly enough to catch the eye, at $250 unlocked and SIM-free in the US.

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Honor 6X targets Millennial photo-addicts on an Android budget

Honor 6X targets Millennial photo-addicts on an Android budget

Honor, Huawei's brand obsessed with Millennials and selling them smartphones, has brought its latest model at CES 2017, the Honor 6X. Boasting two cameras on the back, for a surprisingly broad aperture range of f/0.95 through to f/16 - albeit digitally aided - the Honor 6X could very well turn out to be a favorite of the shutterbug on a budget. As well as the dual lenses, there's phase detection autofocus for 0.3-second locks.

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Ford’s high-risk electrification plan is all-or-nothing

Ford’s high-risk electrification plan is all-or-nothing

Ford's seven-strong electrified vehicle announcement at CES 2017 this morning is the Detroit automaker's biggest commitment to EVs to-date, and there are no half-measures. On the cards - and, indeed, on the roads within the next few years - will be hybrid versions of some of the blue oval's biggest nameplates. It's a strategy that's markedly different from that taken by many of Ford's rivals, which have focused on a few halo hybrid and EV products amid the rest of their mainstream range. I caught up with Hau Thai-Tang, Ford group vice president of Purchasing and the automaker's "executive electrified vehicle champion" to find out more.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: The lowdown on 2017’s flagship chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: The lowdown on 2017’s flagship chip

Smartphones may have taken a back-seat to TVs and car tech at CES, but Qualcomm is revealing the Snapdragon 835 that's likely to be at the heart of many 2017 flagships. The new chipset is Qualcomm's first 10nm silicon, but the company is using the milestone for more than just competitive crowing. Indeed, the physically smaller package has big implications for the overall size of phones and other devices, as well as what they can do.

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Mustang hybrid and F-150 Hybrid outed in Ford’s CES EV gush

Mustang hybrid and F-150 Hybrid outed in Ford’s CES EV gush

Ford has revealed seven new electrified vehicles today at CES 2017, including an F-150 Hybrid version of its best-selling truck, and a Mustang Hybrid sports car. The news, announced today by Ford CEO Mark Fields, is the tip of a 13-strong electrified fleet that the automaker intends to launch over the next five years. Ford is also beginning pilot trials of wireless charging technologies for electrified vehicles, along with tests of twenty Transit Connect hybrid taxi and van prototypes in several US cities.

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Norton Core anti-malware router promises IoT for a subscription fee

Norton Core anti-malware router promises IoT for a subscription fee

Smarter routers with swifter response to malware and IoT exploits are a growing segment now, and Norton is wading in with its own striking wireless router. The Norton Core not only looks like a miniature Spaceship Earth from Epcot, but inside the geodesic dome there's a mixture of parental filters, real-time security scans, and automatic updates. Even the shape has been designed with practicality in mind.

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Meet Kuri, the Bosch-backed ‘bot aiming to crack home robotics

Meet Kuri, the Bosch-backed ‘bot aiming to crack home robotics

Gently I stroke the top of the robot's head and, with a delighted bloop, he comes alive, eyes smiling as he looks up at me. I may be a cynical British tech journalist but I still catch myself grinning in response, and anyway, I can't blame myself too much for anthropomorphizing the latest attempt at a robotic family companion to grace CES. Kuri's creators, Mayfield Robotics, have put personality front and center in their efforts to crack a surprisingly stubborn segment.

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Polar Team Pro Shirt weaves heart tracking into wireless base-layer

Polar Team Pro Shirt weaves heart tracking into wireless base-layer

Polar has launched a new fitness wearable, the Polar Team Pro Shirt, and if you thought your smartwatch got up close and personal, then this stat-tracking base-layer will be like a loving Internet-of-Things hug. The company's first foray out of more mainstream wearables, the shirt embeds heart rate tracking right into its fabric. That means no chest strap monitor, wrist band, or watch.

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Linksys Velop aims to steal Google WiFi’s mesh crown

Linksys Velop aims to steal Google WiFi’s mesh crown

Linksys has joined the mesh networking club, launching Velop, a multi-unit WiFi router system at CES 2017 this week. Aiming to blanket your home in wireless coverage, each of the Velop units - a white, 7-inch tall monolith - interconnects with each other, forming a mesh of connectivity. Meanwhile, there's the promise of automatic firmware updates should security loopholes be spotted down the line.

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