Google 'to launch £115 home PC'

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GOOGLE, the internet search engine, is about to launch a hardware device that could threaten the domination of Microsoft in the home computer market.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Google will announce plans tomorrow for a £115 home computer that will run without Microsoft Windows, the operating system which powers 90 per cent of the world's PCs. The newspaper report quoted sources claiming the search engine company was in negotiations with Wal-Mart stores, the owner of Asda, to sell the "Google PC".

However, other rumours sweeping the technology world suggest Google could unveil a hardware box that would allow home users to move videos, songs and other digital media from computers to televisions.

The official announcement is expected to be made when Larry Page, Google's co-founder, gives a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas tomorrow.

About 130,000 people are exhibited to visit the event, which is regarded as a highlight of the technology industry year. The show was opened last night by Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft.

Source: The Scotsman
 
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