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.

Looks are deceiving with this NASA X-57 all-electric plane

Looks are deceiving with this NASA X-57 all-electric plane

NASA's all-electric X-57 plane may not look like a grand departure from current small aircraft, but the experimental X-plane promises to be something special - assuming it gets past the next stage of testing. The first all-electric model in the X-plane series, the X-57 Maxwell looks much like its Tecnam P2006T donor aircraft for now, but the design is misleading.

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WHO describes “ideal” face mask with COVID-19 “far from over”

WHO describes “ideal” face mask with COVID-19 “far from over”

The COVID-19 pandemic is "far from over," experts at the World Health Organization have warned, cautioning against complacency as global cases are still rising and a second wave entirely possible. The ominous announcement comes as the WHO amends its guidance on masks, setting out several important factors wearers should bear in mind as they protect themselves and others in daily life.

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A key EV supplier says it has cracked the million mile battery

A key EV supplier says it has cracked the million mile battery

The "million mile" electric car battery is ready for production, a key supplier for EV-makers including Tesla and Volkswagen insists, potentially addressing one of the lingering concerns drivers have about electric vehicles. While range anxiety still dominates the short-term issues would-be EV owners experience, uncertainty about just how long the batteries in electric cars will last is another, longer-term problem.

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These Lutron smart wood blinds auto-tilt to track the sun

These Lutron smart wood blinds auto-tilt to track the sun

Lutron has launched new smart wood blinds, promising not only motorized opening and closing, but the ability to intelligently adjust their angle according to the position of the sun each day. The new shades - which slot into Lutron's Serena and Triathlon ranges - are configured during setup via the digital compass in your phone, so that they can figure out where the sunlight is coming from in relation to where they've been installed.

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HP Chromebook x360 14c premium Chrome OS notebook is oddly affordable

HP Chromebook x360 14c premium Chrome OS notebook is oddly affordable

HP has announced two new Chrome OS notebooks, with the HP Chromebook x360 14c targeting the premium market while the HP Chromebook 11a plays at the value end. On sale this month, the Chromebook x360 14c will be HP's fanciest consumer Chromebook so far, the company says, complete with style and detailing from its x360 Windows notebooks.

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Sonos S2 released with new app: Here’s your big decision

Sonos S2 released with new app: Here’s your big decision

Sonos has released its new controller app and Sonos S2, the new OS for its multi-room speaker system, complete with new features and a decision for the very earliest-adopters. Sonos S2 introduces support for higher-resolution audio - something the company takes advantage of for its new Dolby Atmos compatible Arc soundbar - though it also sees Sonos leave some old hardware behind.

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2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid beats RAV4 PHEV to 100 MPGe

2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid beats RAV4 PHEV to 100 MPGe

Ford has whipped the covers off a new PHEV, with the 2020 Escape Plug-In Hybrid promising to best its RAV4 PHEV nemesis on economy - and on price. Headed to dealerships with a 100 MPGe fuel economy rating, the newest Escape variant packages the automaker's gas-electric drivetrain in an SUV body.

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The WHO just changed its COVID-19 face mask advice: Here’s what’s new

The WHO just changed its COVID-19 face mask advice: Here’s what’s new

The World Health Organization now recommends wearing a face mask to help avoid the spread of COVID-19, updating its guidance after acknowledging new research during the coronavirus pandemic. The WHO had previously stopped short of recommending face masks, cautioning that the evidence for their efficacy was still insufficient.

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All gas stations must charge EVs too rule German lawmakers

All gas stations must charge EVs too rule German lawmakers

The German government is requiring all gas stations in the country to offer electric vehicle charging, as part of an aggressive push to encourage motorists out of combustion vehicles and into EVs. Described as "an ambitious program," the new economic stimulus package announced this week by German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees cuts to tax and electricity pricing, among other things, but also puts green transportation front and center.

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2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition gives a taste of traction to come

2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition gives a taste of traction to come

There's a new Chrysler Pacifica with all-wheel drive coming, but while it's not expected to be launched until the 2021 model year, the automaker is giving an early tasted of that improved traction with a special edition. The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition includes, as the name suggests, the same mechanical all-wheel drive system as the upcoming refresh, but jumps the line by borrowing it for the current-generation minivan.

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Facebook’s photo transfer tool really surprised me – Here’s how to use it

Facebook’s photo transfer tool really surprised me – Here’s how to use it

I expected the Facebook photo transfer tool to be a grudging concession and tricky to use, but it's actually one of the easiest new Facebook features I can remember trying. Announced late last year, but only now available worldwide, it's a topical addition given a resurgence of questions about the ethics of one social network having so much power in our daily lives and around our electoral system.

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Peering deep into the early Universe, Hubble sought stars but found a mystery

Peering deep into the early Universe, Hubble sought stars but found a mystery

The first stars in the early universe could've formed far earlier than scientists first believed, new findings from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest, opening new questions about the evolution of galaxies shortly after the Big Bang. Researchers had expected to find so-called Population III stars in the latest Hubble observations, but turned up empty-handed.

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