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Will Google’s $1.1 billion gamble on Pixel pay off?

Google is banking on Pixel smartphones proving a success. The tech giant has announced that it will pay $1.1 billion for the division at HTC that develops Google’s Pixel smartphones. Google will not be gaining any manufacturing assests from the transaction but the company will inherent 2,000 HTC employees who …

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Printer hardware shipments on the rise

The printer market is growing according to latest figures. According to data published by European IT market analysis firm Context, unit shipments of printer hardware to Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) continued to improve in Q2 2017 and registered an increase of four per cent year-on-year compared to …

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Bullitt is booming as demand for tough smartphones soars

Britain’s only remaining mobile phone manufacturer is enjoying a boom in revenue, bolstered by a growing demand for ‘rugged mobiles’. Reading-based Bullitt Group has seen year-on-year revenue increase of 36 per cent, largely buoyed by sales of its JCB and CAT brands. Marketed as ‘durable mobiles’, the phones are resitant …

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UK shoppers anticipating cash abandonment

A majority of UK consumers are expecting to abandon using cash for shopping in the next two years.  According to the report conducted by global payments provider Paysafe entitled ‘Lost in Transaction’, 55 per cent of UK shoppers are set to ditch cash, with 34 per cent visiting an ATM …

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MPs urge Amazon and eBay to clamp down on tax-dodging sellers

Ecommerce firms Amazon and eBay have been accused by MPs of profiting by ‘turning a bling eye’ to organised criminals using their online market places to sell goods. A number of UK politicians accused the companies of profiting from VAT evasion to the detriment of UK business. During a public …

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IT companies Firstnet and Select Data Centres complete merger

Putting the Yorkshire-Lancashire rivalry to oneside, Leeds-based Firstnet and Manchester-based Select Data Centres have joined forces. The two IT companies will now operate under the name of Firstnet Group. The deal combines Select’s specialist expertise in data centre design and construction with Firstnet’s service expertise in connectivity, networks, managed IT, …

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WhatsApp opens new retail channel with business accounts

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging service, yesterday announced that it is to create verified business accounts, making official – and monetised – a practice that has long been employed by all manner of businesses.  In a blog post, WhatsApp explains that of its one billion daily users, "more people are …

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Nest launches cut-price thermostat

Smart home pioneer Nest has launched a new budget version of its Thermostat. The product, named the Nest Thermostat E, is a completely redesigned version of the original Thermostat which clocks in at $169 (in contrast to $249 for the latest, third-generation Nest). While still being unmistakably a Nest product, Thermostat …

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Nvidia Shield 2 spotted in the wild

What looks like a potential prototype for a new version of Nvidia’s Shield has been spied out in the real world.  According to Redditor FwrigginRwootbeer who was posting on the Nvidia subreddit, the prototype was found at a pawn shop in Canada. Elsewhere on the net, Android Police confirmed that the handheld gaming unit …

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Fitbit takes on smart watch market with Ionic launch

Fitbit is taking on the likes of the Apple Watch in its bid to dominate the wearables market. With a price tag of $299.95, the Fitbit Ionic comes in at the higher end of the market, priced above the Apple Watch’s starting price of $269. Launched yesterday, the Ionic smart …

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