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

Google Workspace and Chat open to all to help manage our hybrid lifestyles

Google Workspace and Chat open to all to help manage our hybrid lifestyles

Google Workspace is opening up to all users, expanding access to what until now has been the company's business and classroom hub. Launched last year, Google Workspace saw G Suite rebrand for a more integrated way to access services like Gmail, Docs, Drive, Chat, and Calendar. Now, as long as you have a Google account - even a free one - you'll be able to access Workspace too.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip CM5 wants to be your Google Stadia rig

ASUS Chromebook Flip CM5 wants to be your Google Stadia rig

ASUS has launched a new Chrome OS laptop packing up to AMD's Ryzen 5, with the ASUS Chromebook Flip CM5 giving a big nod to cloud gaming with its color-blocked WASD keys. The new notebook has a 15.6-inch screen and - though you can of course use all the normal Google apps as with any Chromebook - ASUS is positioning it as a particularly strong Google Stadia partner.

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Apple Watch Series 7 screen and size changes leak but with bad news too

Apple Watch Series 7 screen and size changes leak but with bad news too

Fresh leaks about the Apple Watch Series 7, the Cupertino firm's next-generation smartwatch expected to be announced later this year, suggest improvements both inside and out, though some of the earlier rumors of hardware improvements could have been pushed back on the roadmap. Since its original announcement as an accompaniment to the iPhone, the Apple Watch has progressively doubled-down on its fitness and health tracking features, but tech delays may have derailed plans to continue that with the 2021 Apple Watch.

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Xbox Game Pass is E3 2021’s biggest winner

Xbox Game Pass is E3 2021’s biggest winner

Xbox Game Pass is getting a huge influx of titles, with Microsoft and Bethesda spilling details on over 20 new "day one" games headed to the subscription service. The announcements were made in a jam-packed 90 minute E3 2021 stream today, as Microsoft demonstrated just how instrumental its studio acquisition strategy has been to the success of consoles like Xbox Series X.

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The Xbox Mini Fridge is real: Microsoft will sell gaming’s coolest meme

The Xbox Mini Fridge is real: Microsoft will sell gaming’s coolest meme

Microsoft's biggest news of E3 2021 isn't even a game - it's the Xbox Mini Fridge. Demonstrating that the very best way to deal with criticism is to embrace it, flip it on its head, and then charge people for the end result, Microsoft's willingness to play along with suggestions that the Xbox Series X looks like a refrigerator proved to be a fitting end piece to its big E3 2021 showcase with Bethesda today.

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I can’t stop thinking about a Ford F-150 Lightning Raptor

I can’t stop thinking about a Ford F-150 Lightning Raptor

Ford confirmed the power figures for the 2021 F-150 Raptor this past week, and it's fair to say they came as a surprise. Since the first generation of the performance truck back in 2010, the Raptor badge has meant Ford's most potent version of the pickup. Problem is, even before it hits dealer forecourts, the new Raptor finds itself in an electric shadow.

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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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