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.

Watch the Tesla Model 3 crash tests that won the EV five stars

Watch the Tesla Model 3 crash tests that won the EV five stars

The Tesla Model 3 has aced European crash safety testing, with the most affordable car in the EV automaker's line-up grabbing five stars out of five after Euro NCAP put it through its trials. The 2019 Model 3 scored a whopping 96-percent in adult occupant testing, while Tesla's safety assistance systems like automatic emergency braking came in only shortly behind that, with a score of 94-percent.

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2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid First Drive: Charged with Change

2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid First Drive: Charged with Change

Bentley probably isn't the first automaker you'd associate with electrification, and unsurprisingly the 2020 Bentayga Hybrid is not your typical electric SUV. The newest - and, at $156,900, most affordable - version of the company's still-mildly-controversial luxe truck, the Bentayga Hybrid arrives at the dawn of a new age for Bentley, one where green isn't just a shortened reference to "British Racing Green."

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2020 BMW X6 adds power, tech and bold light-up grille

2020 BMW X6 adds power, tech and bold light-up grille

BMW has revealed the 2020 BMW X6, and if you like your SUVs to have a coupe-like roofline and up to 523 horsepower, you're in luck. The crossover that BMW insists is actually a category-creating Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) gets bolder styling, a fancier interior, and a new illuminated grille.

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VW’s glorious retro EV concept blends 1962 with the tech of tomorrow

VW’s glorious retro EV concept blends 1962 with the tech of tomorrow

Volkswagen has a thing for the Microbus: the company now has not one but two electric interpretations of the iconic 60s vehicle, though ironically the one that looks most traditional is actually the most unusual. Unveiled at the launch of the new Innovation and Engineering Center California (IECC), the latest iteration of two decades of work in Silicon Valley, the VW Type 20 concept explores some of the most cutting-edge technologies the automaker is developing.

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Tim Cook slams “absurd” report of Jony Ive tensions

Tim Cook slams “absurd” report of Jony Ive tensions

Tim Cook has hit out at reports that Apple's design division is in disarray - and that he himself is detached from new product design - after the news that Jony Ive will leave the company. Ive announced last week that he was stepping down as Chief Design Officer of Apple, bringing to an end a career with the firm that has lasted for more than 25 years.

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Samsung chief has a simple excuse for “embarrassing” Galaxy Fold

Samsung chief has a simple excuse for “embarrassing” Galaxy Fold

Samsung execs have confirmed what we already knew about the Galaxy Fold, that the flawed foldable smartphone was rushed out before it was ready - and narrowly missed seriously disappointing some of the company's most avid fans in the process. Samsung had planned to ship the Galaxy Fold in April, but woeful reviews of devices breaking in the hands of the tech press put that roadmap on ice just days prior.

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Tesla’s production chief just joined EV rival Lucid Motors

Tesla’s production chief just joined EV rival Lucid Motors

Lucid Motors has grabbed Tesla's former vice president of production, with the electric car startup adding Peter Hochholdinger as its new VP of manufacturing. The former Tesla exec joined Elon Musk's EV business a little over three years ago, having spent 24 years prior to that with Audi.

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Samsung’s Bixby Marketplace is here: 5 things you should know

Samsung’s Bixby Marketplace is here: 5 things you should know

Samsung has thrown open the doors to its latest store, with the Bixby Marketplace hoping to replicate some of the success Amazon has had with Alexa skills. If you've not been keeping up with Bixby's evolution, though, you might not know much about the virtual assistant beyond it being triggered by a button you avoid pressing on your recent Galaxy smartphone.

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Five SpaceX Starlink satellites are about to burn up

Five SpaceX Starlink satellites are about to burn up

Five of SpaceX's Starlink constellation satellites are set to come burning back through Earth's atmosphere, an unexpectedly low attrition rate following the company's launch in late May. A total of sixty Starlink satellites launched on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket, the first steps toward Elon Musk's company beginning a satellite broadband service that could eventually bring connectivity to historically offline regions.

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EVs in Europe legally have to make fake noise – and the US isn’t far behind

EVs in Europe legally have to make fake noise – and the US isn’t far behind

Electric cars in Europe are going to get a little more noisy, with new regulations coming into force that demand they emit a pedestrian-warning sound when at low speeds. The acoustic vehicle alerting systems (AVAS) are now mandatory on all new models of battery-electric vehicles, as well as on hybrids which are able to operate in electric-only modes.

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Huawei’s US trade problems aren’t over

Huawei’s US trade problems aren’t over

President Trump may have signaled Huawei's sales ban woes could be easing over the weekend, but the Chinese electronics company isn't out of hot water yet as further uncertainty clouds the compromise. Initially, reports from the G20 summit confirmed that Trump had said "US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei."

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Vegetarian crocodile ancestors give researchers a surprise

Vegetarian crocodile ancestors give researchers a surprise

Today's crocodiles and alligators may be voracious carnivores, but their early relatives had a vegetarian diet, surprising new research has revealed. While it's hard to imagine a modern-day croc opting for the foliage in a Florida garden, rather than eyeing the pets that live there, studies of fossilized crocodyliform teeth suggest that wasn't always the case.

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