Author Archives: Chris Davies

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

This Ola S1 electric scooter could be a two-wheeled game-changer

This Ola S1 electric scooter could be a two-wheeled game-changer

Electric scooters aren't in short supply at this point, but few look quite as sleek - or could be quite as disruptive - as startup Ola's new S1. Aiming to oust gas-powered two-wheelers, the S1 doesn't sacrifice performance or styling, despite the promise of being as affordable or even cheaper than its combustion rivals.

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Tesla Autopilot faces US investigation over first responder crashes

Tesla Autopilot faces US investigation over first responder crashes

The US government has opened an investigation into Tesla's Autopilot, after multiple crashes where the electric cars have driven into first responder vehicles. There have been 11 incidents recorded by the NHTSA since January 2018, the agency confirmed, and as a result it's now looking at Autopilot on all four Tesla models from the past 7 years.

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Qualcomm Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders Review: An Expensive Test

Qualcomm Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders Review: An Expensive Test

The allure of what you can't ordinarily have is strong. The smartphone world isn't short on options, whether your interests lie in photography, mobile gaming, or 5G connectivity, and yet the idea that there could be something more, something typically out of reach, is a compelling one. How else to explain Qualcomm's Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders, a $1,499 promise of the things other phone-makers wouldn't let you buy.

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2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer First Drive: Social Climber

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer First Drive: Social Climber

The 2022 Grand Wagoneer takes Jeep into uncharted territory. Not in the usual, off-the-grid way that has delighted generations of Wrangler drivers, but an arguably even more challenging rise through the ranks of the luxury three-row SUV. Everything is big here: big truck, big V8, a big tech story, and not least a big price tag, with Grand Wagoneer ownership starting north of $87k.

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Matter delayed: Ambitious smart home standard slips to 2022

Matter delayed: Ambitious smart home standard slips to 2022

New smart home standard Matter won't launch quite as soon as first promised, with the former Zigbee Alliance admitting that its roadmap has been delayed. Unveiled in May, Matter saw what once had been known as Project CHIP rebrand as a potential universal standard for everything from connected bulbs to smart locks, cameras, and home hubs.

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COVID-19 vaccine booster now CDC recommended for these groups

COVID-19 vaccine booster now CDC recommended for these groups

The FDA and CDC are recommending a third, booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, though only for people who fall into certain categories of medical condition. The announcement - which includes an extension of the terms of the emergency use authorizations for Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines by the FDA - is the first step in what many experts have been saying is an inevitability in coronavirus pandemic.

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Bugatti’s Bolide was outrageous and visionary – now they’re building it for real

Bugatti’s Bolide was outrageous and visionary – now they’re building it for real

As supercar-makers go, Bugatti isn't short on excess in its catalog, but news that the outlandish Bolide concept will spawn a production model could give the current flagships of the range some "unbelievably fast" competition. Revealed in 2020, the Bolide was intended as a technological concept for the storied French automaker, a 311+ mph love-letter to speed.

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Boeing’s Starliner goes back to the factory: NASA launch on hold

Boeing’s Starliner goes back to the factory: NASA launch on hold

Boeing is moving the troubled Starliner back to its factory, after NASA scrubbed the spacecraft's launch last week over valve failures in the propulsion system. The Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) had been intended to show that the CST-100 could safely reach the International Space Station and return, but instead it revealed things still weren't quite ready for primetime.

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July 2021 was “Earth’s hottest month on record” as climate fears deepen

July 2021 was “Earth’s hottest month on record” as climate fears deepen

July 2021 was Earth's hottest month on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an ominous milestone that arrives amid renewed concern that we're not doing enough to tackle climate change. It comes as a UN report issues a damning warning about the lackluster response to rising temperatures on our planet.

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The Acura Integra is coming back: Here’s what we know so far

The Acura Integra is coming back: Here’s what we know so far

The Acura Integra is coming back, with the classic brand getting applied to a whole new car - though there'll be a wait before we see exactly what's in store. It makes Acura the latest automaker attempting to rekindle some retro spirit by bringing an old nameplate back from the history books.

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Apple’s Federighi admits “hindsight” as iPhone child protection fallout lingers

Apple’s Federighi admits “hindsight” as iPhone child protection fallout lingers

A high-profile Apple exec has conceded that its big reveal of new child protection tools could've gone more smoothly, with software chief Craig Federighi admitting that "in hindsight" confusion was inevitable. Apple announced plans to scan iCloud Photos uploads for illegal images of children, as well as build new grooming protections into iMessage, earlier in August, and was met with instant pushback from privacy advocates and others.

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Boeing admits Starliner still having problems as NASA schedules OFT-2 briefing

Boeing admits Starliner still having problems as NASA schedules OFT-2 briefing

Boeing continues to attempt to fix its Starliner spacecraft, after NASA scrubbed the OFT-2 launch last week following seizures in multiple key valves. The mission was meant to give Boeing an overdue opportunity to demonstrate that its CST-100 could safely reach the International Space Station and thus allow the aerospace company to move ahead in NASA's Commercial Crew program.

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