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Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in San Francisco, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

Thousands of Microsoft jobs cut in cloud-first pivot

Thousands of Microsoft jobs cut in cloud-first pivot

Microsoft is axing as many as 3,000 jobs as it refocuses its business, with a new emphasis on selling lucrative cloud services prompting a sizable shakeup. The software giant announced its plans to reorient earlier this week, with rumors at the time suggesting that redundancies could be on the cards as well. However, Microsoft insisted that it would repurpose employees as much as possible into new roles.

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RED Hydrogen One promises holographic display on modular smartphone

RED Hydrogen One promises holographic display on modular smartphone

High-end camera manufacturer RED has announced its latest product, the RED Hydrogen One, its first ever smartphone. Described as "the world's first holographic media machine in your pocket," the Hydrogen phone promises not only to capture high-quality images and video, but offer "holographic multi-view" without the need for special glasses. However, it won't come cheap.

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Full OLED iPhone line-up in 2018 tipped, if Apple can overcome one issue

Full OLED iPhone line-up in 2018 tipped, if Apple can overcome one issue

Apple's ambitious plans to embrace OLED screen technology may not completely upend the new iPhone line-up in 2017, but it'll be all-change in 2018. The Cupertino firm plans to launch just one new iPhone using an OLED panel this year, sources say, but that will triple to three OLED iPhones in 2018. The whispers underscore long-standing rumors in the phone industry that Apple is hoping to move away from LCD in its handsets.

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France is banning gas and diesel car sales to push EVs

France is banning gas and diesel car sales to push EVs

France has announced an aggressive plan to ban the sale of all gas and diesel cars in the country, aiming to promote EVs and and other green vehicles. The move is part of the French government's attempt to meet the emissions targets it has committed to for the Paris climate accord, the pact by most in the global community to voluntarily reduce their contribution to climate change. However, unsurprisingly the switchover won't happen overnight.

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North Korea just claimed a huge, terrifying missile milestone

North Korea just claimed a huge, terrifying missile milestone

Experts are divided on whether North Korea has passed another worrying missile milestone, with the clandestine and controversial country claiming to have successfully tested its first ICBM. The Hwasong-14 missile test was confirmed on North Korean television today, July 4th, along with claims about the details of its flight. While the missile traveled further in altitude than it did in horizontal distance, it's the implications of that which have many concerned.

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Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Samsung's Bixby smart assistant may only just be arriving on the Galaxy S8, but the company is already looking at alternative ways to package it - and take on Apple and Google in the process. Bixby Voice was billed by Samsung as its supercharged alternative to the Google Assistant and Apple's Siri, a way to fully control everything on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ by voice. Now, a new report lends weight to rumors that Bixby is getting a smart speaker to live inside.

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Tesla’s 22k car Q2 2017 paves way for Model 3

Tesla’s 22k car Q2 2017 paves way for Model 3

Tesla delivered more than 22,000 electric cars in Q2 2017, the automaker has confirmed today, blaming battery manufacturing headaches for limiting potentially even greater performance. The California car firm put the keys for over 12,000 Model S sedans and over 10,000 Model X SUVs into the hands of new owners, during the three month period. Meanwhile, as the first production Model 3 nears, Tesla also finally addressed an issue that had been lingering for more than two years.

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Facebook isn’t responsible for your privacy, judge rules

Facebook isn’t responsible for your privacy, judge rules

Facebook users can't expect the social network to protect their privacy when they're browsing online, a US judge has ruled, throwing out a lawsuit against the social networking behemoth. The case had seen Facebook accused of violating both US federal and Californian laws around privacy and wiretapping, in its use of tracking cookies. However the judge, in a decision made on Friday last week, disagreed.

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Microsoft Cloud focus casts job loss shadows

Microsoft Cloud focus casts job loss shadows

Microsoft is readying for job losses as it prepares to shake up its business, reports warn, with layoffs likely as the software giant doubles-down on the cloud. Sales teams are likely to be most significantly impacted, insiders say, as Microsoft focuses its efforts more on selling cloud software. However, employees in the company's marketing divisions are also expected to be affected.

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This BMW i8 Roadster teaser was worth the wait

This BMW i8 Roadster teaser was worth the wait

Electric cars aren't slow, but BMW's convertible version of the i8 electric sports car has sure taken its time coming. The drop-top iteration of the seductive EV coupe was previewed as the i8 Spyder Concept all the way back in 2012 at the LA Auto Show, at which point BMW claimed it was about 90-percent finished. Well, that 10-percent took a lot longer to get done than we expected it might.

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As iPhone 8 starts OLED journey, Apple leaving nothing to chance

As iPhone 8 starts OLED journey, Apple leaving nothing to chance

Apple is moving to lock down supplies of one of the most important components for its next-generation iPhone, reportedly pumping cash into LG Display in return for parts exclusivity. The Cupertino firm is, so South Korean sources are reporting, weighing a considerable investment into one of LG Display's production lines, which would be earmarked entirely for Apple's needs. In doing so, Apple could help further shift its reliance away from Samsung.

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Microsoft is getting in-your-face about Windows 10 privacy

Microsoft is getting in-your-face about Windows 10 privacy

Microsoft is pretty darn keen for you to be on the latest version of Windows, to the point that it now plans to pester users to install Windows 10 Creators Update. The strong-arm tactics will kick off this week, with Microsoft pinging PC owners who are yet to upgrade to the most recent version with a privacy settings review. For a while you'll be able to avoid it, Microsoft says, but not forever.

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