Sonos officially unveils its new Playbase speaker
We got an early unauthorised look at Sonos’ new Playbase speaker last month when images of it leaked online. Now it’s official: the $700 device was formally announced yesterday. It’s a follow-up to Sonos’ Playbar...
March 7, 2017
Devialet sets its sights on high-end audio market… and beyond
In the 1980s, Belgian brewer Stella Artois ran an advertising campaign to promote its products internationally, using the tagline that its beer was “reassuringly expensive”. During a decade of naked aspiration and...
February 28, 2017
Brexit to blame for Sonos raising its prices in the UK
Sonos is raising the price of its products in the UK, saying that recent currency fluctuations after Brits voted to exit the European Union - Brexit - render its existing prices "unsustainable". From 23 February, Sonos'...
February 13, 2017
Sonos wants to do for voice what it did for streaming
Fresh from taking up the reins as CEO at Sonos, Patrick Spence has been talking to Billboard about the connected-audio firm’s challenges (and opportunities) around voice-controlled speakers and digital assistants. “I...
January 18, 2017
Mind Music Labs raises $220k for Sensus smart guitar
Swedish startup Mind Music Labs has announced a seed-funding round of SEK 2m ($220k) to take its first product, the Sensus ‘smart guitar’, forward. The funding came from investment firms Soläng Invest and Propel Capital...
January 12, 2017
LG launches Hub Robot to compete with Amazon Echo
The two key trends at the CES tech show this year appear to be Amazon putting its Alexa voice assistant in other companies’ devices; and other companies launching their own Echo-style smart speakers. Falling into both...
January 10, 2017
Deezer hires former Spotify exec for partnerships role (interview)
Deezer has appointed former Spotify executive Pascal De Mul as its chief partnerships officer, tasked with building on his new company’s deals with telcos, hardware firms and other partners. De Mul spent five years at...
January 9, 2017
Amazon is putting Alexa in more devices this year
The CES technology show is underway in Las Vegas, and one of the early splashes has been made by Amazon – albeit through other companies’ devices. The firm announced deals to put its Fire TV platform (and its Alexa...
January 4, 2017
US consumer tech sales tipped to reach $292bn in 2017
With the CES gadgets show in full swing in Las Vegas, it’s time for industry body the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to make its annual predictions for the size of the gadgets market. It claims that sales of consumer...
January 4, 2017
Amazon Echo sales up 9x this Christmas
Amazon stuck to its policy of carefully-vague figures in its end-of-2016 sales announcement, saying that it sold “millions” of devices using its Alexa voice assistant. Meanwhile, sales of its Echo speakers were “up...
January 3, 2017
Snapchat eyes up drone and AR/VR startups as acquisitions
The launch of Snapchat’s Spectacles earlier this year is just the start of the company’s hardware ambitions. According to Business Insider, Snap Inc is mulling some new acquisitions to bolster its transition from just...
December 19, 2016
Amazon tipped to add a touchscreen to next Echo speaker
Amazon’s current Echo devices are almost all about voice commands, although you can also control them from a smartphone, tablet or computer via Bluetooth. It seems the next Echo may add another interface: a built-in touchscreen....
December 7, 2016