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.

Surface Book with Performance Base Review

Surface Book with Performance Base Review

The Surface Book was one of Microsoft's best-kept secrets last year, but the company isn't holding back when it comes to talking up its Performance Base upgrade. Landing in time for the holidays, the new model is actually only 50-percent changed: while the screen-turned-tablet is the same as before, the keyboard section has been squeezed full of extra graphics potency and more battery life. That doesn't come cheap, mind, with this newest model starting at $2,399.

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AT&T to lure DirecTV Now subs with free Apple TV or Fire TV Stick

AT&T to lure DirecTV Now subs with free Apple TV or Fire TV Stick

AT&T plans to use a free Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick to turn consumers weary of sky-high cable bills into DirecTV Now subscribers, documents inadvertently leaked by the company have confirmed. The service, which AT&T confirmed back in October will be priced at just $35 per month, is expected to offer both live and on-demand streaming. With it, the company hopes to get a bite of the growing cord-cutter market.

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USB-C could kill Lightning, but Apple can’t afford it

USB-C could kill Lightning, but Apple can’t afford it

Apple could technically kill off Lightning on the iPhone and still maintain an iron-fisted grip over its MFi program, but the outcry over a switch to USB-C might prove too costly for it to happen today. With the arrival of the new MacBook Pro there’s been no shortage of commentary about the ports you’ll find on your Apple smartphone versus those you now get on your Apple notebook, and a fair amount of that has not been flattering. The “Made For iPhone/iPod/iPad” MFi program has been blamed by many for that disparity, but it may not be quite the culprit it's accused of being.

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Now you can use Android Auto without upgrading your car

Now you can use Android Auto without upgrading your car

Android Auto looks set to show up on a lot more dashboards, albeit as a phone clipped to a mount rather than built into the native infotainment system. The interface, which pares back Android into a chunkier, more finger-friendly layout for use while driving, while hiding the more complex features that could prove a distraction, is being released as a standalone system, Google announced today. It's the closest we've got so far to an admission by the Android team that Android Auto adoption among automakers may not have been as swift as they would've preferred.

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2017 Lincoln Continental First Drive: How to reboot an icon

2017 Lincoln Continental First Drive: How to reboot an icon

Five minutes into driving the 2017 Lincoln Continental, a Mercedes-Benz C300 pulled up alongside me at the lights. “That’s a beautiful car!” the middle-aged driver called to me across the gap, to the barely-disguised pleasure of the Lincoln exec in the passenger seat. With less than 24 hours in Los Angeles to get to grips with the new Continental, I was attempting to multitask and squeeze in not only experiencing the car but figuring out what exactly had prompted the company to resurrect the such a storied nameplate now.

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4 things to know before you buy Google Home

4 things to know before you buy Google Home

The Google Assistant has escaped, and it's haunting your house. No longer is it trapped in your phone or your browser: instead, the power of Google's so-called Knowledge Graph now gets a new enclosure, the vase-esque Google Home. Like Amazon's Echo, it reacts to voice rather than touchscreen or buttons, and like Amazon's assistant Alexa, it promises to streamline your day and entertain your evenings with its personalized knowledge of your tastes and interests. Sounds great, right? Turns out, there are a few things you ought to bear in mind before you bring Home home.

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Vufine+ wearable display beams iPhone or drone to your eye

Vufine+ wearable display beams iPhone or drone to your eye

Google Glass, among its faults, pretty much killed off the head-mounted display segment, but Kickstarter success Vufine is hoping to reignite interest with its latest wearable. The Vufine+, launching on Kickstarter today, doesn't attempt to do all of the social networking, notification flagging, and voice-controlled interactions which Glass tried to persuade us we needed, and nor - vitally - does it have a camera. Instead, it brings video from your phone, laptop, drone, or pretty much anything else to your eye-line.

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Huawei Fit hands-on: A fitness watch to undercut Fitbit

Huawei Fit hands-on: A fitness watch to undercut Fitbit

If there's a market for a wearable somewhere in-between a traditional smartwatch and a fitness tracker then Huawei wants to dominate it, and the competitively priced Huawei Fit is how it plans to do that. Revealed this morning at Huawei's event in Munich, Germany, but on store shelves in the US today, the Fit undercuts not only Android Wear watches, but is cheaper than fitness-first trackers like Fitbit's Charge 2. I strapped one to my wrist to see if it was Fit for purpose.

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The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is 485HP of tire hate

The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is 485HP of tire hate

You know what you're getting with a Dodge Challenger: some good, old-fashioned American muscle. In the somewhat confusing - unless you're a super-fan - line-up of trims, tunes, and general craziness, this 2016 Challenger RT Scat Pack strikes its balance near the top of the tree. No, it doesn't have the ridiculous 707 horsepower of the infamous SRT Hellcat, but its $38,995 sticker is also twenty-five grand cheaper.

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The SD slot had to die, Apple’s Phil Schiller insists: Here’s why

The SD slot had to die, Apple’s Phil Schiller insists: Here’s why

Apple's decision to go all-Thunderbolt 3 with the new MacBook Pro is still, a week after the event, causing controversy, and now Phil Schiller has waded in to make the official argument. The decision to drop USB Type-A, HDMI, and other ports in favor of the multi-functional - but decidedly rarer - Thunderbolt 3 has seen many pro-users up in arms, but it's the absence of the SD card slot that has many truly fuming. According to Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, it's a slot that'd had its day.

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FOVE’s eye-tracking VR headset is finally shipping: Here’s why it’s special

FOVE’s eye-tracking VR headset is finally shipping: Here’s why it’s special

Plenty of virtual reality headsets have hit the market since we first saw FOVE back in May 2015, but none can do what the Samsung-backed VR system can. Differentiating itself in the increasingly crowded entertainment space by its potentially game-changing eye tracking system, FOVE sets out to address what it calls the "owl problem". If you want to look around in a VR world then, traditionally, you have to move your head.

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Netatmo Presence subscription-free security cam gets priced up

Netatmo Presence subscription-free security cam gets priced up

There's no shortage of connected security cameras out there, but your options are limited if you don't want to pay a monthly fee but still want on-demand video recordings. Netatmo is aiming to fill that niche with its Presence camera, on sale today. Announced back in January at CES, the camera has been a long time coming but the wait may be worth it if you want to avoid another subscription.

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