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Mind Music Labs wants to make every instrument ‘smart’

“What we’re working on is not just the performance. What we believe is that the next revolution is to have every instrument smart and connected…” Michele Benincaso is the CEO of Mind Music Labs, the Sweden-based...
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LG’s new V30 smartphone will include MQA technology

Hi-res audio firm MQA’s latest hardware partnership is with LG, which is preparing to launch its new V30 Android smartphone. “The LG V30 also includes technology from partner company MQA Ltd. that facilitates high...
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Fitbit Ionic smartwatch taps Pandora for its streaming music

Fitness-wearables firm Fitbit is launching a brand new smartwatch called the Fitbit Ionic – and it comes with music. The new device will include an app created by Pandora to sync people’s favourite stations for offline...
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Startup Dodeka rethinks the keyboard… and music notation

Swiss firm Dodeka is one of the startups exploring music edtech with a mixture of hardware and software. And in this case, with a new form of music notation too. Founded by father-and-son team Jacques-Daniel Rochat and...
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Facebook tipped to launch video-chat device and smart speaker

We’ve already covered rumours that Facebook is working on a smart speaker. Now Bloomberg has fleshed those out with claims that there are actually two devices potentially on the way from the social network. One is still...
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Devialet and Sky take on Sonos with £299 Sky Soundbox

We’re big admirers of Devialet and its luxury Phantom speaker, but its price puts it out of reach of most mainstream music fans. Yesterday, though, the company announced an intriguing partnership with British satellite...
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Facebook tipped to launch its own smart speaker in 2018

Amazon and Google have their own smart speakers with Apple’s HomePod set to join them by the end of 2017, as well as devices for China from the various tech giants there. It was only a matter of time before rumours about...
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Mighty finally launches its Spotify-powered music gadget

Remember Mighty? The company raised $300k on Kickstarter in early 2016 for its iPod Shuffle-like gadget that would play the owner’s Spotify music “on the go without a smartphone”. Yet the company missed its two-tiered...
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Report claims next Amazon Echo will boost audio quality

Since the launch of the original Echo, Amazon has expanded the product family with the Dot, Tap and most recently with the screen-toting Echo Show. Now tech blog Engadget claims that Amazon is preparing for a proper refresh...
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VR headset Oculus Rift gets another $100 price cut

It’s not just smart speakers getting a price cut this week. Facebook has knocked another $100 off the price of an Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset. For a limited time, it’ll cost $399 with an Oculus Touch controller...
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Qualcomm wants to power new wave of smart speakers

When we talk about smart speakers now, the attention is inevitably drawn to Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod, although if you read our recent Smart Speakers Music Ally report, you’ll also be aware of the likes of Whyd,...
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Report claims 35.6m Americans will use smart speakers in 2017

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo speaker and its Alexa assistant have been getting plenty of music-industry people excited about its potential to provide new ways to discover and listen to music. With the launch of Google...