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...
December 16, 2014
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...
November 7, 2014
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...
October 28, 2014
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...
October 18, 2014
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...
October 17, 2014
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 –...
October 15, 2014
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...
October 7, 2014
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...
September 25, 2014
New tablets for Amazon, but Family Library feature misses out music
Amazon refreshed its line of Fire tablets last night, including a new six-inch model that costs $99 – its cheapest tablet yet. Across its range of Android-based tablets, there are faster processors and better screens, with...
September 20, 2014
4m people pre-ordered a new iPhone in first 24 hours of availability
Apple has tried to defuse the controversy around its U2 album giveaway by making it easier to delete, but now its attention is turning to another matter: shifting as many units of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones...
September 18, 2014
Spotify launches for Amazon’s Fire TV as Roku reveals 10m sales
A pair of stories from the world of connected set-top boxes this morning, starting with Amazon’s Fire TV in the US. Spotify is now available for the device, with Amazon having incorporated the streaming service’s...
September 18, 2014