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Writing for SlashGear since 2006, Chris Davies is executive editor and is responsible for shaping the editorial direction of the site. With a remit that covers everything from consumer technology to automotive, through autonomous vehicles, the smart home, and cutting-edge science, Chris' primary focus is sharing the news that matters and bringing a distinctive, independent, and trustworthy voice to testing and reviews. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

With iPhone 13 in hand, I miss Touch ID more than ever

With iPhone 13 in hand, I miss Touch ID more than ever

I've been traveling this past week, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max has been my trusty sidekick. Whether it's boarding passes, camera duties, messaging, or keeping me occupied with ebooks and music, I've found myself staring at the excellent 120Hz ProMotion display a whole lot. Problem is, when the sensors above that screen stare back, they're not seeing what they want to.

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CDC endorses COVID-19 boosters as damning school mask study released

CDC endorses COVID-19 boosters as damning school mask study released

The US CDC is recommending COVID-19 booster shots for certain at-risk groups, joining the FDA in green-lighting extra injections as particularly virulent strains of coronavirus continue to spread widely. The announcement comes alongside newly published CDC research about mask-wearing in schools, and how areas without consistent school masking policies are more likely to have COVID-19 outbreaks.

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Doctor Who legend Russell T Davies will return as showrunner

Doctor Who legend Russell T Davies will return as showrunner

Russell T Davies is set to return to long-running BBC science fiction show Doctor Who, more than a decade after handing over the reins for the hugely popular TV series. It's a huge step by the BBC, which has seen upheaval in its wildly successful show following the revival that Davies is credited with spearheading back in 2005.

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Sunscreen safety: FDA details new ingredient and label changes

Sunscreen safety: FDA details new ingredient and label changes

Baz Luhrmann may have been convinced by the benefits of sunscreen, but the US FDA is weighing in with new potential changes to how sunblock is formulated and labeled. The proposed revisions and updates focus on ensuring the active ingredients in sunscreen are sufficient - and safe - and that product packaging is clear and not misleading.

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Seedy footprints just added millennia to when humans first walked North America

Seedy footprints just added millennia to when humans first walked North America

The earliest known date of human habitation in North America has been pushed back thousands of years, after the discovery of much older footprints that upended common belief. The fossilized footprints were discovered at White Sands National Park in New Mexico, and will force scientists to rethink their understanding of just when in history human beings inhabited the continent.

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Here’s what Amazon’s big Alexa event could bring – with some surprises

Here’s what Amazon’s big Alexa event could bring – with some surprises

Amazon's big Alexa, Echo, and Ring event may not be until next week, but some of the surprises in store - including a brand new form factor for the company's smart speaker - may already have been leaked. With previous years to guide us, Tuesday's event on September 28 is likely to be one rapid-fire announcement after the other, spanning everything from the smart home, to security, to automotive tech.

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The iPhone 13 Pro Max’s 120Hz ProMotion display is the real deal

The iPhone 13 Pro Max’s 120Hz ProMotion display is the real deal

Just a few days into using the iPhone 13 Pro Max, and already it's tough to imagine going back to a non-ProMotion display. Apple's first implementation of 120Hz technology may have required some patience before it arrived, but it's a key part of this year's "Pro" devices and a contributor to the Cupertino firm's big boasts about battery improvements.

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Surface Duo 2 gives Android clamshell 5G and a big spec boost

Surface Duo 2 gives Android clamshell 5G and a big spec boost

Microsoft isn't giving up on dual-screen Android, with the Surface Duo 2 taking a second shot at the clamshell tablet. Now packing a 5G connection, and a more potent Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, the Surface Duo 2 promises a more usable, flexible upgrade to the original Surface Duo.

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Surface Go 3: Microsoft puts Windows 11 on a $400 tablet

Surface Go 3: Microsoft puts Windows 11 on a $400 tablet

Most affordable in the Surface range, the new Surface Go 3 gives Microsoft its budget option - and its Windows 11 play for the classroom. Aiming to take on the iPad, the new tablet starts at $399.99, but still supports features like an optional stylus and integrated LTE.

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Surface Laptop Studio debuts slick new touchscreen hinge and Thunderbolt 4

Surface Laptop Studio debuts slick new touchscreen hinge and Thunderbolt 4

The rumor mill was right: Microsoft had something big planned for its latest notebook, and the Surface Laptop Studio is arguably the biggest departure for the company's Windows PCs that we've seen so far. A 14.4-inch touchscreen notebook, the newest addition to the Surface line has a clever dual hinge that allows the display to pull forward, either to fold flat over the keyboard or to hover in front of it.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 8 gets performance boost plus Thunderbolt 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 gets performance boost plus Thunderbolt 4

Latest generation of the perennial tablet favorite, the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 arrives today with the newest iteration of the Surface Pro X (2021), offering touch-first Windows 11 with the flexibility of a removable keyboard cover. Promising to be the biggest change since the launch of the Surface Pro 3, the Surface Pro 8 doubles the speed of its predecessor, while also finally embracing Thunderbolt 4.

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2022 Porsche 911 GTS First Drive – Choose Wisely

2022 Porsche 911 GTS First Drive – Choose Wisely

One GTS badge; two wildly different cars. The 2022 Porsche 911 GTS sees the return of what has quickly become a modern icon: three letters that signify a car all about delighting the person behind the wheel. Porsche, though, knows its market well, and for the 992-series GTS that means both flexibility and surprise.

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