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HTC debuts ‘Project Proton’ concept Vive headset

HTC debuts ‘Project Proton’ concept Vive headset Like practically everyone else in the mobile world, the cancellation of MWC on extremely short notice left HTC in the lurch. While the company has moved much of its efforts away from smartphones in general, the Taiwanese manufacturer has begun to use the show to showcase much of […]

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HTC had a terrible 2019

HTC had a terrible 2019 HTC can’t seem to catch a break. The once-king-of-the-hill smartphone vendor, which had a terrible 2018, continued to bleed last year, according to financial disclosures it made on Monday. HTC reported revenue of 10,015 TWD ($333 million) in 2019, down 57.8% from 23,741 TWD ($789 million) it posted the year before, […]

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Nodle crowdsources IoT connectivity

Nodle crowdsources IoT connectivity Nodle, which is competing in the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield this week, is based on a simple premise: What if you could crowdsource the connectivity of smart sensors by offloading it to smartphones? For most sensors, built-in cell connectivity is simply not a realistic option, given how much power it […]

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Google reportedly in talks to acquire Fitbit

Google reportedly in talks to acquire Fitbit According to Reuters, Google parent Alphabet is looking to acquire publicly traded wearables company Fitbit. Reuters says the deal is still being negotiated and could still fall apart, but if it came together, it would surely strengthen Google’s position in the wearables space, an area where it has […]

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HTC releases a cheaper blockchain phone

HTC releases a cheaper blockchain phone Whatever you might say about HTC (and believe me, there’s plenty to say), at least the company takes some fascinating chance. As newly minted CEO Yves Maitre admitted to me at Disrupt a couple of weeks back, the once mighty smartphone giant has lost the thread in recent years. […]

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HTC stopped innovating on smartphones, new CEO admits

HTC stopped innovating on smartphones, new CEO admits Several months back, we invited HTC cofounder and CEO Cher Wang to appear on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt. Sometimes, however, life happens. Two weeks ago, the company announced that Wang would be stepping down from the role, which would immediately be filled by longtime telecom vet, Yves […]

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HTC’s new CEO discusses the phonemaker’s future

HTC’s new CEO discusses the phonemaker’s future On September 17, HTC announced that cofounder Cher Wang would be stepping down as CEO. In her place, Yves Maitre stepped into the role of Chief Executive, after more than a decade at French telecom giant, Orange. It’s a tough job at an even tougher time. The move […]

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Not all is predictable on Facebook’s social Horizon

Not all is predictable on Facebook’s social Horizon Most of the people I spoke with at Facebook’s Oculus Connect see the proliferation of virtual reality as a foregone conclusion, one that’s just a matter of timing at this point. For Facebook, the conference’s “The Time is Now” catchphrase showcased that they feel their hardware is […]

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Known for its electric scooters, Gogoro moves toward its future as a mobility platform

Known for its electric scooters, Gogoro moves toward its future as a mobility platform Since the launch of its first electric scooter in 2015, Gogoro co-founder and CEO Horace Luke has frequently been asked when the startup is going to expand beyond Taiwan. In its home country, Gogoro’s two-wheel vehicles, with their distinctive swappable battery […]

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Google reshuffles its leadership in Asia Pacific

Google reshuffles its leadership in Asia Pacific There’s a changing of the guard within Google’s Asia Pacific business. In recent weeks, personnel changes within two of its most important roles show the search giant is entering a new era of management for its fast-growing business across the continent. Scott Beaumont, a British executive who previously […]

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