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.

Volvo’s 2019 EV will go head-to-head with Tesla Model 3 and Bolt

Volvo’s 2019 EV will go head-to-head with Tesla Model 3 and Bolt

Volvo's first all-electric car will be priced under $40,000 and be able to go at least 250 miles on a full charge, the company has confirmed. The pure EV isn't expected to reach dealerships until 2019, Volvo says, lagging both Chevrolet's Bolt EV and Tesla's Model 3 to market. However, in automotive development times, that really doesn't give the Swedes much leeway.

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Apple is still trying to make iMessage Stickers happen

Apple is still trying to make iMessage Stickers happen

Do you use iMessage stickers? Did you even remember they existed? One of the most fanfared features of iOS 10 was the ability to slap zany little graphics and cartoons into your blue bubble conversations, but the launch of the iMessage App Store was swiftly overshadowed by the platform's other talents.

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Why the LG G6’s display leads the way in 2017

Why the LG G6’s display leads the way in 2017

It's fair to say the LG G6 looked pretty odd in the first leaked photos. By the time the Android smartphone hit the stands at Mobile World Congress last month we were pretty much inured - both from leaks and LG's own near-constant drip-drip-drip of announcements - to its tall & skinny design. Still, when you first pick it up you notice, even if subconsciously, there's something strange going on.

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Apple’s iPad Pro 2 refresh could sneak in next week

Apple’s iPad Pro 2 refresh could sneak in next week

Apple could surprise us next week with new hardware, rumors from the supply chain suggest, potentially refreshing the iPad Pro line-up without the ceremony of an event. Expectations that the Cupertino company will revamp its tablet range this month have circulated for some time now, with analysts and others all suggesting both the 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be replaced by new versions. Now, there's the possibility that Apple will do that with little more fanfare than a press release.

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D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Review: HomeKit’s first camera is raw

D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Review: HomeKit’s first camera is raw

Apple's HomeKit makes a simple promise: take the disparate parts of the connected home, and bring them together under one straightforward umbrella. Still, the stringent requirements around things like security and ease of setup has meant partner devices have been slower to trickle down to the market than for rival platforms: this D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD has the title of first HomeKit-compatible security camera available. $200 gets you a very wide angle lens and freedom from subscription fees, but there are still signs that neither HomeKit nor D-Link's camera are quite where the competition has reached.

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2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive: Obsession pays off

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive: Obsession pays off

Mazda finds itself in a tricky spot. The CX-5 is due for a refresh; however, it's also the best-selling car in the company's US line-up. Sales in 2016, in fact, accounted for a quarter of all Mazda purchases in the US. Get it wrong, and the 2017 CX-5 could end up doing more harm than good.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF First Drive: Hard top, easy decision

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF First Drive: Hard top, easy decision

If the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF aims to introduce some hard-top practicality to the iconic little roadster, does it run the risk of losing what makes a Miata, well, a Miata? That should've been the question we asked when the Japanese company unveiled the RF at the New York Auto Show a year ago: instead, we were too busy being wowed by its innovative retractable roof and achingly pretty design. Fast forward to today, with the first of the MX-5 RF Launch Edition cars reaching the initial 1,000 buyers and the regular versions landing in Mazda dealerships, it's time to get behind the wheel and ask the tough questions.

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Meet EVE, NIO’s vision of its 2020 autonomous electric car

Meet EVE, NIO’s vision of its 2020 autonomous electric car

First NIO wowed us with its ridiculously fast electric supercar, now the EV startup is promising to have its own self-driving vehicles on sale in the US by 2020. The company - fledgling automotive arm of NextEV, the Chinese firm already known for its Formula E racing team - has taken the wraps off its NIO EVE autonomous prototype today. Dubbed a "vision car" by NIO, it's apparently intended to give us some hints of what we could expect in just a few years time.

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Waymo demands court slams brakes on Uber autonomous cars

Waymo demands court slams brakes on Uber autonomous cars

Waymo has asked a court to block Uber from running its self-driving cars, after accusing the ride-sharing company of stealing key sensor tech from the Alphabet-owned firm. The former Google autonomous car division filed against Uber back in February, alleging that Otto, the autonomous tech firm set up by ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski and acquired by Uber in 2016 for $680m, copied proprietary information about numerous aspects of the team's hardware and software. Among that treasure-trove, details on the bespoke LIDAR laser ranging system that Waymo developed in-house.

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Inside Cadillac’s early bet on Vehicle-to-Vehicle tech

Inside Cadillac’s early bet on Vehicle-to-Vehicle tech

Until now, the only way one car could communicate with another was if the driver leaned on the horn or made imaginative hand-signals to their fellow motorists. With the arrival of the 2017 Cadillac CTS, though, all of a sudden the vehicle itself gets chatty. Making V2V, or Vehicle-to-Vehicle, communication a standard feature, it promises not only an increase in on-road safety but to pave the way to new semi-autonomous and self-driving features. The big question is, with Vehicle-to... well, anything still in its infancy, why is Cadillac making the jump now?

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Hyundai’s fuel-cell concept car has a surprise in the trunk

Hyundai’s fuel-cell concept car has a surprise in the trunk

Hyundai has revealed its latest green car concept, the FE Fuel Cell Concept, powered by hydrogen and emitting only pure water. The car, shown off this week at the Geneva Motor Show 2017, has a range of around 500 miles, the automaker says. That's considerably higher than Hyundai's current production fuel cell car, the ix35 or Tucson Fuel Cell.

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Google Jamboard priced up, but there’s a subscription sting

Google Jamboard priced up, but there’s a subscription sting

Google has priced up its Jamboard, and by the standard of virtual whiteboards it's actually fairly affordable. Announced last year, Jamboard followed products like Microsoft's Surface Hub in turning a big, touchscreen display into a cloud-connected collaboration tool. However, our hopes that this might also be a great way to corral an unruly household together seems to have been over-ambitious.

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