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Google buys HTC's Pixel division in $1.1 billion deal

Google is buying HTC's Pixel division in a deal valued at $1.1 billion. The acquisition was first rumoured earlier this month. Google is not purchasing HTC's entire smartphone business, instead taking only the assets that helped create its Pixel device.

Google adds content classification features to its language cloud

Google has announced the launch of content classification support on its Natural Language Cloud. The addition will particularly benefit large brands and media companies wanting to work out how consumers are talking about their products.

Microsoft won't hold its annual hardware launch event this year

For the last several years, Microsoft has thrown a splashy New York City event in late October to introduce new Surface computers and other gadgets into the world.

Google's new 'Tez' payments app uses ultrasound to send money

As previously rumoured, Google has announced a new mobile payments service aimed specifically at Indian consumers. The app is designed to replace cash and includes support for instantaneous transactions. They can be sent using ultrasound signals.

Reports: Google preparing 'Tez' mobile payments service for India

Google's planning to launch a new mobile payments service in India, according to local reports. The platform could arrive as early as next week and will include more options than Google Wallet and Android Pay, the company's current payment solutions.

EU's Vestager, the Dane who is Google's bane

Brussels - If the critics of Silicon Valley needed a leader, many would turn to Denmark's Margrethe Vestager, the EU's top anti-trust regulator.Around the world, authorities and governments now look to the elegant Dane who in June slapped Google with a record 2.

Google explains how AI writes music and learns to tell jokes

Google has discussed how its researchers are training AI to create music, art and jokes. The company is working with specialised models to emulate human creative behaviour. Many of the issues are around understanding creativity, not implementing it in AI.

Report: Google ready to buy HTC's failing smartphone business

Google is close to purchasing HTC's smartphone business, according to a report today. The two firms are already linked as HTC produces Google's Pixel under contract. Google is stepping up its efforts to become a mobile hardware firm comparable to Apple.

Android Oreo warning as bug eats up mobile data allowances

Google is rushing to fix a bug in Android Oreo that's draining mobile data. The issue is understood to be left over from the preview builds of Oreo. It causes the phone to always prefer mobile data, even if a Wi-Fi network is available and connected.

Google announces Android One 'next step'

Google is expanding Android One to reach more users. The initiative aims to help device manufacturers build affordable Android smartphones based on a scaled-down version of the software. Aimed at developing markets, the idea has proved popular.

Vivaldi CEO attacks Google for 'evil' monopoly over online ads

Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner has penned an attack on Google's alleged "misuse of power" online. In a sharply written blog post, he explained how Google appeared to cancel Vivaldi's ad campaigns after he spoke out about its data collection policies.

Walmart buys into voice shopping with new Google partnership

Google has announced a partnership with Walmart that will let you order household items using Google Assistant and your voice. It comes amid a surge in interest in voice shopping and transformative retail experiences. Google also offers free delivery.

Google pulls 500 Android apps over spyware backdoor fears

Google has removed over 500 Android apps from Google Play after security researchers discovered they could be used to download spyware. All the apps used an advertising network that contained code capable of stealing data from users.

Google and Walmart team up to take on Amazon

San Francisco - Walmart, the world's biggest retailer, and Google, the internet's predominant search engine, are teaming up in an attempt to challenge Amazon's growing dominance in online shopping.

Op-Ed: What if Amazon, Google and Facebook enter financial services?

Sydney - It’s not as weird an idea as it might look at first glance. These are high capital, high cashflow companies. They can muscle their way in to the financial services sector with ease. The question is, what would it do to the market?

Free hands-free Wi-Fi calling comes to Google Home

Google has announced it's rolling out free calling to Google Home users in the U.S. and Canada. You can start calls using Google Assistant, letting you keep in touch with friends and family while you work. The recipient will not see your number though.

Google creates AI algorithm that removes watermarks from photos

Google has created an AI algorithm that's capable of removing watermarks from images with almost flawless accuracy. The discovery could allow cybercriminals to steal stock photographs and professional images. Google provided advice to combat the issue.

Box hooks into Google's cloud to improve image search

Cloud storage provider Box has announced it has partnered with Google to bring the search giant's computer vision tech to its platform. The decision to link Box to Google's cloud will let users search through photos even if they're not explicitly tagged.

Google's G Suite gets new collaboration features in latest update

Google has announced big updates for several G Suite apps that new collaboration and power user features. The company is adding more advanced co-authoring and version control capabilities to make G Suite more versatile in enterprise scenarios.

Google will now let you know if there's high pollen in your area

Google has announced a new feature designed to help allergy sufferers stay aware of pollen conditions. The company said it had observed seasonal surges in search traffic about pollen levels, leading it to expand its weather info with allergy details.

Google buys startup that uses smartphones as health monitors

Google has acquired a startup that uses smartphones as medical devices capable of monitoring several vital stats. The company has created a series of mobile apps that use simple smartphone hardware, such as the camera and mic, to detect health issues.

Google Allo is finally available on the web… sort of

Google Allo now has a web version, almost a year after its launch. The long-requested site is rolling out now but only some users will benefit from it. The app's currently limited to Android devices and the Chrome browser, restricting its usefulness.

Google may have paid Apple $3 bn to remain iPhone's search engine

Apple won't say what the exact number is, but Google pays a substantial amount of money to Apple in order to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads.

Google's voice dictation tech now supports 30 more languages

Google has greatly expanded the range of languages its voice recognition tech can understand. The company is rolling out an update that brings voice support to 30 more languages and regions worldwide, including traditional dialects with rich histories.

Amazon calls a $350,000 truce on the cloud wars

If you can't beat them, join them. That's what Amazon Web Services (AWS), did when it officially joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) on Wednesday, just two weeks after Microsoft joined as well.

50 percent of web users 'would not revisit' pages with popup ads

Google has published research detailing how annoying ads impact browsing habits. The company said 50 percent of web users will not return to a site that uses intrusive popup ads. Google intends to help sites migrate to more effective alternative formats.

Google says it's 'committed' to keeping data 'safe and private'

Google has detailed how it intends to make its services compliant with Europe's incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy rules. The company said it is "committed" to ensuring its products meet the guidelines and offer safety assurances.

Row over Google employee's defense of tech gender gap

New York - Google found itself at the center of controversy Sunday after an employee in a leaked internal document claimed "biological causes" explained the lack of women in tech industry leadership roles.

Google's Pixel 2 might look very similar to current model

Google's upcoming Pixel 2 smartphone might come with only minor design changes over the original. A credible report claims Google will be keeping the same chassis and body, leaving out the bezel-less display that defines contemporary flagship handsets.

The White House asked tech giants to help it digitally transform

The White House asked the U.S. tech giants to help federal agencies digitally transform during a private call held last week. The Trump administration is seeking advice from the private sector on how it can make better use of modern technology.
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