Author Archives: Chris Davies

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

The 2020 MINI Cooper SE isn’t going to win over EV critics

The 2020 MINI Cooper SE isn’t going to win over EV critics

BMW has revealed the first all-electric MINI, though the 2020 MINI Cooper SE may not be the EV you were hoping for. Joining the existing plug-in hybrid in the line-up, the distinctive Cooper SE promises punchy performance from its 181 horsepower front-wheel drive powertrain, but range is looking underwhelming.

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2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Review: The surprising benefits of restraint

2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Review: The surprising benefits of restraint

A bright red German sports convertible may not be the most obvious example of why restraint is in vogue right now, but the 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i would like to challenge your conceptions on excess. The entry-level roadster in BMW's line-up, its $50k price tag comes courtesy of a 2.0-liter engine rather than the six-cylinder you might think you need.

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Qualcomm 215 brings dual-cameras and more to $100 phones

Qualcomm 215 brings dual-cameras and more to $100 phones

Qualcomm has added a new smartphone chip to its 2-series, and while it may not have the flagship appeal of the Snapdragon 855, the new Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform could be a game-changer in phones around $100. Borrowing features like dual camera support, Quick Charge, and higher screen resolutions, it'll make a big difference in whether or not budget handsets are a pleasure or a chore to use.

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Chrome OS USB iPhone tethering is in the pipeline

Chrome OS USB iPhone tethering is in the pipeline

Chrome OS is adding support for USB tethering for iPhone, a small detail which could make for a big reduction in headaches when it comes to getting your Chromebook online. The new functionality should come as a relief for those Chrome OS users who haven't paired their machine with an Android phone, and thus don't get to use Instant Tethering.

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Supreme Mophie Powerstation Wireless XL drops for SS19

Supreme Mophie Powerstation Wireless XL drops for SS19

Mophie and Supreme have dropped another collaboration, and if you’re a hypebeast with a fear of losing charge on the go, this could be for you - assuming you can find it on sale. The Supreme Mophie Powerstation Wireless XL takes Mophie’s 10,000 mAh battery pack and gives it the iconic branding of the New York label for its Spring/Summer 2019 collecton.

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Watch VW’s ID.R electric racer smash the Goodwood hillclimb record

Watch VW’s ID.R electric racer smash the Goodwood hillclimb record

Volkswagen promised something incredible from the VW ID.R electric race car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but we didn't expect the EV to deliver quite as impressively as it has today. Driven by Romain Dumas, the ID.R smashed the 20 year old hillclimb record, and the video of the run is a must-see.

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The Ford GT Mk II is a $1.2m supercar with the gloves off

The Ford GT Mk II is a $1.2m supercar with the gloves off

The Ford GT was hardly a slowpoke, but for those who want the blue oval's supercar turned up to 11 there's the new Ford GT Mk II. Coaxing 700 horsepower out of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the limited-edition fettled coupe is Ford and partner Multimatic's answer to the one big question GT fans had about the car.

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Ford and VW electric and driverless tech deal reportedly imminent

Ford and VW electric and driverless tech deal reportedly imminent

Volkswagen and Ford have put together a deal to share electric and autonomous car tech for passenger vehicles, sources close to the talks claim, a significant extension of a previously-announced alliance. The two automaker heavyweights confirmed they'd be working together on products back in January, though at the time insisted it was only for commercial customers.

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BMW X7 pickup truck is an epic luxury one-off

BMW X7 pickup truck is an epic luxury one-off

BMW may not have a pickup truck in its line-up, but a group of trainees at the automaker clearly decided that needed to change, with a one-off utility version of the BMW X7 SUV. Revealed in time for BMW's Motorrad Days motorcycle event, the unexpected conversion takes the three-row luxury SUV and replaces the rear with a pickup bed you might feel bad about getting dirty.

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Sony WF-1000XM3 noise-cancelling earbuds are AirPods’ nightmare

Sony WF-1000XM3 noise-cancelling earbuds are AirPods’ nightmare

Sony's best-selling noise-cancelling headphones are getting some in-ear company, with the Sony WF-1000XM3 headphones promising the same audio quality but in an AirPods-rivaling form factor. The newest addition to the 1000X family, the earbuds promise up to 24 hours of noise cancellation.

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Samsung’s fixed Galaxy Fold is reportedly ready. Are we?

Samsung’s fixed Galaxy Fold is reportedly ready. Are we?

Samsung has reworked its flawed folding smartphone, and according to the leaks the Galaxy Fold is ready to take a second attempt at launching: question is, are we ready? The clamshell Android was to be Samsung's 2019 flagship, a triumphant demonstration that - despite lawsuits and criticisms from rivals - the South Korean firm is a true innovator in the space.

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VW trained AIs to design better 3D printed car parts

VW trained AIs to design better 3D printed car parts

Car design may still be led by the heart, not the head, but VW is experimenting with artificial intelligence that could dramatically change how components are made, even growing them using cutting-edge 3D printing. The technology could help significantly lower weight, as well as give automakers greater flexibility in designing unusual parts for future models.

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