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.

Audi Q8 concept previews super-luxe SUV for NAIAS 2017

Audi Q8 concept previews super-luxe SUV for NAIAS 2017

Audi has previewed the Q8, a new performance SUV that could soon compete with luxury behemoths like the Bentley Bentayga and upcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Set to make its official debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 taking place in Detroit, MI. in January, the Audi Q8 would sit at the top of the German automaker's Q-badged sports utility vehicle line-up. There, Audi says, there's room for a whole new segment.

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Tesla price rise as Brexit makes EV more expensive in UK

Tesla price rise as Brexit makes EV more expensive in UK

Tesla will raise prices of its Model S and Model X electric cars in the UK, blaming Brexit for its impact on the country's economy. The UK's controversial vote to exit the European Union - aka "Brexit" - has already been cited as a cause for price increases or even leaving operations in the country altogether by a number of technology firms. Now, it seems Tesla's California-made cars are next to feel the pinch.

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Honda and Waymo may team up on self-driving cars

Honda and Waymo may team up on self-driving cars

Honda and Waymo, the autonomous car company spun off from Google, are in talks that could potentially see future Honda cars get Waymo-powered self-driving abilities. Discussions are underway between Honda R&D - the Japanese automaker's research and development arm - and Waymo, Honda confirmed today. Although initially that would likely lead to another expansion of the Waymo fleet, beyond that it could mean far more advanced driver-assistance systems in Honda cars.

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Apple accuses Nokia of patent extortion scheme

Apple accuses Nokia of patent extortion scheme

Apple has accused Nokia of collaborating in patent pay-out extortion, alleging that the Finnish company has conspired with patent trolls to extract more than its fair share of IP licensing fees. In a complaint filed on December 20 in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California, Apple accuses Nokia of colluding with Acacia Research Corporation and its subsidiaries "to extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively from Apple and other innovative suppliers of cell phones." According to Apple, Nokia has used sneaky tactics to make more from its patent portfolio than fair-use requirements might allow.

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Super Mario Run’s $10 price is still making gamers furious

Super Mario Run’s $10 price is still making gamers furious

Nintendo's $10 price tag for Super Mario Run is still sending some gamers into paroxysms of rage, not to mention forcing down the company's share price. Negative reviews of the endless-runner game continue to crop up on the App Store, as players voice their frustration about having to pay more than the usual few bucks - or, indeed, pay at all - for the well-hyped title. That's not doing great things for Nintendo's overall performance.

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Nokia just sued Apple for patent infringement

Nokia just sued Apple for patent infringement

Nokia is giving Apple the holiday gift of litigation, with the Finnish company announcing today that it will sue the Cupertino firm over alleged patent infringement. Complaints have been filed in the US and Germany, Nokia confirmed, but that won't be the end of it. Indeed, further suits in more jurisdictions are in the pipeline.

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4 ways Apple could make AirPods the best wireless earbuds

4 ways Apple could make AirPods the best wireless earbuds

Apple's AirPods are a wireless tour de force, streamlining the Bluetooth process in a way that no other accessory has done before, but there are still rough edges in everyday use. As I found in my full AirPods review, although the cable-free earbuds get the fundamentals right, you should still expect some frustrations along the way. Luckily, there are a few easy things Apple could do to fix that: read on for my big AirPods complaints, and how they could be addressed.

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Wireless car charging is a step closer to a 2020 launch

Wireless car charging is a step closer to a 2020 launch

Future Chevrolet, Cadillac, and other GM electric cars and plug-in hybrids could soon recharge without needing to be plugged in first, thanks to a wireless charging deal. The agreement, with WiTricity, sees General Motors testing out the wireless power transfer company's latest Drive 11 park-and-charge system with a mind for offering it to EV and plug-in EV owners. If that pans out, future Volt and Bolt EV drivers might no longer have to fiddly with cables and adapters.

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Tesla just grabbed Volvo’s ridiculously good cabin designer

Tesla just grabbed Volvo’s ridiculously good cabin designer

Tesla has snatched Volvo's head of interior engineering, importing Swedish designer Anders Bell to California to presumably give its future electric cars better cabins. Bell confirmed the move on his LinkedIn profile this week. At Tesla, he will be senior director of engineering.

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Apple’s 5K display of choice starts shipping as USB-C discount extended

Apple’s 5K display of choice starts shipping as USB-C discount extended

Apple has begun sales of LG's 5K Thunderbolt 3 display, at the same time extending its promotional discount on USB Type-C accessories for several months. The LG UltraFine 5K Display was announced alongside the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar earlier this year as one of the few monitors to support Thunderbolt 3 natively. However, while it appeared - alongside its 4K sibling - on Apple's online store, it was not actually shipping.

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Uber reportedly knew self-driving cars were a danger to bikes – but launched anyway

Uber reportedly knew self-driving cars were a danger to bikes – but launched anyway

Uber set its self-driving cars loose on the streets of San Francisco despite knowing that the prototypes couldn't safely navigate around bike lanes, it's been alleged. The ride-sharing company has courted controversy over the past week after expanding its autonomous taxi-replacements from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, but without first securing a license from the California DMV. Now, it's claimed that the fleet also has significant flaws in programming.

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Apple’s leaked 2017 Mac roadmap unlikely to silence critics

Apple’s leaked 2017 Mac roadmap unlikely to silence critics

Tim Cook may have promised "great desktops" in the pipeline, but 2017 is shaping up to be a disappointing year for Mac fans if the latest leaks are correct. With iPhone providing a fat wedge of Apple's profit each quarter, not to mention iOS app revenues, the fear among desktop users for some time has been that attention within the Cupertino company has slipped away from the platform that once saved it. According to insider chatter, that concern may in fact be well founded.

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