Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media 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.

Amazon just led a $700m investment in Tesla-rival Rivian

Amazon just led a $700m investment in Tesla-rival Rivian

Electric vehicle startup Rivian has received some big-name backing, with Amazon leading a $700m investment round into the Tesla rival. The automaker came out of stealth back in November 2018, bringing not one but two visions of its electric future to the LA Auto Show, each tapping into big selling categories in the US.

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NASA’s MacGyver of sensors is a 3D printed nanomaterial marvel

NASA’s MacGyver of sensors is a 3D printed nanomaterial marvel

A potentially groundbreaking nanomaterial sensor could revolutionize how NASA explores planets, dramatically shrinking existing technologies into a far more capable form-factor. After refinement, the 3D printed sensor could find itself equipping future NASA missions to the moon and Mars, monitoring astronauts, and on the robotic arms of robots like the ill-fated Opportunity rover.

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BlackBerry wants to power your self-driving car

BlackBerry wants to power your self-driving car

BlackBerry is aiming to reinvent itself as a heavyweight in autonomous and connected vehicles, announcing a huge investment into its QNX platform. The expansion will see BlackBerry invest more than $310m into the new project, while the Government of Canada will inject $40m more courtesy of its Strategic Innovation Fund.

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Apple’s star-studded video service may launch later than expected

Apple’s star-studded video service may launch later than expected

Apple's video service may be officially revealed at the Cupertino company's rumored March 25 event, but we'll apparently have to wait longer for its first original series to actually arrive. The event - which is expected to be held at the Steve Jobs Theater at the Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, CA - is believed to be a star-studded affair, with Apple inviting a number of celebrities to attend.

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2020 Kia Soul EV range confirmed

2020 Kia Soul EV range confirmed

The 2020 Kia Soul EV already made a splash with its neon-green paint job back when the all-electric hatchback made its debut in November 2019, and now we know how far it should go on a full charge. The second version of the electric car - based on the new, third-generation Kia Soul - has the biggest battery so far, and that unsurprisingly pays dividends.

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Samsung has 3 new US stores for its Galaxy S10 launch: Here’s why

Samsung has 3 new US stores for its Galaxy S10 launch: Here’s why

Samsung doesn't just have the Galaxy S10 making its big debut next week: the phone-maker will also open up three new stores in the US on the same day. The Galaxy S10 - indeed multiple versions of the phone - will be revealed on February 20, and at the same time Samsung will have new retail locations in three cities in the US for the first time.

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This Honda Tomo is the mini pickup-EV we didn’t know we wanted

This Honda Tomo is the mini pickup-EV we didn’t know we wanted

Honda's compact electric vehicle prototype won't be the only adorable little urban EV at the Geneva Motor Show, it turns out, with an even more charming mini-truck set to debut alongside it. The Honda Tomo is a vision of the personable electric vehicle of the future, just as much at home in the tight confines of the city as it is venturing outside.

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GM’s ARIV smart electric eBikes are up for preorder

GM’s ARIV smart electric eBikes are up for preorder

GM has two new EVs in its line-up, though they're eBikes rather than electric cars or trucks. The first two models under General Motors' freshly-named ARIV eBike brand, the electrified bicycles are going up for preorder from today, though only for a select few.

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North Focals smart glasses just got a lot more affordable

North Focals smart glasses just got a lot more affordable

North's Focals smart glasses are getting significantly more affordable, with the discreet wearable display slicing hundreds off its sticker price as the company tries to make it easier for potential customers to try the eyewear on. North is launching a pop-up showroom for Focals in Seattle on February 19, which will then travel down the coast to San Francisco.

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Ford and VW’s huge deal hits EV and self-driving hurdles

Ford and VW’s huge deal hits EV and self-driving hurdles

Ford and Volkswagen's deal to collaborate on cars still needs some work, with insiders suggesting it's yet to be the cost, tech, and time-saving savior that the automakers first promised. The two firms announced their collaboration in January, first on pickup trucks and commercial vans, though with electrification and autonomous driving also set to be added to the deal.

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Bentley Bentayga Speed edges out Urus as world’s fastest SUV

Bentley Bentayga Speed edges out Urus as world’s fastest SUV

The super-fast SUV wars continue, and now it's Bentley's turn to claim it has the fastest luxury truck around with the new Bentayga Speed. Massaging 626 horsepower from Bentley's 6.0-liter W12 engine, it's enough to give the SUV a top speed of 190 mph.

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Honda’s Geneva-bound EV concept has a dash we’re obsessed with

Honda’s Geneva-bound EV concept has a dash we’re obsessed with

Honda's compact electric vehicle prototype already had us eager for Geneva based on the exterior preview, but a cabin teaser has us even more excited - and curious to see how the automaker's production cars might evolve in the not-too-distant future. The city EV is the latest iteration of the Urban EV Concept, which stole the show at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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