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

NASA issues a dire flood warning – and the wobbly Moon isn’t helping

NASA issues a dire flood warning – and the wobbly Moon isn’t helping

A wobble in the Moon's orbit, combined with climate change, is likely to provoke massive flooding a new study has warned, with the potential for coastal cities to find themselves regularly swamped from the mid-2030s. The newly-published research highlights just how dangerous unchecked global warming can be, and how it can leave dangerous even natural environmental cycles.

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Richard Branson went up, but Virgin Galactic’s stock went down

Richard Branson went up, but Virgin Galactic’s stock went down

Virgin Galactic may have successfully taken Richard Branson into suborbital space, but that wasn't enough to buoy the company's share price on Monday. Shares in $SPCE dropped by more than 11-percent when markets opened today, after investors decided Branson's brush with zero-gravity wasn't enough to offset Virgin Galactic's announcement that it would sell off up to $500 million of its common stock.

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Elon Musk heads to court today in $2.6bn Tesla SolarCity lawsuit

Elon Musk heads to court today in $2.6bn Tesla SolarCity lawsuit

Elon Musk is in court today, as the Tesla chief exec testifies in a SolarCity lawsuit brought by shareholders upset with just how much the electric car company spent on the solar panel business. Tesla acquired SolarCity for $2.6 billion back in 2016, though the case alleges Musk applied undue pressure in an attempt to drive through the deal before the solar firm ran out of cash.

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Amazon eyes Soli-style radar sensors for sleep tracking and smart home

Amazon eyes Soli-style radar sensors for sleep tracking and smart home

Amazon is working on radar tech that could be used for sleep tracking, gesture control, and more, potentially paving the way to a new Echo smart device that might offer similar features to Google's latest Nest Hub. Currently, select Amazon Echo smart display models use camera-based person tracking, in order to keep the user centered for video calls. However this new system could be far more precise in its tracking.

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NASA just hit a huge Artemis Moon milestone for its all-important Gateway

NASA just hit a huge Artemis Moon milestone for its all-important Gateway

NASA may be taking astronauts back to the Moon, but it's the orbiting Gateway which will act as a space AirBnB for Artemis. A newly finalized deal will see Northrop Grumman develop the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO), a home away from home for astronauts and what's expected to be an instrumental part of future missions including NASA's first crewed trip to Mars.

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Starlink teardown reveals how SpaceX keeps its secrets

Starlink teardown reveals how SpaceX keeps its secrets

A new Starlink teardown has revealed fresh details about SpaceX's satellite internet dish, including how the company prevents its development hardware from being misused. Launched last year, Starlink relies upon both a growing constellation of satellites in orbit around Earth and an auto-positioning dish on the ground that communicates with them.

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GM recalls 400,000+ Chevrolet and GMC pickups over exploding airbags

GM recalls 400,000+ Chevrolet and GMC pickups over exploding airbags

GM is recalling more than 400,000 pickup trucks, having identified an airbag fault that could see the safety equipment unexpectedly explode, sending pressurized gas and potentially broken components into the cabin. The recall, confirmed by the US NHTSA, affects select Chevrolet and GMC trucks, and comes after a handful of reported incidents where airbags have erupted.

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IKEA SYMFONISK Picture Frame hands-on: An artful Sonos speaker

IKEA SYMFONISK Picture Frame hands-on: An artful Sonos speaker

IKEA's SYMFONISK Picture Frame speaker has arrived, and if you didn't know it hid wireless music talents behind the abstract art, you'd be forgiven for not realizing Sonos' involvement. Third addition to the SYMFONISK range, the new Picture Frame speaker joins the Bookshelf Speaker and Table Lamp Speaker as some of the most affordable ways to add Sonos to your home.

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CDC updates COVID-19 school rules: In-person learning, vaccines & masks

CDC updates COVID-19 school rules: In-person learning, vaccines & masks

New CDC schools guidance pushes in-person learning as K-12 classrooms prepare for the fall 2021 return, though masks will remain a key part of the COVID-19 strategy. The US Centers for Disease Control has been criticized in the past for its policies around classroom learning, blamed on one side for impractically strict guidance, while accused of pushing for premature in-person schooling too rapidly by others.

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Tesla’s Model S and X EVs just got $5k more expensive

Tesla’s Model S and X EVs just got $5k more expensive

Tesla has quietly increased the cost of its high-end electric cars, with the Model S and Model X both climbing by $5,000. The price change comes only months after Tesla increased the cost of the Model S Plaid, adding $10,000 to the sticker price of its most potent EV.

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Volvo is breaking my heart

Volvo is breaking my heart

The secret, super-rare star of Volvo's range, beloved by enthusiasts and more scarce on the streets than a supercar, is coming to an end. The Volvo V90 won't be making it to 2022, at least not in the US, and for wagon fans it's a reminder that tastes change and it can take more than just Swedish style to address that.

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COVID-19 booster shot controversy as CDC/FDA snipe Pfizer suggestions

COVID-19 booster shot controversy as CDC/FDA snipe Pfizer suggestions

The US FDA and CDC have made an unexpected announcement on COVID-19 vaccine boosters, downplaying hints that a third shot might be necessary to protect against coronavirus variants. Just how long the current COVID-19 vaccinations can actually be expected to remain effective has been a contentious point over the past twelve months, amid the accelerated push to begin immunizations during the global pandemic.

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