Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s happening:
Amazon is secretly building Alexa-powered smart glasses
The device, which would tether wirelessly to a smartphone, is designed to look like a regular pair of spectacles so that it could be worn comfortably and unobtrusively, sources told the Times.
A bone-conduction audio system would allow the wearer to hear Alexa without having to insert headphones into their ears.
Toshiba chip unit is sold in an $18 billion deal
Japan’s embattled Toshiba Corp has chosen a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital to buy its prized memory chip unit, a last-minute dramatic twist to a highly contentious auction.
The Bain consortium includes backing from Japanese and overseas companies, the company said in a statement. Apple, Dell Inc., SK Hynix Inc. and Japan’s Hoya Corp., will provide financial support, sources told Bloomberg.
The iPhone maker played a crucial role in swinging momentum in the tumultuous auction to the Bain offer. Apple is interested in the chip unit because of the stragetic importance of flash memory. The chips are essential for its iPhones and iPods, storing every photo, video clip and animoji.
HTC halts trading in anticipation of Google takeover
HTC, one of Taiwan’s premiere tech brands and a pioneer in the development of the Android hardware ecosystem, will halt trading tomorrow as rumors of a Google buyout swirl.
Earlier this month, HTC was rumored to be in the final stages of negotiating a takeover with Google, and analysts are betting that the buyout is about to become official.
Google and HTC already have a close working relationship, having collaborated on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones launched last year.
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