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B&O announces BeoPlay E8 in-ear wireless AirPod rivals

B&O announces BeoPlay E8 in-ear wireless AirPod rivals

There’s a bit of a schism between headphone advocates right now: the gap is between those that prefer cables (for reliability and better audio quality) and those that insist on wireless (erring for convenience and, of course, not having to deal with tangled cables). B&O now has something for the second group, with the launch of the Beoplay E8 – the

JBL announces Link range of Google Assistant smart speakers

JBL announces Link range of Google Assistant smart speakers

JBL Link is a three-strong range of smart speakers: Link 10, Link 20 and Link 300. Thanks to Google Assistant voice control and Chromecast built-in, all three speakers promise an absolutely painless user experience – and, according to JBL, class-leading sound quality too. Link 10 is a 2 x 8-watt design, capable of dealing with 24bit/96kHz


Sony launches £600 NW-ZX300 Walkman

Sony launches £600 NW-ZX300 Walkman

It wouldn’t really be IFA without the launch of a new Sony Walkman. 2016 saw the arrival of the gold-plated NW-WM1Z and although this year’s arrival forgoes any bling, the NW-ZX300 still looks like a serious portable music player.​ The player uses Sony’s S-Master HX digital amplifier and supports all flavours of high-res audio from native 11.2MHz DSD to 32-bit/384kHz PCM

B&W launches all-new 700 Series speaker range

B&W launches all-new 700 Series speaker range

Bowers and Wilkins has announced details of its new speaker range, the 700 Series. The nine-strong range (three standmounters, three floorstanders, a couple of centre speakers and a subwoofer) supercedes the CM Series. The 700 Series incoporates both brand-new technologies and trickle-down tech from the well-received 800 Series. The new tweeter design is dubbed Carbon Dome, and


Amazon Echo tips, tricks, best hidden features and easter eggs

Amazon Echo tips, tricks, best hidden features and easter eggs

Amazon’s Echo speaker boasts the brilliant voice-activated Alexa home assistant, which offers impressive command recognition and loads of features to make your life easy. Here’s our tips and tricks guide to getting started with the Amazon Echo, including popular commands, hidden features you might not know about and some cool little easter eggs. Months after its UK launch

LG V30 will feature a 6-inch OLED display

LG V30 will feature a 6-inch OLED display

Are you ready for the LG to begin dropping teasers for its next flagship smartphone? Because it’s starting now. LG today confirmed that it’s “next flagship smartphone” will feature a 6-inch 2880×1440 OLED display with curved edges. LG says that it’s shrunk this phone’s upper and lower bezels by 20 and 50 percent compared to the LG V20, and it’s also


Lytro’s light field vision finally shows its worth

Lytro’s light field vision finally shows its worth

While many of the virtual reality experiences being shown off at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival are pushing boundaries in VR story-telling techniques, “Hallelujah” is perhaps most noteworthy because of the cutting edge tech used to shoot the experience and the story behind it. Lytro has been around for eleven years; raised over $210 million from Silicon Valley’s top investors including Andreessen Horowitz,

Accelerating the future of space technology

Accelerating the future of space technology

At this moment there are more than 500,000 pieces of space debris hurtling around the Earth. Traveling at speeds of up to 40,000 kilometers per hour, a satellite collision with these fragments is enough to damage and even destroy our communications networks. Accion Systems is building the technology to prevent that. The company, which spun out


ON-PREMISES HR USERS RISK BEING LEFT BEHIND, ORACLE SAYS

ON-PREMISES HR USERS RISK BEING LEFT BEHIND, ORACLE SAYS

Oracle is telling customers that the future of its HR platform will be in the cloud. It’s trying to do this without alarming users who host its applications internally. Users of on-premises PeopleSoft and E-Business Suite HR system users won’t be abandoned as cloud use grows, Oracle promises. These systems will get regular updates and