Tag: hardware

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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...
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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...
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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....
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High-end speakers manufacturer Devialet raises €100m

While Amazon’s Echo, Google’s new Home and established firm Sonos tend to get most of the headlines around connected speakers, new models and companies are emerging too. French startup Devialet has been winning praise...
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Report claims Amazon Echo has sold 5.1m units in the US

Amazon has sold 5.1m units of its Echo speakers in the US alone since the first device debuted in late 2014, according to research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The company claims that around 2m of those sales...
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Apple tipped to launch hardware/services subscription

Apple will introduce a combined subscription model for its hardware and services in 2018. Well, that’s the prediction of analyst firm CCS Insight, in its latest report with forecasts for 2017 and beyond. “The concept...
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Snapchat selling its Spectacles from pop-up machines

Earlier this year Snapchat unveiled its Spectacles: augmented-reality glasses that could be used to record and share video. Now they’re going on sale, but not from regular shops or even online. Parent company Snap has developed...
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YouTube VR app goes live in time for Daydream View launch

YouTube said earlier this year that it was working on a standalone virtual-reality app. Last night YouTube VR launched for Android smartphones. Well, for Android smartphones that are compatible with Google’s new Daydream...
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16.8m smartphone VR headsets expected to ship in 2016

High-end virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR get lots of headlines, but it’s the smartphone-based devices like Samsung’s Gear VR and Google Daydream that may be the key to this new medium’s...
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Electric Jukebox is finally launching… tomorrow

British music-streaming startup Electric Jukebox was originally supposed to launch before Christmas 2015, before a series of delays to the hardware/software service. Today, the company announced that it’s launching tomorrow (9...
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Merchandise at music concerts? There’s a robot for that…

Meet Merch Roadie: a member of the touring team who’s guaranteed to never get blitzed on cheap gin and lose the night’s takings. Merch Roadie is a startup and a device: “the only tour case with a merch robot inside,”...
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Amazon Echo gave fans a sneak preview of Lady Gaga album

Amazon has acted quickly after some owners of its Echo speaker realised they could listen to unreleased preview clips of the new Lady Gaga album ‘Joannne’. A devilish hack? Er, no: all fans had to do was say ‘Play Joanne...