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...
May 18, 2015
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...
May 7, 2015
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...
April 27, 2015
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...
April 20, 2015
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...
March 23, 2015
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...
March 3, 2015
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...
March 3, 2015
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,...
February 26, 2015
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