Author Archives: Chris Davies

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

2022 Kia Carnival Review

2022 Kia Carnival Review

You could accuse Kia of trickery with the 2022 Carnival, a minivan that pretends to be an SUV, but sometimes you have to sugar the medicine that people need to take. Practical, flexible, and capable modern minivans may be, but for many drivers they're still far from desirable, even if in a lot of cases they'd be the most sensible option.

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2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor First Drive: Lower EV price, bigger appeal

2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor First Drive: Lower EV price, bigger appeal

When the Polestar 2 launched last year, the biggest criticism we could level at the Tesla Model 3 rival was that it was a little too expensive. Now, the 2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor is coming to address that fact. Dropping the second motor and making some of the niceties optional helps trim a healthy $14k from the sticker price, compared to what until now a Polestar 2 would've cost you.

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Roomba j7+ debuts iRobot’s big fix for avoiding cords and pet mess

Roomba j7+ debuts iRobot’s big fix for avoiding cords and pet mess

iRobot is launching a new Roomba, and a new brain for its domestic robots, aiming to make domestic help in the modern smart home both smarter and more reliable. The Roomba j7+ will be the first robotic vacuum to launch with iRobot Genius 3.0, and the company promises that it'll be capable of avoiding those nightmare moments where animal mess gets dragged around the home.

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Microsoft has another Windows security nightmare on its hands

Microsoft has another Windows security nightmare on its hands

Microsoft has confirmed another Windows 10 vulnerability is being actively exploited, with attackers taking advantage of a security loophole that remains unpatched. Visiting a maliciously designed webpage or opening a compromised document could be enough to allow hackers to take control of your PC, Microsoft admits, though it has a number of threat mitigation suggestions to reduce the risk.

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TCL X9 gives Google TV an 85-inch mini-LED 8K flagship to boast about

TCL X9 gives Google TV an 85-inch mini-LED 8K flagship to boast about

TCL may have several ranges of unexpectedly affordable TVs, but that doesn't mean there's no space in the line-up for a flagship. That's just what the TCL X9 85" OD Zero mini-LED 8K TV promises to be, a new Google TV set that's the first in TCL's XL Collection to use its third-gen mini-LED backlighting system.

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US solar roadmap makes Biden’s surprisingly bright predictions for 2035

US solar roadmap makes Biden’s surprisingly bright predictions for 2035

Close to half of America's electricity needs could be handled by clean solar energy by 2035, the US Department of Energy has concluded, as the Biden Administration looks to ways to trim emissions without increasing the costs of power. A focus on solar power has been key to that strategy, but even record-setting installations so far have been a relative drop in the ocean compared to the sort of solar farms required to ween America off its fossil fuel dependence.

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The groundbreaking James Webb Space Telescope just got its launch date

The groundbreaking James Webb Space Telescope just got its launch date

NASA has set a launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope, setting the long-anticipated successor to Hubble on its final countdown to unprecedented views of our galaxy and the greater universe beyond. It's been a long road to get to a 2021 launch window for Webb, which has been in development since 1996.

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Climate change is creating shape-shifting animals

Climate change is creating shape-shifting animals

Climate change isn't just making some species extinct, but forcing others to "shape shift" in order to better handle rising global temperatures. While the vast majority of experts warn that, unless humans tackle factors like emissions and fossil fuel use, Earth's environment will be irreversibly altered, new research suggests the animal kingdom is turning to new physical characteristics in order to better deal with excess heat.

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Google Workspace makes Gmail the latest place to answer Meet calls

Google Workspace makes Gmail the latest place to answer Meet calls

Email is already inescapable at the best of times, and now Google is turning Gmail into a hub for your calls and video chat, too. Having relaunched G Suite as Google Workspace, the company is now lighting up Spaces - its central locations for team collaboration - for all users as of today.

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DJI OM 5 smartphone gimbal hides a handy selfie stick

DJI OM 5 smartphone gimbal hides a handy selfie stick

DJI has merged a 3-axis smartphone gimbal with a selfie stick, and the result is the new DJI OM 5. Intended to give smartphone videographers a way to level up their capture quality, the OM 5 also manages to be smaller and lighter than its predecessors, despite the extending stick.

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I tried Impossible Foods’ new chicken nuggets – and was surprised

I tried Impossible Foods’ new chicken nuggets – and was surprised

Impossible Foods is getting into chicken nuggets, and that's a big deal - even if, like me, you're an avowed carnivore. Following the company's burgers and sausage comes its first foray into the henhouse, and with more ambitious goals than simply giving vegetarians a nugget-shaped alternative.

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Smart Concept #1 previews an all-electric crossover the US can’t have

Smart Concept #1 previews an all-electric crossover the US can’t have

Smart may have abandoned the US market but it's just getting started with EVs, unveiling the new Smart Concept #1 at IAA 2021 this week. A four-door all-electric crossover, the compactly-handsome EV previews the automaker's first production model in its new zero-emissions range.

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