Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for SlashGear 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.

The 2020 Corvette C8 steering wheel gives me unexpected hope

The 2020 Corvette C8 steering wheel gives me unexpected hope

Chevrolet isn't ready to show us the 2020 Corvette C8, but the long-anticipated mid-engined sports car is giving us a glimpse of the most important part of the cabin. The automaker won't take the wraps off the next-generation Corvette until July 18, 2019, but Chevy has surreptitiously slipped out an image of the sports car's steering wheel in advance.

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This bizarrely light material could help terraform Mars

This bizarrely light material could help terraform Mars

Ultra-lightweight materials and intentionally triggering the greenhouse effect could be the key to terraforming Mars, a team of researchers have suggested, using silica aerogels to potentially build huge biospheres served with liquid water. The red planet has a surprising store of ice locked away under its surface, but tapping into that solid reservoir has presented a headache to human colonization plans.

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Waze toll prices use crowd power to add up the cost of your trip

Waze toll prices use crowd power to add up the cost of your trip

Waze is adding toll prices to its navigation guidance, flagging up just how much trips across North America and Israel will actually cost when paid routes are taken into consideration. The new feature is being added from today in the US, Canada, and Israel, and will be able to show an estimated cost of each potential trip in addition to how long a drive, and how far, they'll involve.

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Aston Martin’s mesmerizing Valkyrie hybrid hypercar just dropped jaws at the track

Aston Martin’s mesmerizing Valkyrie hybrid hypercar just dropped jaws at the track

Aerodynamics have long played a unique roll in shaping performance car design, but the Aston Martin Valkyrie's first public appearance suggests aero plus extreme hybridization could make for even more striking supercars. The limited-edition British "hypercar" is a road-going racer, and it made its debut at the UK's Silverstone Grand Prix circuit this weekend, ahead of the 2019 British Grand Prix.

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Sony WF-1000XM3 Review: Wireless Noise-Canceling Earbud Heaven

Sony WF-1000XM3 Review: Wireless Noise-Canceling Earbud Heaven

The Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds have some pedigree to live up to. Named - and designed, for that matter - to draw obvious connections with Sony's WH-1000XM3 headphones, the promise is industry-leading active noise cancellation in a Bluetooth earbud, without stinting on musical performance.

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These 4 features of Bentley’s outrageous concept have production in mind

These 4 features of Bentley’s outrageous concept have production in mind

Concept cars like the Bentley EXP 100 GT are eye-catching - and extreme - showcases of blue sky thinking at car companies, but according to the British automaker the huge luxury grand tourer also represents a roadmap of sorts for future production vehicles. While that might seem hard to believe, given features like the vast illuminated, animated grille and 6.5 foot long doors, the reality is that Bentley has used its concept to preview several features it intends to bring to market.

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The Bentley EXP 100 GT is an unexpectedly real vision of 2035

The Bentley EXP 100 GT is an unexpectedly real vision of 2035

When it's your 100th birthday you celebrate, and if you're Bentley that means an electric car concept as lavish as it is technologically promising. Unveiled at the automaker's Crewe factory today, the Bentley EXP 100 GT is the company's vision of what luxury mobility will be in 2035, in an age company founder W.O. Bentley could hardly have imagined.

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Mophie Powerstation Hub Review: One travel charger to rule them all

Mophie Powerstation Hub Review: One travel charger to rule them all

The Mophie Powerstation Hub wants to go traveling with you, and it has a good argument for why you might want to save a space in your carry-on for a combination charger, battery, and Qi wireless pad. After all, keeping your phone, tablet, noise-canceling headphones, and other gadgets charged up on the move can be more frustrating than it should be. On the one hand it's hotel rooms with one spare outlet; on the other, it's simply the bulk of carrying multiple adapters.

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The 2020 MINI Cooper SE isn’t going to win over EV critics

The 2020 MINI Cooper SE isn’t going to win over EV critics

BMW has revealed the first all-electric MINI, though the 2020 MINI Cooper SE may not be the EV you were hoping for. Joining the existing plug-in hybrid in the line-up, the distinctive Cooper SE promises punchy performance from its 181 horsepower front-wheel drive powertrain, but range is looking underwhelming.

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2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Review: The surprising benefits of restraint

2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Review: The surprising benefits of restraint

A bright red German sports convertible may not be the most obvious example of why restraint is in vogue right now, but the 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i would like to challenge your conceptions on excess. The entry-level roadster in BMW's line-up, its $50k price tag comes courtesy of a 2.0-liter engine rather than the six-cylinder you might think you need.

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Qualcomm 215 brings dual-cameras and more to $100 phones

Qualcomm 215 brings dual-cameras and more to $100 phones

Qualcomm has added a new smartphone chip to its 2-series, and while it may not have the flagship appeal of the Snapdragon 855, the new Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform could be a game-changer in phones around $100. Borrowing features like dual camera support, Quick Charge, and higher screen resolutions, it'll make a big difference in whether or not budget handsets are a pleasure or a chore to use.

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Chrome OS USB iPhone tethering is in the pipeline

Chrome OS USB iPhone tethering is in the pipeline

Chrome OS is adding support for USB tethering for iPhone, a small detail which could make for a big reduction in headaches when it comes to getting your Chromebook online. The new functionality should come as a relief for those Chrome OS users who haven't paired their machine with an Android phone, and thus don't get to use Instant Tethering.

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