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.

Android P Beta 3 released: We’re getting closer

Android P Beta 3 released: We’re getting closer

Google has released Android P Beta 3, the latest preview of its upcoming update for Android smartphones. The new release "takes us very close to what you'll see in the final version of Android P," according to Google's Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, which is still on track to be pushed out later in the summer.

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Apple’s cunning 2018 iPhone plan is getting clearer

Apple’s cunning 2018 iPhone plan is getting clearer

Apple's 2018 iPhone range is expected to include three new models, including a new iPhone X and a larger iPhone X Plus, and a preview video is making it clear just how clever the Cupertino firm is being about it. Although this obviously won't be the first time Apple has announced three new iPhones at one event, it could prove fairly confusing given the typical signifiers addressing "Which is the best iPhone?" won't hold true.

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DirecTV NOW is going up by $5/mo, just because AT&T can

DirecTV NOW is going up by $5/mo, just because AT&T can

DirecTV NOW is getting an unexpected price increase, with the streaming service rising $5 per month across its tiers. Subscribers of the AT&T owned service were warned of the increase via email over the weekend, with the changes happening in roughly a month's time.

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New iPhone 18W USB-C charger leak has us hopeful

New iPhone 18W USB-C charger leak has us hopeful

Apple may not quite be ready to ditch wired iPhone charging for wireless, but a leaked charger said to be the new in-box accessory does suggest it's finally switching to USB-C. The 2018 iPhone range - expected to consist of three handsets, all of which will have the same "notched" screen design as the current iPhone X - is likely to launch in September this year.

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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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