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Google unveils a paper smartphone to ease technological addiction!

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This is no longer the first time we see Google expressing concern about the time users spend in front of their smartphones. That is certainly why he decided to create a paper smartphone.

Calling it a smartphone is not exactly the correct word, because it is anything but “smart”. The project created in conjunction with the London company “Special Projects” and is basically a paper with the most useful information for the day. You already have the possibility to download the application on Android and you can now “make your smartphone”.

See the example of Google’s “smartphone” on paper

As you can see, this smartphone is not exactly interactive. By the way, there is not even the possibility of people contacting you. You can attach important contacts, but you’ll have to go to a phone booth (reserved for Superman only in 2019) to call someone.

Still, this is a way of detoxifying the technological world. Is having notifications on your phone so important? Do you always need to be on? “Paper Phone” allows you to print the data that is most important to your daily life. From maps, contacts or even games.

The technological addiction is real

Adrian Westaway, chief technology officer at the London studio, said that “many of the people we talked to about this were horrified at the thought of leaving their smartphone behind.”

Application is free and you only need a printer

Well, dare you to experiment. All you need is a printer to make everything work perfectly. The application tells you how to fold and voila, you have your smartphone ready for the day. Download the Android app here from the Google Play store.

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HTC reveals sales from 2019 so far. The decline continues.

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HTC shared its results for the month of October and are not encouraging for Taiwanese manufacturer. October generated only $ 21 million in revenue, most of which comes from mobile phones and the rest from other business as virtual reality (HTC Vive).

By comparison, HTC generated 41 million in revenue during September following the introduction of some entry-level models. However, October registered a decrease of 48% with an annual decrease of 49% compared to the same period in 2018.

Over the past year, HTC has laid off about 25 percent of its employees as a measure to cut costs. It is already well known that HTC is the brand that is suffering the most in the mobile phone market, even more so than LG and Sony, which have lucrative deals in other markets such as televisions, for example.

HTC’s new CEO has already admitted that the company has stopped innovating

This year marked the departure of Cher Wang, the company’s longtime CEO, being replaced by Yves Maitre. The new CEO admitted in a September interview that HTC simply “failed to innovate in mobile phone hardware.”

The CEO added that companies like Apple, Samsung and Huawe did a great job of keeping their equipment relevant, something HTC has failed to do. Maitre says it was due to the investment of resources and time in virtual reality.

However, we know this is “throwing sand at the eyes”. In addition to lack of innovation, HTC continued to drive unattractive pricing at its top end, failing to win back the European and US markets.

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Google is investigating executives for allegations of harassment

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No company has a perfect working environment, and Google does not escape this claim. Alphabet (Google’s proprietary business conglomerate) has hired an outside law firm to review sexual harassment cases at Google.

However, they are not company employees but high-level executives. From legal department officials to one of the founders of Android, cases are being investigated by third parties on suspicions that not enough action is being taken.

Some of the cases refer to 2013, and Alphabet intends to investigate the measures taken and possibly reopen the cases, if necessary.

David Drummond and Andy Rubin are the most media cases

Google lawyer and legal department leader David Drummond was recently involved in a sex scandal after his involvement with several colleagues was confirmed. Drummond cheated on his wife and had a son with Jennifer Blakely, one of the team’s lawyers.

Personal relationships between managers and team members are against Google’s human resources rules. However, the case was “muffled” as Blakely was simply placed in a sales department while Drummond retained his position.

As for Andy Rubin, one of the founders of Android, the case is more “pointy”. In 2013, Rubin allegedly convinced a co-worker to do her sexual favors in a hotel room. The case was exposed by the New York Times that led to Rubin’s departure from the company, with compensation of $ 90 million.

In 2018, company employees spoke out

A year ago, several Google employees gathered in New York to protest how the company deals with sexual harassment. The protest includes officials not only from the US but also from England, Germany and Japan.

In response, Sundar Pichai stated at the time that about 48 senior employees of the company were fired on harassment charges. The situation does not seem to have improved as the Alphabet decided to take legal action and investigate the cases.

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