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Google expands smartphone business in $1bn deal

Google expands smartphone business in $1bn deal

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Google has bought part of Taiwanese technology company HTC in an effort to further expand its smartphone business.The Silicon Valley tech giant announced that it is spending $ 1.1bn (£820m) to acquire the team that developed its Pixel smartphone, released in 2016.About 2,000 employees, which represent half of HTC's existing smartphone development workforce, will move to Google as a result of the acquisition.The deal is a cash transaction and won't see Google take a stake in HTC, as had been speculated earlier in the week.Image:Google has previously outsourced the development of its Pixel smartphone range to HTCShares in HTC were suspended on Wednesday as rumours of an all-out buyout deal by Google's parent company Alphabet abounded.Google has been pushing its new Pixel phone as an increasi
Google set to unveil new Pixel smartphones

Google set to unveil new Pixel smartphones

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Google is believed to be about to unveil its next smartphone to rival Apple's iPhone X. The technology giant has announced it will host a live event at the beginning of October, where new versions of the firm's Pixel and Pixel XL will be unveiled.A teaser video on the company's Twitter feed shows a series of questions about phone performance being typed into a Google search barIt includes queries about poor battery life, before a message appears reading: "Answers are coming. Oct 4."It will be exactly 12 months since the original Pixel was announced. At the time, it was marketed as Google's first own-built phone, which had virtual helper Google Assistant at its centre.Reports are now naming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL as the likely new devices to be unveiled.The event follows Apple's latest live...
Google reveals users' most frequently searched 'how to' questions

Google reveals users' most frequently searched 'how to' questions

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Google has revealed its most popular "how to" searches over the past 13 years. The Google Trends team has developed a site that analyzes the most-asked questions on the search engine, and global searches that begin with "how to" are on the rise. Its data reveal that many people don't know how to make pancakes or boil an egg, according to Google Trends. "How to" searches are up more than 140 percent since 2004, Google's data editor Simon Rogers told U.K. Esquire. Here are Google's top "how to" searches from 2004 to 2017. 1. How to tie a tie 2. How to kiss 3. How to get pregnant 4. How to lose weight 5. How to draw 6. How to make money 7. How to make pancakes 8. How to write a cover letter 9. How to make French toast 10. How to lose belly fat 11. How to write a resume 12. How to boil e...
Trolls force Google to cancel gender memo meeting

Trolls force Google to cancel gender memo meeting

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Google has cancelled a company-wide "town hall" meeting due to fears of employee harassment.The meeting was planned to allow Google staff to discuss an internal memo regarding gender roles at the company.James Damore, an engineer at Google, was fired on Monday after his 3,000-word essay, which argued that biological differences were responsible for gender disparity, provoked heated discussion.Confirming his dismissal at the time, Mr Damore said that he had been sacked for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" - causing a number of internet trolls to attach themselves to his sacking.These trolls have now led to a Google meeting regarding the memo being cancelled, as staff fear they will be targeted for taking part."We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us ...