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.

Facebook declares war on spammy link sharers

Facebook declares war on spammy link sharers

Facebook plans to fight fake news and spam sites by filtering out chronic over-sharers, who - so the social network's research suggest - routinely end up filling your wall with clickbait. It's the latest in the company's attempts to cut down on the sort of often-baseless sensationalism that was particularly highlighted as a problem in the run-up to the US election last year. Now, Facebook will shape its news feed algorithm to reduce the number of low-quality links you see.

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The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the 700HP biturbo beast we wanted

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the 700HP biturbo beast we wanted

The "most powerful road-approved 911" was the surprise star of Microsoft's Xbox One X event, and now we have full details of the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Launching officially today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, the 700 HP coupe is short neither on power nor speed. In fact, Porsche says it should do 0-62 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

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Toyota gave a paralyzed US army vet a robot aide: Here’s what happened

Toyota gave a paralyzed US army vet a robot aide: Here’s what happened

Toyota has finished its first domestic robot trial in the US, putting a prototype Human Support Robot in the home of a paralyzed US war veteran. The robot, known as the HSR, is part of Toyota's "partner robots" project, exploring how technology can enable those with limited mobility and other restrictions to live more productive and independent lives. For vet Romy Carmago, in Florida, that means a robot nurse-cum-butler to help in ways he's unable to.

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Uber’s new autonomous trucks get total upgrade amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber’s new autonomous trucks get total upgrade amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber has a new fleet of autonomous trucks, deploying a new version of self-driving hardware and sensors that won't be impacted by the ongoing legal battle with Alphabet's Waymo. Though the company may be best-known for its passenger ridesharing service - or, more recently, most infamously for its controversial former CEO - Uber has also been working on modernizing haulage, too. That has centered on the Otto autonomous trucks project, another aspect of the company which Uber took over after it acquired Otto last year.

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A bigger Galaxy Note 8 may answer power-users’ big complaint

A bigger Galaxy Note 8 may answer power-users’ big complaint

What with 4K video recording, increasingly high-quality photos, and games that are becoming huger as they get more console-like, word today that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will bump up its storage options is welcome. The upcoming phablet is expected to be Samsung's largest smartphone of the year in terms of its physical size, but it should also be among the most capacious in terms of storage, too. Given the Note series' ongoing ambitions as true productivity devices, that can only be a good thing.

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Tweaked Facebook Aquila drone aces latest test flight after crash lessons

Tweaked Facebook Aquila drone aces latest test flight after crash lessons

It's fair to say that Facebook's Aquila drone hasn't had an easy time in early trials to get the internet-broadcasting unmanned craft safely into the air and back down to the ground again. After a successful first flight in July 2016, which saw a full-sized version of the drone design take to the skies for the first time, the social network's ambitions were brought swiftly down to earth later in the year. A crash-landing in December suggested not all the issues had been successfully ironed out.

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The 2018 Ford Mustang will make burnouts all too easy

The 2018 Ford Mustang will make burnouts all too easy

Ford is making one of the most entertaining features of its hotter pony-cars standard on all 2018 Mustangs, and it's going to get smoky. Until now, electronic line-lock has only been available on the Mustang GT with its V8 engine. As of the new model-year car, though, it's going standard across the range.

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Cadillac Super Cruise First Drive: Trusting the machine

Cadillac Super Cruise First Drive: Trusting the machine

It was, conservatively, 90 seconds before I was satisfied Cadillac's Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system wasn't going to kill me. By that point, a combination of cameras, super-accurate maps, and a fancier-than-usual GPS system were keeping me dead-center at 65 mph on California's 280, headed north toward San Francisco. As the CT6 eased its way around the corners, I spent a few moments considering that the car of the future apparently communicates not with the voice of Mr Feeny from Boy Meets World, but with a glowing green steering wheel instead.

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eero 2nd-gen Review (2017): Mesh network’s star raises its game

eero 2nd-gen Review (2017): Mesh network’s star raises its game

No good idea in the tech world goes without replication, and while eero may have started the home mesh networking segment, it can't afford to rest on its laurels. Throw open your doors, therefore, to the second-generation eero and the new eero Beacon, promising more flexibility, a more competitive price, and more speed. Indeed, performance is said be as much as twice that of the original eero, which launched back in 2015.

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Jaguar’s crazy 592hp XE SV Project 8 is not your accountant’s car

Jaguar’s crazy 592hp XE SV Project 8 is not your accountant’s car

Jaguar promised us a ridiculously potent sedan to blow away any preconceptions of the automaker as staid or serious, and the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is that car. Handiwork of the Special Vehicle Operation (SVO) team at the company, it takes the four-door XE and makes it in to a 200 mph, supercharged V8 beast. Annoyingly, though, North America won't be getting the most aggressive version of the car.

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There’s a “cheaper” Aston Martin DB11, and it’s even more sporty

There’s a “cheaper” Aston Martin DB11, and it’s even more sporty

A "cheaper" Aston Martin DB11 sounds like a contradiction in terms, but a new twin-turbo V8 engine in the range does at least bring the sticker down a little. The new DB11 V8 may be smaller than the V12 with which the DB11 launched with in 2016, but that doesn't mean you're sacrificing too much on performance. In fact, the DB11 V8 will still do 0-62 mph in 4.0 seconds.

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Nest Cam IQ Review: Impressive face-recognition comes at a price

Nest Cam IQ Review: Impressive face-recognition comes at a price

In an increasingly competitive world of connected security cameras, Nest has turned to Alphabet-sibling Google and its facial recognition tech to make the Nest Cam IQ stand out. Not just the latest in the company's sophisticated home security camera line-up, the Nest Cam IQ represents a complete platform upgrade, with an all-new sensor, lossless zooming support, and the ability to recognize and track faces. On the downside, it also commands the highest price of a Nest camera so far, so does it deliver for $299?

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