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.

Fisker and Foxconn team on new EV with outsized ambitions

Fisker and Foxconn team on new EV with outsized ambitions

Fisker and Foxconn are teaming up on an an electric vehicle, with the EV-company and the manufacturing heavyweight aiming for go far beyond the niche production in the automaker's past. Codenamed Project PEAR - or "Personal Electric Automotive Revolution" - the goal is to make a more affordable EV that can hit the sort of sales numbers more commonplace among mainstream gas models.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 adds radar for more nuanced motion alerts

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 adds radar for more nuanced motion alerts

Ring has revealed a new, smarter doorbell camera, with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 borrowing sensors you might normally expect to find on cars and clever drones for a big upgrade to motion detection. The new model packs a radar sensor for 3D Motion Detection, for what Ring says is an improvement in detection along with a bird's eye view of the area around your front door.

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Gogoro VIVA MIX is a harlequin e-scooter with 6 second battery swaps

Gogoro VIVA MIX is a harlequin e-scooter with 6 second battery swaps

Gogoro has revealed a new version of its Smartscooter, and if you've ever wished that your EV two-wheeler was more attention-grabbing, the VIVA MIX might have the answer. That is, if you live in Taiwan anyway, where it's launching with a new, super-durable body design.

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2022 Kia Carnival ditches Sedona in style with upscale 3-row interior

2022 Kia Carnival ditches Sedona in style with upscale 3-row interior

There's a new three-row vehicle in town, and the 2022 Kia Carnival promises to be more stylish and more flexible than the Sedona it replaces. First to bear the automaker's new Kia logo, packing a new V6 engine, and a more distinctive design, the 2022 Carnival also claims the biggest passenger and cargo capacity in its class.

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Android gets scheduled Messages, new in-car UI & games, plus password safety checks

Android gets scheduled Messages, new in-car UI & games, plus password safety checks

Android users are getting new messaging, Android Auto, and password management features, along with a new TalkBack screen reader version for the visually-impaired. Beginning to roll out from today, the new updates won't just be limited to Android 12 - which opened up for the developer preview last week - but will work with multiple generations of the OS from the past few years.

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PS5 restock in 2021 has good and bad news says PlayStation chief

PS5 restock in 2021 has good and bad news says PlayStation chief

Sony's PlayStation chief has promised greater supplies of the PS5 as the year progresses, though gamers hoping to skip restock hell and reseller price gouging may still find themselves disappointed by the end of 2021. Shortages of the PlayStation 5 have proved to be a bigger deal than the console itself, as despite 4.5 million sales of the console in the last two months of 2020, demand still outstrips supply.

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2021 Shelby F-250 Super Baja is a pickup monster with 1,050 lb-ft of torque

2021 Shelby F-250 Super Baja is a pickup monster with 1,050 lb-ft of torque

If your big truck needs are bigger than most, then the 2021 Shelby F-250 Super Baja may well fit the ticket. Shelby American's latest riff off of Ford's burly pickups, the new Super Baja is baed on the already popular three-quarter ton truck, but with torque cranked up beyond 1,000 lb-ft for some serious off-road and towing potential.

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Rode Wireless GO II adds second mic, onboard recording & range boost

Rode Wireless GO II adds second mic, onboard recording & range boost

Rode has announced a new version of its popular wireless microphone, with the Rode Wireless GO II keeping the super-simple clip design but now supporting two mics simultaneously. The surreptitious square dongles found favor among videographers and vloggers for their ease of use, with the second-generation models promising a boost in range and stability along with onboard recording too.

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Next-gen PlayStation VR for PS5 confirmed: Sony’s big promises

Next-gen PlayStation VR for PS5 confirmed: Sony’s big promises

Sony has spilled the first details of PlayStation 5 Virtual Reality, confirming that a new PlayStation VR system is in the works, though don't expect to be putting the headset on this year. The next-generation VR system is still in development, Sony says, and as such won't be launching in 2021. However there's still more than enough to get VR fans and gamers excited.

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Spotify is launching in 85 new countries: Here’s the full list

Spotify is launching in 85 new countries: Here’s the full list

Spotify is expanding, with the streaming music service announcing plans to launch in 85 new markets - and 36 new languages - as international availability spreads. It'll almost double the company's service footprint, taking it to nearly 180 markets in total, and is the broadest expansion to-date, Spotify says.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 2021: Big X, T, P and L Series updates plus 40″ curved display

Lenovo ThinkPad 2021: Big X, T, P and L Series updates plus 40″ curved display

Lenovo is readying a bevy of new ThinkPads, including the ThinkPad X13 Gen 2 i with baked-in 5G, and the X13 Yoga Gen 2 with a much-requested switch to a 16:10 display. The new line-up also includes new ThinkPad T15, T14, P15, P15s, L15, and L14 models, plus a big new curved display.

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What Mars sounds like: NASA shares Perseverance rover audio & 360 pano

What Mars sounds like: NASA shares Perseverance rover audio & 360 pano

NASA has shared sounds captured from the earliest moments of Perseverance's time on Mars, part of a huge cache of photos and audio downloaded from the red planet over the weekend. It's the first data of what's set to be a firehose of information as the freshly-landed rover begins the careful process of unfurling its scientific instruments and cameras, and begins its work.

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