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.

Apple Silicon and the 5G opportunity

Apple Silicon and the 5G opportunity

Apple may have come out strong with its new Apple M1, the first notebook chipset of its own design, but there's a conspicuous gap in the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13: 5G connectivity. In a year where Apple didn't just adopt 5G in iPhone, but embrace it wholeheartedly by including on every new iPhone 12 series device, the fact that it's not to be found in its new notebooks despite the ARM family resemblance seems like a missed opportunity.

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BMW Motorrad built an electric scooter fit for Akira

BMW Motorrad built an electric scooter fit for Akira

BMW is doubling up on its electric models today, not only previewing the new BMW iX all-EV SUV, but a "near-series" electric scooter too. The BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is, the automaker's two-wheel branch says, a vision of what it has in mind for electric urban mobility in the not too distant future. It doesn't hurt that it looks like something out of an Akira reboot.

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BMW iX is a 300 mile luxury electric SUV coming in 2022

BMW iX is a 300 mile luxury electric SUV coming in 2022

BMW has revealed its first all-electric SUV headed to the US, with the iNEXT concept becoming the new BMW iX. Set to be officially launched in 2021, and then arrive in dealerships in the US the following year, the iX is still a work-in-progress, BMW says, though it already has some numbers to tease us with.

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Apple made some huge M1 Silicon claims today

Apple made some huge M1 Silicon claims today

There's no reality distortion field quite like Apple's, or so the thinking goes, and that's even more the case when it comes to a huge architectural shift like the launch of the M1, its debut homegrown chipset for Mac. First of the Apple Silicon line-up to be announced since the company confirmed it would be phasing out Intel and moving to its own SoC design back at WWDC 2020 a few months ago, the M1 will initially be at the heart of a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and Mac mini.

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Apple Mac mini with M1 boosts power and cuts price to $699

Apple Mac mini with M1 boosts power and cuts price to $699

Apple's MacBook Air isn't the only Mac getting the new Apple M1 chipset, with the new Mac mini also getting a taste of Apple Silicon for 2020. Described as a "seismic shift" for a compact desktop PCs, the new Mac mini uses the same 8-core processor and 8-core GPU as the new, fanless MacBook Air.

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Sonos Arc multi-channel LPCM added as improved Upgrade Program launches

Sonos Arc multi-channel LPCM added as improved Upgrade Program launches

Sonos is adding a much-demanded feature to its Arc soundbar with a new software update, bringing multi-channel LPCM support to the flagship Dolby Atmos product. Meanwhile, the company is retiring its controversial Sonos Trade Up program, replacing it with a new Upgrade Program which promises hardware discounts for those users with older devices.

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Ford boosts electric F-150 production plans – confirms Mustang Mach-E sibling

Ford boosts electric F-150 production plans – confirms Mustang Mach-E sibling

Ford's all-electric F-150 may still be more than a year away from launch, but the automaker is already increasing production plans based on what it says has been "strong early interest" for the plug-in pickup. Details of the F-150 EV are still in short supply, but just the confirmation in September alone that it was on the Ford roadmap was enough to indicate big changes are coming.

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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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