Tag: hardware

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...