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.

Apple Car reportedly shopping for the eyes of its autonomous driving

Apple Car reportedly shopping for the eyes of its autonomous driving

Apple's autonomous car project is hunting for the well-rumored EV's eyes, a new report suggests, with the iPhone-maker said to be in discussions with multiple LIDAR specialists. The scanning technology is widely - though not universally - believed to be key to building vehicles that can drive themselves, given its ability to map an environment, in real time, and in great detail.

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This is just how bad Huawei’s phone situation apparently is now

This is just how bad Huawei’s phone situation apparently is now

Huawei has reportedly slashed its smartphone production targets for 2021, stung by US sanctions that show no sign of alleviating even with the change in American President. The Chinese behemoth had been on a rising trajectory, both with flagship handsets in the Mate and Pro series and much more affordable fare for the budget market, but the US entity list put a stop to that.

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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine seeks FDA EUA tweak after unexpected good news

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine seeks FDA EUA tweak after unexpected good news

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is more stable than originally believed, the pharmaceutical company has said today, submitting new evidence for cold temperature storage that could significantly improve access to the drug. Although showing a high success rate in early efficacy trials, Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine did have one big drawback: it appeared to only remain stable at ultra-cold temperatures.

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There’s Office 2021 good news if you hate software subscriptions

There’s Office 2021 good news if you hate software subscriptions

Office 2021 for PC and Mac is coming later this year, Microsoft has confirmed, but despite what many believe you won't need an Microsoft 365 subscription in order to use it. Although Microsoft has shifted its focus in recent years to subscription-based software and services, particularly as it weaves in cloud functionality and storage from OneDrive, there's still a subset of users that would prefer the familiarity of an upfront purchase instead.

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US rejoins Paris Agreement as climate change risk has never been clearer

US rejoins Paris Agreement as climate change risk has never been clearer

The US has officially rejoined the Paris Agreement, with President Biden bringing America back into the collective of countries and states attempting to curtail rising global temperatures and the impact of climate change. The US initially joined the Agreement in 2016, but withdrew under the previous Administration.

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NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover just landed: These are the first images

NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover just landed: These are the first images

NASA's Mars rover has successfully landed on Mars, with Perseverance managing a nail-biting descent and beaming back the first picture from the Martian surface. It's the dramatic culmination of a long journey that began on July 30, 2020, with Perseverance now being around 127 million miles away from Earth.

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Android 12 Developer Preview released for your Pixel pleasure

Android 12 Developer Preview released for your Pixel pleasure

Google is kicking off the Android 12 Developer Preview today, giving those with a Pixel a very early taste of the upcoming OS update, while setting out the roadmap for when everybody else could look forward to seeing it. It's a chance to see the new features and APIs coming in the new OS, though for the moment it's targeted - as the name suggests - at developers wanting to make sure their code works as intended, rather than regular users.

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Tesla price cut makes Model 3 and Model Y cheaper – with a catch

Tesla price cut makes Model 3 and Model Y cheaper – with a catch

Tesla has shuffled the pricing of its most affordable EVs, quietly reducing how much the entry-level Model 3 and Model Y will cost, though increasing the sticker on Performance versions. The changes come less than a month after Tesla updated its Model S and Model X, with new exterior and interior design plus potent new Plaid performance variants.

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Apple’s iPhone 6G plan seeks talent for next “key strategic transition”

Apple’s iPhone 6G plan seeks talent for next “key strategic transition”

Apple is already beginning work on the iPhone 6G, adding experts to its staff even as the general consensus puts the next-generation technology almost a decade out from deployment. It comes as after the Cupertino firm faced some criticism for being relatively late in adopting 5G compared to iPhone's Android rivals, having added the tech to the iPhone 12 family late in 2020.

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NASA Perseverance landing today: When & how to watch the Mars rover

NASA Perseverance landing today: When & how to watch the Mars rover

It's the big day the plucky Mars 2020 rover Perseverance has been waiting for, with NASA preparing a nail-biting descent to the red planet today. If all goes to plan, it'll be a successful end to a very long journey: Mars is currently 127 million miles away from Earth, with Perseverance blasting off to begin its trip on July 30, 2020.

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VAIO Z Series laptops reborn with 3D carbon fiber to take on MacBook Air

VAIO Z Series laptops reborn with 3D carbon fiber to take on MacBook Air

The VAIO Z series ultraportable notebooks are returning and while they may not have Sony branding any more, the focus on sleek design and a premium price tag are certainly being kept. Built using what VAIO Corporation says is the world's first "three-dimensional molded full carbon body," it means a sub-2.3 pound weight but no shortage on power.

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2021 Infiniti QX50 Review – Cruising in the most competitive segment

2021 Infiniti QX50 Review – Cruising in the most competitive segment

You can be a good premium compact crossover and still get overshadowed in the segment, and that's the problem the 2021 Infiniti QX50 faces. The most competitive category in the industry demands not just proficiency but outright excellence, and moreover not just in one area but across the board.

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