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.

2021 BMW 540i xDrive Review: Benchmark in Balance

2021 BMW 540i xDrive Review: Benchmark in Balance

It feels strange saying it about a $72,000 luxury car, but it's oddly easy to overlook this 2021 BMW 540i xDrive. On the one hand, it's not an M5, or even an almost-M5 like the M550i; at the same time, neither is it a clever plug-in hybrid like the 545e. Instead it's about as close to a "standard" BMW 5 Series as you can get these days.

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Brydge Air MAX+ adds a keyboard and multitouch trackpad to the latest iPad Air

Brydge Air MAX+ adds a keyboard and multitouch trackpad to the latest iPad Air

Brydge has launched a new wireless keyboard for iPad, complete with a multi-touch trackpad, this time aiming to help turn the iPad Air 4th Gen into a more capable laptop replacement. Like the 12.9 MAX+ for the larger iPad Pro announced last month, the new Air MAX+ combines a full QWERTY keyboard with a trackpad that supports multi-touch gestures in iPadOS.

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Meet Matter: The IoT badge aiming to simplify the smart home

Meet Matter: The IoT badge aiming to simplify the smart home

Get ready to look out for a new name and logo as you shop for the smart home, with the Zigbee Alliance rebranding and launching a new name, Matter, for Project CHIP. The revamp sees the old alliance name retired in favor of the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), intended to reflect a broader array of ways for things like connected bulbs, smart locks, cameras, and more to talk among themselves.

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HTC VIVE Focus 3 beats Quest 2 on resolution for standalone VR

HTC VIVE Focus 3 beats Quest 2 on resolution for standalone VR

HTC has revealed its newest self-contained VR headset, with the VIVE Focus 3 promising a huge uptick in speed and graphics quality but still without a tether to your PC. It's not just the absence of a cable which should make the VIVE Focus 3 more comfortable to wear, either, with a 20-percent cut in weight thanks to a shift to a magnesium alloy frame.

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Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids target the biggest headache in hearing loss

Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids target the biggest headache in hearing loss

Bose has launched a new set of hearing aids, with the Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids billed as the first FDA-cleared option for people with mild to moderate hearing loss but who don't want to visit an audiologist in-person. Instead, the new buds are configured using the Bose app itself, which also has the ability to adjust automatically according to the ambient sound.

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Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition puts amp and streaming apps in one lavish box

Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition puts amp and streaming apps in one lavish box

If the idea of your own little bubble of perfect audio sounds appealing, Naim Audio's new Uniti Atom Headphone Edition may be the trick to bringing out your inner-audiophile. A headphone-optimized version of the British music equipment specialist's Unity Atom system, it combines a streaming box for platforms like TIDAL and Spotify with a high-quality headphone amp and more.

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Akai MPC One Retro gives a modern music icon a classic color makeover

Akai MPC One Retro gives a modern music icon a classic color makeover

Akai's MPC is an iconic of electronic music, but while the sound might be achievable today, for the style you've had to step up to the plate with your own retro wardrobe as you hit its familiar pads. That all changes with the Akai MPC One Retro, combining modern MPC functionality with a classic retro colorway.

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Porsche makes a huge promise for its most important EV

Porsche makes a huge promise for its most important EV

The Porsche Taycan showed the German sports car company was taking EVs seriously, but it'll be the arrival of the new Macan EV which really tips the scales toward electrification. Porsche isn't quite ready to unveil the all-electric Macan quite yet, but it's already making some big promises about the EV version of its best-seller.

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Subaru Solterra electric SUV confirmed as brand’s first AWD EV

Subaru Solterra electric SUV confirmed as brand’s first AWD EV

Subaru has revealed details on its new, first all-electric model, and if you were worried there wouldn't be enough EV SUVs around to choose between, the Subaru Solterra should settle those concerns. The new name is a combination of the Latin words for "Sun" and "Earth," the automaker says, in a nod to its "commitment to deliver traditional SUV capabilities in an environmentally responsible package."

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Roku Express 4K+ Review: $40 of TV simplicity

Roku Express 4K+ Review: $40 of TV simplicity

For the cost of the monthly subscription to a handful of streaming services, the new Roku Express 4K+ makes a strong platform play for being your set-top box of choice. As always, Roku's pitch is flexibility and user-friendliness, only this time with a picture quality and system speed upgrade plus a handy voice remote. At $39.99, though, what's left out is just as key as what makes the cut, and that's before the challenge of getting every streaming provider to support all of your fancy new features.

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Acer gaming laptops go big with Intel Core H-series and RTX 30 GPUs

Acer gaming laptops go big with Intel Core H-series and RTX 30 GPUs

Acer has wasted no time in slotting Intel's new 11th Gen Core H-series processors and NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs into its gaming notebook line. The new Acer Predator Triton 300, Predator Helios 300, and Nitro 5 promise a whack of performance with both portability and style, while dropping in features like Thunderbolt 4 and WiFi 6E support.

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FDA says 12-15 year olds can get Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

FDA says 12-15 year olds can get Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

The US FDA has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents, extending immunizations to those 12 through 15 years of age. The vaccine had already been authorized for use on those 16 years old or above, and this is the first time a vaccine deployed in the US had sought a revision to the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to cover younger people.

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