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.

Apple AirPods upgrade: Two reasons 2nd-gen AirPods are worth it

Apple AirPods upgrade: Two reasons 2nd-gen AirPods are worth it

Apple's new AirPods are here, and while there are several obvious reasons to upgrade, for me it's the small - but important - details that have my finger hovering over the buy button. A perennial success since they first launched in 2017, AirPods epitomize Apple getting things right when it comes to convenience and simplicity. Question is, if you're a happy first-generation AirPods owner, should you be upgrading?

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These are Apple’s Spring 2019 iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands

These are Apple’s Spring 2019 iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands

Apple doesn't just have new AirPods to go with your iPhone and Apple Watch today: there's also a range of new cases, straps, and bands for Spring 2019. The new line-up of accessories includes most of the different styles of Apple Watch band we've seen before, including Hermès and Nike versions, while there are some fairly striking colors for your iPhone, too.

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Volvo reveals in-car cameras and teen driver safety tech to cut crashes

Volvo reveals in-car cameras and teen driver safety tech to cut crashes

Volvo's decision to limit the top speed of its new cars was only the start of it, with the automaker announcing new smart controls, driver monitoring, and collaboration with the rest of the industry to cut road safety accidents and death. The Swedish firm divided opinion among drivers earlier this month, when it announced it would be capping the maximum speed of its new cars from 2020, limiting them to 112 mph.

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Amazon’s all-new Kindle adds screen lighting for under $90

Amazon’s all-new Kindle adds screen lighting for under $90

Amazon has updated its most affordable ereader, with the all-new Kindle now getting a screen light and a more readable e-paper display. It's the first time that Amazon has offered screen illumination on a Kindle under $100, though the ability to read when the lights are out isn't the only improvement.

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I can’t stop taking cat photos with the Nokia 9 PureView

I can’t stop taking cat photos with the Nokia 9 PureView

If you're looking for a large number of cat photos, in excruciating detail down to individual whiskers, all taken with the Nokia 9 PureView, then you've come to the right place. HMD's reboot of the "PureView" brand was met with a mixture of hope and anxiety back at Mobile World Congress 2019 last month, fond memories of devices like the Nokia 808 PureView nudging up against concerns that the superlative photography capabilities it once referred to might be diluted today.

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A maxed-out iMac Pro just got even more ridiculous

A maxed-out iMac Pro just got even more ridiculous

Apple's new iMac (2019) isn't the only all-in-one Mac getting an update today, with the iMac Pro adding some ultra-expensive performance upgrades too. The professional desktop wasn't about to let its mainstream iMac sibling get all the changes, with a hefty 256GB RAM update the pinnacle of the madness.

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This Moleskine smart notebook syncs with Adobe Illustrator in real-time

This Moleskine smart notebook syncs with Adobe Illustrator in real-time

Moleskine is adding a new, even smarter notebook to its Adobe-integrated Pen+ Ellipse system, with the Creative Cloud Connected pad delivering digital versions of hand-drawn graphics in real time. The new Moleskine Paper Tablet - Creative Cloud Connected doesn't actually have a WiFi connection of its own - or, indeed, any electronics - but when used with the right stylus it can hook into apps like Adobe Illustrator.

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Tesla delays its March price increase

Tesla delays its March price increase

Tesla has delayed its price increase this week, with the electric car company confirming that would-be buyers have a few more days than initially expected to get their order in. The automaker confirmed earlier this month that, having lowered prices just a week beforehand, it would be nudging them back up again in mid-March.

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I’m so glad the iPad mini isn’t dead

I’m so glad the iPad mini isn’t dead

Sometimes the fates take away the ones you love, and sometimes - like today, and the new iPad mini 5th generation - you get a second chance. Apple's decision not to ditch its smallest tablet and instead give it a new lease of life is, frankly, a surprise in many ways, but it's one I'm pleased to see.

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The 2019 Audi Q8 cares not for your labels

The 2019 Audi Q8 cares not for your labels

Four door coupe. SUV coupe. Luxury sports... truck? If naming a thing is the first step to understanding it, then the 2019 Audi Q8 doesn't seem especially keen on being pinned down. Settling into new territory for the German automaker, it's either a perfect example of giving consumers what they apparently want, or a fairly extreme act of niche-filling.

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Bentley Continental GT V8 drops 542hp into sleek coupe and convertible

Bentley Continental GT V8 drops 542hp into sleek coupe and convertible

Bentley has revealed two more affordable versions of its flagship grand tourer, with the Continental GT V8 and Continental GT V8 Convertible promising agility along with a more accessible price tag. Joining the existing twelve-cylinder W12 versions of the coupe and cabriolet, the new cars may be down on power but they're hardly weedy.

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Apple’s iPad range (almost) makes sense now

Apple’s iPad range (almost) makes sense now

Apple's iPad line-up had a big gap in the middle, something the new 10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad mini 2019 address today. Promising to balance affordability and specifications, the new tablets slot right into the midrange, offering not one but two options for those turned off or priced out of Apple's existing iPads.

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