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.

New iPad Pro gets a clever privacy feature from Apple’s MacBooks

New iPad Pro gets a clever privacy feature from Apple’s MacBooks

Apple quietly added a new privacy feature to the latest iPad Pro, borrowing a MacBook security feature to help prevent eavesdropping on its 2020 tablets. With the launch of the 2018 MacBook range and the introduction of the Apple T2 security chip, closing the lid of the notebooks automatically disconnects the hardware microphones.

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Samsung’s 2019 flagships are getting my favorite Galaxy S20 feature

Samsung’s 2019 flagships are getting my favorite Galaxy S20 feature

If you want the latest and greatest smartphone features, you usually have to buy the latest and greatest smartphone, but a software update for the Galaxy S10 series and Note 10 is bucking that trend with my favorite Galaxy S20 camera feature. Rolling out from today in the US, the new firmware adds several of the photography features from Samsung's 2020 flagships to last year's phones, including one I'm still very excited about.

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Google coronavirus mobility tracker rates where social distancing is working

Google coronavirus mobility tracker rates where social distancing is working

Google is using anonymized location data to highlight how well people are following stay-at-home orders and coronavirus social-distancing guidelines, releasing new reports that rate Community Mobility. The system taps the same tracking tools Google has used to show things like popular store hours, based on things like smartphone location.

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HP ENVY 17 offers 10th Gen Core CPUs plus dual-drives and 17″ 4K

HP ENVY 17 offers 10th Gen Core CPUs plus dual-drives and 17″ 4K

HP has revealed an upgrade to its premium notebook, the HP ENVY 17, packing in up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 and a new 17.3-inch screen. On sale imminently, the ENVY 17 targets creators who want more display real-estate, but without needing to plug in an external monitor.

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Honda and GM team on two new EVs: Honda design, GM platform

Honda and GM team on two new EVs: Honda design, GM platform

Honda and GM will collaborate on two new EVs, with the Honda-badged electric vehicles using GM's new Ultium batteries. The as-yet unnamed cars will be manufactured in North America at GM plants, and be based on the same global EV platform that General Motors intends to use for electrified vehicles for its own Chevrolet, Cadillac, and other brands.

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Apple AirTags tracking tags leaked in Apple’s own video

Apple AirTags tracking tags leaked in Apple’s own video

Apple may not have officially announced the AirTags trackers, but that didn't stop the well-discussed "secret" tags from being inadvertently mentioned in an Apple Support video. The Tile-rivaling tracking tags are expected to launch this year, and bring Find My iPhone-style location services to other items frequently lost, such as keys, bikes, and bags.

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This unassuming gizmo could be Karma Automotive’s key to EV success

This unassuming gizmo could be Karma Automotive’s key to EV success

Karma Automotive isn't just counting on its shapely Revero GT to lure partners in on its new E-Flex Platform for electrified vehicles, but promising access to a cutting-edge component that could make EVs more efficient and faster. The automaker announced the E-Flex Platform earlier this week, the same underlying architecture it uses for its hybrid sports sedans, but which it hopes will spawn a whole range of electrified models.

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ASUS’ new dual-screen laptop is pretty weird – and that’s just what we need

ASUS’ new dual-screen laptop is pretty weird – and that’s just what we need

It might be frivolous in these times of pandemic to be getting excited about weird laptop designs, but the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 could well cut through the cynicism. Unveiled today amid a heady flood of new performance laptops all using Intel's latest 10th Gen Core H-Series processors, the dual-display notebook isn't what we've come to expect from most gaming machines, and that feels like a good thing.

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Lucid Air range test video sends EV out onto real roads

Lucid Air range test video sends EV out onto real roads

Lucid Motors' Air EV may not be ready for your garage quite yet, but beta testing of the new all-electric sedan suggests its range could be. The work-in-progress BEV isn't expected to go into production until this year, but it's already demonstrating that its 400+ miles of range was no groundless boast.

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2021 Corvette changes show Chevrolet’s 2 big improvements

2021 Corvette changes show Chevrolet’s 2 big improvements

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is getting ready to head out to dealerships, and it seems Chevy has been making some much-requested tweaks to its well-received sports car. The 2021 Corvette Coupe and Convertible will rejig some of the options and trims, according to dealers, as well as adding features like wireless Apple CarPlay. That said, we're still expecting a sting in the tail.

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FDA says throw this popular heartburn medicine away over cancer risk

FDA says throw this popular heartburn medicine away over cancer risk

A popular heartburn drug has been yanked from shelves, and the FDA has warned it should be thrown out of medicine cabinets, after testing revealed that it could contain a cancer-causing carcinogen. While the US Food and Drug Administration says it only discovered dangerous levels of NDMA in a small number of samples, it's enough to warrant a complete lock-down on production.

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 dual-screen laptop leads huge gaming upgrade

ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 dual-screen laptop leads huge gaming upgrade

ASUS has revealed its latest Republic of Gamers laptop range, and there's more than just the new 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series processors to recommend them. The lineup includes a new ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, complete with its secondary ScreenPad Plus touchscreen, while NVIDIA's GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs are driving 300Hz displays.

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