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.

I try not to fawn over tech, but the new iPhone 12 Pro sure feels good

I try not to fawn over tech, but the new iPhone 12 Pro sure feels good

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have landed on my desk, and oh boy, do they feel good. Now, "hand feel" is one of those rightly-maligned things in tech review circles these days, a shorthand not only for lazy design description but a more general fetishization of tech that feels a little weird at this point. So please, allow me enough rope to hang myself as I talk about just that.

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Google hit with US Justice Department antitrust lawsuit over search

Google hit with US Justice Department antitrust lawsuit over search

Google has been sued by the US Justice Department, over allegations of antitrust behaviors including monopolizing search and anticompetitive advertising behaviors. The lawsuit, announced today, follows a year-long investigation by the DoJ, and even longer controversy about Google's heft in the online space.

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iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro review round-up – The Apple 5G verdict

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro review round-up – The Apple 5G verdict

The first iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro reviews are out, putting half of Apple's 2020 flagship line-up through its paces. If you're hoping for the final yay/nay on whether to buy an iPhone 12 mini or an iPhone 12 Pro Max, you'll have to wait a little longer - they're shipping later this year - but the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are arguably likely to capture the most mainstream users.

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DJI Pocket 2 gives stabilized mini-camera a big upgrade

DJI Pocket 2 gives stabilized mini-camera a big upgrade

DJI has revealed its newest compact stabilized camera, with the DJI Pocket 2 upgrading the Osmo Pocket with a bigger sensor atop its 3-axis gimbal. As with the original camera, it's an all-in-one mini-camera, with the Pocket 2 packing a 4-megapixel sensor with a new zoom feature this time around.

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Meet the company making pandemic lines less frustrating

Meet the company making pandemic lines less frustrating

At some point I think we all realized, grudgingly, that things weren't going back to normal any time soon. Plenty of things have been vying for "theme of 2020" but COVID-19 and social distancing have probably had the biggest impact on our day to day lives. For all that we've been told, repeatedly, over the past few years that machine learning is going to Change The World, can it make navigating a pandemic any easier?

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The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS has a painful price tag for a super-luxe SUV

The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS has a painful price tag for a super-luxe SUV

Mercedes-Maybach's first SUV has found its price tag, and if you were worried that the excessively luxurious off-roader might be too obtainable so as to ruin its cachet, never fear. The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC will kick off at $160,050 (plus destination) when it arrives in US dealerships late this year.

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Beats Flex Review – EarPods’ Eulogy

Beats Flex Review – EarPods’ Eulogy

It's fair to say that the big Beats Flex news last week got buried under confirmation that you won't get headphones in the iPhone 12 box. Apple's thinking is that most people either have earbuds already, or have their eye on something more rewarding than the old, bundled EarPods - for those who don't, there's now a significantly more attainable set of Beats that might just fit the bill.

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2021 Cadillac Escalade First Drive Review – The Recipe for American Luxury

2021 Cadillac Escalade First Drive Review – The Recipe for American Luxury

In the good old days - and by that I mean "before the arrival of the 2021 Escalade" - you bought Cadillac's big, attention-seeking SUV mainly for the fact that it was, well, big and attention-seeking. Times change, though, and while the new Escalade is no smaller or more frugal (Surprise! It's larger and thirstier!) it does finally bring more to the table than curb presence alone.

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Peak Design Mobile range adds modular magnetic accessories to your phone

Peak Design Mobile range adds modular magnetic accessories to your phone

Peak Design has a new crowdfunding campaign, but after taking on backpacks and tripods, now it's the turn of the phone case. Mobile by Peak Design isn't just a single case but an ecosystem, designed for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones, with a specially-created low-profile connector system that can help mount your device in a car, on a bike or motorcycle, or to accessories for photographers and videographers.

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Cadillac Enhanced Super Cruise First Ride – 2021 Escalade, take the wheel

Cadillac Enhanced Super Cruise First Ride – 2021 Escalade, take the wheel

I'm trying to watch the light bar embedded in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade's steering wheel, and the side mirror as we glide between lanes, and simultaneously look over my shoulder in case the new, Enhanced Super Cruise system has somehow screwed up and missed a fast-approaching car hurtling toward us as it shows off GM's latest tech advance. I needn't have worried: the light bar glows a constant green showing Super Cruise is active, the new radar sensors have mapped out a safe place to maneuver, and the whole thing seems eminently... normal.

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Peloton recalls thousands of Bike pedals after injury reports

Peloton recalls thousands of Bike pedals after injury reports

Peloton has recalled the pedals from 27,000 of its connected fitness bikes, after reports that the clip-in pedals could break and cause injuries to riders. According to the company, 120 consumer reports of flaws with the pedal system have been recorded, some of which resulted in injuries demanding medical treatment.

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Google Pixel 4a 5G Review – Sleight of Hand

Google Pixel 4a 5G Review – Sleight of Hand

There's a thing magicians do called misdirection, where they catch your eye with one thing while something more important happens elsewhere. Whether modern smartphones count as magic is probably a little too philosophical for here, but I certainly got the misdirection feeling from the Pixel 4a 5G. The headline feature, its 5G connectivity, is right there in the name, but I'm not sure anybody should buy one simply for its potential for higher-speed data.

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