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Writing for SlashGear since 2006, Chris Davies is executive editor and is responsible for shaping the editorial direction of the site. With a remit that covers everything from consumer technology to automotive, through autonomous vehicles, the smart home, and cutting-edge science, Chris' primary focus is sharing the news that matters and bringing a distinctive, independent, and trustworthy voice to testing and reviews. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

NASA puts out new spacecraft and space suit call for ISS and beyond

NASA puts out new spacecraft and space suit call for ISS and beyond

NASA is putting out a call for more astronaut shuttles, expanding the Commercial Crew program with additional missions beyond those already agreed with SpaceX and Boeing. The request for "safe, reliable, and cost-effective human space transportation services to and from the International Space Station" comes as the US space agency looks ahead to the future of the ISS and, beyond that, missions to the Moon and further afield.

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Polestar 2 owners just got a sweet free charging perk

Polestar 2 owners just got a sweet free charging perk

Polestar 2 owners in the US are getting two years of free DC fast charging, the automaker has revealed today, an unexpected perk that could help settle concerns about longer-distance road trips in EVs. It'll mean free access to Electrify America charging stations, albeit with some caveats, to take advantage of the Polestar 2's up to 155W charging rate support.

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Sony Alpha 7 IV is a 33MP full-frame treat that gives photos and video equal billing

Sony Alpha 7 IV is a 33MP full-frame treat that gives photos and video equal billing

Sony has revealed its newest addition to the Alpha line-up, with the Sony Alpha 7 IV promising flagship features at a price point far more attainable to enthusiast photographers and videographers. Successor to the popular Alpha 7 III, the new full-frame camera sets its sights on what Sony calls "hybrid shooters": people for whom capturing video is just as important as stills.

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TCL made Verizon a $400 5G tablet

TCL made Verizon a $400 5G tablet

Tablets with built-in 5G aren't exactly common yet, never mind affordable ones, which is something the TCL TAB Pro 5G seems determined to address while there's a gap in the market. Announced today, the 10.36-inch Android tablet plays nicely with Verizon's Sub-6 and mmWave flavors of 5G network.

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Rolls-Royce made an NFT

Rolls-Royce made an NFT

Rolls-Royce is wading into the NFT space, and it's teasing a very special new car to mark the occasion. A new Rolls-Royce Black Badge car is due for a reveal in a week's time, and the automaker has partnered up with Mason London to create a non-fungible token to go with the vehicle.

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Tesla Q3 2021 sees Elon Musk swerve the auto industry struggles

Tesla Q3 2021 sees Elon Musk swerve the auto industry struggles

Tesla's Q3 2021 turned out to be better than anyone might have predicted, with the EV-maker bucking auto industry struggles and recording a record quarter despite plenty of reasons why that shouldn't have been the case. Amid rivals complaining of semiconductor shortages, temporarily halted production lines, and other woes, Tesla actually delivered its best-ever operating profit and gross profit.

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Hyper’s 245W chargers aren’t what you might think

Hyper’s 245W chargers aren’t what you might think

Apple may be mighty pleased with its new 140W charger for the 2021 MacBook Pro, but Hyper is already trying to eclipse that a pair of new 245W chargers. Despite the name, however, these two new HyperJuice models aren't quite what you might expect - though that doesn't make them any less useful for most people.

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NASA Lucy spacecraft’s solar struggle continues: The good and bad news

NASA Lucy spacecraft’s solar struggle continues: The good and bad news

NASA's Lucy spacecraft may have launched successfully earlier this month, but the mission to scope out eight distant asteroids continues to be impacted by the probe's malfunctioning solar array. Lucy blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, October 16, but it was when the spacecraft separated from the rocket that the issue arose.

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DJI Ronin 4D gives 8K camera 4-axis stabilization and wild LIDAR focus

DJI Ronin 4D gives 8K camera 4-axis stabilization and wild LIDAR focus

DJI may be best-known for drones, but now it's bringing its stabilization tech into pro cinematography with the DJI Ronin 4D. Promising up to 8K capture, it combines a new full-frame gimbal camera with a 4-axis stabilization system, LIDAR focusing, and a new video transmission system.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 update adds faces, expands gesture control

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 update adds faces, expands gesture control

Samsung is updating the Galaxy Watch 4, with a new software upgrade that adds fresh faces, fall detection, and gesture control to the wearable. Announced back in August, alongside, the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the Galaxy Watch 4 overlays Samsung's own One UI Watch atop Google's Wear OS.

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Samsung will make you a custom harlequin Galaxy Z Flip 3 now

Samsung will make you a custom harlequin Galaxy Z Flip 3 now

Samsung is adding a new, customized option to one of its most recent foldable phones, with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 Bespoke Edition allowing buyers to mix and match different colors. In total, the company says, there are now 49 possible combinations, ranging from fairly sober to decidedly unusual.

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Oppo chip plan could give Qualcomm a new nightmare

Oppo chip plan could give Qualcomm a new nightmare

Oppo is set to join the growing list of smartphone makers designing their own chipsets, according to a new report, with the Chinese company said to be looking to trim its dependence on processors from Qualcomm and others. The move would follow Apple, Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi, and Google's path to system-on-chip (SoC) independence, allowing Oppo to customize its hardware according to its specific needs for each device.

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