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AR company Avegant has replaced its CEO and laid off more than half its staff

Light-field display and “mixed reality” startup Avegant laid off a significant portion of its staff in recent weeks, and also replaced its CEO with one of the company founders, according to people familiar with the company’s operations.

Avegant’s headcount was reduced last month to fewer than 20 people, and those who remain work largely in R&D or on the technology partnership side. Prior to the layoffs, there had been somewhere between 40 and 50 employees, one person said.

Former chief executive officer Jeorg Tewes was also replaced by company founder Ed Tang in February, these people said, a change that also appears in both executives’ LinkedIn profiles.

When reached by phone, Tang declined to comment on the company’s organizational changes, but did confirm the CEO appointment. He also said that the company’s mission hasn’t changed, and that it’s in the process of closing a £10 million funding round to work on the next generation of its technology.

Last year, The Verge profiled Avegant’s efforts in light-field display technology, which involved a reference design of a headset that projected digital objects in front of the person wearing the headset.

The prototype we saw was tethered to a computer, but Avegant had actively been working on reducing the compute power needed for the technology, which would mean, in the future, making an AR headset that was not tethered and was therefore more mobile.

Avegant made clear at the time that it was not planning to sell its headsets directly to consumers – unlike its first product, the Avegant Glyph – and instead said it was partnering with larger hardware makers to sell its technology.

The status of those partnerships is unclear.

Avegant’s social media accounts have also been notably quiet, with the last public-facing updates from the company shared in January.

The Bay Area-based company company was first founded in 2012 and has raised more than £50 million in funding.

Best cheap American fridge freezer we’ve reviewed

A quality American fridge freezer will offer tons of storage, have handy features as standard and look great in your kitchen – but could also end up costing you a small fortune. One of the priciest models we’ve reviewed costs nearly GBP3,000. Fortunately, our tests have shown that you don’t always need to pay over the odds to bag yourself an impressive appliance.

We’ve found Best Buy American fridge freezers costing less than GBP700. The cheapest of those that topped our tests is just GBP500. Go straight to all our fridge freezer Best Buys[1].

American fridge freezer pros and cons

When you’re spending hundreds or even thousands of pounds on an American fridge freezer, excellent cooling and freezing power, ease of use and plenty of shelving should be a given.

It should also stay at a stable temperature and not be a nightmare to clean. But our tests have revealed that not all models impress. One American fridge freezer scored just 44% and costs around GBP1,000.

We found that it had a poor freezer, a fridge where the temperature shot up in certain conditions and it was extremely awkward to clean.

Three things to check before you buy an American fridge freezer

Energy use

If you don’t want to spend lots of extra pennies on your energy bill, then it’s wise to check out the efficiency of each model. American fridge freezers usually cost more to run than conventional models, partly because of their size. We measure the energy usage of each model we test.

To find the most efficient, look for four or five stars in our fridge freezer reviews[2]. The good news is that an efficient American fridge freezer needn’t cost you the earth either. A good number of our Best Buy American fridge freezers have been awarded our Energy Saver logo.


More storage means more bulk.

These fridge freezers are large, and you will want to make sure you have enough space in your kitchen to cater. If you’re planning to integrate the appliance into your kitchen units, you will also need to take into consideration any extra space that might be needed for air to circulate.


One of the biggest draws for people buying an American fridge freezer is the perceived vast amount of usable storage. While this is typically correct for the fridge section, the freezer side is slimmer and normally has fewer drawers than a conventional model.

So, if you’re more likely to bulk-buy frozen meals than a week’s worth of fresh food, it might be more practical to opt for a standalone freezer instead. Get more advice on buying an American fridge freezer.[3]

What do you get if you pay more?

From automatic ice makers to transparent doors, there are plenty of extras you can get if you’re happy to spend more on your fridge freezer.

The LG Instaview[4] (pictured above) has a large rectangle of black glass on the fridge door that becomes clear when you knock on it twice with your knuckle and, in doing so, turns on the inside light. This will keep warm air from entering, saving on energy usage.

It sounds great, but will set you back GBP1,699. Individual temperature-controlled drawers are handy for ensuring certain foods are kept as fresh as possible for as long as possible. Pay GBP1,484 for the Samsung RFG23UEBP[5] and this feature is all yours.

The Bosch KAI90VI20G[6], meanwhile offers a child lock, sleek stainless-steel finish and a fast-freeze setting that provides a burst of quick chilling power, all for a cool GBP1,419.

Still not found the one for you?

Here’s our round-up of the top five American fridge freezers[7] for 2018.


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New Best Buy mirrorless camera: is it from Panasonic or Leica?

With rumours swirling about Canon and Nikon releasing a full-frame mirrorless camera within a year, our recent digital camera reviews include the latest mirrorless models that are available to buy right now. Among the camera models tested this month, the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S is a weather-sealed mirrorless (or compact system) camera that withstands the elements when shooting outdoors. It’s designed as a video-first camera, meaning it’s more suited to capturing video than still photos and has videographers in mind.

Our latest round of testing also includes a camera that is compact in size but also includes manual exposure controls, a programmable menu and a high-resolution viewfinder. DSLR and compact system camera reviews[1] – discover the best camera for you, whatever your budget.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S, GBP2,199

Designed with movie-making in mind, the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S is a mirrorless camera based on the previously tested Panasonic Lumix GH5. The new GH5S will sit alongside the GH5 and G9 at the top end of Panasonic’s line-up, with both aforementioned models still available to purchase.

Instead of using the same resolution sensor as in the GH5, Panasonic has opted for a lower-resolution 10Mp Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensor, which increases its low-light sensitivity. Although the megapixel count might be low compared with other new-release cameras, it follows in the footsteps of Sony with its Alpha 7S[2]. It also includes a 3-inch touchscreen display, an electronic viewfinder, a continuous shooting speed of 12 frames per second (fps) and high-quality video recording (4K video at 60 fps, Full HD video at 240 fps).

The Lumix GH5 is still available to buy body-only (GBP1,599) or as part of a bundle deal with a lens, but the Lumix GH5S is just available body-only (GBP2,199). We put Panasonic’s claims about low-light sensitivity to the test – read our full Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S review[3] to see how it performs.

Leica CL, GBP2,250

With a minimalist design, the Leica CL is a 24Mp mirrorless camera that comes in two different lens bundles – the Leica CL Vario kit (GBP3,275) and the Leica CL Elmarit-TL kit (GBP3,150). It’s also available body-only for GBP2,250.

The Vario kit includes a Vario-Elmar 18-56mm lens and the Elmarit-TL kit includes the Elmarit 18mm lens. Built around a 24Mp APS-C-sized sensor, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and 4K video recording up to 30fps, the CL brings the brand’s iconic design to the mirrorless camera market. That said, it’s expensive, so some prospective buyers might hesitate.

Leica aims to attract a new generation of photographers, but does the CL perform highly in comparison to other mirrorless cameras? Read our full Leica CL review[4] to find out.

Is a mirrorless camera right for you?

If you’re new to the world of interchangeable-lens cameras, you may find yourself asking this question. With numerous manufacturers touting their own ‘system’ as the best, it may be difficult to know which is right for you.

As you may have guessed by the name, the mirror that’s normally found inside DSLR cameras has been removed. This means the camera is more compact and lighter than a typical DSLR. Like DSLRs, mirrorless cameras also support interchangeable lenses, although they’re usually locked to the specific brand of camera.

Mirrorless cameras do offer some significant benefits over DSLRs, but also have some limitations, too. This camera type is ideal for people who want creativity and control with their camera, thanks to its manual exposure controls and interchangeable lenses, but without the bulk and weight of a DSLR. But mirrorless cameras don’t have an extensive library of lenses like DSLRs, so your lens choice is restricted.

If you’re unsure what camera type is right for you, see our guide to which type of digital camera to choose[5].


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