Tag: hardware

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Google Glass now on sale via Google Play Store

Well, as long as you live in America, that is. The ocular follies/shape of the future (delete as applicable) are now available for purchase on the Google Play story. Hurrah. They cost, however, $1,500 a pair. Not-so-hurrah....
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Samsung unveils Gear VR virtual reality headset (with a music angle)

We’ve been following the resurgence in virtual reality technology – through the now Facebook-owned Oculus VR mainly – with interest. But the music potential remains somewhat hazy: will there really be a big market...
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Speculation rising about U2 and Madonna’s involvement in iPhone 6 launch

Next Tuesday, Apple will unveil its new iPhones at an event in Cupertino, and while there is frenetic speculation that it will also show off its long-rumoured smartwatch, there is also increasing chatter about a music angle...
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It’s finally happening (maybe) – Apple’s wearable launch is 9 September

Add in all the caveats possible about never being quite sure what Apple is going to announce at a press event until it’s announced, but it seems we could be finally clapping eyes on the company’s smartwatch /...
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Mozilla launches $33 Cloud FX smartphone in India

Mozilla is best known for the Firefox web browser, but its ambitions in the smartphone market through its wider Firefox OS software have been playing out for a while now. This week sees a big step forward with the launch...
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Sony has sold 10m PlayStation 4 consoles so far

Sony announced a new milestone for its PlayStation 4 console yesterday: 10m sales. And that’s proper sales – units in the hands of consumers – rather than shipments that may be still sitting on the shelves of retailers....
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Beats gets its own section on the Apple site

That’s Beats (hardware) as opposed to Beats Music. For now, anyway. Just days after its $3bn acquisition was approved by regulators, Beats has been given it its own section on Apple’s online store. Currently available...
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Microsoft sues Samsung over non-payment of Android royalties

A different twist in the battle for mobile OS supremacy has emerged with the news that Microsoft is suing Samsung for what it claims are late payment on per-device royalty fees relating to the mobile and tablet manufacturer’s...
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Shazam developing Android Wear app

Music recognition service Shazam, fresh from launching its desktop app for Macs last week, is expected to arrive on Android Wear, Google’s wearable technology OS, soon. “We’ve experimented with Android Wear,...
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Universal invests in ROLI for keyboard and music software development

Universal Music is among a group of strategic investors in the Seaboard Grand, a new type of keyboard where its rubber leys allow players to bend notes much like a guitarist would do. The ROLI has raised $12.8m in Series...
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Bose sues Beats for patent infringement

Beats Electronics’ decision to sell to Apple in a $3bn deal has certainly brought the lawsuits flocking. The latest to sue the company is audio technology firm Bose, which claims Beats has infringed on some of its patents...
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New music hardware crowdfunding campaigns: Brick & Bullet and Qleek

Fon’s Gramofon music streamer hit its Kickstarter target last week, but it’s not the only music hardware project currently drumming up pre-orders on crowdfunding sites. Two more to watch this week are Brick & Bullet...