Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for SlashGear since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in Michigan, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

This HP EliteOne 800 G8 AiO has video call talents every PC should steal

This HP EliteOne 800 G8 AiO has video call talents every PC should steal

HP has revealed its latest all-in-one PC, and we can't help thinking it's wasted in businesses. The HP EliteOne 800 G8 All-in-One comes with a choice of 23.8- or 27-inch displays, with a pop-up camera on top that includes video call-friendly face tracking.

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Apple probably didn’t want you to see this AirTag debug menu

Apple probably didn’t want you to see this AirTag debug menu

Apple's AirTags may be designed to make hunting things easier, but there's a secret debug menu in the Find My app which unlocks extra details about the location trackers. Launched last month, each AirTag has both Bluetooth and Ultra Wideband to pinpoint it not only in terms of distance from your iPhone, but the direction in which it's located.

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The Google Assistant is adding new ways to corral your family

The Google Assistant is adding new ways to corral your family

Google is adding new Assistant features and tweaking some existing ones to make them more user-friendly, including expanding its Broadcast system. The new Family Broadcast takes the existing functionality - where you can pipe your voice through multiple Google smart speakers and smart displays in the house, useful for announcing meals are ready or reminding people it's time to leave - and enhances it for smartphones and replies.

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Your passwords suck, so Google will turn on two-factor security for you

Your passwords suck, so Google will turn on two-factor security for you

Google plans to enable two-factor authentication by default, automatically pushing users to safer security settings given the risks of relying solely on a password to protect your account. Currently, the system - also known as 2FA, two-step verification, or 2SV - is optional for Google accounts, though recommended.

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Polestar 2 adds a video streaming app to pass the time while charging

Polestar 2 adds a video streaming app to pass the time while charging

Polestar is adding a video streaming app to the Android Automotive OS dashboard of the Polestar 2, though as you'd hope the EV has some strict limits on playback depending on whether you're driving or not. Currently in beta, the Polestar 2 video app is designed to give drivers something to occupy themselves as they wait at public chargers.

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Cowboy 4 e-bike adds torque and a step-through option

Cowboy 4 e-bike adds torque and a step-through option

E-bike maker Cowboy has unveiled its latest model, with the Cowboy 4 adding torque, plus a more rider-friendly step-through frame, and wrapping it up in the company's distinctive styling. Fourth generation of Cowboy's electric bikes, there'll be two variations this time around: the C4 and the C4 ST, the latter being the new step-through design.

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Now you can control Deezer on your Apple HomePod with Siri

Now you can control Deezer on your Apple HomePod with Siri

HomePod users can now ask for music from streaming service Deezer, with the Apple smart speakers expanding Siri support. The new voice functionality works with both the original, discontinued HomePod and the newer, smaller, HomePod mini.

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Peloton treadmill recalls: The issues, the fix, and your Affirm financing

Peloton treadmill recalls: The issues, the fix, and your Affirm financing

Peloton is recalling both of its treadmills, with the Tread+ and Tread blamed for numerous injuries and even a child's death. The company is offering owners of the treadmills a full refund, having worked with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on the recall, raising questions around Affirm financing, what to do if you would rather keep your Tread+, and just how the dangers might eventually be mitigated.

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Mercedes’ cheapest electric SUV adds two new 4MATIC models

Mercedes’ cheapest electric SUV adds two new 4MATIC models

Mercedes-Benz has added two new versions of its EQA electric crossover, making all-wheel drive an option on the most affordable EV in its line-up. Revealed at the start of the year, the 2022 EQA is the electric counterpart to its smallest SUV, the GLA.

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Ferrari 812 Competizione makes an extreme supercar even wilder

Ferrari 812 Competizione makes an extreme supercar even wilder

Ferrari has revealed its latest supercar, with the 812 Competizione promising to coax more performance from the Italian automaker's iconic V12 engine. Offered in both coupe and targa variants, though each only in vanishingly small numbers, each can go from 0-62 mph in 2.85 seconds, and hit a top speed of 211 mph.

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A seat on Blue Origin’s first crewed space flight is up for auction

A seat on Blue Origin’s first crewed space flight is up for auction

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is opening up a seat on its first flight to space, with an auction to snag the only spare ticket for one lucky would-be astronaut. Blue Origin's New Shepard is scheduled to launch on July 20, 2021, and will take those onboard above the Kármán Line, officially past Earth's atmospheric boundary and into space.

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2021 Ford Explorer Timberline pairs off-road upgrades with double-take styling

2021 Ford Explorer Timberline pairs off-road upgrades with double-take styling

Ford has launched a new series for its SUVs, with the 2021 Explorer Timberline promising more off-road ability, even if it also looks kinda like a cop car. Described by the automaker as its "most off-road-capable Explorer ever," the special trim boosts ground clearance and improves both the approach and departure angles.

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