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

United Airlines is ordering 100 of these all-electric planes: Here’s why

United Airlines is ordering 100 of these all-electric planes: Here’s why

United plans to add 100 all-electric aircraft to its fleet, with the new planes providing short-hop transportation of up to 250 miles. The Heart Aerospace ES-19 is designed to carry up to 19 people, though it'll still be a few years yet before it shows up with United livery for regional service.

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Ring end-to-end encryption goes global: How to turn it on

Ring end-to-end encryption goes global: How to turn it on

Ring is switching on end-to-end encryption for video worldwide, adding extra security to its camera and video doorbell streams. The expansion follows Ring's technical preview of encryption that launched earlier in the year, though which at the time was only available to users in the US.

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Electrify America locations expanding: EV charger network doubling by 2025

Electrify America locations expanding: EV charger network doubling by 2025

Electrify America has revealed how it will more than double its EV charger network in the US and Canada, aiming to have more than 1,800 locations open in North America by the end of 2025. Dubbed its "Boost Plan," the strategy for the Volkswagen-backed charging company should make it easier to find up to a 350 kW charger, which can add dozens or more miles of range to an EV in just minutes.

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Volkswagen reveals its money-maker plan for EVs and autonomous services

Volkswagen reveals its money-maker plan for EVs and autonomous services

Volkswagen has revealed its New Auto 2030 strategy, its roadmap for the rest of the decade, and the automaker is hoping you'll be willing to pay handsomely for software and autonomous services. Margins on electric vehicles should reach parity with combustion vehicles within 2-3 years, VW predicted today, helping close the gap in the transition, and potentially putting a new audience of shoppers in front of the automaker's store.

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GM reveals the new home for its most far-fetched ideas

GM reveals the new home for its most far-fetched ideas

Designing the future of cars is getting more complicated, especially when you consider electrification and autonomy, and so GM is spending $71 million on a new California tech campus where it'll work on next-generation technology and models. It'll mean a roughly fourfold increase in space from the current General Motors studio in Hollywood, with the new Advanced Design and Technology Campus in Pasadena, Southern California offering far more room for team members and concept cars.

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This color e-paper could match LCD on quality but with wild battery life

This color e-paper could match LCD on quality but with wild battery life

A new color e-paper display could bring LCD-style quality but without the need for a power-hungry backlight, paving the way to new tablets, ereaders, and phones. Although color e-paper is already on the market in a handful of devices, the colors themselves tend to be far more muted than from an LCD or OLED panel.

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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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