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.

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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It’s time this car safety tech was standard

It’s time this car safety tech was standard

Some car technology is frivolous or pure luxury; other added-extras are a matter of personal taste. If you want leather seats, or a 1,300W audio system, or autonomous parking, you probably should pay extra for it. Even some safety technology, like adaptive cruise control or active lane-keeping assistance, falls into the convenience category more than a must-have essential.

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TrackR pixel and wallet 2.0 shrink tracking devices for CES 2017

TrackR pixel and wallet 2.0 shrink tracking devices for CES 2017

Location tag company TrackR has outed its latest, smallest, and most affordable trackers yet, the TrackR pixel and TrackR wallet 2.0. Revealed ahead of CES 2017 this week, the two new gadgets each use Bluetooth to link to a nearby smartphone. If you walk away from your keys, or can't find your TV remote, or have lost your wallet between the sofa cushions, the promise is that these trackers should help you find them.

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Tesla Autopilot update makes 2016 deadline; Price increase pushed back

Tesla Autopilot update makes 2016 deadline; Price increase pushed back

Tesla's weekend has been busy, with the automaker starting the roll-out of Autopilot to its latest models, as well as extending the window for free Supercharger use. The software update, which according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk began distribution on December 31, 2016, will only be uploaded over-the-air to 1,000 cars initially. After that point, and assuming there are no in-the-field problems observed, it'll be more broadly distributed in the coming week.

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HERE and Mobileye team on self-healing maps for self-driving cars

HERE and Mobileye team on self-healing maps for self-driving cars

Mapping company HERE and car camera company Mobileye are teaming up on self-healing maps for autonomous vehicles, potentially turning traffic into roving cartographers. The deal will see HERE, which is developing HD Live Maps with higher levels of detail for self-driving cars to follow, use Mobileye's data to maintain its accuracy as roadways evolve. However, it will also offer a new way for autonomous systems to localize themselves, potentially more accurately - and working alongside - existing methods like GPS.

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This Infiniti QX50 Concept previews new semi-autonomous SUV

This Infiniti QX50 Concept previews new semi-autonomous SUV

The North American International Auto Show 2017 is still a couple of weeks out, but Infiniti is already showing off its vision of its next-gen, self-driving SUV. The Infiniti QX50 Concept shows, the Japanese automaker says, how its latest design language as seen on the QX60 coupe could translate to a luxury SUV. Along the way, it's also a chance for the company's latest drivetrain tech to make an appearance.

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The McLaren 570S is my favorite car of 2016

The McLaren 570S is my favorite car of 2016

Only one car I reviewed in 2016 has brought my neighbors knocking on the door: the McLaren 570S. The hand-made British coupe may have had bright orange paint to help draw the eye, but even in more sober hues it's hard to disguise a car that sits somewhere between scalpel-sharp functionality and automotive art. Yet it's on the road that the 570S earns its place as my favorite car of the year.

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Confused Sprint, after killing 2,500 jobs, now says it’ll restaff call centers by 2018 [Update]

Confused Sprint, after killing 2,500 jobs, now says it’ll restaff call centers by 2018 [Update]

Sprint has announced plans to "create or bring back" 5,000 jobs in the US, despite cutting a considerable number of jobs earlier this year. The news sees the carrier, which reported net losses of $142m in its most recent financial release, commit to adding to its American workforce by the end of its 2017 financial year. According to Sprint, the new roles "will support a variety of functions across the organization".

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Twitter launches Live 360 video on Periscope for select few

Twitter launches Live 360 video on Periscope for select few

Twitter and Periscope have launched live 360 videos, though the streaming full-view footage will only be offered from a handful of select partners at first. 360 broadcasts will be flagged with a special "360" badge on Twitter and Periscope. Viewers will be able to pan around the spherical scene either by clicking and dragging with their mouse, swiping with their finger on a touchscreen, or physically moving their phone or tablet around to look in different directions.

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Will CES 2017 bring the Mac accessories Apple can’t be bothered to make?

Will CES 2017 bring the Mac accessories Apple can’t be bothered to make?

CES 2017 is almost upon us, and while the annual Consumer Electronics Show will be dominated by vast televisions and, increasingly, car tech, it's the smaller gadgets I'm most looking forward to. If there's one thing 2016 has taught us, it's that we shouldn't get too attached to our favorite celebrities; if there's a second thing, though, it's that the brave new dongle world we live in is surprisingly poorly populated. Yes, Apple, I'm looking at you.

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Alexa a hostile witness in murder investigation

Alexa a hostile witness in murder investigation

How reliable a witness is Amazon's Alexa? The voice-controlled assistant, star of the Echo smart speaker but increasingly spreading to other connected devices, has become the unexpected informant in an Arkansas murder investigation set to go to trial come 2017. According to police, and freshly-unearthed warrants filed by investigators, the always-listening Echo could hold crucial evidence in the case.

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AirPods “a runaway success” says Cook but supplies still tight

AirPods “a runaway success” says Cook but supplies still tight

Apple's AirPods "are a runaway success" CEO Tim Cook says, promising that "we're making them as fast as we can" to keep up with demand. The entirely wireless earbuds, which hit shelves this month after unexpected delays, have proved to be this holiday season's hot item, with supplies getting snapped up in hours or less. Now, with online availability not guaranteed until well into 2017, questions are being asked whether Apple is making all that they can.

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