Sony and Marshall reveal their new smart speakers
Smart speakers are no longer just about Amazon Echo vs Google Home vs Apple HomePod. Partly because Chinese manufacturers are now fully at the party, but also because other kinds of audio-hardware firms are rolling out their...
August 31, 2018
Bose unveils its new Alexa-powered smart speaker
Bose is one of the audio-hardware firms that has been most disrupted by the emergence of smart speakers: it had a big share in the Bluetooth speakers market as it was, but hasn’t offered competition for Amazon’s Echo,...
August 29, 2018
Home audio market approaches $14bn
Yesterday we reported on the growth of the smart speaker sector, with Strategy Analytics saying that Google Home is starting to close in on Amazon’s market lead with Echo. Now Futuresource Consulting is reporting that...
August 17, 2018
AR firm Magic Leap ships its first mixed-reality headset
It’s not vapourware! The Magic Leap One Creator Edition mixed-reality headset is actually shipping this week, with a few restrictions. Not least the price: the headset, computing pack and controller costs a cool $2,295,...
August 9, 2018
Japanese lyric-animating startup Cotodama joins Abbey Road Red
UK-based music/tech incubator Abbey Road Red has announced the latest startup to join its program: Japanese firm Cotodama. The company will spend the next six months working with the incubator at Abbey Road Studios in London...
July 18, 2018
High-end AirPods tipped for 2019: what about hi-res Apple Music?
Bloomberg claims that Apple is planning to revamp its listening hardware in 2019, with “higher-end AirPods, a new HomePod and studio-quality over-ear headphones” tipped to make their debut in 2019. The story has plenty...
June 26, 2018
AR and VR headset shipments down 30.5% year-on-year
Get set for a ride down into the trough of disillusionment, as research firm Gartner puts it. Augmented and virtual reality headset shipments have fallen by 30.5% year-on-year. At least, this is according to one of that company’s...
June 21, 2018
Smart speakers continue their reach into non-English markets
A new study on smart speakers from research firm IHS Markit doesn’t add many surprises: 65% of respondents use these devices for listening to music, asking questions and checking the weather, versus just 6% for controlling...
June 20, 2018
Amazon Premier League deal could be a boost for music-streaming
This story may sound somewhat parochial, but bear with us. Amazon has paid an undisclosed amount for the rights to stream 20 English Premier League (football) matches for each of the three seasons starting in 2019. The...
June 11, 2018
Music-hardware startup Roli takes investment from Sony
British instrument-maker Roli has received new investment from tech giant Sony, through the latter’s VC arm Sony Innovation Fund. CEO Roland Lamb told Bloomberg that the deal is a “significant investment and relationship...
June 5, 2018
3D-audio headphones startup Ossic shuts down
The latest music/tech startup to close its doors is Ossic, the 3D-audio technology firm behind the Ossic X headphones. The company announced the news on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform where it raised more than $2.7m...
May 21, 2018
Report claims Apple is mulling high-end headphones move
After the AirPods earphones and HomePod smart-speaker, what next for Apple’s audio-hardware ambitions? According to Bloomberg’s resident Cupertino-whisperer Mark Gurman, a pair of noise-cancelling, over-ear headphones...
March 6, 2018