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.

2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat leads revamped range with performance boost

2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat leads revamped range with performance boost

Dodge has pulled the wraps off the 2019 Charger and 2019 Charger SRT, with a new SXT all-wheel drive model and a more potent Hellcat. The "four-door muscle car" is getting a revamp across its range, inside and out, as Dodge cocks a snook at those who'd argue Americans only want utility vehicles any more.

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Bring back the BlackBerry slider

Bring back the BlackBerry slider

The BlackBerry KEY2 is an brand new phone trying to coexist with an old-school form-factor, and struggling all the way. When it comes to capturing nostalgia, TCL - which has been licensing the BlackBerry brand for smartphones since 2016 - has done an excellent job. Problem is, there hasn't been quite as much success in making a must-have smartphone.

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Toyota on Trump tariffs: Expect a much pricier Camry

Toyota on Trump tariffs: Expect a much pricier Camry

America's best-selling car could get almost $2k more expensive, Toyota has warned, if President Trump follows through on plans to impose new tariffs on vehicle imports. The ominous prediction comes as the US Commerce Department considers whether to kickstart a new trade war, by declaring vehicle and vehicle part imports "a threat to national security."

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The Apple vs Samsung iPhone-copying lawsuit is finally over

The Apple vs Samsung iPhone-copying lawsuit is finally over

The Apple vs Samsung legal battle that has spanned seven years and numerous courtroom showdowns is finally over. The two companies - which had each claimed and counter-claimed that the other had infringed on design patents with their smartphones and tablets - agreed to drop the case, according to a newly-filed document today.

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Google Home and Chromecast outage leaves users livid

Google Home and Chromecast outage leaves users livid

Google Home and Chromecast are both down, with widespread reports from users that their smart speakers won't work and their streaming adapters won't stream. Saying "Ok Google" to a Google Home speaker, for instance, gets the response that "there was a glitch, try again in a few seconds."

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The 2019 Volvo S60 Polestar will be rarer than a supercar [Update: Pricing!]

The 2019 Volvo S60 Polestar will be rarer than a supercar [Update: Pricing!]

Volvo's most exciting car of the year will only be offered in depressingly minute numbers, the automaker has confirmed, with sightings of the 2019 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered on the road set to be rarer than a Ferrari or McLaren. Announced alongside the all-new S60 sedan earlier this month, the car will be the first of a new breed of Volvo vehicles given a thorough fettling by the Polestar team.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 reveal confirmed for August 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 reveal confirmed for August 9

Samsung has announced the date for its next Galaxy Unpacked event, where we're expecting to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 make its big debut. The company has sent out invitations to Galaxy Unpacked 2018 in Brooklyn, New York, on August 9.

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This new Samsung camera could restart the smartphone megapixel war

This new Samsung camera could restart the smartphone megapixel war

Samsung smartphone cameras are about to get a big improvement in low-light performance, with a new image sensor technology, ISOCELL Plus, promising better color and less blow-out. The improvements are likely to be visible in Samsung's next-generation smartphones but, since the company also provides CMOS image sensors to other phone-makers, won't just be limited to upcoming Galaxy S and Galaxy Note handsets.

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Google Duplex is about to start calling businesses for real

Google Duplex is about to start calling businesses for real

Google Duplex, the controversial phone call-making AI intended to make reservations for you, will begin public testing within the next few weeks, the company has confirmed. Previewed at I/O earlier this year, Duplex may sound like a human on the call, but it's actually the Google Assistant tasked with going through the steps of making a restaurant reservation, an appointment for a haircut, or finding out a business' opening hours.

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BlackBerry KEY2 Review: Growing keys, shrinking audience

BlackBerry KEY2 Review: Growing keys, shrinking audience

If we're giving out awards for smartphone dedication in the face of modernity, the BlackBerry KEY2 should probably get a spot on the podium. TCL's 2018 flagship continues to obstinately buck the trend for full-touch, refining its physical keyboard and still promising a compelling trifecta of QWERTY, security, and reliability. At $649.99, though, are the KEY2's grudging acknowledgements of dual-camera technology enough to make this particular BlackBerry sufficiently juicy?

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The iPhone’s Amazon Alexa app finally adds voice control

The iPhone’s Amazon Alexa app finally adds voice control

Amazon's Alexa app for iOS has finally added the one thing bizarrely absent since it arrived on the App Store: the ability to actually interact with Alexa through it. The retailer introduced Alexa conversations to the Android app at the start of the year, but at the time only promised that it had iOS support for the same thing on the roadmap.

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Tesla pickup truck detailed as Elon Musk gets chatty

Tesla pickup truck detailed as Elon Musk gets chatty

Elon Musk may be busy getting the Model 3 production line up to speed, but that isn't stopping him spilling new details on the upcoming Tesla pickup truck too. The outspoken CEO has taken to Twitter once again, both to crowdsource ideas for what would-be electric pickup drivers might like to see, and to drop a few tidbits of his own.

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