Report claims Apple is mulling high-end headphones move
After the AirPods earphones and HomePod smart-speaker, what next for Apple’s audio-hardware ambitions? According to Bloomberg’s resident Cupertino-whisperer Mark Gurman, a pair of noise-cancelling, over-ear headphones...
March 6, 2018
Spotify is ‘on its way’ to creating its first hardware according to job ad
As we suggested last time the ‘Spotify making hardware’ speculation bubbled up, it would be surprising if the company *wasn’t* mulling physical products, given its current reliance on devices from Apple, Google and...
February 20, 2018
Facebook tipped to launch ‘Portal’ video-chat device in 2018
This week’s CES show in Las Vegas has seen a horde of new smart speakers and ‘smart displays’ (speakers with screens) announced, but the biggest launch of 2018 may be unveiled a little later in the year. News site...
January 10, 2018
Magic Leap reveals its first augmented-reality headset
Well, we say ‘headset’. The Magic Leap One Creator Edition might be more accurately termed a pair of steampunk goggles. Very cool (specifically: very cool when Johnny Depp wore something very similar as Willy Wonka...
December 21, 2017
Startup Kurv touts the ‘world’s first wearable guitar’
London-based startup Kurv is working on what it claims is “the world’s first wearable guitar”. To which the logical response is ‘hang on, aren’t all guitars wearable?’ Well, all bar slide-guitars anyway. But...
November 23, 2017
Apple has bought an augmented-reality headset startup
Sorry, the rumours about Apple making an AR headset and/or smart glasses are going to keep on coming until the company actually makes one. At least there’s some concrete fact to the latest story: Apple has acquired a...
November 22, 2017
Smart headphones startup Doppler Labs is shutting down
US firm Doppler Labs has raised more than $51m since 2013 to make its range of smart headphones, telling media in 2015 that “we want to put a computer, speaker, and mic in everyone's ear: We have very lofty visions of the...
November 2, 2017
Former 7digital boss launches Yoto smart-speaker for kids
Smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are a sensitive subject when it comes to children. While both those companies are encouraging developers to create child-friendly ‘skills’, there are concerns around...
November 2, 2017
Google takes on Shazam with ‘Now Playing’ smartphone feature
Last night’s Google press event also saw the unveiling of the company’s new own-brand Pixel 2 Android smartphones, complete with a feature that treads firmly on Shazam’s toes by identifying music that’s currently...
October 5, 2017
Microsoft mixed-reality headsets available to pre-order
Fresh from pulling out of the music-streaming market via a partnership with Spotify, Microsoft has announced the next moves in its quest to be a big player in ‘mixed reality’ – devices that blend augmented and virtual...
October 4, 2017
Skoogmusic talks hardware, education and accessible music-making
“I think music has a really important role for us socially, and for our emotional health. In the same way we learn to cook from scratch, we should be learning to make music, and not eating so many ‘ready meals’ in how...
September 28, 2017
Sonos preps smart-speaker launch amid Echo refresh rumours
Yesterday, we reported on a Sonos regulatory filing revealing a few details on its upcoming voice-controlled smart speaker. Now we know when it’s likely to be launched officially: 4 October, judging by an invitation...
August 30, 2017