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 to slash its App Store commission – Here’s who qualifies

Apple to slash its App Store commission – Here’s who qualifies

Apple is slashing the cut it takes on App Store sales, with most developers set to see the Cupertino firm taking just half the proceeds from digital goods and services from the start of 2021. The App Store Small Business Program launches on January 1, and will see Apple trim its commission to 15-percent, assuming developers are earning less than a certain amount.

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2022 Honda Civic revealed – Sedan, Hatchback, Si and Type R promised

2022 Honda Civic revealed – Sedan, Hatchback, Si and Type R promised

Honda is previewing the new 2022 Civic, which is set to arrive in sedan, hatchback, Si, and most importantly Civic Type R forms from next year. The 11th generation of the automaker's best-seller, it's a complete redesign that - at least in the prototype Civic sedan form shown today - borrows styling cues from the more grown-up Accord.

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2022 Infiniti QX55 crossover coupe channels some FX spirit

2022 Infiniti QX55 crossover coupe channels some FX spirit

Steady yourselves: there's a new crossover in town, and the 2022 Infiniti QX55 is promising to combine coupe-inspired styling with a lavish interior. Headed to dealerships in North America in spring 2021 - and with broader availability after that - the new QX55 is a nod back to the Infiniti FX and its memorable design, though with everything that you'd expect from a modern luxury SUV.

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Pfizer pilot takes on its COVID-19 vaccine’s big problem

Pfizer pilot takes on its COVID-19 vaccine’s big problem

Pfizer is tackling one of the biggest potential headaches of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, figuring out how it can distribute the drug while maintaining the strict low temperatures it demands. While the news earlier this month that the mRNA-based vaccine Pfizer co-developed with BioNTech was more than 90-percent effective in early trials received a warm welcome, its cold store requirements weren't so promising.

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Wyze Sprinkler Controller is a $50 WiFi watering upgrade

Wyze Sprinkler Controller is a $50 WiFi watering upgrade

Wyze's smart home range continues to grow, with the Wyze Sprinkler Controller aiming to take on watering your garden in a more intelligent way. As with the company's other products, part of the appeal here is the surprisingly low price tag, though that doesn't mean the gadget misses out on features you'd expect from much more expensive systems.

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Apple iPhone 12 mini Review – Small Surprise

Apple iPhone 12 mini Review – Small Surprise

The iPhone 12 mini has no right being the cheapest model in Apple's iPhone 12 family. Sure, on paper you're spending the smallest amount on the smallest display, but - like the most engaging gadgets - the spec comparisons simply don't capture the true charm. It may be mini in your hand, but the iPhone 12 mini maxes out on appeal.

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Twitter Fleets roll out 24 hour auto-deleting stories to everyone

Twitter Fleets roll out 24 hour auto-deleting stories to everyone

Twitter is rolling out Fleets, its auto-destructing messages, to all users, having tested the Stories-like temporary posts in a beta earlier this year. Announced in March, Twitter Fleets launched in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea as a way to share more passing comments and media than you might want remaining on your regular timeline.

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Powerbeats AMBUSH Special Edition are Beats that glow in the dark

Powerbeats AMBUSH Special Edition are Beats that glow in the dark

Beats have a new, special edition of their wireless earbuds out, and if you've always wanted glow-in-the-dark Powerbeats then the AMBUSH Special Edition are for you. Designed in collaboration with AMBUSH's Yoon Ahn, the new model sounds the same as the Powerbeats we know and love, but will definitely stand out more in your ears.

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MINI Vision Urbanaut previews an autonomous micro-minivan future

MINI Vision Urbanaut previews an autonomous micro-minivan future

MINI has revealed its newest concept, and the MINI Vision Urbanaut takes the brand about as far from its heritage styling as we've seen since BMW acquired it back in 2000. Unveiled as part of BMW NEXTGen - which also saw the new BMW iX electric SUV shown off for the first time last week - the MINI concept is an exploration of how electrification and autonomous driving could help shape new vehicle interiors.

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Amazon Pharmacy brings Prime power to medication pricing

Amazon Pharmacy brings Prime power to medication pricing

Amazon's attack on the high street continues, and now it's your medication in Jeff Bezos' sights with the launch of Amazon Pharmacy. The new service promises to do for your prescriptions what Prime has already done for, well, just about everything else in your home, with deliveries and a new "prescription savings benefit" for those paying for their drugs without insurance.

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Rivian configurator details R1T and R1S – EV colors, wheels and batteries

Rivian configurator details R1T and R1S – EV colors, wheels and batteries

Rivian has opened up the configurator for its R1T and R1S electric pickup and SUV, allowing preorder customers to pick out their options and get final pricing on the upcoming EVs. Deliveries of the two new all-electric vehicles won't begin until midway through 2021, Rivian has confirmed, but it's a chance to see just what the US automaker has in mind.

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Zoom now scans social media to spot ZoomBombing before it happens

Zoom now scans social media to spot ZoomBombing before it happens

Zoom has released a new scanning tool that hunts down publicly-shared meeting IDs, aiming to warn of potential "Zoombombing" incidents before they take place. The attacks - where uninvited participants join video calls, often sharing obscene content to disrupt meetings - have proliferated over the course of 2020, as online conferences take the place of in-person meetings.

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