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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

OnlyFans backtracks: Adult content ban no longer planned

OnlyFans backtracks: Adult content ban no longer planned

OnlyFans has reversed its decision to ban adult content from the subscription site, less than a week after it called its own future into question by seemingly ignoring the importance of those creators on its platform. The company had blamed banking partners for the freshly-puritanical switch, which was to go into effect on October 1, 2021.

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Fitbit Charge 5 tracks stress, will tell you the best day for a workout

Fitbit Charge 5 tracks stress, will tell you the best day for a workout

Fitbit's latest fitness tracker has arrived, with the Fitbit Charge 5 borrowing health features from the company's smartwatches but packaging them in a smaller - and more affordable - wearable. Topped by a new touchscreen that's twice as bright as the old Charge 4, the Charge 5 now includes GPS, ECG, and EDA sensors.

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2022 Porsche Taycan adds Android Auto, auto-park option and new colors

2022 Porsche Taycan adds Android Auto, auto-park option and new colors

Porsche's Taycan EV is hardly a tech-laggard, but the automaker is giving the 2022 Taycan and its shapely 2022 Taycan Cross Turismo cousin a gadget upgrade for the new model year. Probably the most demanded feature that's finally arriving is support for Android Auto in the Porsche infotainment system, where it joins the existing Apple CarPlay integration.

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Waymo expands autonomous ride service to San Francisco – with caveats

Waymo expands autonomous ride service to San Francisco – with caveats

Waymo is starting up autonomous ride-hailing in San Francisco, though don't expect to be able to summon a self-driving cab any time soon. Though the Google spin-off's Waymo One service currently offers public rides in Phoenix, AZ, its new Trusted Tester program will be a more exclusive experience.

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Nest Doorbell first look: 5 things about Google’s battery video doorbell

Nest Doorbell first look: 5 things about Google’s battery video doorbell

Nest Doorbell is up for order, and the convenience of a simple-to-install, battery-powered smart doorbell seems hard to ignore. Having been using one for the past few days, though, there have been some surprises along the way, and while it's too soon for a full review there are still some stand-outs worth noting if you're considering giving your front door an upgrade.

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2022 Mazda MX-30 EV gets US range, pricing and a gloomy outlook

2022 Mazda MX-30 EV gets US range, pricing and a gloomy outlook

Mazda has confirmed pricing and range for its 2022 MX-30 EV, and there's every sign that the shapely electric crossover could be a tough sell given the amount of driving it's capable of. The automaker confirmed back in April that the MX-30 BEV would be coming to the US, though we'll have to wait longer for Mazda's unusual take on the range extender system.

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F-150 Lightning leak says Ford has an enviable problem with its EV truck

F-150 Lightning leak says Ford has an enviable problem with its EV truck

Ford is reportedly doubling production targets for the 2022 F-150 Lightning, aiming to build even more of the all-electric pickups than previously intended in the hope of satisfying apparently unexpected demand. Announced back in May 2021, the F-150 Lightning is the first BEV version of what has long been America's best-selling truck, though opinions were split on whether its reception would be positive or not.

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Elon Musk just revealed a huge SpaceX Starlink milestone

Elon Musk just revealed a huge SpaceX Starlink milestone

SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet service has hit 100,000 users, with Elon Musk confirming the milestone for the ambitious - and at times controversial - system. Aiming to replace terrestrial ISPs using fiber, cable, and DSL, Starlink instead looks to the skies with a growing constellation of low Earth orbit satellites.

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Volkswagen’s cheapest car is rising to its big 2022 challenge

Volkswagen’s cheapest car is rising to its big 2022 challenge

Volkswagen has revealed the 2022 Jetta, and with recent discontinuations the automaker's cheapest model in the US has a lot resting on it. VW recently confirmed it would be cutting the base Golf and the Passat from its North American line-up, paring back some of its more value-focused cars as it pushes electrification in the ID. range.

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NASA scrubs ISS spacewalk after astronaut “medical issue”

NASA scrubs ISS spacewalk after astronaut “medical issue”

NASA has scrubbed plans for the spacewalk outside of the International Space Station this week, after a medical issue with one of the astronauts. The spacewalk was to take place in collaboration with JAXA, Japan's space agency, on Tuesday, August 24, as those onboard the ISS continue to prepare it for a new solar installation.

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Pfizer Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine and the FDA: 6 key facts

Pfizer Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine and the FDA: 6 key facts

The FDA has fully approved Comirnaty, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, in a move that's likely to put greater attention on the wisdom of being immunized and whether employers can legally require it of their employees. While Comirnaty may be approved now, though, that doesn't mean it's the end of the emergency use authorization, or indeed of monitoring those vaccinated for any long-term side effects.

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Samsung just shared an unexpected foldable phone milestone

Samsung just shared an unexpected foldable phone milestone

Foldable phones may still be controversial, but that doesn't seem to be hurting sales, with Samsung announcing a big milestone for the latest Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 even before they arrive in stores. Preorders for the two new Android devices began 10 days ago, but Samsung says they've already blasted through a 2021 sales record.

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