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.

Nomiku sous-vide shuts down: Subscription meals service axed

Nomiku sous-vide shuts down: Subscription meals service axed

Sous-vide maker Nomiku may have helped accelerate the kitchen tech's transition from pro-restaurant to domestic countertops, but that hasn't been enough to rescue it from discontinuation. The company has confirmed today that its Nomiku Smart Cooker is being axed, along with the prepared meal service launched back in 2017.

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We’ve been comparing the Tesla Cybertruck all wrong

We’ve been comparing the Tesla Cybertruck all wrong

Elon Musk might enjoy comparing the Tesla Cybertruck to the best-selling Ford F-150, but a new filing from the automaker suggests that's not quite a like-for-like showdown for the electric pickup. Revealed at the end of November, the Cybertruck is Tesla's most divisive vehicle so far, with love-it-or-hate-it angular styling to go with its all-electric drivetrain.

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No, Samsung hasn’t sold 1 million Galaxy Fold

No, Samsung hasn’t sold 1 million Galaxy Fold

Samsung has not, in fact, sold one million Galaxy Fold smartphones, with the company forced to deny reports that it hit an unexpected milestone with its folding flagship. The $2,000 Android phone had a troubled launch earlier in 2019, with Samsung forced to abort sales only days before early-adopters were expecting to receive their handsets.

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Apple buys AI camera tech that could put iPhone back on top

Apple buys AI camera tech that could put iPhone back on top

Apple has quietly acquired a camera tech startup that could make for crisper, more accurate photos and videos from future iPhones, according to reports. Spectral Edge is a UK startup spun out of machine learning research at the University of East Anglia, cooking up image processing smarts that could have relevance not only on Apple's smartphone but its displays and even future tech around autonomous cars.

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The new Cadillac EV will be a death blow to awkward naming

The new Cadillac EV will be a death blow to awkward naming

The new Cadillac EV won't just end the luxury automaker's reliance on gas engines, but also shake up the oft-criticized and typically confusing way its cars are named, it's been confirmed. Since 2014, Cadillac had been launching new vehicles under terse combinations of letters and numbers, rather than the nameplates the brand had once been known for.

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Northrop Grumman’s OmegA rocket gets an interesting first launch client

Northrop Grumman’s OmegA rocket gets an interesting first launch client

Northrop Grumman's OmegA space launch vehicle has found its first client, as the company expands into markets requiring more grunt from their rockets. Saturn will entrust the OmegA with up to two of its NationSat satellites, which are to be put into geosynchronous transfer orbit around Earth in 2021.

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2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo EPA range surprise prompts damage control

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo EPA range surprise prompts damage control

Porsche finds itself forced to defend the all-electric range of the 2020 Taycan Turbo, after US EPA testing came up with a far smaller figure than many EV-fans were expecting. The new electric sedan is Porsche's big push into a segment dominated by Tesla, but the window sticker in dealerships is going to require a little explaining.

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2021 Mercedes GLA 250 and AMG GLA 35 promise punchy compact SUVs

2021 Mercedes GLA 250 and AMG GLA 35 promise punchy compact SUVs

Mercedes is adding an entry-level SUV to the range, the 2021 GLA 250, and Mercedes-AMG is getting in on the action with a punched-up version that could well be the modern-day hot hatch. A compact SUV, the GLA packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine along with the cabin technology that we've been so impressed by in the A-Class Sedan.

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Greenland’s ice is melting much faster than we thought – that’s a huge problem

Greenland’s ice is melting much faster than we thought – that’s a huge problem

Greenland's ice is melting much faster than earlier predictions warned, new research has discovered, exposing millions more people to rising sea levels and flooding. While scientists have been monitoring the melting ice caps for years now, and extrapolating just how many coastal communities run the risk of being submerged completely, a new study suggests even those predictions weren't quite severe enough.

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Intel’s RealSense L515 makes affordable LIDAR a palm-sized reality

Intel’s RealSense L515 makes affordable LIDAR a palm-sized reality

Intel is adding a tiny LIDAR sensor to its RealSense range, claiming the Intel RealSense lidar camera L515 is the world's smallest laser rangefinder - not to mention one of the most affordable. Taking technology familiar from autonomous cars and robotics, the L515 then packages it down into a small enough form-factor that it could allow compact smart devices to scan the world in 3D.

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BMW reveals wireless Android Auto roadmap [Updated]

BMW reveals wireless Android Auto roadmap [Updated]

BMW is adding Android Auto to its cars, with the promise of wireless connectivity with Google's dashboard-safe smartphone interface from midway through next year. Joining Apple CarPlay as an option on BMW vehicles, Android Auto will have tight integration not only in the central touchscreen of the car, but in the digital cockpit driver's instrumentation and, if fitted, the head-up display.

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Logitech made Apple’s Pro Display XDR a special 4K webcam

Logitech made Apple’s Pro Display XDR a special 4K webcam

Your $5k+ may get you Apple's fanciest monitor yet, but look closely and you'll see that the Apple Pro Display XDR doesn't have a webcam - a gap Logitech plans to fill. The Retina 6K panel isn't short on pixels but Apple opted to leave out a camera, not so much as a cost-cutting exercise but one that recognized where the Pro Display XDR was likely to be used.

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