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Global smartphone growth stalled in Q4, up just 1.2% for the full year: Gartner

By | Android, Apple, Asia, China, Europe, Gadgets, gartner, huawei, iOS, iPhone, latin america, Middle East, Mobile, North America, Samsung, Samsung Electronics, smartphone, smartphone market, smartphones, Xiaomi

Gartner’s smartphone market share data for the just gone holiday quarter highlights the challenge for device makers going into the world’s biggest mobile trade show, which kicks off in Barcelona next week: The analyst’s data shows global smartphone sales stalled in Q4 2018, with growth of just 0.1 percent over 2017’s holiday quarter, and 408.4 […]

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UK’s extended 5km airport drone ‘no-fly’ zones in force next month

By | Aircraft, airmap, airports, Civil Aviation Authority, DJI, drone, Drone Bill, drone restrictions, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick Airport, Home Office, Robotics, United Kingdom

The UK’s Department for Transport has said today that an expansion of drone ‘no-fly’ zones to 5km around airport runways will come into force on March 13. Anyone caught and convicted of flying a drone inside the restricted zones could face a fine and years in prison. Last month the government said it would tighten […]

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Litho is a finger-worn controller for augmented reality, IoT and other ‘spatial’ interactions

By | Europe, Gadgets, Litho, Startups, TC

I first encountered the founders of Litho, a new hardware and software startup developing a new finger-worn controller, at London’s Pitch@Palace last April. The event sees startups pitch in front of the British royal family and other esteemed guests, and naturally the company’s young founders, 24-year-old Nat Martin (CEO) and 25-year-old Charlie Bruce (CTO), were […]

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Audio tech supplier to Rolls Royce and Xiaomi secures another $13.2M in funding

By | Europe, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Mobile, OnePlus, TC, Xiaomi

As autonomous driving eventually transforms cars from transportation devices to mobile theaters or conference rooms we will need better audio inside them. And we’ve already seen that VCs like Andreessen Horowitz say ‘audio is the future.’ So it’s interesting that Swedish sound pioneer Dirac has completed a new $13.2 million round of financing led by […]

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DJI is updating its geofencing system across Europe after Gatwick drone debacle

By | airmap, Altitude Angel, DJI, Drone Bill, drone regulation, drone safety, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick, Heathrow, Robotics

Following the pre-Christmas drone debacle in the UK — which plunged thousands of people into travel misery after repeated drone sightings closed the runway at Gatwick, and later also briefly suspended departures at Heathrow — consumer drone maker DJI has announced it’s upgrading its geofencing system across Europe. It says its Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) 2.0 system […]

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Devialet’s Phantom Reactor turns music into an emotional experience

By | Devialet, Devialet Phantom Reactor, Europe, France Newsletter, Gadgets, Startups

French startup Devialet has done it again. The new Phantom Reactor is a smaller, more effective speaker that packs in everything that made Devialet speakers good in the first place. Devialet’s first speaker, the Phantom, attracted rave reviews a few years ago. The egg-shaped speaker promised no background noise, no saturation and no distortion in […]

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