Third-quarter revenue rose 13 per cent to $18.68 billion

Alphabet, the new holding company for Google, introduced its first share buyback and beat Wall Street’s profit forecast on Thursday, helped by solid (...)

Sundar Pichai, who will become chief executive of the slimmed-down Google. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

In case you missed it this week, Google is now Alphabet. It’s still GOOG and GOOGL on the stock exchanges, and there’s still a company called Google (...)

The announcement late on Monday that Google was going to restructure under a new umbrella company called Alphabet was the biggest shock in the technol(...)

New Google chief executive Sundar Pichai

A low-key style and an unusually firm handle on diplomacy propelled new Google chief executive Sundar Pichai to the top of the search engine giant, fo(...)

Given the poor profits in the smartphone market, there clearly will be market turmoil with mergers and acquisitions, and outright business failures. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Worldwide shipments of smartphones have just had a stellar quarter. According to research firm IDC, global shipments between April and June reached 33(...)

New Superb Combi estate boasts a 660-litre boot.

Remember the days when the original Skoda Superb was really just a stretched VW Passat, and was mostly seen as a minicab? Yeah, those days are well an(...)

Luminosity chief executive Sharon Kavanagh-Banks says the standard of automotive recognition (Soar) system was initially developed as a form of quick and easy stocktaking for vehicle importers who have to deal with huge marshalling yards of cars awaiting delivery to dealers.

With the sudden death of the traditional paper tax disc in the UK, the foot-long strip of paper in our windscreens is coming under increasing scrutin(...)

Honda has resprayed its Civic Type-R concept blue but still won’t confirm its power output.

Honda, stung hard by falling sales in Europe (eben as it expands healthily in the US and other global markets) is giving the Civic hatchback a mid-lif(...)

A screenshot of the game “Minecraft.” The game, which Microsoft likes enough to buy its parent company for $2.5 billion, has succeeded partly by demolishing generational and gender boundaries that usually carve the games business into separate categories.

Microsoft, maker of the Xbox video-game console, agreed to acquire Mojang AB, the software company behind the popular game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion(...)

The Data Protection Commissioner said that in the case of 13 of the 20 Irish apps checked, permissions “exceeded that which the sweeper would expect based on the app’s functionality after reviewing the app”. It confirmed follow-up action was being considered in four cases.

Just a fraction of mobile apps provide clarity about how they collect and use people’s personal information, according to a survey by the world’s priv(...)