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.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad CES 2017 line-up: What you need to know

Lenovo’s ThinkPad CES 2017 line-up: What you need to know

CES 2017 is still a week away, but Lenovo hasn't been able to contain its ThinkPad excitement, revealing a fresh batch of laptops and accessories ahead of the show. As always, the Lenovo ThinkPad range is of particular interest to business users, but that doesn't stop regular consumers eyeing them up too. This time around, there are some particularly intriguing accessories like USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks, which might even coax some MacBook Pro owners into opening their wallets.

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Tesla Autopilot proves its worth in this scary dashcam crash video

Tesla Autopilot proves its worth in this scary dashcam crash video

Driver assistance technologies like Tesla Autopilot are billed as ways to keep human drivers out of trouble, but it's always impressive to see just how well they can work. Footage of a Tesla in Autopilot mode predicting a likely crash on the road ahead, and stomping on the brakes to keep out of trouble, has emerged from an incident in the Netherlands. According to the video, shared by Hans Noordsij, the Tesla Model X sounded the forward collision warning and began slowing before the human driver had time to react.

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A dual-cam 5″ iPhone would be the perfect 2017 tweener

A dual-cam 5″ iPhone would be the perfect 2017 tweener

A third iPhone 8 that cherry-picks the best of the two current models could give Apple a new sweet-spot - and a 2017 sales hit. Reports that the Cupertino firm will have not two but three new iPhones in refresh next year broke this week, with a 5-inch screen tipped to slot in-between the 4.7- and 5.5-inch sizes that have been part of the range since the iPhone 6. While a 5-inch iPhone might sound like a compromise, in fact it could end up being Apple's new mass-market pleaser.

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Smart home turns informant: Police want Echo and IoT data in murder case

Smart home turns informant: Police want Echo and IoT data in murder case

Your smart home could turn into a police informant, if investigators in Arkansas can set a precedent that data from connected devices like Amazon's Echo be seized as murder case evidence. The police force in Bentonville served Amazon with a warrant for recordings made by an Echo smart speaker, after it potentially heard details around a murder that took place in the home. However, Alexa wasn't the only inadvertent potential witness to the alleged crime.

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INU’s painfully expensive folding electric scooter hits preorder

INU’s painfully expensive folding electric scooter hits preorder

Green Ride's INU folding electric scooter has finally hit preorder, though would-be riders of the expensive two-wheeler will have to wait before they hit the streets. Shown off first in late 2015, the INU - which offers up to 24 miles of all-electric range and a top speed of 15.5 mph - was initially expected to ship in September this year. Now, though, as preorders open, Green Ride says it'll be September 2017 before customers actually get their scooters.

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Panasonic foots $255m bill for new Tesla solar panel plant

Panasonic foots $255m bill for new Tesla solar panel plant

Tesla and Panasonic will build solar panels together in a Buffalo, New York factory the two have agreed today, with Panasonic pumping more than $255m into the venture. The deal, which is expected to see production kick off in the summer of 2017, marks a deepening of the business relationship between the two companies as the ambitions of each expands. Panasonic already supplies the lithium-ion batteries that Tesla uses in the Model S and Model X electric cars, for instance.

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Cheetahs are closer to extinction than anyone knew

Cheetahs are closer to extinction than anyone knew

A mere 7,100 cheetahs remain the wild, a new study has confirmed, putting the wild cats perilously close to extinction and spurring demands that they be officially classed as "endangered". The striking big cats, which hold the record as the world's fastest land animal, are currently considered "vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. That, the authors of a new study insist, paints the actual situation in too rosy a way.

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Snapchat could make Augmented Reality mass-market

Snapchat could make Augmented Reality mass-market

Snapchat's reported $30m buy of an Augmented Reality specialist could be the key to taking mixed-reality mainstream, as its real-world users embrace virtual products. The news earlier this week that Snapchat owner Snap paid as much as $40m for Cimagine, an AR startup focusing on making online shopping more immersive, prompted questions as to just what the ephemeral messaging app might have in mind. Certainly, with its vast cohort of Millennial users, it could be the first truly successful push of Augmented Reality into the mass market.

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2016 BMW 330e Review: The secret plug-in hybrid

2016 BMW 330e Review: The secret plug-in hybrid

The BMW 330e iPerformance isn't the car to buy if you want people to know you're saving the planet. In fact, from behind the wheel of the 2016 330e, I had to keep glancing at the display to make sure that I was, indeed, driving a plug-in hybrid and not one of BMW's regular 3 Series cars. Say hello to the Germans' secret green family.

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You got a new phone for Christmas: What to do with your old phone

You got a new phone for Christmas: What to do with your old phone

If Santa left a new iPhone or Android smartphone under the tree, what do you do with your old smartphone? It's a perennial question each holiday season, but the answer doesn't have to be "sell it" or "dump it in a drawer". Instead, there are plenty of useful things a smartphone can be turned into, even if it doesn't have an active phone line connected. Read on for some of our favorites.

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Your AirPods now pause Spotify on macOS; new Touch Bar support

Your AirPods now pause Spotify on macOS; new Touch Bar support

Apple's sensor-packed AirPods have gained another talent, pausing Spotify on macOS, which is welcome news for those not devoted to Apple Music. The Spotify update embraces the auto-pause technology that, when you remove an AirPod from your ear, automatically stops the music you're listening to. When you put the AirPod back in - for instance, if you've finished whatever conversation you were having - it'll resume playback.

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2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Review

2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Review

Could the 2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 be the prettiest car the Japanese automaker has ever made? Leaving aside curvaceous but impractical concepts, I suspect the answer is yes, but Infiniti hasn't been swayed by glamour alone. Sitting at the top of the Q60 Coupe tree with 400 HP, the Red Sport variant doesn't just want to look good, it wants to be the kiss of death to BMW and Audi grand tourers in the process.

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