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The Best of CES 2017

The Best of CES 2017

CES 2017 has drawn to a close, and the biggest US tech event on the calendar has wowed, surprised, and generally impressed us with the best the gadget world has to offer. Every year we pick our favorite products and technologies from the show for the annual SlashGear Best of CES awards, and 2017 is no different. Read on for the highlights from Las Vegas.

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Samsung Focus is an all-in-one productivity app for Android

Samsung Focus is an all-in-one productivity app for Android

Samsung has announced what it calls an all-in-one productivity app, Samsung Focus. This app brings together all the things you’d normally consider part of a productive workday: your email, memos, phone contacts, and calendar, namely. Samsung Focus features a tabbed interface and serves as a single destination in which to access these items, including multiple email accounts. Users can even select specific keywords around which notifications will revolve.

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Confused Sprint, after killing 2,500 jobs, now says it’ll restaff call centers by 2018 [Update]

Confused Sprint, after killing 2,500 jobs, now says it’ll restaff call centers by 2018 [Update]

Sprint has announced plans to "create or bring back" 5,000 jobs in the US, despite cutting a considerable number of jobs earlier this year. The news sees the carrier, which reported net losses of $142m in its most recent financial release, commit to adding to its American workforce by the end of its 2017 financial year. According to Sprint, the new roles "will support a variety of functions across the organization".

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Alexa a hostile witness in murder investigation

Alexa a hostile witness in murder investigation

How reliable a witness is Amazon's Alexa? The voice-controlled assistant, star of the Echo smart speaker but increasingly spreading to other connected devices, has become the unexpected informant in an Arkansas murder investigation set to go to trial come 2017. According to police, and freshly-unearthed warrants filed by investigators, the always-listening Echo could hold crucial evidence in the case.

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Cuba’s first computer factory can make 120k tablets and laptops per year

Cuba’s first computer factory can make 120k tablets and laptops per year

Cuba has announced the launch of its very first computer factory, a facility said to be able to produce up to 120,000 tablets and laptops every year. This marks the nation’s latest foray into technology, and will soon give residents a new way to get their hands on personal computing devices. Per a statement from state-run media, this facility will produce tablets and laptops featuring Intel hardware.

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Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

Iconic actress Carrie Fisher has died following a heart attack she suffered on a plane trip from London to Los Angeles last week. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, announced her passing to People Magazine earlier today. An accomplished actress, writer, and advocate, Fisher was just 60 years old.

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Smart home turns informant: Police want Echo and IoT data in murder case

Smart home turns informant: Police want Echo and IoT data in murder case

Your smart home could turn into a police informant, if investigators in Arkansas can set a precedent that data from connected devices like Amazon's Echo be seized as murder case evidence. The police force in Bentonville served Amazon with a warrant for recordings made by an Echo smart speaker, after it potentially heard details around a murder that took place in the home. However, Alexa wasn't the only inadvertent potential witness to the alleged crime.

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Cheetahs are closer to extinction than anyone knew

Cheetahs are closer to extinction than anyone knew

A mere 7,100 cheetahs remain the wild, a new study has confirmed, putting the wild cats perilously close to extinction and spurring demands that they be officially classed as "endangered". The striking big cats, which hold the record as the world's fastest land animal, are currently considered "vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. That, the authors of a new study insist, paints the actual situation in too rosy a way.

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Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher reportedly suffers heart attack [updated]

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher reportedly suffers heart attack [updated]

Just days after the release of Star Wars Rogue One comes news that Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia, is reportedly in critical condition following a major heart attack suffered aboard a flight bound for Los Angeles. The actress reportedly went into 'full cardiac arrest' during the flight, and while details are still forthcoming, one police officer responding to the scene reportedly stated that her condition is 'not good.'

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Edipeel invisible food coating keeps fruit fresh for weeks

Edipeel invisible food coating keeps fruit fresh for weeks

Fresh food is great assuming you live near a suitable market, have a way to properly store the food, and you can consume it all before it goes bad. Things like lettuce, green onions, strawberries, and other fruits and vegetables are prone to going bad relatively quickly after being purchased, though, making it unappealing to many consumers, not to mention the waste that results. One company, fortunately, may have a solution.

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Tesla price rise as Brexit makes EV more expensive in UK

Tesla price rise as Brexit makes EV more expensive in UK

Tesla will raise prices of its Model S and Model X electric cars in the UK, blaming Brexit for its impact on the country's economy. The UK's controversial vote to exit the European Union - aka "Brexit" - has already been cited as a cause for price increases or even leaving operations in the country altogether by a number of technology firms. Now, it seems Tesla's California-made cars are next to feel the pinch.

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Scientists: help archive climate data before Trump presidency

Scientists: help archive climate data before Trump presidency

An effort is underway that highlights the sad state of climate change affairs: researchers are rushing to download and thus preserve climate change data ahead of Trump's presidency. Statements made by Trump -- followed by certain individuals he has nominated -- have raised serious concerns about the future of climate change research. There have been indications that NASA's Earth science division may be hard hit, among other things, and so researchers are scrambling to save the related government data now.

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