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.


This Android power feature gave Google a privacy headache

This Android power feature gave Google a privacy headache

A Google experiment to extend battery life has landed Android in privacy hot water, with concerns that devices running the OS have been sending details of nearby cell towers to the company's servers. Although Google insists that the data not only was handled entirely separately from any of the location services visible to third-party apps, and indeed its own advertising activities, it has confirmed it will nonetheless be ending the trial. The hiccup once again highlights the at-times difficult balance between maximizing device performance while ensuring essential services act as users expect them to.

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Sonos’ Spotify Alexa support arrives ahead of schedule

Sonos’ Spotify Alexa support arrives ahead of schedule

Sonos, Spotify, and Amazon Alexa are finally best friends, with support being added to control playback by voice on the multi-room speakers. Sonos users with an Amazon Echo device, a Sonos One, or any other Alexa-powered gadget can now ask for playback from their Spotify account through the networked speakers.

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The 2019 Aston Martin Vantage is jaw-dropping

The 2019 Aston Martin Vantage is jaw-dropping

Gentlemen, start your engines: this is the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage, and if you want to bear that nameplate, you need to be something special. All-new when it hits dealerships next year, the new Vantage continues with its predecessors' priority of being the most aggressive, sporting variants in the British automaker's line-up. That means something both visually distinctive and technological impressive.

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GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE is adding voice control to its C by GE Lighting smart bulb range, with a new bridge that will open the door to Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. The hub, dubbed the C-Reach bridge, plugs into a spare outlet and connects to two of GE's smart bulb lines.

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Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon has a new Echo PRODUCT(RED) edition, cladding its Alexa-powered smart speaker in a charitable sleeve. The new model joins Amazon's sensible, dare we say rather dour line-up of colors and finishes which, for the first time with the second-gen Echo, are interchangeable.

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4 ways to fix Google’s Pixel Buds

4 ways to fix Google’s Pixel Buds

It's fair to say the Google Pixel Buds didn't have the reception the Android team might have hoped for them. Intended to give Pixel 2 owners something to fend off pangs of Apple AirPod jealousy - not to mention pacify complaints about the Oreo smartphone's missing headphone jack - the Pixel Buds may have talents like translation, but they fell short on the basics. Still, all is not lost: read on for the four key ways Google could make the Pixel Buds 2 winners.

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Why won’t Apple enable Portrait Lighting for older iPhone photos?

Why won’t Apple enable Portrait Lighting for older iPhone photos?

Portrait mode photos taken on the iPhone 7 Plus could be edited with the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, if only Apple felt inclined to enable the hidden feature. The new Portrait Lighting effects - which replicate the impact of different types of creative lighting on an image - were launched as a feature of the new 2017 iPhones, but left images taken with older models out in the cold.

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KFC’s Internet Escape Pod is fantastically creepy

KFC’s Internet Escape Pod is fantastically creepy

Conclusively answering the question "why can't I have a Faraday cage for my home?" and simultaneously raising the fear "can eating chicken make me a little crazy?" is this, KFC's latest monstrosity. Dubbed the Internet Escape Pod, what may look like an igloo-shaped tent within the awkward embrace of Colonel Sanders is in fact a way to stay offline with your loved ones.

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Ford made a super-stealthy plug-in hybrid cop car

Ford made a super-stealthy plug-in hybrid cop car

The boys in blue are going green, with Ford's latest police vehicle promising a zero-emissions model that it claims could save plenty on fuel costs. The Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid looks like a regular sedan, but it has a 7.6 kilowatt hour li-ion battery which can go for up to 21 miles on a charge.

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BMW i3 recall affects every US car and freezes sales

BMW i3 recall affects every US car and freezes sales

BMW is recalling every single BMW i3 it has sold in the US, and has been forced to freeze sales after crash test concerns. The car, which is sold in pure-electric and gas-electric hybrid forms, has been on sale in the US since 2014, with new model year 2018 i3 cars due to show up in dealerships imminently. Now, though, nobody will be able to buy them.

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Rylo Review: This 360-degree camera has a film crew inside

Rylo Review: This 360-degree camera has a film crew inside

360-degree video may be niche, but startup Rylo wants to do more imaginative things with spherical video: shoot first, then worry about composition later. Brainchild of two former Instagram engineers, the $499 camera can happily capture all the 4K 360-degree footage you want, but it really comes into its own when you use its powerful editing options to extract a regular 1080p with virtual pans, tracking, and more. Factor in excellent stabilization and a simple app, and you have to ask whether this is the future of action cameras.

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Tesla Roadster “special option package” will make it even faster

Tesla Roadster “special option package” will make it even faster

The new Tesla Roadster may still be three years out, but Elon Musk just can't resist the urge to tease us about higher-performance versions. The seductive red convertible was the surprise guest at Tesla's electric truck reveal last week, with the Tesla Semi opening up to reveal the brand new EV supercar.

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