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.

Leica Q2 Monochrom is a $5k camera that only shoots in black & white

Leica Q2 Monochrom is a $5k camera that only shoots in black & white

Leica has launched a new version of its infamous Q line of cameras, with the Leica Q2 Monochrom promising to be the only full frame compact camera to use a dedicated monochrome sensor. Tapping the same processing hardware and design as the existing Q2, the new Q2 Monochrom switches out the color sensor for a specially-developed 47.3-megapixel monochrome version.

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2021 Honda Accord Hybrid First Drive – Green prestige not piety

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid First Drive – Green prestige not piety

It's lucky that the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid has "HYBRID" badges on its trunk and fenders, else you'd be forgiven for not knowing it was electrified at all. Then again, hybrid subtlety is part of the new Accord's charm, positioning the technology not so much as the green option, but the more premium, sophisticated pick of the sedan range.

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2021 Land Rover Discovery gives iconic SUV a high-tech upgrade

2021 Land Rover Discovery gives iconic SUV a high-tech upgrade

Say hello to the 2021 Land Rover Discovery, with the iconic British SUV tightening up its styling, adding new tech, and getting more usable lifestyle features as it heads to US dealerships. Under the hood, there'll be a choice of two different engines - including a turbocharged mild-hybrid - while a new R-Dynamic styling package is expected to be the most popular trim.

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The iPhone 12 mini feels like coming home

The iPhone 12 mini feels like coming home

The iPhone 12 mini feels like a throwback, and a glorious one at that. Nestling into your hand, its compact body unexpectedly light, it's a reminder of the days many assumed were long gone, when smartphones were little larger overall than their dumb-phone predecessors. In the process, though, it also upends attempts over the past few years to give users the best of all worlds.

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McDonald’s McPlant fake-meat burger is coming next year [Updated]

McDonald’s McPlant fake-meat burger is coming next year [Updated]

McDonald's is working on a fake meat product of its own, with "McPlant" set to offer a plant-based alternative to its usual beef burgers, chicken nuggets, and fish options. The development, announced during the fast food company's financial results today, could put McDonald's on a collision course with faux-flesh startups like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods.

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Stellantis logo revealed as FCA and PSA prepare to merge

Stellantis logo revealed as FCA and PSA prepare to merge

Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge parent FCA, and Europe's PSA Groupe have revealed the new logo for their Stellantis merger, and while the deal hasn't closed yet, there's certainly no shortage of verbiage about the design. Announced back in October 2019, the merging will create the fourth largest global automaker OEM in terms of vehicle sales, with Stellantis a clean fifty-fifty split between the two.

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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shows 90% efficacy – What we do and don’t know

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shows 90% efficacy – What we do and don’t know

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has passed a significant milestone, with the company announcing the early results from its coronavirus trial have shown the drug to be more than 90-percent effective. It's a strong note of confidence for the mRNA-based vaccine, though a relatively small sample size - among other factors - does mean there's still some way to go before celebrating.

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2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line priced for a sports sedan surprise

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line priced for a sports sedan surprise

Hyundai has priced up its most potent Sonata, with the 2021 Sonata N Line set to take its place as the performance flagship of the range completely with a special 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. Latest to join the N Brand range - Hyundai's badging for its performance-minded cars - the sedan promises 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque, along with an unexpectedly aggressive price tag.

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Mopar “Hellcrate” boxes you up an 807 horsepower HEMI V8

Mopar “Hellcrate” boxes you up an 807 horsepower HEMI V8

Mopar's most potent crate engine has been released, and if you like the idea of 807 horsepower of SRT Demon Redeye madness under your hood, now is your chance. The new Hellcrate Redeye 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI V8 takes the ridiculously potent engine from the limited-edition 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and the new 2020 Challenger SRT Super Stock, and packages it up separately for installation into your own car.

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Bombshell CDC report reveals 1-in-3 early COVID-19 tests failed

Bombshell CDC report reveals 1-in-3 early COVID-19 tests failed

Not only delayed, the first COVID-19 tests from the US CDC had a huge failure rate a new report claims, with leaked findings from within the agency suggesting that as many as 1-in-3 tests could fail. The revelation comes as new coronavirus cases in the US exceeded 106,000 a day across America, with total deaths now numbering more than 233,000.

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LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 does justice to an epic movie icon

LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 does justice to an epic movie icon

LEGO has revealed its latest set, and if you've ever wanted to drive the Ghostbusters' ECTO-1 then you're in look - after a little assembly, of course. Headed to stores from November 15, the iconic car from the classic movies looks the part from every angle, and when complete is 18-inches long and 6-inches wide.

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FDA committee to rule on experimental Alzheimer’s drug that could slow disease

FDA committee to rule on experimental Alzheimer’s drug that could slow disease

The FDA is holding an early hearing today on a new Alzheimer's treatment, aducanumab, the first new drug for the disease that the US Food and Drug Administration has considered giving the green light to since 2004. The panel, a meeting of the FDA's Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee, will aim to decide whether or not recommendations for approval should be given for the experimental Biogen drug.

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