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.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold preorders open – Windows 10 meets foldables

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold preorders open – Windows 10 meets foldables

Lenovo's foldable PC, the ThinkPad X1 Fold, is up for preorder, with the 13.3-inch laptop-tablet hybrid putting Windows 10 Pro on some very unusual hardware. While at first glance the X1 Fold may look like an OLED tablet, its ability to fold down the center makes for a PC that behaves more like a sci-fi movie prop.

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Google reveals Android 12 app store change and Play payment crackdown

Google reveals Android 12 app store change and Play payment crackdown

Google will enforce its in-app payments policy, insisting that developers making digital sales in software distributed through the Google Play store use the official billing system, in a crack-down that follows a high-profile lawsuit with Fortnite developer Epic Games. The announcement - word of which was leaked last week - comes alongside new news about third-party download stores that will be supported in Android 12.

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Apple Watch SE Review – The Best Smartwatch for Most

Apple Watch SE Review – The Best Smartwatch for Most

Like with iPhone, Apple Watch is a family now, with 2020 bringing two new models targeting not only different price points but very different users, too. More affordable of the two, the Apple Watch SE bridges the gap between the flagship Apple Watch Series 6 and the cheapest Series 3 from 2017. As we saw with the iPhone SE, there's a balancing act required to combine the right set of features with the right price tag.

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Roku Ultra and Roku Streambar give new OS 9.4 its first streaming outing

Roku Ultra and Roku Streambar give new OS 9.4 its first streaming outing

Roku has revealed two new streaming devices, with the Roku Ultra as its new flagship and the Roku Streambar integrating a home theater speaker. The new models arrive alongside Roku OS 9.4, the latest generation of the company's set-top box software, which will eventually bring features like Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to several of Roku models.

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The Polestar Precept is going into production

The Polestar Precept is going into production

Polestar's striking Precept concept is headed to production, with the comely sedan promising another all-electric alternative to the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S. Unveiled earlier in the year, the Precept was billed as Polestar's interpretation of what zero-emission luxury should look like in the future. However the automaker was tight-lipped on whether it had production in mind.

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2021 Audi Q5 Sportback gives SUV a coupe-inspired style upgrade

2021 Audi Q5 Sportback gives SUV a coupe-inspired style upgrade

Audi has revealed its latest SUV, with the 2021 Q5 Sportback taking the automaker's best-selling model and giving it a design makeover. While the front may look like the regular 2021 Audi Q5, from there B-pillar back the Sportback is all-new, with elongated C/D-pillars and a more stylized rear.

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Ford reveals 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT’s missing speed stat

Ford reveals 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT’s missing speed stat

Ford had been keeping the full event of its range-topping 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT's performance under wraps, but now we know that the all-electric crossover really is worthy of pony car club membership. Announced alongside the rest of the Mustang Mach-E range last year, though not arriving in dealerships until spring 2021, the GT packs 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque.

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The 4 reasons Ring thinks you’ll trust its flying camera

The 4 reasons Ring thinks you’ll trust its flying camera

At first glance, it's a tough ask: allow Amazon-owned Ring to fly a mini drone carrying a camera around your house, all in the name of security. Ring Always Home Cam was undoubtedly the weirdest of the announcements at yesterday's big Amazon Fall hardware event, but while it may seem like an Onion gag the security firm insists it's headed to your living room in 2021.

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FDA issues over-the-counter drug warning after new TikTok challenge

FDA issues over-the-counter drug warning after new TikTok challenge

The US Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against misuse of over-the-counter drugs, after fears that the so-called "Benadryl Challenge" popular among some TikTok users could lead to injuries or even death. It's the latest warning from the FDA in a year with more than its share of drug concerns, as unofficial uses for medications - both prescription and otherwise - have proliferated among people fearful of COVID-19 and other diseases.

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Google apparently readying an Apple-style clampdown over Android app fees

Google apparently readying an Apple-style clampdown over Android app fees

Google is reportedly planning to crack down on Android apps bypassing its in-app purchase rules, holding developers to an existing - but little-enforced - requirement. The decision follows a controversial legal spat between Apple and Fortnite-developer Epic Games, in which the publisher criticized the so-called "App Store tax" of 30-percent on purchases made within software.

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The 2021 VW ID.4 hit a big EV milestone in just eight hours [Updated]

The 2021 VW ID.4 hit a big EV milestone in just eight hours [Updated]

Bad news if you were hoping for a 2021 VW ID.4 1st Edition, with Volkswagen confirming that it took very little time at all for the first of its new all-electric crossovers to be sold out. Put up for reservations on September 23, the earliest ID.4 set to reach the US were snagged by would-be drivers in just eight hours, VW has confirmed.

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iPhone 12 mini tipped again in new leak

iPhone 12 mini tipped again in new leak

Rumors that Apple's smallest 2020 smartphone will launch as the iPhone 12 mini continue to gain weight, with a new leak claiming to show official labeling confirming the new name. Chatter of an iPhone 12 mini began back in January, with talk of it kicking off a four-strong line-up of iOS smartphones that would top out at the largest iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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