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.

Apple Keyboard Service Program updated: Here’s who’s eligible

Apple Keyboard Service Program updated: Here’s who’s eligible

Apple isn't just adding new, faster MacBook Pro models to its range today: it's also updating its Keyboard Service Program, too. The scheme was launched in mid-2018 in the face of growing complaints about the Butterfly key mechanism, which some MacBook and MacBook Pro owners discovered could be more than a little frustrating.

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MacBook Pro gets 8-core CPU and keyboard update

MacBook Pro gets 8-core CPU and keyboard update

Apple has added an eight-core MacBook Pro to its range, the first time the company has offered such potent processors in its notebooks. The new MacBook Pro taps Intel's 8th and 9th Generation chips, for up to double the performance compared to an old, quad-core machine.

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NHTSA to test how safely we use Tesla Autopilot-style tech

NHTSA to test how safely we use Tesla Autopilot-style tech

US road safety regulators plan to put advanced driver assistance tech to the test, in particular examining how Level 2 systems like Tesla's Autopilot transfer back responsibilities behind the wheel. Although once the preserve of expensive luxury cars, the combination of adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance is increasingly accessible on mass-market models.

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Honda E reservations open – but there’s still bad news

Honda E reservations open – but there’s still bad news

Honda has thrown open reservations for its adorable Honda E electric city car, though there's still bad news if you were hoping for some green motoring in the US. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 back in March, the retro-styled hatchback won over hearts with its cutesy aesthetic, even if its range doesn't live up to other EVs.

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Wyze Bulb is an $8 bomb in the smart lighting market

Wyze Bulb is an $8 bomb in the smart lighting market

Wyze has made a name for itself with its unexpectedly affordable connected security cameras, and now the Wyze Bulb aims to do the same for smart lighting. Taking on Philips Hue, LIFX, and others, the Wyze Bulb's big boast is that it's priced from just $7.99, a fraction of what you'd pay for rivals.

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Bose Home Speaker 300 revealed as smart speakers add Google Assistant

Bose Home Speaker 300 revealed as smart speakers add Google Assistant

Bose smart speakers are getting a Google Assistant upgrade today, with the company's connected models adding Google's helpful AI, though you may want to wait until the summer for the newest Bose hardware. The update is being released today for existing Bose models, including both standalone smart speakers and the company's range of connected soundbars too.

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Honor 20 Pro hands on: Spend where it matters

Honor 20 Pro hands on: Spend where it matters

Flagship smartphones will always sell, but it's hard to argue that the real excitement in mobile right now isn't in more affordable phones like the new Honor 20 Pro. Like the Google Pixel 3a and the Samsung Galaxy S10e, the latest device from Huawei's millennially-obsessed brand for Android fans with a tighter budget promises to cherry-pick the components and capabilities that are most important.

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Google Glass is back – so is AR uncertainty

Google Glass is back – so is AR uncertainty

Google Glass is back from the dead, with a new $999 headset that delivers upgraded capabilities, longer battery life, and the promise of new confusion around augmented reality. The Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is, as the name makes clear, not really intended for consumers. Instead, Google is hoping to convince businesses that their workers should be wearing a computer.

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EVgo is putting new EV chargers in the last place we expected

EVgo is putting new EV chargers in the last place we expected

Electric vehicle owners may end up taking them to gas stations after all, with one of the big names in gasoline finally waking up to the idea that its locations might be a good place for an EV charger. Chevron has teamed up with charging network EVgo to upgrade a number of gas stations with electric car charging facilities, as part of a test deployment.

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Audacious climate change plan appeals to wallets more than ethics

Audacious climate change plan appeals to wallets more than ethics

Increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to improve climate change seems paradoxical, but Stanford researchers argue that new tech and the promise of bottom line profits could coax big industry into getting greener. A new study proposes a more pragmatic approach to greenhouse gases, along with a financial lure to maximize compliance.

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Google built a lung cancer diagnosing AI and the implications are huge

Google built a lung cancer diagnosing AI and the implications are huge

An innovative system to predict lung cancer could make a huge change in survival rates, with Google exploring how artificial intelligence could dramatically improve diagnosis rates. Despite advances in cancer treatment, lung cancer remains one of the most deadly diseases, not least because difficulty in identifying it among patients means it can often be too late to address.

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Complete Mars 2020 spacecraft revealed for the first time

Complete Mars 2020 spacecraft revealed for the first time

NASA has revealed the spacecraft that the new Mars rover will use to travel to the red planet in 2020, as the US space agency continues to pave the way for an eventual manned mission. Mars 2020 will see a brand new rover set loose on the surface of the planet, complete with a toolkit of all-new instrumentation to do research.

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