Tag: hardware

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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...
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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:...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 –...
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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...
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Amazon to invest $55m in its Lab126 hardware unit

Amazon’s Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, Fire TV set-top box and Fire Phone are only the start of its hardware ambitions, judging by a US government document reported on by Reuters yesterday. The document focused on...