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.

Hunter Douglas’ power blinds add a rechargeable battery option

Hunter Douglas’ power blinds add a rechargeable battery option

Hunter Douglas is adding a rechargeable battery option to its PowerView motorized blinds, promising to be greener and easier to maintain than the current system. Supporting retrofitting into "most" existing PowerView shades from the company, the Rechargeable Battery Wand is a slim stick of li-ion battery that clips in behind the blinds' headrail.

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Gogoro’s ultra-light Eeyo e-bike is now on sale

Gogoro’s ultra-light Eeyo e-bike is now on sale

Gogoro's Eeyo 1 e-bike has gone up for sale, promising riders a sleeker option in the powered bike category that supports riders rather than replacing their pedal-power altogether. Announced in May, Eeyo 1 looks at first glance like a regular bicycle - albeit a somewhat futuristic one made from Kevlar-reinforced carbon fiber - given the electronics are all packaged into the rear wheel hub.

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Mellow sous-vide owners get unwelcome subscription surprise

Mellow sous-vide owners get unwelcome subscription surprise

Another connected home device is giving owners an unpleasant surprise, with the Mellow sous-vide springing a paid subscription on owners if they want to continue getting access to all the features. Launched in 2014 on Kickstarter, Mellow combined what was still at the time a rare cooking technique with an easy-to-use refrigerated water bath and a recipes app with auto-calculating timers.

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Garmin confirms cyberattack: Cloud services held to ransom

Garmin confirms cyberattack: Cloud services held to ransom

Garmin has confirmed that it was a cyberattack that took Garmin Connect and the wearables company's other systems offline for more than four days. The company says that it is still working on bringing all of its systems back online, but says there is "no indication" that any payment information from its Garmin Pay service or otherwise was stolen.

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2021 Toyota Supra 2.0 Review – When Less is More

2021 Toyota Supra 2.0 Review – When Less is More

Few cars arrive to the sort of expectations that the new Toyota Supra faced, but with one model year under its belt it's time for the Japanese coupe to show it's more than just an exercise in parts-bin sharing. True, there's plenty of BMW to be found under the 2021 Supra 2.0's contentious bodywork, but with a smaller engine and a smaller price tag come a solid argument that this was the car the modern Supra was always meant to be.

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Ford adopted two Boston Dynamics robot dogs for its factory

Ford adopted two Boston Dynamics robot dogs for its factory

Ford has released the hounds into its factories, setting two Boston Dynamics Spot robots loose to survey its Van Dyke Transmission Plant. Part of the robot-maker's newly-expanded lease program, Ford's goal with the two quadrupeds is to create a 3D digital scan of the facility that's both faster and cheaper than the old method.

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Garmin outage begins to ease as services slowly return

Garmin outage begins to ease as services slowly return

Garmin's huge outage is gradually starting to ease, with a number of the fitness company's connected services beginning to come back online after reportedly being the victim of a ransomeware attack. It's been a long weekend for the fitness wearables and navigation products firm, as it enters day four of Garmin Connect and other services being pushed unexpectedly offline.

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Quick Charge 5 takes your phone battery from 0-100% in 15 minutes

Quick Charge 5 takes your phone battery from 0-100% in 15 minutes

Quick Charge 5 has arrived, and Qualcomm's latest high-speed charging system promises even less time hovering next to your adapter, not to mention more flexibility with devices. Now supporting upward of 100W, Quick Charge 5 could take compatible 4,500 mAh devices from zero to 50-percent of a charge in 5 minutes, the chip-maker suggests.

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The CDC just changed the rules on COVID-19 quarantine

The CDC just changed the rules on COVID-19 quarantine

New guidelines for how long people with COVID-19 should isolate, when they can return to work, and how they should be tested and re-tested for coronavirus have been released by the CDC, in a significant update on the agency's pandemic policy. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, among other reasons, an attempt to limit "unnecessary use of laboratory testing resources" was a key motivator behind the new guidance.

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The Ford Bronco Pickup leaks are getting meatier

The Ford Bronco Pickup leaks are getting meatier

Ford is reportedly readying a Bronco pickup, aiming to capitalize on the warm response to the new SUV and slap the old name on a different body-style. Unveiled earlier this month after literally years of speculation, the new Bronco will launch in two-door and four-door SUV form next year, as a 2021 model year vehicle.

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FAA warns both Boeing 737 engines could shut down after takeoff

FAA warns both Boeing 737 engines could shut down after takeoff

Boeing's 737 is at risk of an engine failure that could potentially leave the jet powerless after takeoff, the FAA has warned airlines, after multiple incidents were observed as previously grounded fleets return to active service. The US Federal Aviation Administration says it has four recent reports of 737-series jets experiencing a stuck valve that, if unchecked, could lead to disastrous results.

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If the AMG GT Black Series in Magma Beam orange doesn’t dazzle you, the price might

If the AMG GT Black Series in Magma Beam orange doesn’t dazzle you, the price might

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is up for order, and if you thought it looked good in silver then wait until you catch it in AMG Magma Beam orange. Promising to drop as many jaws as the AMG V8 will with its 3.1 second 0-60 mph run, it's a fitting finish for the new flagship of the GT line-up - though the price tag may be tough to swallow.

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