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.

2021 VW Golf GTI official: New hot hatch icon brings a GTE hybrid too

2021 VW Golf GTI official: New hot hatch icon brings a GTE hybrid too

Volkswagen has revealed the new 2021 VW Golf GTI, the latest generation of the iconic hot hatch, and it's bringing an electrified friend along for the ride. Set to make its full debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2020, the new Golf GTI and the 2021 Golf GTE hybrid promise lashings of tech to go along with their enthusiast-focused tuning.

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Tesla’s Autopilot and NHTSA’s investigations just got blasted by the NTSB

Tesla’s Autopilot and NHTSA’s investigations just got blasted by the NTSB

The NTSB has slammed Tesla for failing to respond to Autopilot safety concerns, as well as criticizing the NHTSA for insufficiently investigating crashes involving the electric cars. While many industry-watchers had expected the National Transportation Safety Board to take a pessimistic stance on advanced driver assistance technologies at its hearing today, the extent of the board's criticisms came as a surprise.

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This XR2 headset design is key to Qualcomm’s vision of 5G mixed reality

This XR2 headset design is key to Qualcomm’s vision of 5G mixed reality

Qualcomm has revealed its newest 5G mixed reality headset reference design based on the Snapdragon XR2, a wirelessly-connected VR and AR shortcut for manufacturers to bring new models to market. While it may look a whole lot like the XR1 reference design, this new version adds in 5G connectivity and higher-resolution displays, among other improvements.

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Apple Watch study sees Johnson & Johnson put stroke risk reduction to the test

Apple Watch study sees Johnson & Johnson put stroke risk reduction to the test

The irregular heart rate alert and ECG feature on the latest Apple Watch is being put to the test, with Johnson & Johnson and Apple collaborating on a new study to see whether the smartwatch can help cut down on strokes. The pharma company has released a new app, Heartline Study, and is inviting Apple Watch wearers to take part in its AFib tracking.

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Watch BMW’s Concept i4 teaser give its electric future a shape

Watch BMW’s Concept i4 teaser give its electric future a shape

BMW is dropping some heavy hints about its first all-electric Gran Coupe, with a liquid metal teaser for the BMW Concept i4 previewing what we can expect from the upcoming plug-in. The new car will be BMW's first all-electric sedan, and is set to make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2020 early next month.

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2020 Cadillac CT5 and CT5-V first drive: Context matters

2020 Cadillac CT5 and CT5-V first drive: Context matters

You could call it folly, launching a new luxury sedan at a time when SUVs are swallowing sales, but Cadillac would argue the 2020 CT5 isn't short of potential customers. True, utilities are where the biggest growth is, but there's still a not-insignificant cohort - either the SUV-averse or simply sedan-lovers - who haven't given up on the traditional four-door. Cadillac hasn't given up on them, either, but is the new CT5 - and its hotter CT5-V range topper - worthy of their affections?

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Polestar Precept concept teases striking electric four-door GT

Polestar Precept concept teases striking electric four-door GT

Polestar may be ramping up to launch the Polestar 2 later this year, but that hasn't stopped it looking ahead with a seductive new concept, the Polestar Precept. With a two-door GT already under its belt, now it's time for Polestar's vision of an all-electric four-door grand tourer.

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Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM cranks the bass in a clever Bluetooth speaker

Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM cranks the bass in a clever Bluetooth speaker

Ultimate Ears is adding to its portable rugged Bluetooth speaker line, and the new UE HYPERBOOM is as big as it promises to be loud. Resembling what the apes from 2001: A Space Odyssey might come up with were they tasked with designing a speaker, it's an ominous black monolith that's topped with some unexpectedly simple controls.

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iPhone 12 could tap super-fast new WiGig: Here’s why we’re excited

iPhone 12 could tap super-fast new WiGig: Here’s why we’re excited

Apple could use a new WiGig wireless standard to supercharge iPhone 12 file transfers, insiders claim, potentially making AirDrop-style exchanges much faster. The next-generation iPhone, expected to be released later in 2020, is believed to be Apple's first to offer 5G, but sources say that the fifth-generation cellular networks won't be the only wireless speed boost the new smartphone embraces.

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Huawei MatePad Pro is an Android iPad Pro clone with optional 5G

Huawei MatePad Pro is an Android iPad Pro clone with optional 5G

If the Mate Xs' unfolding 8-inch screen isn't quite enough tablet for you, the Huawei MatePad Pro may do the trick. The company's latest tablet looks a whole lot like Apple's iPad Pro, certainly, but try to ignore that and you'll find a sleek 10.8-inch Android slate tipping the scales at just 492 grams.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T, X and L Series add new CPUs into MIL-SPEC notebooks

Lenovo ThinkPad T, X and L Series add new CPUs into MIL-SPEC notebooks

Lenovo has revealed a revamp of some of its most popular laptops, with the ThinkPad T, X, and L Series adding 10th Gen Intel Core vPro processors and WiFi 6 support to road-warrior-ready chassis. In addition there are features like Dolby Audio and Dolby Vision, together with Wake on Voice and optional embedded 4G LTE WWAN.

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Huawei Mate Xs updates foldable display but a big problem remains

Huawei Mate Xs updates foldable display but a big problem remains

Huawei has a new version of its foldable phone, with the Mate Xs promising an 8-inch bending display that turns it from an Android 10 phone into a tablet. Unveiled at Huawei's event in Barcelona, Spain, the Mate Xs packs 5G and a slimmer Falcon Wing hinge, which the company promises will be up to repeated use.

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