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.

Meet the first 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid – here’s why it’s special

Meet the first 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid – here’s why it’s special

The 2021 F-150 may be Ford's 14th generation of the pickup, but it's also the first to offer a full hybrid option. The 2021 F-150 PowerBoost sees the F-Series embrace electrification for the first time, and the advantages are in more than just economy.

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The new 2021 F-150 will get Ford’s hands-free driving tech

The new 2021 F-150 will get Ford’s hands-free driving tech

Ford's new 2021 F-150 will have the option to drive itself on highways, albeit with human supervision, as the company expands its Active Drive Assist package. Announced last week as an option for the upcoming Mustang Mach-E electric crossover, Active Drive Assist uses eye- and head-tracking to make sure the person at the wheel is paying attention to the road, even if their hands aren't on the wheel.

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2021 Ford F-150 revealed: New hybrid, extra tech and more practicality

2021 Ford F-150 revealed: New hybrid, extra tech and more practicality

America's favorite truck has its long-anticipated upgrade, with the new 2021 Ford F-150 making its debut today. Now in its fourteenth generation, the new F-150 promises more usable functionality along with a host of new tech features, the option of hands-free assisted driving, and a hybrid engine available for the first time.

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Mesmerizing time-lapse captures NASA’s ten years of Sun study

Mesmerizing time-lapse captures NASA’s ten years of Sun study

For ten years now, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has maintained its unflinching gaze at our Sun, and while staring directly at Earth's closest star really isn't advisable, watching the space agency's new time-lapse marking its changes over that decade absolutely is. Orbiting our planet, the SDO's focus has been on just one goal: figuring out how solar activity shapes the broader solar system.

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Sonos’ NYC store is closing and it’s cutting jobs

Sonos’ NYC store is closing and it’s cutting jobs

Sonos is closing its New York retail store and will shed around 12-percent of its staff, the company has confirmed today, as it aims to offset the impact of COVID-19 on its multi-room speaker business. The news comes after Sonos warned investors back in March that it was hunting ways to save cash, including trimming marketing and better managing inventory.

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Olympus is done trying to make cameras profitable

Olympus is done trying to make cameras profitable

Olympus is selling off its camera business, blaming the rise in smartphone photography and the impact of COVID-19 for its decision. The company has inked a deal with Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), which bought Sony's VAIO computing division back in 2014.

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2021 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman get a spec-boost: All the details

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman get a spec-boost: All the details

Porsche has revealed the 2021 718 Boxster and Cayman, and while the new model year may not touch the style, the tech and cabin comforts are getting a welcome upgrade. Features like Apple CarPlay are now being included as standard across the line-up, as will two-zone climate control.

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Panasonic Lumix G100 promises spatial audio for vloggers

Panasonic Lumix G100 promises spatial audio for vloggers

Panasonic has revealed its latest mirrorless camera, with the Lumix G100 tagging vloggers and other creatives who need great audio along with their stabilized 4K. Taking on the recently-announced Sony ZV-1, the Lumix G100 pairs a micro four-thirds sensor with five-axis OIS and sound tech supplied by OZO Audio by Nokia.

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These Ford Mustang Mach-E leaks clear up some key details

These Ford Mustang Mach-E leaks clear up some key details

Ford is almost ready to open the order books on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, but even before that details on how much the EV's options may set you back, plus which models will get the hands-free driving assistance prep package, have leaked. Although deliveries of the electric crossover aren't expected to begin until later in the year, Ford has been taking reservations for the early cars since it unveiled the EV late in 2019.

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Mercedes and NVIDIA team up on autonomous cars you can actually buy

Mercedes and NVIDIA team up on autonomous cars you can actually buy

Mercedes-Benz will use NVIDIA's DRIVE platform for its driver-assistance and autonomy in future vehicles, the automaker has announced today, including powering cars that can drive themselves from address to address on regular routes. The deal will see the first new Mercedes using NVIDIA DRIVE from 2024, as the German automaker revamps its fleet.

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Self-balancing butt of a thousand jokes, the Segway is being discontinued

Self-balancing butt of a thousand jokes, the Segway is being discontinued

The Segway self-balancing scooter is being discontinued, ending nearly two decades of production for one of the most hyped - and divisive - gadgets on wheels. Lauded initially as the future of transportation, the Segway never turned out to disrupt city travel in quite the way its creators hoped it might.

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Wyze Cam Outdoor offers battery-powered security on a budget

Wyze Cam Outdoor offers battery-powered security on a budget

Low-cost camera company Wyze has revealed its newest model, and as the name suggests the Wyze Cam Outdoor is its first intended to go outside. Battery powered, and able to work with both a base station for streaming and in a standalone mode for impromptu monitoring of a hotel room or other situation, the new camera sticks with Wyze's tradition of being more affordable than most.

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