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.

BMW Operating System 7 is its biggest update ever: Here’s what’s new

BMW Operating System 7 is its biggest update ever: Here’s what’s new

BMW is readying its biggest infotainment update so far for imminent release, with broad-ranging changes including new mapping features, wireless Android Auto, and support for Apple's upcoming iPhone Digital Key feature in iOS 14. BMW Operating System 7 will be preloaded on new models from July 2020, starting with the new 5 Series. However many existing owners can expect it too.

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BMW’s in-car store will sell or rent features like game DLC

BMW’s in-car store will sell or rent features like game DLC

BMW plans to offer drivers an in-car catalog of temporary or permanent feature upgrades, allowing owners to add things like driver-assistance or comfort tech to their vehicle just like you might subscribe to a service on your phone. The upgraded BMW ConnectedDrive Store will offer trials of hardware that was built into the vehicle at the factory, such as heated seats or advanced cruise control, but left disabled because it wasn't on the original order sheet.

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BMW M4 Coupe power confirmed as controversial 4 Series Coupe rolls of line

BMW M4 Coupe power confirmed as controversial 4 Series Coupe rolls of line

Get ready for some serious nostrils: BMW has put the new 4 Series Coupé into production, and confirmed just how much power we can expect from the M4 Coupé and its M3 Sedan sibling. Latest from the German automaker to bear its striking - and controversial - new grille, the 4 Series has begun rolling off the line from BMW's Dingolfing plant today.

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This Lamborghini yacht is 4,000 horsepower excess

This Lamborghini yacht is 4,000 horsepower excess

If you thought owning a Lamborghini made you special, think again: the bar has been raised, and I'm afraid you'll need a Lamborghini yacht in order to maintain your social standing. Unveiled this week, the collaboration between the automaker and The Italian Sea Group has been dubbed the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63, and as you'd expect it's lavish in a number of ways.

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2020 Cadillac CT4-V First Drive – Balanced on the Edge

2020 Cadillac CT4-V First Drive – Balanced on the Edge

With the arrival of the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V, membership in the automaker's "V" club has never been more attainable. Promising to take the new entry-luxury sedan and give it not only an entertaining jolt of performance but a distinct personality from its German rivals, the CT4-V also gets the spoils of Cadillac's latest architecture gadgetry - and flagship GM tech like MagneRide 4.0. That's a lot for not so much money: could this newest "V" simply be trying too much at once?

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2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS First Drive – The Sports Star

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS First Drive – The Sports Star

Porsche's love for acronyms runs deep, even by auto industry standards, but arguably its three most important letters can be found on the back of the new 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS and Cayenne GTS Coupe. Latest to bear the coveted "Gran Turismo Sport" label, the two SUVs trace back their lineage all the way to the original 904 GTS that first earned the badge its kudos in 1964.

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COVID-19 vaccine rules see FDA try to win over anti-vaxxers

COVID-19 vaccine rules see FDA try to win over anti-vaxxers

Fearing skepticism or even outright refusal among some Americans to consider a COVID-19 vaccination, the US Food and Drug Administration has preemptively published its guidelines for the development of a lasting coronavirus treatment. The recommendations, released today, cover the process by which the FDA will eventually approve potential COVID-19 vaccines, at least in part to try to bring "anti-vaxx" advocates onboard.

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2021 Bentley Bentayga revealed to raise the luxury SUV stakes

2021 Bentley Bentayga revealed to raise the luxury SUV stakes

The Bentley that arguably started the uber-luxury SUV trend is back with an upgrade, with the new 2021 Bentayga promising more style, more tech, and more cabin comforts. It's been five years since the original Bentayga launched, and since then we've seen Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, and others try their hand at the luxe-truck segment. Now, Bentley is back to raise the stakes.

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North bought by Google: Shuts down Focals 1.0 and 2.0 smart glasses

North bought by Google: Shuts down Focals 1.0 and 2.0 smart glasses

Smart glasses-maker North has confirmed it is being acquired by Google, and it's bad news for anybody looking forward to the company's second-generation Focals 2.0 - or who currently uses the Focals 1.0. The deal - chatter of which leaked recently - will see North's team join Google's work on its hardware and "ambient computing" platforms.

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2020 Mazda CX-30 Review: Resetting the crossover balance

2020 Mazda CX-30 Review: Resetting the crossover balance

Somewhere along the line crossovers turned into "just smaller SUVs," and the 2020 Mazda CX-30 isn't willing to go along with that. The segment trend toward practicality and an elevated driving position has been gradual but insidious, with dynamics at best an afterthought if not forgotten altogether. Question is, can the CX-30 strike a better balance?

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The US Army needed a new troop transport – This is what GM built

The US Army needed a new troop transport – This is what GM built

GM may be bringing back the Hummer as an all-electric SUV, but the automaker is looking to tried-and-tested tech for the new Infantry Squad Vehicle it's building for the US Army. The company has inked a $214.3 million deal to produce and service more than 2,000 ultra-flexible troop transports, though while they might look like Mad Max props, they're actually surprisingly familiar.

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The Sony a7S II replacement is coming and it’s going to be big

The Sony a7S II replacement is coming and it’s going to be big

Sony is starting from scratch with the Alpha 7S Mark II replacement, promising that the hotly-anticipated camera will be a ground-up reinvention. The a7S II was a hit among video professionals, among others, but the failure of a successor to arrive alongside the a7 III and a7R IV led some to fear that Sony had decided the series had run its course.

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