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.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5’s cleverest trick happens when the EV is standing still

The Hyundai Ioniq 5’s cleverest trick happens when the EV is standing still

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 may be the automaker's most dramatic - and appealing - production EV so far, but it's the technology the automaker is pushing for when the electric hatchback is standing still that gives a taste of what's to come. Announced earlier this week, the Ioniq 5 adopts a distinctly retro-futuristic aesthetic with its sharp creases and segmented LED lights.

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2021 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 Review – Desirable Diesel

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 Review – Desirable Diesel

Out in the midwest, a bright red 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 Duramax Turbo-Diesel will turn more heads than a supercar. Welcomed by my new pickup brethren with raised thumbs, nonchalant nods, and turning heads, it was a stark reminder that - for much of the US - the flexibility and styling of a truck still makes them the go-to mode of transport. After living with the Sierra, for the most part I could understand why.

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NASA’s all-electric X-57 Maxwell aircraft is ready for some power

NASA’s all-electric X-57 Maxwell aircraft is ready for some power

NASA has begun the next stage of testing for its all-electric plane, with the X-57 Maxwell another step closer to setting a potential blueprint for zero-emissions aircraft in the future. Designed to demonstrate how commuter aircraft could switch from traditional combustion engines to electric motors instead, the final X-57 Maxwell design is expected to feature 14 propellers.

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This head impact collar that cuts athlete brain injuries just got the FDA nod

This head impact collar that cuts athlete brain injuries just got the FDA nod

An innovative collar intended to prevent athletes from suffering brain injury from head impacts has been given authorization by the FCC to go on sale in the US, with hopes that Q-Collar could help the millions of such injuries that happen each year. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to nerve damage, paralysis, and even death, when blunt trauma causes the brain to "slosh" in the skull.

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FCC votes for low-income $50 Broadband Benefit: Who qualifies

FCC votes for low-income $50 Broadband Benefit: Who qualifies

Low-income households in the US could qualify for up to $50 per month discounts on their broadband, with the FCC approving the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program today. The new scheme - which is not yet open to registrations, and will require provider support from cable and other ISPs - also covers larger reductions for those living on Tribal lands, and a one-time discount on the cost of a new computer or tablet.

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2022 Land Rover Defender pricing confirmed – The cost of a V8

2022 Land Rover Defender pricing confirmed – The cost of a V8

Land Rover has priced up the 2022 Defender, including the new V8 version of the SUV announced earlier this week. The MY22 will kick off at $47,700 (plus destination) for the Defender 90, the distinctive three-door version of the truck, when it arrives in US dealerships come summer 2021. Expect, however, to pay considerably more if you want that supercharged V8 under the hood.

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Fisker Ocean electric SUV gets a range and power boost promise

Fisker Ocean electric SUV gets a range and power boost promise

Fisker is promising more range and more power for its Ocean electric SUV than first expected, though the new EV is still a long way from production kicking off. The announcement, part of Fisker's Q4 2020 financial results, comes on the heels of a new partnership between the automaker and Foxconn to produce the EV that will follow the Ocean.

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FDA gives Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine go-ahead for easier storage rules

FDA gives Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine go-ahead for easier storage rules

The FDA has allowed more flexible Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine transportation and storage rules, after the pharmaceutical company released new evidence that the drug doesn't necessarily require the ultra-low temperatures first suggested. Pfizer announced the updated findings last week, having initially advised that the vaccine it developed with BioNTech needed to be kept at temperatures between -80ºC and -60ºC (-112ºF to ‑76ºF).

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These 4 fixes for video call stress are Stanford approved

These 4 fixes for video call stress are Stanford approved

You're not imagining it: "Zoom fatigue" and video calls in general are putting more stress on us, a new study by Stanford researchers has discovered, even when the calls are with friends and family rather than for work. The dramatic uptick in business and socializing being done via video streaming rather than in-person has proved one growth industry during the pandemic, but what's good for the services isn't necessarily so healthy for users. Now, a human interaction expert has come up with four ways to beat video call stress.

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2021 Audi RS7 Sportback Review – When you can only choose one

2021 Audi RS7 Sportback Review – When you can only choose one

If your dream garage only has space for one car, you could do a lot worse than fill it with the 2021 Audi RS7 Sportback. Not for nothing has the A7 carved out a space at the top of luxury four-door fastback list. Mercedes' CLS may have got there first, but Audi's pared-back styling refined it, and the A7 has arguably come to epitomize the "four-door coupe" category.

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NASA guided tour of Mars will tap Perseverance’s most flexible camera

NASA guided tour of Mars will tap Perseverance’s most flexible camera

NASA is preparing a must-see video tour of Mars today, tapping Perseverance's high-tech Mastcam-Z robotic eyes to give a new glimpse of the red planet. It's an opportunity not only to see Mars in full 360-degrees, but also to get a guided view of what the freshly-landed rover can see and why scientists are eager to explore it.

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Twitter Super Follow borrows OnlyFans strategy to charge for tweets

Twitter Super Follow borrows OnlyFans strategy to charge for tweets

Twitter is preparing to launch paid tweets, with a new Super Follow system which will work a little like Patreon or OnlyFans. Announced during the company's investors presentation, Super Follow will offer a new way for those with followings on Twitter to monetize that audience, with everything from exclusive content to special badging.

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