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.

Google Assistant control could make Roku a must-have streamer

Google Assistant control could make Roku a must-have streamer

Roku's video streamers are about to get a whole lot smarter, with Roku OS 9 previewed along with Google Assistant integration and new support for streaming music services. The big update isn't quite ready for release - instead, Roku is pushing out Roku OS 8.2 for Roku TVs, complete with support for the recently-announced Roku TV Wireless Speakers, among other things - but it already sounds like it's worth waiting for.

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Roku Premiere and Premiere+ bring 4K HDR streaming for under $50

Roku Premiere and Premiere+ bring 4K HDR streaming for under $50

Roku has added two new 4K streaming boxes, the Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, to its line-up, as well as updating its flagship Roku Ultra player. While rival set-top boxes may be looking to complex features and TV gaming, Roku's new models focus on price for those new to a 4K ecosystem.

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Toyota Android Auto support is reportedly a done deal

Toyota Android Auto support is reportedly a done deal

Toyota is finally adding Android Auto support to its dashboards, with sources claiming a deal has been struck between Google and the Japanese automaker. The car company has been one of the more resistant firms to the idea of allowing smartphone-makers to colonize their infotainment touchscreen, only agreeing to Apple CarPlay support back in January of this year.

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2018’s iPhone decision is so much harder

2018’s iPhone decision is so much harder

We're a long way from the days where the hardest iPhone decision was what color you should choose. The arrival of the Plus devices, with the iPhone 6 Plus back in 2015, made things a little trickier, though even then it was a fairly straightforward choice where size corresponded with specifications. With the arrival of the 2018 iPhones, however, Apple has upended the decision process once again.

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Will we ever trust a Facebook smart display?

Will we ever trust a Facebook smart display?

Facebook wants to put a camera in your home, and I can't decide if the company is tone-deaf, supremely confident, or some odd combination of the two. The delayed Facebook "Portal" smart speaker will take on Amazon's Echo Show and Google Smart Displays, so the rumor mill would have it, delivering video calls and more as the latest incarnation of the social network's attempt to encourage communication.

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The iPhone XS Max puts app-makers on notice

The iPhone XS Max puts app-makers on notice

The first surprise I had with the iPhone XS Max was just how much more I preferred iOS 12 on a far larger display than that of the iPhone XS. The second surprise, though, was that not all apps are created equal, particularly when it comes to making the most of a whopping 6.5-inch panel. While the iPhone XS Max may fill your hand, not all software fills its screen.

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Amazon has weaponized choice

Amazon has weaponized choice

Too much choice is the Amazon way. While the retail behemoth is known for its 24/7 shopfront and speedy shipping, the core of its success has always been the ridiculous depth of its catalog. Want to choose between hundreds, maybe thousands of novelty BBQ aprons? You got it.

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Twitter bug shared Direct Messages for more than a year

Twitter bug shared Direct Messages for more than a year

Twitter has admitted to an embarrassing mistake which could have sent users' Direct Messages to other developers, with the bug remaining undetected for sixteen months. The short-message social network began notifying potentially affected users today, warning them that because of a fault in its platform, tweets they'd thought private or protected could've been shared with other users.

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Withings Steel HR Sport Review: Analog style with a smart heart

Withings Steel HR Sport Review: Analog style with a smart heart

Withings wrote the book on making a fitness wearable that wasn't an ugly hunk of rubber on your wrist: now, it wants the Steel HR Sport to do the same for smartwatches. Freshly returned to original co-founder Eric Carreel after a stint as Nokia Digital Health, this first product under new management argues you don't need to sacrifice classic watch style just to get modern smart features. In an Apple Watch Series 4 age, though, does Withings' nod to the analog past make too many compromises for its future?

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This van version of VW’s electric Microbus could beat it to market

This van version of VW’s electric Microbus could beat it to market

Volkswagen's electric Microbus has spawned a cute commercial cousin, with the I.D. BUZZ CARGO previewing VW's vision of the urban workhorse of tomorrow. Based on the same Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) as the I.D. BUZZ concept, which the automaker plans to put into production from 2022, the van variant could actually beat it to the road.

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There’s bad news if you wanted a year-one Polestar 1

There’s bad news if you wanted a year-one Polestar 1

EV upstart Polestar has some bad news if you'd been dawdling on getting your Polestar 1 order in, with the first year of production cars already sold out. The handsome hybrid coupe isn't expected to begin production until midway through 2019, but early demand has already fingered every model the Swedish automaker can make.

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2019 Genesis G70 pricing should give BMW some anxiety

2019 Genesis G70 pricing should give BMW some anxiety

Genesis has priced up the 2019 G70, and the fiesty sports sedan has the BMW 3 Series firmly in its sights. Headed to dealerships this week, the G70 will be priced from $34,900 plus destination, and attempt to lure in enthusiastic drivers with its manual gearbox option.

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