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.

GM baked wireless tech into its Ultium EV batteries: Here’s why

GM baked wireless tech into its Ultium EV batteries: Here’s why

General Motors' upcoming electric vehicles will use a new wireless battery management system, the automaker has announced, promising safer and simpler power management as well as an easier roadmap for second-life repurposing after their time in cars and SUVs is done. Part of the GM Ultium platform, which will feature in models like Cadillac's Lyriq luxury crossover and GMC's Hummer EV, the system replaces the traditional flurry of cabling that runs through other automakers' batteries.

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Walmart launches drone delivery pilot

Walmart launches drone delivery pilot

Your next Walmart order might descend from the skies, with the retailer announcing a new on-demand drone delivery pilot. The scheme will focus on small deliveries, with select grocery and household essentials slung underneath specially-designed drones and flown over to customers.

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Xbox Game Pass adds EA Play in Xbox Series X and S subscription bundle

Xbox Game Pass adds EA Play in Xbox Series X and S subscription bundle

Xbox Series X and Series S are coming and Microsoft isn't taking any chances that you might not want to sign up to Xbox Game Pass, with a huge bundle deal that is set to include EA Play. The two new consoles - both of which will go up for preorder on September 22, Microsoft confirmed today - will get to take advantage of a new $15 per month Ultimate subscription deal.

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2021 Mercedes E-Class pricing confirmed (we’ll take the AMG wagon)

2021 Mercedes E-Class pricing confirmed (we’ll take the AMG wagon)

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed pricing for the 2021 E-Class range, with sedan, coupe, cabriolet, and All-Terrain versions headed to US dealerships later this year. Announced back in May, the newest iteration of Mercedes' best-seller will kick off at $54,250, the automaker has said today.

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Yubico 5C NFC security key has USB-C and wireless in one

Yubico 5C NFC security key has USB-C and wireless in one

Yubico has revealed its latest hardware security key, with the YubiKey 5C NFC combining USB-C and NFC support for easier authentication. Billed as the top request from the company's users, the newest key looks like a thumb drive but is actually a cross-platform way to make sure it's you that's logging into your various accounts.

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Apple Event confirmed for September 15: Time Flies

Apple Event confirmed for September 15: Time Flies

Apple has confirmed the date for its next big event, with a live-stream kicking off on September 15, though exactly what's on the agenda remains to be seen. The big unveil is most likely to see the new Apple Watch break cover, with an Apple Watch Series 6 model upgrading the current version. However it won't be like most iPhone events.

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GM will build Tesla-rivaling Nikola Badger pickup in huge EV deal

GM will build Tesla-rivaling Nikola Badger pickup in huge EV deal

General Motors has inked a partnership with EV startup Nikola, with GM set to build the Tesla-rival's zero-emissions Badger pickup. Opening to reservations earlier this year, the Badger doesn't look quite so futuristic - or as polarizing - as Tesla's Cybertruck, but it's no less high-tech, with both pure-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell versions planned.

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New Peloton treadmill and bike expand range with new prices

New Peloton treadmill and bike expand range with new prices

Peloton has launched two new exercise models, with the new Peloton Bike+ and new Tread offering a more full-featured cycling experience and a new entry-level treadmill. Rumored last week, the two new models join rather than replace the existing bike and treadmill, with the current Peloton Bike now getting a price cut too.

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2020 Mazda3 Review – Paying for Stick

2020 Mazda3 Review – Paying for Stick

Somewhere along the line, a manual transmission went from being the cheap option to something drivers get as a treat. How else to describe the 2020 Mazda3, where the six-speed stick is still available but only if you cough up for the most expensive Premium trim. When you're paying at least $27,500 (plus $945 destination) for the privilege of rowing your own gears, I think it's fair to expect a more rewarding experience as a result.

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Xiaomi POCO X3 NFC packs a 120Hz screen and huge battery

Xiaomi POCO X3 NFC packs a 120Hz screen and huge battery

Xiaomi has revealed its latest affordable smartphone, with the POCO X3 NFC delivering unexpectedly good specs wrapped in decent style. Based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 732G chipset, the 6.67-inch Android phone has high-end features like a 120Hz refresh rate display and a quad camera array on the back.

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Dynabook reveals super-portable Intel “Tiger Lake” laptop and 2-in-1

Dynabook reveals super-portable Intel “Tiger Lake” laptop and 2-in-1

Dynabook may not be a familiar name in notebooks yet, but the laptop-maker-formerly-known-as-Toshiba isn't letting that stop it from launching a new range powered by Intel's latest 11th Gen Core processors. The Dynabook Portégé X30W-J and Portégé X30L-J can be under 2 pounds in weight, but still manage to include up to Core i7 chips and Intel Iris Xe graphics.

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T-Mobile details free wireless hotspot plan for K-12 students

T-Mobile details free wireless hotspot plan for K-12 students

T-Mobile has detailed its plans to roll out free internet access to US students, with the promise of wireless hotspots and low-cost tablets or laptops. Part of the carrier's pre-Sprint-merger promises, the so-called "Project 10Million" will see T-Mobile supply data and subsidized devices as it attempts to tackle "the homework gap."

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