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Chevrolet Bolt EV tipped to take on Tesla Model 3

Chevrolet Bolt EV tipped to take on Tesla Model 3

Chevrolet is set to reveal a second hybrid EV, the Chevrolet Bolt, in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday, insiders claims, as a pre-emptive strike against the upcoming cheaper Tesla. The Bolt - its name a nod to the existing Volt, which itself will be updated for the 2016 model year at Detroit - will reportedly cost around $30,000 and be able to run around 200 miles on a charge. Like the Volt, it will not only support being plugged-in to replenish the batteries, but have a range-extending gasoline engine onboard.

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SlashGear’s Best of CES 2015

SlashGear’s Best of CES 2015

It’s the biggest technology show of the calendar, and so expectations of CES are always high. Each year, companies compete to bring their A-game, but there’s inevitably some that stand out as more innovative, more feature-packed, more beautifully designed, or just more lust-worthy than their rivals. They’re the products we want to celebrate in SlashGear’s Best of CES 2015 - read on for the full list of this year’s winners.

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Wearables of CES 2015: more watch, less smart

Wearables of CES 2015: more watch, less smart

With CES winding down, the SlashGear crew now has some time to take a step back and consider what just happened. We learned a lot, saw a lot, and walked away mostly excited for the future. The Internet of Things is still alive and well, but there’s another topic we’d like to discuss today: wearables. the darling of CES 2014 came back to us in 2015 as well, but we’re starting to get a better idea of where the genre is going.

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Apple Pay could hit Canada in March, sources claim

Apple Pay could hit Canada in March, sources claim

Apple Pay is handy, but limited. Not only does the mobile payment system work at a limited number of stores (convenient places like Walgreens and Whole Foods, but still not as widely accepted as we’d like), it’s US-only. A previous report pegged Apple Pay as headed overseas, but hey — what about Canada?! Good news, Canada; Apple Pay is reportedly headed your way. A few “sources close to the situation” are saying Apple is in talks with partners north of the border to bring Apple Pay to Canada.

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Here are Audi’s Open webOS and Android Wear watches in action

Here are Audi’s Open webOS and Android Wear watches in action

Audi’s foray into smartwatches has kicked off some confusion here at CES, over whether the car company is working on Open webOS or Android Wear. Turns out, the answer is "both". SlashGear sat down with Audi’s engineers responsible for both projects, to take a walk through the “Secure Key” project that will allow phones and smartwatches from multiple manufacturers to wirelessly start the car, locate it in distant parking lots, and even loan virtual keys to colleagues and friends. Read on for a full demo of both Audi’s LG Open webOS watch and its Android Wear counterpart.

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Apple: Devs made $10 billion via App Store in 2014

Apple: Devs made $10 billion via App Store in 2014

According to Apple, App Store sales rose 50% in 2014 year-over-year. Though they didn’t release specific numbers, 2013 saw $10 billion in sales via the App Store. That means 2014 ran $15 billion or more through the App Store, which amounts to a tidy profit for Apple. In keeping a 30% cut, Apple raked in $4.5 billion or better. It might not touch their hardware income, but the impressive growth does indicate they’re on the right track with software and services.

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Four things to know about Mercedes’ self-driving F 015

Four things to know about Mercedes’ self-driving F 015

CES 2015 has been dominated by automotive news, but arguably overshadowing it all was Mercedes-Benz’s F 015 autonomous concept. Dubbed “Luxury in Motion” and bringing decades of self-driving research to life in a vast working prototype, the eye-catching car delivered CEA president Gary Shapiro to Mercedes’ opening keynote, and previews the same technology that the company hopes to deliver to its customers in the coming years. There’s more than just doing away with the driver, though - read on for four of our favorite features.

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Pono Player hands-on: believe the hype

Pono Player hands-on: believe the hype

It's a true testament to the high-quality audio delivery of the Pono Player that we're able to suggest that it's all that it's cut out to be at a tech convention. We're at Showstoppers during CES 2015 and it's loud - not deafeningly loud, but loud enough that it's not an optimal environment for listening to tunes. This device delivers sound that's next-level. With a pair of Sennheiser Momentum headphones plugged in, this music player brings a depth to music we simply did not expect.

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This is Audi’s custom car-controlling LG smartwatch

This is Audi’s custom car-controlling LG smartwatch

The automotive status symbol may no longer be the fob on your keyring but the smartwatch on your wrist, and we’ve got up close with the LG-made wearable Audi casually revealed during its CES keynote. R&D chief Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg used the watch to summon a self-driving Prologue to the stage, the touchscreen timepiece similar in appearance to LG’s existing circular-screened Android Wear model, but updated to suit the German marque’s automotive needs. Audi exclusively demonstrated the new smartwatch to SlashGear, and explained to me why it’s more than just a G Watch R with a custom skin.

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Report: new 12-inch MacBook Air slims down, has single USB port

Report: new 12-inch MacBook Air slims down, has single USB port

According to a new report from 9to5Mac, a new MacBook Air is coming. The new computer is alleged to have a12-inch screen, but remain about the size of the 11-inch model via reduced bezels on all sides. Possibly even cooler than that is the computer is said to be an actual thing, not like the iPad Pro we keep hearing about. Sources inside Apple claim to have been hands-on with the new device, which is also lighter than existing MacBook Airs.

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