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.

Porsche makes a huge promise for its most important EV

Porsche makes a huge promise for its most important EV

The Porsche Taycan showed the German sports car company was taking EVs seriously, but it'll be the arrival of the new Macan EV which really tips the scales toward electrification. Porsche isn't quite ready to unveil the all-electric Macan quite yet, but it's already making some big promises about the EV version of its best-seller.

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Subaru Solterra electric SUV confirmed as brand’s first AWD EV

Subaru Solterra electric SUV confirmed as brand’s first AWD EV

Subaru has revealed details on its new, first all-electric model, and if you were worried there wouldn't be enough EV SUVs around to choose between, the Subaru Solterra should settle those concerns. The new name is a combination of the Latin words for "Sun" and "Earth," the automaker says, in a nod to its "commitment to deliver traditional SUV capabilities in an environmentally responsible package."

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Roku Express 4K+ Review: $40 of TV simplicity

Roku Express 4K+ Review: $40 of TV simplicity

For the cost of the monthly subscription to a handful of streaming services, the new Roku Express 4K+ makes a strong platform play for being your set-top box of choice. As always, Roku's pitch is flexibility and user-friendliness, only this time with a picture quality and system speed upgrade plus a handy voice remote. At $39.99, though, what's left out is just as key as what makes the cut, and that's before the challenge of getting every streaming provider to support all of your fancy new features.

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Acer gaming laptops go big with Intel Core H-series and RTX 30 GPUs

Acer gaming laptops go big with Intel Core H-series and RTX 30 GPUs

Acer has wasted no time in slotting Intel's new 11th Gen Core H-series processors and NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs into its gaming notebook line. The new Acer Predator Triton 300, Predator Helios 300, and Nitro 5 promise a whack of performance with both portability and style, while dropping in features like Thunderbolt 4 and WiFi 6E support.

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FDA says 12-15 year olds can get Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

FDA says 12-15 year olds can get Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

The US FDA has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents, extending immunizations to those 12 through 15 years of age. The vaccine had already been authorized for use on those 16 years old or above, and this is the first time a vaccine deployed in the US had sought a revision to the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to cover younger people.

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Colonial Pipeline hack: Gas woes loom as feds take emergency steps

Colonial Pipeline hack: Gas woes loom as feds take emergency steps

A huge cyberattack that has taken four key fuel pipelines into the US offline has prompted emergency steps by the US government, amid warnings that the key infrastructure could be offline until the end of the week or beyond. The hack of Colonial Pipeline on May 7 saw ransomware installed on the company's systems, with the FBI already pinpointing DarkSide as responsible for the unexpected shutdown.

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Harley-Davidson sparks LiveWire as a standalone electric motorcycle brand

Harley-Davidson sparks LiveWire as a standalone electric motorcycle brand

Harley-Davidson will spin out its LiveWire electric motorcycle into a standalone brand, with a whole range of EVs planned. Announced in production form back in 2018 - though dating all the way back to a 2014 concept - the original Harley-Davidson LiveWire bypassed the clutch and the familiar rumble in favor of a battery and zero emissions, though when preorders opened the following year it was with an eye-watering price tag.

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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning gives new electric pickup its EV name

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning gives new electric pickup its EV name

The all-electric Ford F-150 may still be a ways out from hitting dealership forecourts, but we now know what it'll be called: the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. The plug-in pickup will be unveiled officially on May 19, though Ford hasn't been able to resist confirming the badge that the new EV will wear.

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Sleeker Pony.ai self-driving SUV hints at more road-ready autonomous cars

Sleeker Pony.ai self-driving SUV hints at more road-ready autonomous cars

Autonomous car headgear keeps getting smaller, with Pony.ai revealing its latest self-driving car design and its much sleeker, Luminar-powered scanning hub. Far from the "upturned trashcan" aesthetic many still associate with the bulky LIDAR sensors atop driverless vehicles, the new version adds less than 4-inches of height to Pony.ai's modified Lexus SUVs.

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2023 iPhone could launch Apple’s huge Qualcomm 5G modem snub

2023 iPhone could launch Apple’s huge Qualcomm 5G modem snub

Apple's next big black eye to Qualcomm may come sooner than many expected, with the iPhone tipped to switch to a homegrown 5G modem design in 2023 according to a new analyst report. Although Apple designs a significant number of iPhone components itself, including the primary A-series chipset, it still relies on third-party modems for the smartphones.

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2021 Volkswagen Golf Review: Frugal Farewell

2021 Volkswagen Golf Review: Frugal Farewell

It's hard not to feel sorry for the Volkswagen Golf. Perennially overshadowed by its sportier, more eye-catching Golf GTI sibling, the "regular" car doesn't have the punchy performance or indeed the badge cachet, but hangs its appeal on value instead. As the 2021 Golf TSI prepares to close the books on Mk7 production, it turns out that's still an unexpectedly compelling argument.

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Rivian R1T by the numbers: EV pickup spills bed, towing & storage secrets

Rivian R1T by the numbers: EV pickup spills bed, towing & storage secrets

Rivian's all-electric pickup truck may promise zero-emissions and futuristic styling, but the R1T still has to deliver on practicality. That's just what the Amazon- and Ford-backed startup is talking about today, dropping fresh details on the EV truck just in case you've been wondering quite how much extra flexibility that new electric "skateboard" platform unlocks.

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