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.

The countdown to Mars 2020 is on – and NASA can’t afford to miss it

The countdown to Mars 2020 is on – and NASA can’t afford to miss it

The deadline for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission to launch is fast-approaching - and the US space agency isn't accepting the possibility of delay or defeat. In the pipeline for eight years now, Mars 2020 isn't short on challenges - including a parachute to land on the red planet's surface, a brand new experimental helicopter, and a whole new rover design - but the biggest is arguably the relation of Earth to NASA's destination.

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The 2021 Acura TLX’s best safety feature is something you’ll hopefully never see

The 2021 Acura TLX’s best safety feature is something you’ll hopefully never see

Acura will get to launch Honda's new airbag design, cradling the front passenger's head and helping avoid brain injuries with a clever triple-bag layout. The new airbag - which has been compared to a baseball catcher's mitt, only in this case your head is the ball - was previewed by Honda last year, and will make its commercial debut in the 2021 Acura TLX.

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Hands-on, Hands-off: Ford’s new driver assist tech is in rare company

Hands-on, Hands-off: Ford’s new driver assist tech is in rare company

Ford's Mustang Mach-E electric crossover will join a very exclusive club of vehicles with hands-free driver assistance, still far from full autonomy but nonetheless promising a more relaxed driving experience - if the conditions are right. Though the 2021 Mustang Mach-E is on track to begin deliveries later this year, the newly-announced Ford Active Drive Assist system won't actually be available until late 2021. However confusion around the system is already cropping up now.

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B&O Beoplay E8 Sport wireless earbuds focus on fitness

B&O Beoplay E8 Sport wireless earbuds focus on fitness

Bang & Olufsen has added a fresh pair of fully wireless earbuds to its range, with the Beoplay E8 Sport cutting the cord entirely as they take on AirPods and Pixel Buds. Focusing on fitness users, as the name implies, the Beoplay E8 Sport are IP57 certified against dust, sweat, and water.

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Ford Active Drive Assist adds hands-free Mustang Mach-E driving: The details

Ford Active Drive Assist adds hands-free Mustang Mach-E driving: The details

Ford promised hands-free driving for the new Mustang Mach-E, and now it's explaining how it'll deliver that, with a new system designed to leapfrog Autopilot and Super Cruise in the automaker's EV. Part of the freshly-updated Ford Co-Pilot360 system, Active Drive Assist will use a combination of attention monitoring and various sensors to support hands-free driving on over 100,000 miles of divided highways in the US and Canada.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Sedan and Wagon take on M5 and RS6 Avant

2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Sedan and Wagon take on M5 and RS6 Avant

We've already seen their sensible siblings: now it's time for the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Sedan and Wagon to come out and play. Taking the automaker's handsome luxury mid-ranger as their starting point, the two AMG-blessed upgrades throw in a handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V6 biturbo engine good for 603 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time as low as 3.3 seconds.

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Lucid Motors sets a date to detail how Air will disrupt EVs

Lucid Motors sets a date to detail how Air will disrupt EVs

The next big rival to Tesla's Model S will get its official revel in September, with Lucid Motors promising to take the wraps off its Air all-electric sedan. In development for the past few years, the Lucid Air promises a luxury take on EVs, not to mention American production.

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The hunt for dark matter just found a potentially physics-shaking mystery

The hunt for dark matter just found a potentially physics-shaking mystery

Scientists hunting dark matter have stumbled across something else, with "unexpected events" recorded that could demand a rethink of modern physics. The researchers at the XENON1T instrument, a dark matter experiment buried deep underground at the INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy, aren't exactly sure what they've found yet - and they're not claiming it's dark matter - but it could be something just as exciting.

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2021 Toyota Supra pricing for new 2.0 and power-bumped 3.0 confirmed

2021 Toyota Supra pricing for new 2.0 and power-bumped 3.0 confirmed

Toyota has priced up its 2021 Supra line-up, including confirming just how much the new entry-level Supra 2.0 will cost to put on your drive. Announced earlier this year, the new inline-4 turbo Supra may have less power than its six-cylinder sibling - which is actually getting a horsepower bump for the 2021 model year - but there are some very good reasons why it might be the Supra to pick.

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Snapdragon 690 aims to make 5G phones cheaper: Here’s who’s onboard

Snapdragon 690 aims to make 5G phones cheaper: Here’s who’s onboard

Qualcomm's relentless plan to put 5G in as many smartphones as possible continues today, with the Snapdragon 690 5G making its debut and promising more affordable options with support for high-speed wireless. The first of the 6-series to offer 5G, the new Snapdragon is expected to show up in phones from LG, Motorola, TCL, and Nokia, among others.

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Range Rover Fifty gives iconic luxury SUV a 50th surprise

Range Rover Fifty gives iconic luxury SUV a 50th surprise

The Range Rover is turning 50, and the automaker plans to celebrate the milestone SUV with a special, limited edition, the Range Rover Fifty. A nod to the very first Range Rover models in 1970 - including some striking heritage color options - only 1,970 of the luxury SUVs will be produced for sale worldwide, the automaker says.

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VW pumps $200 million more into battery tech that could double EV range

VW pumps $200 million more into battery tech that could double EV range

Volkswagen has tripled its stake in a solid-state battery specialist, counting on high-density batteries that promise longer range and shorter charging times being the key to driving EVs into the mass market. The German automaker had already taken a stake in US company QuantumScape, worth more than $100 million. Now, it's adding up to $200 million more.

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