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 Stingray spec we’d pick involves a compromise

The 2020 Corvette Stingray spec we’d pick involves a compromise

There's no denying the 2020 Corvette Stingray is affordable, with Chevrolet flipping expectations of its mid-engined sports car, but there's a tough decision involved when it comes to bragging rights. Unveiled last month, the new Corvette C8 promised to be not only powerful with its 6.2-liter V8 but relatively attainable, too.

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Watch the Aston Martin Valhalla’s near-otherworldly track debut

Watch the Aston Martin Valhalla’s near-otherworldly track debut

Some cars look fast standing still, other cars look just plain otherworldly, and the Aston Martin Valhalla manages to look a little of both in its first public testing. The mid-engined supercar formerly known as the AM-RB 003 began its languorous teasing back in March, but it's only now - coinciding with Pebble Beach and Monterey Car Week - that the British automaker is ready to show the Valhalla driving in earnest.

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Bluetooth security flaw has a silly name but serious consequences

Bluetooth security flaw has a silly name but serious consequences

A critical Bluetooth security flaw has left millions of devices potentially at risk of data eavesdropping, forcing companies like Apple and Microsoft to patch their products in order to protect users. The Key Negotiation of Bluetooth Attack, or KNOB Attack, relies on poorly designed or implemented wireless security during the Bluetooth communications process, which a hacker could exploit if presented with the right conditions.

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McLaren’s stunning new Ultimate Series roadster skips the windshield

McLaren’s stunning new Ultimate Series roadster skips the windshield

McLaren has revealed its newest supercar, a seductive new roadster that will join the British automaker's Ultimate Series in 2020. Making its debut - in teasing preview form, at least - at Pebble Beach in Monterey, CA today, the new McLaren is yet to be officially named, but we're too busy marveling at the design to be worried about that.

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These rare superdeep diamonds exposed Earth’s primordial secrets

These rare superdeep diamonds exposed Earth’s primordial secrets

A priceless haul of superdeep diamonds has seemingly confirmed the existence of an ancient reservoir of raw magma, a time capsule of the Earth's most inaccessible secrets. The discovery could lead to breakthroughs in understanding how our planet formed, and what geological changes it may still be undergoing.

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The Infiniti Project Black S is the best sort of hybrid

The Infiniti Project Black S is the best sort of hybrid

Hybrids can be earnest, sensible ways to boost fuel economy, or they can be like the Infiniti Project Black S and borrow lashings of F1 technology to deliver ridiculous on-road performance. Handiwork of Infiniti and the Renault F1 Team, Project Black S may look like a body-kitted Q60, but it's actually something a whole lot more interesting.

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Breakthrough carbon ring could have outsized impact on molecular electronics

Breakthrough carbon ring could have outsized impact on molecular electronics

Carbon may be commonplace in the grand scheme of elements in our universe, but some of its forms are much rarer than others - something IBM Research took as a challenge that could shake up future electronics. A team there, in collaboration with the University of Oxford, has created a so-called cyclocarbon ring for the first time.

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Official 2020 Corvette Stingray pricing confirmed and it’s eye-opening

Official 2020 Corvette Stingray pricing confirmed and it’s eye-opening

Chevrolet has confirmed official pricing for the 2020 Corvette Stingray C8, and the 194 mph sports car is likely to raise more than a few eyebrows at how affordable it is. Revealed earlier this year, the first mid-engined Corvette will start from under $60k, Chevy has said today, in addition to detailing the various trims and packages that the new Stingray will be offered with.

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Apple says ominous iPhone battery warnings are safety not self-interest

Apple says ominous iPhone battery warnings are safety not self-interest

Apple has pushed back at criticism that its "unauthorized" battery warning shown after third-party replacements is self-serving, arguing that it's down to iPhone safety rather than intended to prevent more affordable repairs. The company faced accusations that it was trying to undermine right-to-repair arguments, and over-reacting in the warning messages users were being shown.

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Audi’s e-tron SUV just scooped Tesla to a top EV safety award

Audi’s e-tron SUV just scooped Tesla to a top EV safety award

Audi's e-tron SUV may not have been the first all-electric luxury car to US roads, but it can claim to be the first such vehicle to get a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. The new fully battery-electric SUV has managed to scoop rivals like the Tesla Model X and Mercedes-Benz EQC to the independent safety test's top score.

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This human-sized “monster” penguin is massively adorable

This human-sized “monster” penguin is massively adorable

A human-sized penguin, larger than any current species, has been identified from fossils, the latest discovery from an area gaining a reputation as being rich in previously-unknown remains. Over five feet in height, the Crossvallia waiparensis - dubbed the monster penguin - was once active in New Zealand, during the Paleocene Epoch.

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Card skimmer app spots hacked gas pumps – but there’s a catch

Card skimmer app spots hacked gas pumps – but there’s a catch

An app which can spot credit card skimmers secretly installed on gas pumps has been developed, but don't go looking in the App Store to try to download it. Bluetana tackles the growing issue of credit and debit card theft, where tiny scanners are installed on the card reader and used to surreptitiously clone its details when customers go to pay for their gas.

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