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Writing for SlashGear since 2006, Chris Davies is executive editor and is responsible for shaping the editorial direction of the site. With a remit that covers everything from consumer technology to automotive, through autonomous vehicles, the smart home, and cutting-edge science, Chris' primary focus is sharing the news that matters and bringing a distinctive, independent, and trustworthy voice to testing and reviews. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

Segway built a smarter robot lawnmower

Segway built a smarter robot lawnmower

Segway may be best known for its balancing scooters, but its latest wheeled product is happy on the ground where it can focus on keeping the lawn trimmed. The Segway Navimow is the company's first robotic lawnmower and, while it may not be the first option in the space, it does promise a much easier setup with no need for a perimeter wire.

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Apple delays controversial child safety scanning system

Apple delays controversial child safety scanning system

Apple is delaying the launch of its controversial child safety features, postponing the system which would scan iCloud Photos uploads and iMessage chats for signs of illegal sexual content or grooming. Announced last month, the system would use a third-party database of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) to look for signs of illegal photos uploaded to the cloud, but met with instant push-back from privacy advocates.

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As F-150 Lightning reservations pass 130k, Ford’s EV truck challenge is clear

As F-150 Lightning reservations pass 130k, Ford’s EV truck challenge is clear

Ford has passed the 130,000 mark on reservations for the F-150 Lightning all-electric pickup truck, with the automaker announcing a bumper August 2021 but raising questions around just how fast it can deliver its new EV. Retail sales grew more than 6-percent versus July 2021, Ford confirmed today, thanks to production and inventory improvements, though it's the company's future products which are arguably causing the greatest stir.

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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness gives SUV an off-road upgrade

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness gives SUV an off-road upgrade

Subaru has added a new, more off-road friendly version of its most popular SUV, with the 2022 Forester Wilderness getting the specs to match its upgraded looks. Part of the refreshed 2022 Forester range, which Subaru says will be headed to US dealerships in October, it's the second outing for the new Wilderness trim level.

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Focal’s high-end Aria K2 speakers are adding two new models

Focal’s high-end Aria K2 speakers are adding two new models

Focal is expanding its Aria K2 family of speakers, filling in some gaps in the living room so as to make the system just as much at home for surround sound theater use as it is for music. Building on the Aria K2 936 floor-standing speaker launched in 2020, the French hi-fi company's new additions tap the same unusual materials that helped set the 936 apart.

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2022 Infiniti QX80 finally fixes the three-row luxe SUV’s biggest flaw

2022 Infiniti QX80 finally fixes the three-row luxe SUV’s biggest flaw

Infiniti's biggest SUV is getting a much-needed upgrade, with the 2022 QX80 addressing one of the lingering complaints about the automaker's lavish three-row model. Headed to dealerships this fall, the updated QX80 tackles cabin shortcomings first, looking across the aisle to its Nissan counterpart for some suggestions.

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Genesis reveals an electric roadmap with some unexpected surprises

Genesis reveals an electric roadmap with some unexpected surprises

Genesis has revealed its roadmap for electrification, and while Hyundai's luxury arm may have been slow to embrace EVs it's planning on wasting no time moving forward. By 2025, Genesis said today, all of its new vehicles will be fully electric, though it'll be splitting its attentions between two different drivetrain technologies.

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Focal On Wall 300 speakers promise high-end sound with less footprint

Focal On Wall 300 speakers promise high-end sound with less footprint

Focal may be best known for its high-end headphones, but the French audio company is pushing hard into more social playback with the unveil of the On Wall 300 line. Intended - as the name makes clear - to be mounted on the wall rather than used free-standing, the range is designed to deliver both for music and home cinema purposes.

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2023 AMG GT 63 S E Performance is Mercedes’ vision of hybrid speed

2023 AMG GT 63 S E Performance is Mercedes’ vision of hybrid speed

AMG promised something big for the first model in its new E Performance sports hybrid line, and the 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance certainly fits that billing. Combining the fan-favorite 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gas engine with an electric motor makes for a whopping 843 horsepower along with a complex all-wheel drive system.

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This iMac 24-matching hub adds the ports Apple left out

This iMac 24-matching hub adds the ports Apple left out

Apple's iMac 24-inch may be sleek and unexpectedly colorful, but it's not exactly overflowing with ports, especially if you opt for the cheapest model. Cupertino's minimalism is the hub-world's opportunity, however, with Hyper wading in with two new HyperDrive iMac 24-inch hubs that add up to six extra ports to the macOS all-in-one.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Review

The future makes skeptics of us all, and folding phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 still face an uphill battle. While the third generation of the range-topping foldable costs less than its predecessor, at $1,800 it's still a laptop-priced commitment to a form factor that remains controversial. Samsung's strategy - throwing the works at the Fold 3 in the hope that something sticks - doesn't necessarily help there.

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IKEA Buy Back & Resell launches in US – but a lot of products aren’t eligible

IKEA Buy Back & Resell launches in US – but a lot of products aren’t eligible

IKEA furniture may have an often-unwarranted reputation for being disposable, but the retailer may soon be offering you some money back for your old items as it launches its Buy Back & Resell service in the US. Trialed already in several international markets, the scheme could offer an alternative to Craigslist - or dumping that old KALLAX bookcase at the side of the road - though with some provisos and exceptions.

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