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HARMAN Acquires Roon

By Peter Cooney / November 29, 2023
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November 27, 2023, Harman announced the acquisition of Roon, a music software company most well-known for its Roon app. Roon Labs was founded in 2015, but its journey in music technology began much earlier, in 2004. The founders were involved in developing music software for companies like Sooloos, Meridian Audio, and HP before establishing Roon […]

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Apple Vision Pro

By Joe Murray / June 22, 2023
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​As expected, Apple has just announced their first entry into the Extended Reality market. The Apple Vision Pro. Set to release in early 2024 and selling at a base price of $3,499, the new device will spark new life into the mixed reality market. Currently, the only large-scale device that uses mixed reality (a combination […]

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AI in Consumer Devices

By Joe Murray / June 22, 2023
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​It has been announced that Wimbledon will team up with IBM to produce AI-generated commentary. Within the last year, AI has been at the forefront of the news with new stories out every week on the latest developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence which has been driven by the introduction of Transformer neural networks […]

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Google ends updates and effectively kills third-party assistant smart displays

By Peter Cooney / April 13, 2023
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​The news from sources that Google will be ending software updates for Google assistant on third-party smart display devices is hardly surprising. According to 9to5Google, Google will be halting all updates for its assistant on Lenovo, JBL and LG smart display devices. It’s important to note that these devices will still continue to function with […]

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Meta acquires Lofelt

By Peter Cooney / September 15, 2022
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Lofelt announced on its website “Lofelt is now embarking on a new adventure, and we will sunset our products on July 7th, 2022”, this was a bit cryptic and left us wondering what is happening here. WSJ announced that Meta has acquired Lofelt, for an undisclosed sum. Now, did Meta purchase Lofelt after it had […]

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Google shares Pixel Buds Pro international details: Countries, prices, and color availability

By Peter Cooney / May 24, 2022
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At this year’s Google I/O, a new TWS earbuds has been announced. The newly announced Pixel Buds Pro is Google’s first TWS earbuds with ANC. The previous version, Pixel Buds 2, was based on TWS SoC from Bestechnic (BES2300) and it is quite interesting to see which TWS IC platforms are used for Pixel Buds […]

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