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.

Ford’s Mustang Mach-E will charge faster than we thought

Ford’s Mustang Mach-E will charge faster than we thought

Ford's Mustang Mach-E hasn't even reached dealerships yet, but the automaker is already claiming to have improved the all-electric crossover with faster charging speeds than first promised. Set to arrive in the US later this year, the 2021 Mustang Mach-E will support DC fast charging; now, Ford says that's actually performing better than it initially expected.

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Tesla ‘million mile’ battery could take Musk’s EVs mainstream

Tesla ‘million mile’ battery could take Musk’s EVs mainstream

Tesla is working on a "million mile" battery for its future electric cars, cheaper and capable of holding more energy insiders claim, and which could help turn the automaker into a power company in its own right. The batteries are expected to launch first in China, as another way for Tesla to drive down the price of the Model 3, its most affordable car.

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Watch NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope do high-tech origami

Watch NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope do high-tech origami

What do you do when your cutting-edge space telescope turns out to be too big for any rocket available? If you're NASA, and the instrument in question is the James Webb Space Telescope, you make it into a masterpiece of tech origami so that it can fold like a butterfly into the Ariane 5 rocket scheduled to take it into orbit.

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The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa is coming – now we know when

The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa is coming – now we know when

Porsche will reveal its hotly-anticipated 2021 911 Targa on May 18, the automaker has confirmed, after coronavirus forced two delays for the convertible's debut. The new Targa had meant to have its unveil at the Beijing Motor Show 2020, but that ended up being cancelled. The backup plan was to bring the new car to the Tennis Grand Prix, but that ended up getting cancelled as well.

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B&O’s Beosound A1 is a Bluetooth speaker with hands-free Alexa

B&O’s Beosound A1 is a Bluetooth speaker with hands-free Alexa

Bang & Olufsen has updated its Bluetooth portable speaker, boosting battery life and adding Alexa support to the new Beosound A1 2nd Gen. An update to the old Beoplay A1, the puck-shaped speaker now allows you to chat with Amazon's virtual assistant, albeit assuming your smartphone is nearby.

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Sony’s AI image sensor bakes camera smarts right into the chip

Sony’s AI image sensor bakes camera smarts right into the chip

Sony's camera sensors are already inside many of the high-end smartphones, but its new AI image sensor promises to make things even smarter - and high-end features cheaper, too. The Sony IMX500 not only includes a 12.3-megapixel CMOS capable of 4K resolution video, but a dedicated AI processor that can do machine learning and more.

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Mophie Powerstation Wireless XL battery pairs Qi and USB-C PD

Mophie Powerstation Wireless XL battery pairs Qi and USB-C PD

Mophie has a new Qi-enabled portable battery, with the Powerstation Wireless XL promising speedy charging for your phone whether using a cable or not. The newest model packs a 10,000 mAh battery, which Mophie says can deliver up to 55 hours of use to an average iPhone. Unlike some earlier Powerstation models, though, this new Wireless XL doesn't solely look to Apple's devices.

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TCL 10L Review: Highs and lows of a $249 phone

TCL 10L Review: Highs and lows of a $249 phone

How much can you expect from a new smartphone like the TCL 10L, when it costs just $249? Even before Apple pushed its flagship iPhones through the four-digit price barrier, most of the attention was being paid to the high end of the device world: that, after all, is where the juiciest, most bleeding-edge tech resides.

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Garmin’s new rearview radars for cyclists keep an eye on your blindspot

Garmin’s new rearview radars for cyclists keep an eye on your blindspot

Garmin has revealed two new rearview radars for cyclists, giving those on bikes a warning when cars and other traffic might be pulling up behind them. The Varia RVR315 and Varia RTL515 both keep track on what's happening in riders' blind spots, and work with Garmin's new Varia app - as well as other bike hardware - to alert them to approaching cars.

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Puzzling pulsating stars reveal secrets in breakthrough study

Puzzling pulsating stars reveal secrets in breakthrough study

A breakthrough study using NASA's TESS space telescope has helped unlock the secrets of weirdly pulsing stars, paving the way to astronomers better understanding how old they are and what's going on beneath their roiling surface. Delta Scuti stars are only one of a number of types of star out in the universe, but they've also become one of the most confusing.

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Google’s camera guru quit – and Pixel 5 could suffer for it

Google’s camera guru quit – and Pixel 5 could suffer for it

Two of the heavyweights behind some of Google's most praised smartphone features have quietly left the company, with its camera expert and Pixel manager both said to have exited this year. The news comes as Google prepares to launch the Pixel 4a, a more affordable version of its Pixel 4 flagship, to take on Apple's entry-level iPhone SE.

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Fortnite is an Xbox Series X and PS5 launch title – but the magic comes in 2021

Fortnite is an Xbox Series X and PS5 launch title – but the magic comes in 2021

Both the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 will have Fortnite at launch, Epic Games has confirmed, though it won't be until next year when the real fun starts with the hit game. The company announced the release news alongside the unveil of Unreal Engine 5, its latest platform for next-generation games.

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