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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

Someone is paying Blue Origin $28 million to go to space with Jeff Bezos

Someone is paying Blue Origin $28 million to go to space with Jeff Bezos

If you were wondering how much it would cost to hitch a ride into space alongside Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin has the answer. Bidding for the first passenger seat on the inaugural crewed flight of New Shepard has closed, and it turns out there are some space enthusiasts with very deep pockets.

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My biggest Toyota and Lexus complaint is finally being fixed

My biggest Toyota and Lexus complaint is finally being fixed

The new 2022 Lexus NX looks slick, gets a welcome plug-in hybrid option, and an uptick in power, but it's the dashboard tech that I'm most excited by. It's fair to say that Lexus' infotainment systems haven't exactly been the most popular over the past 5-10 years, and while there have been multiple reasons for that, a lot of the blame can be placed squarely on the touchpad or joystick.

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AA and Virgin Atlantic want this eVTOL aircraft for “flying taxi” city hops

AA and Virgin Atlantic want this eVTOL aircraft for “flying taxi” city hops

American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic are looking to much shorter flights to expand their future services, each inking deals that could see them piloting electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft in the US and UK, respectively. The airlines have partnered with startup Vertical Aerospace, which is working on the eVTOL VA-X4 aircraft that can leap vertically into the air and fly for over 100 miles on a single charge.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon Review: Family Fortune

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon Review: Family Fortune

Look, I have already sung the praises of wagons. I have waxed about their practicality; shook my fist at the sky and howled about their aesthetic superiority. I have made it abundantly clear that I am on Team Wagon, and so the fact that the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon has an early advantage with me should come as little surprise.

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Maserati GranTurismo EV teased as Tesla Roadster rival starts testing

Maserati GranTurismo EV teased as Tesla Roadster rival starts testing

Maserati is going electric, and while the automaker may not be quite ready to show off the GranTurismo EV, that hasn't stopped it from teasing the first prototype. It'll be the first all-electric car from Maserati, rebooting the existing GranTurismo nameplate which was retired in 2019.

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Polestar just found itself a huge potential EV partner

Polestar just found itself a huge potential EV partner

EV-maker Polestar has inked an agreement with South Korea tech firm SK Inc, with the two companies exploring co-development of performance electric vehicles and new battery systems. Polestar, a collaboration between Volvo and Geely, currently has one all-electric model on sale, though the Polestar 2 will be followed by an electric crossover, the Polestar 3.

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China releases new Mars rover selfie on the red planet

China releases new Mars rover selfie on the red planet

China's space agency has released new images taken by its Mars rover, including a panorama of the landing site where Zhurong first touched down on the red planet. The images include a selfie of the rover, which the China National Space Administration (CNSA) took using a special, detachable camera.

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The EA hack was worryingly simple

The EA hack was worryingly simple

EA Games' huge game theft, which saw source code for FIFA 21 and other key titles stolen, hinged on a $10 cookie and some disturbingly simple social engineering, according to the hackers responsible. Electronic Arts confirmed it had been the victim of the cybercrime earlier this week, with around 780GB of data - including game code and more - yanked from its servers.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor’s power numbers are a shock

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor’s power numbers are a shock

Ford has confirmed performance figures for the new 2021 F-150 Raptor, and there's a horsepower surprise in store for those waiting for the next-generation of the performance pickup. Announced earlier this year, the revamped Raptor sticks with Ford's familiar recipe for truck triumph, with a beefy body kit, huge wheels, and no shortage of attitude. However it's what's under the hood which may lead some to scratch their heads.

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El Salvador’s audacious volcanic Bitcoin mining has the IMF on alert

El Salvador’s audacious volcanic Bitcoin mining has the IMF on alert

El Salvador plans to use volcanic power to mine Bitcoin, the latest unexpected twist as the country makes the cryptocurrency a parallel legal tender. While El Salvador will continue to use the US dollar, as it has since 2001, it will also accept Bitcoin at the same time, a move which had frustrated environmentalists concerned about the energy requirements to mine the virtual coins.

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Tesla’s big Model S Plaid event saw Elon Musk wield his EV megaphone

Tesla’s big Model S Plaid event saw Elon Musk wield his EV megaphone

It's a big week for Tesla, and for Elon Musk. The company held its promised Model S Plaid delivery event in Fremont, CA, last night, handing over the first 25 examples of the super-fast EV, and it was an opportunity for the outspoken CEO to make the pitch not only for Tesla, but for electric vehicles in general.

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Jeep spent $1.6bn on the future home of its new hybrid SUV – and invited me inside

Jeep spent $1.6bn on the future home of its new hybrid SUV – and invited me inside

Usually, seeing the underside of a new car on a launch event is a sign that something went terribly wrong. Even before I'd touched the wheel of the new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, though, I'd seen it stripped back to bare metal. The automaker knows that perceived quality is key to nudging the first three-row Grand Cherokee upmarket, and that involved a tour of where they build it - and a preview of what's to come.

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