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.

Ring reveals smart car security tech – and Tesla gets it first

Ring reveals smart car security tech – and Tesla gets it first

Ring is expanding into your car, with three new vehicle security products and a collaboration with Tesla. Announced during Amazon's product-packed event today, Ring Car Alarm, Ring Car Cam, and Ring Car Connect mark the security company's expansion out of the connected home and into vehicles, something it says has been a top request from Ring users.

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Amazon Luna cloud gaming service launches with Ubisoft and Twitch

Amazon Luna cloud gaming service launches with Ubisoft and Twitch

Amazon has launched its own cloud-based gaming system, Amazon Luna, taking on Google Stadia and Xbox Game Streaming. Based around a new, wireless Luna Controller that connects directly to the cloud, along with AWS and a partnership with Ubisoft, it promises instant play across Fire TV, computers, and smartphones, along with baked-in Twitch integration.

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Blue Origin NS-13 launch scrubbed today

Blue Origin NS-13 launch scrubbed today

Blue Origin has scrubbed its launch today, with the New Shepard NS-13 mission now postponed due to a potential technical issue. The thirteenth mission for New Shepard, today's liftoff was to be the seventh consecutive flight for the same Blue Origin rocket, and would have been a record for the company.

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Fitbit: No OS 5.0 update for these older models

Fitbit: No OS 5.0 update for these older models

Fitbit may have released its latest Sense and Versa 3 wearables recently, but owners with older models like the Versa 2 and Ionic will be out of luck when it comes to the newest Fitbit OS 5.0. The updated software brings with it a new UI, updated navigation with swipe gesture support, and various usability improvements intended to make controlling the smartwatches easier to use while working out.

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2021 Acura TLX First Drive – Focus Matters

2021 Acura TLX First Drive – Focus Matters

Throwing development cash at a shrinking segment, with the hope of persuading badge-obsessed drivers to rethink their brand loyalties, sounds like a fool's errand, but Acura has plotted a surprisingly sensible course with the new 2021 TLX. True, sedans may now comprise less than 38-percent of new premium vehicle sales in the US, but that's still a sizable group of potential customers. Offer them something stylish, affordable, and rewarding from behind the wheel, and you could have a hit on your hands.

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Xbox Series X Storage Expansion Card preorders open – yes, it’s expensive

Xbox Series X Storage Expansion Card preorders open – yes, it’s expensive

Just how much it will cost to expand your Xbox Series X or Series S' storage with an official Storage Expansion Card has been confirmed, and you should probably start saving now. While the two new next-generation consoles come with either 1TB or 512GB of internal SSD storage as standard, for maximum performance that can be boosted with a Seagate plug-in card.

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Pixel 4a 5G leak exposes the Android we weren’t meant to see yet

Pixel 4a 5G leak exposes the Android we weren’t meant to see yet

Google's Pixel 4a 5G will offer faster connectivity in a familiar phone, and now we know just how familiar to expect it to be. Set to be officially unveiled at Google's "Launch Night In" on September 30 - alongside the Pixel 5, a new Chromecast, a smart speaker, and more - the Pixel 4a 5G could well end up being one of the most affordable ways to put 5G in your pocket.

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2021 VW ID.4 – The range, price and quirks you should know

2021 VW ID.4 – The range, price and quirks you should know

The Volkswagen ID.4 may not be the first electric car in the US, but it could well be one of the most important. Unveiled today, complete with pricing, estimated range, and all the tech that will be onboard, the 2021 VW ID.4 somehow manages to be both futuristic and family all in one. That, it's clear, is entirely by intention.

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Tesla outage forces EV app offline

Tesla outage forces EV app offline

Tesla's network experienced several hours of downtime today, forcing the electric car company's app offline and limiting functionality. The glitch, which Tesla is yet to comment on, came just hours after the automaker's Battery Day event during which CEO Elon Musk discussed the potential for a $25,000 car.

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California will ban gas-powered new vehicle sales from 2035

California will ban gas-powered new vehicle sales from 2035

California will ban the sale of new gas-powered passenger cars and trucks from 2035, it's been announced, as the US state escalates its war on emissions that stoke climate change. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the new policy today, in a move that is likely to lead to furious debate about the continuing place of internal combustion in modern transportation.

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“Black Widow” delayed again: Marvel moves 3 MCU movies

“Black Widow” delayed again: Marvel moves 3 MCU movies

Marvel's "Black Widow" release date has been pushed back again, one of a number of delays that force much-anticipated movies into 2021. The news, confirmed by the Walt Disney Company today, affects at least three titles from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and means that 2000 will run through without a single new theatrical release from the franchise.

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This weirdly wobbling black hole upends our theories of the universe

This weirdly wobbling black hole upends our theories of the universe

Black holes are known for being voracious, inescapable, and some of the most impressive elements of the known universe, but what we didn't realize until now is that they can wobble. New research from the University of Chicago tapped a unique telescope array to track the supermassive black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy, and in the process unlocked a new discovery - and a fresh mystery.

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