Tag: hardware

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Sorry Mac users, you’ll need a hefty PC for Oculus Rift

Facebook’s Oculus VR division recently confirmed that its first commercial Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will go on sale in the first quarter of 2016. Now it’s announced the hardware required to run it: a PC with...
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Facebook’s Oculus Rift VR headset will ship in Q1 2016

When Facebook paid $2bn for virtual reality startup Oculus VR last year, its Oculus Rift headset was expected to go on sale to the public (as opposed to the prototype already available to developers) by the end of 2015. That...
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Apple Watch goes on sale, and it’s all about the ‘glances’

The Apple Watch went on sale on Friday, although Apple’s pre-order policy for its first smartwatch meant there were far smaller queues outside its stores than for iPhone and iPad launches. The Guardian has a big feature...
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Jawbone raises $300m at $3bn valuation

Hardware firm Jawbone has raised $300m of new funding at a reported valuation of $3bn. Investment firm BlackRock provided the money, which comes as Jawbone moves into the mobile payments sector. It’s launching a wearable...
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Apple tipped to debut new Apple TV set-top box in June

Watch? Schmatch. Apple is planning to unveil a new version of its Apple TV set-top box in June at its WWDC event in San Francisco. At least, that’s what BuzzFeed is claiming, suggesting that it’s Apple’s long-rumoured...
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Virtual reality to the fore at Mobile World Congress

There’s still no commercial launch date for Facebook’s Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, but Mobile World Congress played host to a couple of other announcements this weekend. Oculus VR and Samsung have expanded their...
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New smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Firefox…

This week sees the mobile industry gather in Barcelona for the annual Mobile World Congress expo, with new smartphones from Samsung and HTC hogging the limelight this weekend ahead of the show. In fact, Samsung announced...
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Pebble Time smartwatch: $7.7m of Kickstarter orders in 15 hours

Pebble was the company that ignited the smartwatch market back in 2012, when it raised $10.3m on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to make its first e-paper screened device. Yesterday, it returned to the site for a new model,...
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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...