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.


It’s not too late to score a Black Friday TV deal

It’s not too late to score a Black Friday TV deal

Black Friday 2017 may be drawing to a close, but it's not too late if the urge to buy a new TV is upon you. For many, the day after Thanksgiving isn't just one for enjoying leftovers, but outfitting their living room or den with an upgraded set. Good news is, whether you've got a big budget or a small one, there are still some deals to be had.

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2017 Ford Focus RS Review: Sideways seduction

2017 Ford Focus RS Review: Sideways seduction

Along came the third-generation Ford Focus RS, and all anybody could talk about was Drift mode. Seldom has a vehicle made going sideways such a priority, yet in all the "road-going rally car" furore the RS' true talents were starting to get overlooked.

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This Echo Dot Black Friday deal is a great smart home starter

This Echo Dot Black Friday deal is a great smart home starter

There's a smart speaker war waging, and if you haven't already picked a side - or if you're already invested in Amazon's Alexa ecosystem - then today's Echo Dot deal might sway you. The cheapest model in Amazon's Echo line-up isn't averse to a price cut or two on occasion, but this Black Friday Echo Dot deal is better than many we've seen. In fact, if you're looking for a holiday gift for someone hoping to start building out their smart home, it's an excellent place to start.

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Don’t sleep on these SanDisk microSD Black Friday deals

Don’t sleep on these SanDisk microSD Black Friday deals

Memory cards and USB drives may not be the most traditional thing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, but if you're running out of storage on your phone or camera then some SanDisk memory deals for Black Friday 2017 may still give you reason to be grateful. Lighting up on Amazon today, the SanDisk Thanksgiving deals offer some sizable cuts on microSD cards up to 256 GB in capacity, among other swappable storage.

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2017 GMC Acadia Denali AWD Review: The “U” in SUV

2017 GMC Acadia Denali AWD Review: The “U” in SUV

If there's one truth about the auto industry, it's that as the years go on, cars have only become bigger. Coupes get lower and longer, sedans pack in more wheelbase like middle-aged spread, and SUVs demand more and more square feet on the asphalt.
Clearly, the 2017 GMC Acadia didn't get that memo.

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Ultimate Ears Megablast and Blast Review: Alexa cuts the cord

Ultimate Ears Megablast and Blast Review: Alexa cuts the cord

Bluetooth speakers may be a commodity at this point, but Ultimate Ears wants to set the new Blast and Megablast apart with Amazon's Alexa. Joining Bluetooth is WiFi, and the ability to speak to Amazon's virtual assistant: whether that be for requesting music, giving your connected home instructions, or asking questions to help the kids with homework. It's an obvious pairing, but has Logitech-owned UE quite got the recipe right?

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You can preorder Echo Buttons to make Alexa a gameshow host

You can preorder Echo Buttons to make Alexa a gameshow host

Forget HQ Trivia: Alexa is turning into a game show host, with Amazon's Echo Buttons finally up for pre-order. Announced alongside the 2017 Echo range earlier this year, the new buttons wirelessly connect to the smart speakers and allow for single- and multi-player games.

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Microsoft’s Black Friday deals 2017: Xbox, Surface Laptop, more

Microsoft’s Black Friday deals 2017: Xbox, Surface Laptop, more

Thanksgiving isn't just about turkey, it's about escaping your relatives so you can hide in the bathroom and try to score a deal on a Surface Pro or an Xbox One S. Microsoft's Black Friday 2017 deals kick off from November 23, and they span gaming, through Windows Mixed Reality, and all the way to smart speakers. Read on for the highlights.

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5 fast facts about the stunning 2019 Aston Martin Vantage

5 fast facts about the stunning 2019 Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin seldom makes a bad-looking car, but few have been quite so aggressively appealing as the new 2019 Vantage. Cheaper than the DB11, but no less special in its own way, the new Vantage promises lashings of technology to go with its eye-catching design, not to mention some 007-style credibility. Read on for five things you need to know about the new Aston Martin Vantage.

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This Apple self-driving tech could make better cars and AR

This Apple self-driving tech could make better cars and AR

Apple research into how self-driving cars could better and more affordably identify pedestrians and other potential hazards has been spotted online, giving a new glimpse into the Cupertino firm's secretive project. The company has long been rumored to be working on autonomous driving technology, with the most recent belief being that it hopes to develop, not an Apple-branded car, but software that it can license out to automakers.

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iPhone SE 2 tipped to give beloved design a 2018 update

iPhone SE 2 tipped to give beloved design a 2018 update

Apple is reportedly preparing a new version of the iPhone SE, a second-generation update of the sleeper-hit smartphone to satisfy both budget- and size-minded buyers. Launched in early 2016, the iPhone SE kept the form-factor of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s before it, but packed it with components borrowed from the newer iPhone 6S to bring the performance up to date.

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Echo Show YouTube support is back

Echo Show YouTube support is back

The Alexa-powered Echo Show has regained YouTube support, following a spat between Amazon and Google, though there have been compromises along the way. The touchscreen-fronted smart speaker launched earlier this year with the ability to search for and play YouTube videos. However, that was subsequently disabled after the Google-owned video service complained about how Amazon had implemented the streaming.

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