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The search giant can use the Taiwanese firm’s IP, but will not take a stake in the company

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Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 12:12pm

Google has announced it has struck a deal with HTC to take control of part of the Taiwanese tech giant’s smartphone operation.

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According to BBC News, the tie-up is has been settled for $1.1bn (£822m) and will see 2,000 employees from HTC’s smartphone division move to Silicone Valley.

However, the website says: “Google will not take a stake in the firm,” but will instead “receive a non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property.”

The search giant said the HTC engineers heading to Silicone Valley are “amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team”.

Cher Wang, HTC’s chief executive, said: “This agreement is a brilliant next step in our long-standing partnership, enabling Google …read more

Source:: The Week – All news

Susan McNab, Alberta Driver, Gets 2 Speeding Tickets In 10 Seconds

EDMONTON — A Calgary woman says she’s getting ready for a court battle after receiving two photo radar tickets issued just 10 seconds apart.

But a city spokesman tells CTV Edmonton it’s no accident, explaining the cameras are placed in what he calls high-risk areas.

Susan McNab was driving in Edmonton’s west end four months ago and was shocked to get tickets for $118 and $111 from photo radar cameras placed within 250 metres of each other.

Each one of these locations has the potential to kill.Gary Shimko, traffic safety executive director

She readily admits she was speeding on 170 Street that day and says she will pay one of the tickets but will fight the other.

She asks if such a system is really effective in stopping speeding, and Gary Shimko, the city’s executive director of traffic safety, says the answer is yes.

He says there has been a 60 per cent reduction in injuries over the last 10 years.

“Each one of these locations has the potential to kill,” he says of the busy street where McNab was ticketed twice.

‘A blatant cash cow’

He says there are a lot of signs warning of photo radar, and notes only a handful of people get the double tickets.

“Maybe about five, six times a year we might see this,” he says.

McNab thinks that’s nonsense, and says she’s being penalized twice for the same incident.

Photo radar shouldn’t be used as a revenue generating tool.Brian Mason, Alberta Transportation Minister

“This is a blatant cash cow,” she says. “There has got to be reasonable limits set. Can you put down cameras every 10 feet? Of course not. But there’s nothing black and white in place.”

The provincial government is planning a review of photo radar practices.

“Photo radar shouldn’t be used as a revenue generating tool,” says Transportation Minister Brian Mason.

“Its only appropriate use is …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: what we want to see

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the biggest phones Samsung’s ever made, not to mention one of the best, and there’s no doubt that the company will follow it up next year with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

In fact, we’re already hearing the first rumors about that phone, and they suggest it could be even more futuristic than the iPhone X.

You’ll find everything we’ve heard about the Note 9 below, along with our own analysis and a selection of the features and improvements we most want to see.

Cut to the chase
What is it? Samsung’s next flagship phabletWhen is it out? Possibly August 2018What will it cost? Probably at least $929 / £869 / AU$1,499Samsung Galaxy Note 9 release date and price

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was announced on August 23 and released in September, while the short-lived Samsung Galaxy Note 7 followed a similar schedule the previous year.

So there’s a good chance that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be announced in late August 2018, before hitting stores possibly in mid to late September.

When it does it’s sure to be expensive. The Galaxy Note 8 retails for $929 / £869 / AU$1,499 and we can’t see Samsung lowering the price for the Note 9, especially now Apple has pushed smartphone prices even higher with its iPhone X.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 news and rumors

The biggest Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumor relates to its fingerprint scanner, which could be built into the screen.

Both Samsung and Apple have been rumored to be working on this but failed to achieve it in time for their most recent handsets, pushing Samsung to move the scanner to a sub-optimal position on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8, while Apple ditched it altogether from the iPhone X.

The …read more

Source:: TechRadar – All the latest technology news

Roadshow: Highway 101 slow lane causing sailor-like cursing

Q: I recently drove the 11 miles each way on Highway 101 from Morgan Hill to Gilroy in the so-called “slow lane.” What I discovered was an absolutely terrible ride over cracked, uneven and pothole-ridden pavement leading to expensive repairs, a chronic loss of temper and remembering some sailor’s vocabulary that I thought had been forgotten.

I now better understand road boulders who use the lane adjacent to that one by necessity, not necessarily by choice.

C.D. Sloan
Morgan Hill

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A: This slow lane really gets beaten up by truckers. Caltrans knows about the conditions and it’s likely some of the new 12-cents-a-gallon gas tax increase that begins Nov. 1 will be used to smooth out 101.

Q: Last week I was on Highway 87 going south and moved into the left lane to pass another vehicle. I was traveling 65 to 70 mph. In less than a second a large white Ford, newer model (F150-F250?) was on my tail acting as though he wanted to run me off the road. This was a very dangerous situation and I immediately moved to the right to let this maniac pass.

Instead, he moved to the further right lane and flashed a sign that said, “Douche.” Please make your readers aware of this guy and get his license plate. He is a danger to the public.

J.G.
San Jose

A: He …read more

Source:: The Mercury News