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Writing for SlashGear since 2006, Chris Davies is executive editor and is responsible for shaping the editorial direction of the site. With a remit that covers everything from consumer technology to automotive, through autonomous vehicles, the smart home, and cutting-edge science, Chris' primary focus is sharing the news that matters and bringing a distinctive, independent, and trustworthy voice to testing and reviews. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

Samsung will make you a custom harlequin Galaxy Z Flip 3 now

Samsung will make you a custom harlequin Galaxy Z Flip 3 now

Samsung is adding a new, customized option to one of its most recent foldable phones, with the Galaxy Z Flip 3 Bespoke Edition allowing buyers to mix and match different colors. In total, the company says, there are now 49 possible combinations, ranging from fairly sober to decidedly unusual.

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Oppo chip plan could give Qualcomm a new nightmare

Oppo chip plan could give Qualcomm a new nightmare

Oppo is set to join the growing list of smartphone makers designing their own chipsets, according to a new report, with the Chinese company said to be looking to trim its dependence on processors from Qualcomm and others. The move would follow Apple, Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi, and Google's path to system-on-chip (SoC) independence, allowing Oppo to customize its hardware according to its specific needs for each device.

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Cheaper hearing aids rule proposed by FDA for over-the-counter options

Cheaper hearing aids rule proposed by FDA for over-the-counter options

Hearing aids could become far more affordable in the US, with the FDA proposing a new category of over-the-counter models potentially far cheaper than current, prescription hearing aids. The new rule would upend current legislation that requires hearing aids be fitted by an audiologist, and only after a medical exam is completed.

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Instagram desktop is finally getting photo uploads

Instagram desktop is finally getting photo uploads

Instagram desktop is finally getting the ability to add new photos and videos, a long-overdue update that's part of a set of new features the Facebook-owned social network is launching this week. Currently, while you can log into Instagram from a desktop browser and look through your timeline, actually creating posts requires the mobile apps.

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Facebook Portal Go reviews are out, and the worst part is pretty obvious

Facebook Portal Go reviews are out, and the worst part is pretty obvious

The first reviews of Facebook's Portal Go are out, and while the social network's push into video calling gadgets may have met with confusion initially, amidst a pandemic and an improving product range it turns out this portable version is actually unexpectedly good. Of course, anybody who has been following the tech world - or, heck, the real world - even tangentially recently will already probably be able to predict the Portal Go's big problem.

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The 2022 Honda Civic Si aims right for the sweet-spot

The 2022 Honda Civic Si aims right for the sweet-spot

Honda promised something hotter from the 11th Gen Civic line, and the 2022 Civic Si is just that. Taking the well-received Civic Sedan, and then pumping in some extra performance, it should bridge the gap between now and the new Civic Type R expected to launch sometime next year - and be more affordable than that car, too.

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Meet M1 Pro and M1 Max: Apple Silicon’s macOS heavyweights

Meet M1 Pro and M1 Max: Apple Silicon’s macOS heavyweights

Apple's M1 chipset may have given Apple Silicon its big debut, but it's the M1 Pro and M1 Max which power users have been waiting for. Debuting not one but two systems-on-chip (SoC) today, along with two all-new MacBook Pro models to take advantage of them, as before the big pitch is just how much power and efficiency you can achieve when you tightly tailor hardware to software.

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Toyota reveals multi-billion battery plans after dropping the EV ball

Toyota reveals multi-billion battery plans after dropping the EV ball

Toyota plans to pump $3.4 billion into high-tech batteries for electric vehicles in the US, with the automaker revealing aggressive plans for next-gen cells through 2030. The investment will see a new automotive battery plant constructed, Toyota says, as it pushes back against suggestions that it allowed its electrification lead over competitors to wane.

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Foxconn just revealed 3 new EVs nobody expected

Foxconn just revealed 3 new EVs nobody expected

Foxconn may be best known as the electronics manufacturer Apple relies on to build the iPhone, but the company is also previewing its automotive intentions with the reveal of three new EVs. Part of Foxconn's push to diversify beyond phones, tablets, and other consumer tech, the trio included two cars and an electric bus.

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Maserati Grecale reveal delayed: SUV squeezed by semiconductor shortage

Maserati Grecale reveal delayed: SUV squeezed by semiconductor shortage

Maserati is feeling the pinch of the unsettled global supply chain, delaying the unveil of the new Grecale luxury SUV. The newest addition to the line-up was intended to make its debut on November 16, 2021, but Maserati confirmed today that it's pushing that back.

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2022 Volvo C40 Recharge First Drive

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge First Drive

I'll confess, at first I was scratching my head over the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge. Volvo's second BEV - and its first to be designed from the outset as solely-electric - may give an old name a new lease on life, but the compact crossover itself isn't a huge departure from the XC40 Recharge already on sale. Or, for that matter, from the Polestar 2.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe Review

2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe Review

Arguments among auto enthusiasts may come and go, but the contents of the "perfect" one car garage can always be counted upon to start enthusiastic discussion. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe may be too politely-German to wade into that debate itself, but it's not hard to imagine its blend of long-distance cruiser and 429 horsepower could see it boast some vocal devotees.

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