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 could launch as early as the end of 2018. Or not. “It’s possible Apple will redesign the headphones again before launch, or scrap the project altogether,” warned the sources […]

Spotify is ‘on its way’ to creating its first hardware according to job ad

As we suggested last time the ‘Spotify making hardware’ speculation bubbled up, it would be surprising if the company *wasn’t* mulling physical products, given its current reliance on devices from Apple, Google and Amazon as its route to market. So, the latest evidence of Spotify’s ambitions – again, from a recruitment ad on its website […]

Startup Kurv touts the ‘world’s first wearable guitar’

London-based startup Kurv is working on what it claims is “the world’s first wearable guitar”. To which the logical response is ‘hang on, aren’t all guitars wearable?’ Well, all bar slide-guitars anyway. But get beyond the strap-snubbing slogan, and Kurv looks quite interesting. It looks a bit like a giant woodlouse, held in the palm […]

Apple has bought an augmented-reality headset startup

Sorry, the rumours about Apple making an AR headset and/or smart glasses are going to keep on coming until the company actually makes one. At least there’s some concrete fact to the latest story: Apple has acquired a startup called Vrvana that was making an AR headset called the Totem. TechCrunch claims that the acquisition […]

Smart headphones startup Doppler Labs is shutting down

US firm Doppler Labs has raised more than $51m since 2013 to make its range of smart headphones, telling media in 2015 that “we want to put a computer, speaker, and mic in everyone’s ear: We have very lofty visions of the future, everything from real-time translation to personal assistants.” Yet those lofty visions are […]

Former 7digital boss launches Yoto smart-speaker for kids

Smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are a sensitive subject when it comes to children. While both those companies are encouraging developers to create child-friendly ‘skills’, there are concerns around privacy issues and data storage. Former 7digital CEO Ben Drury is hoping to avoid that with his new venture Yoto: a smart speaker […]

Microsoft mixed-reality headsets available to pre-order

Fresh from pulling out of the music-streaming market via a partnership with Spotify, Microsoft has announced the next moves in its quest to be a big player in ‘mixed reality’ – devices that blend augmented and virtual reality technology. Microsoft is opening up pre-orders for the first batch of Windows Mixed Reality headsets, with five […]

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