Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for SlashGear since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in Michigan, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

Forget Vantablack, this ultra-white paint is the brightest ever

Forget Vantablack, this ultra-white paint is the brightest ever

The whitest paint ever created is being shown off with glaring results, and could one day help significantly reduce cooling costs for cities in extreme climates. The ultra-white paint is the handiwork of a team of engineers at Purdue University, and reflects a huge 98.1-percent of sunlight - enough, in some conditions, to actually cool surfaces below ambient conditions.

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Walmart invests in GM’s Cruise ahead of starting autonomous deliveries

Walmart invests in GM’s Cruise ahead of starting autonomous deliveries

Walmart has invested in autonomous car company Cruise, ahead of a pilot delivery program with the GM-backed company's self-driving vehicles. The pilot was announced late last year and is expected to begin in 2021, as Walmart explores new options for the so-called "last mile" of getting groceries and more to shoppers.

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The all-electric EQS is ground zero for Mercedes’ most lavish tech

The all-electric EQS is ground zero for Mercedes’ most lavish tech

Lavish and electric, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS doesn't look like any other car the German automaker offers, and neither does the rest of the range come near its frankly excessive tech and gadgetry. Unveiled today, and headed to US dealerships in fall of 2021, the new EQS won't only be America's first taste of Mercedes electrification, but the headliner for a whole range of luxury features it's been working on.

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It’s looking even more likely we’ll need yearly COVID-19 shots

It’s looking even more likely we’ll need yearly COVID-19 shots

Annual COVID-19 vaccinations are probably going to be necessary to keep coronavirus at bay, Pfizer's CEO has suggested, and indeed even that may not be enough as the population gets to grips with the extent of the disease and its variants. The warning further dashes hopes that getting immunized this year will be a long-term preventative for serious cases of the potentially deadly illness.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC Review: Spark Joy

2021 Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC Review: Spark Joy

It's easy to get addicted to excess, especially when it comes to buying a new car. Bigger engines, bigger trucks, bigger power figures, and the inevitably bigger price tag to go along with it. Sliding sneakily in-between all that is the 2021 Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC, a comparative minnow in size, horsepower, and - in AMG terms, at least - price, but which lands even more of a punch because of it.

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A Ferrari EV is coming in 2025

A Ferrari EV is coming in 2025

Ferrari will reveal its first all-electric car in 2025, the automaker has confirmed, putting to rest long standing will-they-or-won't-they speculation about whether an EV really can find a place in the Italian supercar-maker's range. The timeline for the new Ferrari EV was confirmed during its Annual General Meeting, held today.

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Now your Amazon Kindle can set your current ebook cover as lockscreen art

Now your Amazon Kindle can set your current ebook cover as lockscreen art

If your big problem with ebooks is not remembering which book you're in the middle of - or not getting to leave the book out so that other people can be impressed you understand molecular biology or iambic pentameter - there's good Kindle news today. Amazon is tweaking how the lockscreen of its Kindle models work, replacing the usual screensaver on select versions with the cover of the current book-in-progress.

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Controversial stem cell research makes human-monkey hybrids

Controversial stem cell research makes human-monkey hybrids

A groundbreaking experiment blending human and monkey cells could pave the way to artificially-grown replacement organs - while raising new ethical questions about so-called chimeric hybrids. It's the latest expansion of stem cell research, which has simultaneously fascinated scientists hoping to unlock new disease treatments and more, while horrifying groups concerned about the ethics or misuse of the technology.

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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup looks playfully appealing

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup looks playfully appealing

Hyundai promised us a pickup and the 2022 Santa Cruz delivers, combining playful crossover styling with the practicality of larger trucks. Dubbed a "Sport Adventure Vehicle" by the automaker, it's shorter and narrower than rivals like Toyota's Tacoma and Honda's Ridgeline, but still manages to squeeze in a twin-level bed with a lockable box under the floor.

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Apple Fitness+ adds workouts for beginners plus older and pregnant users

Apple Fitness+ adds workouts for beginners plus older and pregnant users

Apple Fitness+ is gaining new workouts today, adding specific sessions for pregnancy and that target older adults and beginners. It's part of a workout boost for the Apple Watch-centered subscription fitness system, and will also include a new Time to Walk session with Jane Fonda.

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Xfinity Mobile unlimited 5G plans get cheaper (but that’s not the best part)

Xfinity Mobile unlimited 5G plans get cheaper (but that’s not the best part)

Xfinity Mobile is trimming the cost of its unlimited 5G plans, with Comcast aiming to undercut its better-known rivals as more Americans hunt for lower prices without sacrificing speed. The new Xfinity Mobile unlimited 5G plans still start at $45 per month for one line, but bring down the price of multiple lines as it blends them with the carrier's "By-the-Gig" per-gigabyte option.

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Epic Google Earth update adds nearly 4 decades of global timelapse video

Epic Google Earth update adds nearly 4 decades of global timelapse video

Google Earth is adding a mesmerizing timelapse feature, showing the changes of our planet over time in what Google says is its biggest update since 2017. Timelapse in Google Earth pulls together a total of 24 million satellite images of the planet taken over the past 37 years, unlocking an unprecedented perspective of the changes those decades have wrought.

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