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.

Fisker Ocean electric SUV gets a range and power boost promise

Fisker Ocean electric SUV gets a range and power boost promise

Fisker is promising more range and more power for its Ocean electric SUV than first expected, though the new EV is still a long way from production kicking off. The announcement, part of Fisker's Q4 2020 financial results, comes on the heels of a new partnership between the automaker and Foxconn to produce the EV that will follow the Ocean.

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FDA gives Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine go-ahead for easier storage rules

FDA gives Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine go-ahead for easier storage rules

The FDA has allowed more flexible Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine transportation and storage rules, after the pharmaceutical company released new evidence that the drug doesn't necessarily require the ultra-low temperatures first suggested. Pfizer announced the updated findings last week, having initially advised that the vaccine it developed with BioNTech needed to be kept at temperatures between -80ºC and -60ºC (-112ºF to ‑76ºF).

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These 4 fixes for video call stress are Stanford approved

These 4 fixes for video call stress are Stanford approved

You're not imagining it: "Zoom fatigue" and video calls in general are putting more stress on us, a new study by Stanford researchers has discovered, even when the calls are with friends and family rather than for work. The dramatic uptick in business and socializing being done via video streaming rather than in-person has proved one growth industry during the pandemic, but what's good for the services isn't necessarily so healthy for users. Now, a human interaction expert has come up with four ways to beat video call stress.

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2021 Audi RS7 Sportback Review – When you can only choose one

2021 Audi RS7 Sportback Review – When you can only choose one

If your dream garage only has space for one car, you could do a lot worse than fill it with the 2021 Audi RS7 Sportback. Not for nothing has the A7 carved out a space at the top of luxury four-door fastback list. Mercedes' CLS may have got there first, but Audi's pared-back styling refined it, and the A7 has arguably come to epitomize the "four-door coupe" category.

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NASA guided tour of Mars will tap Perseverance’s most flexible camera

NASA guided tour of Mars will tap Perseverance’s most flexible camera

NASA is preparing a must-see video tour of Mars today, tapping Perseverance's high-tech Mastcam-Z robotic eyes to give a new glimpse of the red planet. It's an opportunity not only to see Mars in full 360-degrees, but also to get a guided view of what the freshly-landed rover can see and why scientists are eager to explore it.

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Twitter Super Follow borrows OnlyFans strategy to charge for tweets

Twitter Super Follow borrows OnlyFans strategy to charge for tweets

Twitter is preparing to launch paid tweets, with a new Super Follow system which will work a little like Patreon or OnlyFans. Announced during the company's investors presentation, Super Follow will offer a new way for those with followings on Twitter to monetize that audience, with everything from exclusive content to special badging.

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FDA pulse oximeter warning cautions on COVID-19 blood oxygen testing

FDA pulse oximeter warning cautions on COVID-19 blood oxygen testing

Pulse oximeters used to test blood oxygen levels, an increasingly common precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, may be giving a false sense of security according to an FDA warning. One of the warning signs of COVID-19 can be low levels of oxygen in their blood, even if they feel well, and a factor that can be an early indicator that medical care is needed.

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Framework Laptop promises easy upgrades and modular ports

Framework Laptop promises easy upgrades and modular ports

A new laptop startup aims to make a DIY, upgrade-friendly notebook, with Framework hoping to build a market from those frustrated by today's breed of sealed-up computers. Combining readily-accessed internal components with modular, interchangeable expansion cards, the Framework Laptop may look like a regular 13.5-inch notebook but it's very different inside and out.

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Google TV has a “Basic TV” mode for when you just want the bare minimum

Google TV has a “Basic TV” mode for when you just want the bare minimum

Google TV may be Android's big push to dominate the living room, but it looks like Google is finally set to acknowledge that not everybody wants more than the bare minimum from their smart TV. A new "Basic TV" option to be added to Google TV will offer a more straightforward approach to old-school television features, rather than pushing things like apps and the Google Assistant.

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This growing album of Perseverance Mars photos is space geek treasure

This growing album of Perseverance Mars photos is space geek treasure

NASA's Perseverance rover may not have even moved from its landing spot on Mars in the past week, but that doesn't mean there aren't already thousands of images being shared from the red planet. The latest science-lab-on-wheels successfully touched down on Martian soil last Thursday, February 18, and has been steadily beaming back content to the Jet Propulsion Lab ever since.

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Amazon Music app for Google TV and Android TV OS released

Amazon Music app for Google TV and Android TV OS released

The Amazon Music app is now available on Google TV and Android TV OS, bringing easier access to the streaming music service from TVs, consoles, and set-top boxes. It joins the exiting Amazon Music apps for iOS and Android phones and tablets, as well as Fire tablets and the web-based player.

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Withings smart scales and blood pressure cuff add cellular for IoT ease

Withings smart scales and blood pressure cuff add cellular for IoT ease

Withings is launching two new connected health devices, a smart scale and a blood pressure monitor, with cellular onboard so that they can get online even without WiFi or Bluetooth. The Withings Body Pro cellular smart scale and Withings BPM Connect Pro cellular blood pressure monitor are designed to make remote patient monitoring more straightforward, particularly during a time when telehealth services have moved to the fore.

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