Google Glass is ‘graduating’ to a standalone division
The Google Glass smart eyewear has been the subject of growing mockery in recent months, including some gleeful reports yesterday about the product being discontinued. That isn’t quite true, although Google is closing its...
January 28, 2015
eMarketer predicts there’ll be 1bn tablet users in 2015
Sales of tablets have been slowing, spooking a consumer-electronics market that saw these devices as a huge new growth area. Even so, research firm eMarketer thinks there’ll be a large audience of tablet users this year:...
January 20, 2015
Chinese firm Xiaomi tripled its smartphone sales in 2014
One of our trends to watch in 2015 is the continued growth of Chinese smartphone makers like Xiaomi and Huawei, which are huge in their home market but which also have strong global ambitions. Here are some Xiaomi numbers...
January 12, 2015
Audiophile iPhone case HiFi-Skyn nears $40k crowdfunding
The latest music-related hardware crowdfunding campaign is the HiFi-Skyn, albeit with a “true sensation” tagline that makes it sound disconcertingly like a new range of condoms. Launched by CEntrance, it’s an iPhone...
January 12, 2015
Audio hardware firm Beep Devices raises $4m
Connected audio manufacturer Beep Devices made waves earlier this year with its Beep gadget, a clickwheel that plugs in to older speakers and stereo systems and turns them into connected devices. Now the first models are...
December 16, 2014
Beats Music inks deal with Southwest Airlines
We’ve seen a bunch of hardware partnerships in the streaming music space recently, from smartphones, tablets and laptops to connected hi-fis and cars. Beats Music is going bigger though: planes. It has partnered with the...
November 7, 2014
Spotify and Pandora on board for Amazon’s Fire TV Stick
Amazon launched its Fire TV set-top box earlier this year as a way to stream video and music to televisions, as well as play games. Now it has a companion product, the Fire TV Stick, which is a dongle that plugs into the...
October 28, 2014
New iPads for Apple as WatchKit platform prepares to debut
Apple held its latest product launch last night, although it wasn’t as glitzy an affair as the recent iPhones / Watch / U2 happening. On the agenda last night were new iPads – slimmer, faster and with Touch ID finger-print...
October 18, 2014
Will.I.Am’s smartwatch isn’t a smartwatch: it’s a ‘cuff’ called Puls
We’ve been catching glimpses of Will.I.Am‘s smartwatch for some time now: he cheekily showed it off on The Voice UK earlier in the year, for example, despite the BBC’s rules on product placement. Its official...
October 17, 2014
Will.I.Am set to unveil his music-playing smartwatch
Will.I.Am’s last venture into hardware was an easily-forgettable iPhone camera accessory, but now he’s coming back with something more interesting: a smartwatch. It’ll be unveiled on Thursday in San Francisco –...
October 15, 2014
Wu-Tang Clan’s next album will be sold as a portable speaker
Fresh from releasing an album as a single playable copy that travelled the world’s art galleries, Wu-Tang Clan have cooked up another new idea for their next record. ‘A Better Tomorrow’ will be released...
October 7, 2014