Apple Buys Headphone Maker Beats For $3bn

Apple Buys Beats By Dre

Apple has confirmed it will buy headphone maker and music-streaming service provider Beats Electronics.

The deal is worth a total of $3bn (£1.8bn), and is thought to be Apple’s biggest acquisition.

As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre will join the technology giant.

Apple boss Tim Cook said the deal would allow the firm to “continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world”.

Beats was founded by music producer Jimmy Iovine and the hip-hop star Dr Dre and until recently was best known for its headphones.

It started a subscription-based music streaming service earlier this year.

However, Apple already has its own iTunes store which is the world’s largest music download service. It also launched iTunes Radio last year.

That has made some industry watchers question the move.

Commenting on the deal, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine said: “I’ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple.”

“The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple’s unmatched ability to marry culture and technology.

“Apple’s deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special.”

Source: BBC

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Apple Launches Thinner iPad Air and iPad Mini

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Apple has unveiled a top-of-the-range tablet called the iPad Air that is 20% thinner than the previous version.

The 9.7in (24.6cm) computer is 7.5mm (0.3in) thick and weighs 1lb (469g), which the firm claims is the lightest full-sized tablet on the market.

It is powered by the same A7 chip found in the company’s iPhone 5S.

The launch comes at a time when some analysts have suggested that Google’s Android is about to overtake Apple’s iOS as the bestselling tablet platform.

Apple also announced a new version of its iPad Mini.

Its 7.9in (20cm) screen has been upgraded to feature 2048 by 1536 pixels – the same as the larger model. It is being branded as “retina” to highlight the increased resolution.

Amazon and Google have already announced small tablets – the Kindle Fire HDX and Nexus 7 – with similar high definition displays.

“We’ve got the retina upgrade to the smaller iPad that many thought should have been there in the first place,” Tony Cripps, principal analyst at tech consultants Ovum, reflected after the announcement in San Francisco.
iPad Mini The iPad Mini’s new screen has 326 pixels per inch, similar to the 323ppi resolution of the Nexus 7

“Market share slip is inevitable because so many rival devices are coming out, which is not necessarily a bad thing as the overall sector is growing.

“Apple does now have a cheaper model thanks to it offering the original iPad Mini at a lower price – but the firm doesn’t really want to go to the low-end because that’s not where the greatest profit is extracted.”

Apple also announced that the latest version of its Mac operating system, Mavericks, would be offered at no cost to owners of computers already running any version of OS X released since 2009. It is the first time the company has not charged for a major Mac OS upgrade.

By contrast the full version of Windows 8.1 is sold for about £100, although it is free to existing Windows 8 users.

Linux-based Ubuntu has always been offered without charge. Chromebook computers also get free upgrades for Google’s PC operating system.

New laptops, productivity and leisure apps were also unveiled. However, Apple did not show off a new TV set-top box as some had speculated.

Apple iPad Goes Mini

Apple will begin selling a new eight inch version of its iPad on Friday, to compete with tablets made by rivals like Amazon of the United States, and competitors in Asia, like Sony or Samsung.

A few new and exciting features of the new iPad Mini includes;

  • A beautiful 7.9 inch display
  • Powerful A5 chip
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • Ultrafast wireless
  • Thin and light design (23% thinner than the iPad)
  • 10 hour battery life
  • Siri
  • Air Play (Play it on your iPad, watch it on your HDTV)
  • Lightning COnnector
  • Over 275,000 apps ready to download from the App Store.

The new mini iPad is aimed at attracting consumers in Asia who have been buying smaller and cheaper products.

Click The New iPad Mini for the video preview of the new iPad Mini

New iPhone 5 To Be Revealed September 12

Gadget fans waiting anxiously for the next iPhone to be released may be reaching the home stretch.

Apple, which has made no official announcement, is planning a September 12 event at which the next generation of the iconic smartphone will presumably be announced, according to multiple reports.

iMore, an Apple-oriented blog, was the first to report that “sources who have proven accurate in the past” said the phone will be introduced at an event that day and released nine days later. Observers are calling it the iPhone 5, although no name has been announced. Continue reading

Apple To Launch iPad Mini

Apple to launch smaller and cheaper machine that could be on shelves this autumn

  •     Smaller cheaper machine to launch ‘soon’ claim factory sources
  •     Screen between 7 and 8 inches
  •     Built to compete with cheap rivals such as Google’s £159 Nexus 7
  •     Sources in Apple’s supply chain claim tablet is already in production
  •     Earlier leaks hinted tablet would be on sale later this year
  •     Launch will go directly against Apple founder Steve Jobs wishes

Apple is notoriously secretive about its technical innovations and rumours of the smaller tablet are said to have originated from the Far East, where many of the company’s devices are manufactured.

They were reported by Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, which quoted  several unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain. A UK spokesman last night said: ‘Apple does not comment on rumour or speculation.’ Continue reading

Apple Announces New MacBook

Apple announces nextgeneration MacBook Pro Retina display, 071inches thin, shipping today for $2,199

Apple announced some new MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros early in its WWDC keynote today, but it had another surprise in store for its big hardware announcement: the next-generation MacBook Pro. It packs a Retina display with a 2880 x 1800 resolution (or 220ppi), and a casing that measures just 0.71-inch thin and weighs 4.46 pounds. In addition to that high resolution, Apple is also promising higher contrast ratios, better viewing angles and reduced glare compared to other laptop displays, and it’s updated all of its stock apps to take advantage of those extra pixels, not to mention Aperture and Final Cut Pro — “reading your mail is like reading fine print,” according to Apple’s Phil Schiller. As for the other specs, you’ll get up to 16GB of RAM, NVIDIA Kepler GT 650M graphics, up to a quad-core 2.7GHz Core i7 processor, a maximum 768GB of storage (SSD, naturally), and a promised seven hours of battery life with 30 days standby. One spec nowhere to be seen: an optical drive. Continue reading

Apple’s New Spaceship-Like Campus

The new Apple Space Campus is expected to cover 2.8 million square feet and have its own power plant inside its massive, gleaming circular design.

It will be covered in solar panels and house up to 13,000 people on a daily basis — not to mention 6,000 trees.

It’s been compared to a spaceship. And now, as Apple looks to make its innovative new headquarters a reality, it’s checking with the neighbors.

Due to be completed in 2015, Apple’s new headquarters may be one of co-founder Steve Jobs’ final, longest-lasting legacies.

This week, Apple reached out to residents of Cupertino, California, where its current headquarters resides (and will continue to after the new campus is built). In a letter, the company seeks to allay some concerns that its neighbors have expressed since the plan was submitted to the city last summer. Continue reading

Angry Birds Space Is Finally Here

Fans of the “Angry Birds”, can have less to worry as the latest installment of this very popular game, “Angry Birds Space,” is now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, as well as the Mac and PC.

The new version brings several important changes, most importantly gravity, which will allow players to use nearby planets to perform trick shots on unsuspecting pigs.

The game has 60 levels, with more content available through in-app purchases (only in the iOS version for now). The game includes hidden goodies and secret levels, and Rovio promises regular free updates for the future.

Owners of Apple’s new iPad will be glad to know that the game supports the new Retina display as well.

You can get the iPhone, iPad, PC and Android version by Clicking Here

China now experiencing more iOS And Android Activations than the USA

You might only need to stop for a second and have a look at the number of smartphone devices and tablets available in the marketplace to understand just how popular mobile devices are becoming in our everyday lives. For seasoned users of these devices, the ownership decision generally isn’t a difficult one as they tend to have their preferred manufacturers and preferred Operating Systems and will only deviate if something exceptional enters the public domain. However, for those who may be new to the smartphone or tablet ownership, the decision about what device or OS to opt for can be somewhat overwhelming.

If the figures from a recent Flurry market research session are anything to go by, it would seem that the number of device activations across the iOS and Android platforms are rising at a rapid rate, indicating an increasing worldwide adoption of smartphones and tablets. At the back end of last year we were treated to some interesting insight into the fact that China had shot past the United States in Q3 of 2011 when it came to total volume of smartphone shipments, growing by 58% from the previous quarter. During the same period, the volume of devices shipped in the United States fell by 7% leveling out at a total of 23 million units. Continue reading

The New iPad HD (High Definition)

In their synonymous manner, Apple has once again startled the Information Technology community with their latest genius; the Apple iPad HD.

Many Apple enthusiasts as well as non-enthusiasts would sure be kicking to see what the new iPad HD offers ahead of the previous iPad 2. Below are the major highlights that distinguishes the new iPad HD; Continue reading