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.

How a rumored Hummer EV reboot fits in GM’s electric plans

How a rumored Hummer EV reboot fits in GM’s electric plans

The Hummer could return from the dead but a complete 180 on what's under the hood, with General Motors reportedly weighing a reboot of the iconic name for a new series of electric vehicles. Hummer became a flag-bearer for automotive excess in the late 90's and 2000's, as gas-guzzling civilian versions of military trucks.

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“Months” isn’t good enough for a Pixel 4 face unlock fix

“Months” isn’t good enough for a Pixel 4 face unlock fix

Google will update its face unlock system so that the Pixel 4's security can't be bypassed even when owners are asleep, but don't expect that to happen any time soon. The new Android smartphone does away with the fingerprint sensor of its predecessors in favor of a new, ultra-fast face unlock, but the security tech hasn't quite lived up to expectations.

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Goal Zero Yeti 200X pairs beefy battery with AC outlet and USB-C PD

Goal Zero Yeti 200X pairs beefy battery with AC outlet and USB-C PD

Goal Zero has added a new, compact model to its portable power range, with the Yeti 200X promising a lot more juice than the typical external battery. Even though it's capable of recharging your phone up to twenty times, the Yeti 200X is still about the same size as a six-pack of Coke.

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This fake human skin could be the squeezable future of your phone

This fake human skin could be the squeezable future of your phone

We weren't expecting the humble smartphone to stumble into the uncanny valley, but a big chunk of malleable fake human skin has proved that once again you don't need to have imagined something in order for it to subsequently terrify you. Phones that react to squeezing aren't new, but most of the time they don't look like a prop from Silence of the Lambs.

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The Pixel 4 camera is brilliant and frustrating

The Pixel 4 camera is brilliant and frustrating

When Google unveiled the Pixel 4, all eyes were on its cameras. Google pushed computational photography into the limelight, and the Pixel 4's upgrades to Portrait Mode and Super Res Zoom, along with new features like Astrophotography Mode, promise to keep it ahead of the smartphone pack. So, I set out to see just how well the Pixel 4's new camera features held up in practice.

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The Tesla Model 3 just got more expensive and a range bump

The Tesla Model 3 just got more expensive and a range bump

Tesla has increased the price of its Model 3 Standard Range Plus, adding ten miles to its range in the process, while the Model 3 Performance also bumped up its cost. The shuffle was quietly made to Tesla's website configurator, with the most affordable Model 3 available for online ordering now priced at $39,490 before incentives.

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Photoshop CC for iPad may not be what you’re expecting

Photoshop CC for iPad may not be what you’re expecting

The "real Photoshop" experience for iPad may not quite be what graphics pros are hoping for, with beta testers of Adobe's upcoming app warning that some expected features are still missing. Adobe announced Photoshop CC for iPad at its annual Max conference in 2018, promising to take advantage of the hardware capabilities and stylus support in Apple's iPad Pro tablets.

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Did Apple just confirm the new 16-inch MacBook Pro?

Did Apple just confirm the new 16-inch MacBook Pro?

Could Apple have just leaked its own 16-inch MacBook Pro, within the latest macOS Catalina Beta? That's the question occupying Mac fans contemplating a new laptop purchase today, and who have been wondering whether holding out for the long-rumored flagship MacBook Pro could be a good idea amid ongoing frustrations with Apple's current Butterfly keyboard.

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AirPods Pro with noise-cancellation could land this month

AirPods Pro with noise-cancellation could land this month

Apple's AirPods Pro, a high-end version of its wildly popular wireless earbuds, could launch as soon as the end of October, new reports suggest. The new headphones are expected to stick with the in-ear design of the current AirPods, which were refreshed earlier this year, but adopt a different design with more advanced features to better isolate the wearer from the outside world.

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NASA gives first all-woman spacewalk the green light

NASA gives first all-woman spacewalk the green light

NASA's first ever all-woman spacewalk will take place on Friday, October 18 the space agency has revealed, after several postponements stopped astronauts from making repairs to the International Space Station. If all goes to plan, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will head out from the orbiting research platform bright and early on Friday morning, tasked with fixing a key part of the ISS' electrical systems.

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Google Maps narrows Waze gap with broader incident reporting

Google Maps narrows Waze gap with broader incident reporting

Google Maps keeps borrowing features from Waze, and latest to be bundling into the navigation software is an easy way to report road hazards and other events directly from the iPhone app. The new feature allows Google Maps users on iOS to report crashes they pass, along with speed traps and traffic slowdowns, straight from their phone.

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Ford’s big charger network for its 2020 electric SUV isn’t what it sounds like

Ford’s big charger network for its 2020 electric SUV isn’t what it sounds like

Ford may not have its all-electric Mustang inspired SUV on dealer forecourts yet, but it's already promising a big charging network for drivers to access when they're on the road. The automaker will provide drivers of its EVs with access to the FordPass Charging Network, more than 12,000 locations to top up their cars. Don't, however, assume that Ford is getting into the Supercharger business.

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