Google will spend $1.1 billion hiring around 2,000 HTC employees who had been working in HTC's Pixel unit, as well as acquiring nonexclusive intellectual property rights. Google is seeking to expand its hardware sales by adding hardware engineers.
Google is investing $1.1 billion in HTC, some of whose employees will join Google in its fresh push into the business of digital hardware. HTC has a history with Google devices, helping to create its Pixel phone.
"Minecraft" went live Wednesday with extensive changes that include easier access to third-party servers and unification across platforms. The Better Together revamp applies now to Xbox One, Windows 10, virtual-reality and mobile versions of the game, with Switch to follow later in the year.
Amazon is developing smart glasses that will be compatible with Alexa. These glasses are expected to be the same size as regular glasses, and they will work wirelessly with users' smartphones and via voice commands.
Nest, a company that makes smart thermostat hardware, is expanding into home security with a new digital-video-enabled doorbell, an alarm system and a camera. The Nest Cam IQ offers high resolution and works with a partnering app to stream video.
Developers are quickly lining up to offer support for the Files app portion of iOS 11. The app allows users to store, edit and retrieve files across platforms.
Wish is an ecommerce app that gives consumers direct access to manufacturers in China at deeply reduced prices. With a pre-market valuation of $8.5 billion, Wish is worth more than Sears, JC Penney and Macy's combined, Forbes reports.
Google's Android One program will come to the US via Motorola's new Moto X4 as part of Google's Project Fi service. The X4 will thus become the first non-Google device on the network, which is now exclusive to Google's Pixel and Nexus phones.
The Federal Communications Commission notes in an annual report that network investment by mobile carriers fell after internet neutrality rules were introduced in 2015. Pro-neutrality group Free Press contends that the statement is misleading, saying that investment fell naturally after carriers completed most of their 4G LTE deployments.