HTC’s phones have been struggling to make a dent in the Android market for years now, but the company may soon have a savior: Google itself.
Digitimes reports (via Taiwanese publication Commercial Times) that HTC is in the “final stage of negotiation with Google for selling its smartphone business unit.” It’s not clear yet whether Google is planning on buying HTC’s smartphone business entirely, or simply becoming a “stategic partner.” Keep in mind this is only about smartphones; HTC’s VR unit, Vive, seems to be doing fine on its own for now.
The sale would make some sense. HTC already built the original Google Pixel and Pixel XL, and is slated to build the smaller model [...]
Leave it to Acer to announce the most insane gaming computer of the year.
As part of its IFA Berlin event on Wednesday, the company showed us the Acer Predator Orion 9000.
The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is placed in a heavy, industrial-looking case with a window on the side and meshed metal on the front, back, and top. The mesh helps with the cooling system, which is a combination of liquid and air cooling, with different parts of the computer compartmentalized into different cooling zones to allow for best cooling performance. The entire computer is [...]
Apple and Google are arguably the biggest frenemies in tech. While they both compete like there’s no tomorrow, they also partner on some very specific deals. One such being, Google paying a ton of money to stay the default search engine on iOS.
As CNBC first reported, according to Bernstein, Google might end up paying as much as $3 billion a year just to remain the default option in Safari.
Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi starts from a previous court document from 2014 that stated that Google had to pay $1 billion every year to remain the default search engine on iOS back in 2014.
But mobile traffic as well as iPhone sales have been growing steadily since then. [...]