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.

Polestar 2 digital key update adds new phone features to EV

Polestar 2 digital key update adds new phone features to EV

Polestar is pushing out a new digital key system for the Polestar 2, tapping drivers' smartphones for authentication, while the OTA update also brings further range enhancements for the EV. In addition, the new car software will allow Polestar 2 drivers to precondition the cabin of the vehicle remotely, using the smartphone app.

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NASA’s Mars helicopter and Perseverance rover are teaming up for a buddy mission

NASA’s Mars helicopter and Perseverance rover are teaming up for a buddy mission

NASA's Ingenuity may have seen some delays in its fourth flight, but with that safely under its belt the Mars helicopter's next big missions have been revealed. The fourth mission for the historic aircraft was its most ambitious yet, tapping its dual cameras to underscore how valuable an eye in the sky could be to future space missions. Still, even more adventures alongside the Perseverance rover are yet to come, NASA has confirmed.

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After a week with Apple AirTags, this is what I can’t work out

After a week with Apple AirTags, this is what I can’t work out

If Apple's big strength is taking the complex and stressful and making it simple and elegant, then its AirTag tracker might be the most successful gadget from the company in years. It's no surprise, then, that since the tiny circular tags were announced earlier in the month, people have been brainstorming just what they might attach them to. I'm no different, though I've come to realize AirTags aren't yet entirely amenable to everything important in my day-to-day life.

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Apple faces App Store EU antitrust charges and potentially huge fines

Apple faces App Store EU antitrust charges and potentially huge fines

The European Commission has accused Apple of antitrust, alleging that its App Store rules rely on its "dominant position" to squeeze streaming music rivals like Spotify. The charges claim Apple's policies - in particular the 30-percent cut it takes on in-app subscriptions to competing streaming services - have led to an increase in prices paid by users in Europe. If found guilty of antitrust behaviors, Apple faces the potential of billions of dollars in fines.

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Apple’s new M1 iMac, iPad Pro 2021 and Apple TV 4K preorders are live

Apple’s new M1 iMac, iPad Pro 2021 and Apple TV 4K preorders are live

Apple's latest iMac 24-inch along with the new iPad Pro 2021 plus the Apple TV 4K with redesigned Siri Remote are all up for preorder, with the company confirming release dates for its latest hardware. Announced earlier in the month, the new iMac 24-inch is Apple's most colorful since the iMac G3, though if you want the biggest choice of finishes you'll need to shop with Apple online.

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Amazon reports blockbuster Q1 2021: Pandemic and Prime Day 2021

Amazon reports blockbuster Q1 2021: Pandemic and Prime Day 2021

Amazon has announced its Q1 2021 financial results, and it turns out a lot of people did a lot of online shopping during the pandemic. Jeff Bezos' retail behemoth saw net sales surge 44-percent year on year, while net income rocketed to $8.1 billion for the three month period, more than three times the amount in Q1 2020. Looking ahead, Amazon is counting on Prime Day 2021 to help give it more of the same.

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The 2021 iPad Pro 12.9-inch will work with your old Magic Keyboard (kinda)

The 2021 iPad Pro 12.9-inch will work with your old Magic Keyboard (kinda)

Apple's latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro will, in fact, work with older Magic Keyboard cases, the company has quietly confirmed, though the experience may not be as slick as with earlier, thinner versions of the tablet. The 2021 iPad Pro switches to a Mini-LED panel for its 12.9-inch display, in the process gaining 0.5mm of thickness compared to its 2020 predecessor.

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Brydge 12.9 MAX+ iPad Pro keyboard supersizes the trackpad

Brydge 12.9 MAX+ iPad Pro keyboard supersizes the trackpad

Brydge has revealed a new keyboard for the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th Gen), increasing the size of the trackpad to make it even more capable as a laptop alternative. The company has also announced a new firmware update for all Brydge iPad keyboards with trackpads, which adds some much-requested functionality.

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As SpaceX helps the ISS get crowded, NASA has a fix for sleepy astronauts

As SpaceX helps the ISS get crowded, NASA has a fix for sleepy astronauts

The International Space Station is getting so crowded, NASA astronauts are setting up a whole new design of temporary bed, and it looks likely to need the new system a lot more over the next few years. The Crew Alternate Sleep Accommodation, or CASA, arrived on the ISS earlier this month, with the recent SpaceX Crew-2 mission demonstrating just why it was needed.

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Apple’s iMac 24-inch preorders open Friday: Here’s your tough decision

Apple’s iMac 24-inch preorders open Friday: Here’s your tough decision

Apple's first big hardware launch of 2021 is headed to preorder tomorrow, with the order books for the first Apple M1-powered iMac opening. Bringing not only Apple Silicon but an array of colors not seen since the iMac G3, the 24-inch iMac also brings with it a potentially tough decision for macOS users.

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I can’t stop looking at the 2022 Honda Civic’s dashboard

I can’t stop looking at the 2022 Honda Civic’s dashboard

I had to Google what the outgoing Honda Civic's dashboard looks like, and then wished I hadn't bothered. Honda's compact may be a lot of things - affordable, economical, surprisingly spritely to drive, and a gateway for new owners to the automaker's brand - but being memorable for its cabin wasn't one of them. That all changes with the new 2022 Honda Civic Sedan.

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Linksys’ WiFi 6E mesh router hits shelves with an eye-watering price

Linksys’ WiFi 6E mesh router hits shelves with an eye-watering price

Linksys' latest mesh network system has arrived on shelves, and if you need broader coverage and are willing to pay handsomely for WiFi 6E, you're in luck. Announced at CES 2021 at the start of the year, the Linksys Atlas Max 6E (AXE8400) system looks at first glance like the familiar mesh totems we've seen from Linksys before.

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