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Apple and Beats are now officially together

Published by on Aug 4th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Beats Official

Undoubtedly one of the biggest and most newsworthy acquisitions of the year thus far has been that of Apple and Beats.

When we first broke the news in May that Apple will be buying Beats for a whopping $3 billion, we were just as intrigued as the rest of the world. And now, after months of formalities and approvals, the deal is done.

Apple had finally received US regulatory to acquire Beats and on Saturday, they posted a page to their website officially welcoming Beats to the Apple family.

The message read:

“Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further.

And we can’t wait to hear what’s next” (more…)

Apple to lay off nearly a third of Beats employees

Published by on Aug 1st, 2014, No Comments

Beats-AppleIt must be quite exciting to be an employee of a company being bought by a colossus of such as Apple. That’s until you hear that nearly a third of the workforce will be cut when the giant takes over. And you might just be one of them. The Apple blog, 9to5Mac, has learned that Apple plans to lay off a large portion of Beats Electronics and Beats Music employees when the acquisition is complete. (more…)

Report: Apple acquires talk radio app, Swell

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

Swell app

Apple seems to be continuing their recent shopping spree and is reportedly closing the deal on acquiring talk-radio app, Swell for a cool $30 million.

According to a report by Re/code, the talks between Apple and Swell are nearing an end and the official acquisition will go through soon.

Swell, which has been described by many as a ‘Pandora for talk radio’, is essentially a podcast app that you can tailor to your personal needs. The app claims to learn the listening habits of the user and then makes suggestions based on previous content.

Swell will the start building a personalized radio service just for you, so you can listen to the thing that interest you most. However, should you not want to listen to a specific podcast Swell chose for you, you can easily move on by simply swiping it away.

Swell is mostly designed for listening in your car.  (more…)

Google buys Songza music service

Published by on Jul 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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With music services becoming ever more popular, rumours were rife of an impending acquisition from Google, as we have known for quite some time they want to better their music streaming capabilities. As they are so often in the tech industry, the rumours were correct and Google have announced their acquisition of Songza.

Having built a reputation for delivering curated playlists ranging from broad genre themes, Songza also focused on lists based on your mood. Google want the company’s knowledge to better the Google Play Music offerings. (more…)

Google edges closer to becoming “Big Brother”

Published by on Jun 23rd, 2014, No Comments

google_cameras_featureAfter a few weeks of on and off speculation it seems Google has purchased a home monitoring start-up company called “DropCam”. This follows a number of recent acquisitions by the search giant especially within the “monitoring” industry. The DropCam business will be incorporated into Google’s “Nest” division under the leadership of Matt Rogers. A lot of people within technology circles are concerned about Google’s recent purchase, especially taking into account DropCam’s motto: “Don’t be evil.” (more…)

Google buys imaging satellite company for $500 million (video)

Published by on Jun 11th, 2014, No Comments

skyboximaging&google

Google, just like Facebook and Apple, is on a buying-spree at the moment. These companies are acquiring other businesses that can lend as much expertise to the various fields they are involved in, sometimes for an exorbitant amount of money.

The search-giant wants to rule the roads with their self-driving cars, the skies with the drones and now even beyond our atmosphere. They have agreed to buy a company for $500 million (in cash) called Skybox Imaging – a company that claims it’s “built and launched the world’s smallest high­-resolution imaging satellite, which collects beautiful and useful images and video every day.” (more…)

Apple reportedly buys social maps app Spotsetter

Published by on Jun 9th, 2014, No Comments

spotsetter

The Maps app that Apple launched with iOS 6 was a bit of a disaster, to say the least. Since then they tried to bring in expertise from all over the place to try and rectify the problems. They hired specialist personnel and then later made efforts to acquire companies that may be able to help as well.

According to TechCrunch, Apple has now bought social maps app Spotsetter for its technology, but also for its two founders: former Google Maps engineer Stephen Tse and ex-Siemens consultant and FitFiend CTO Johnny Lee. (more…)

Apple, Beats deal confirmed

Published by on May 29th, 2014, No Comments

Apple Beats

Finally! Tech journalists and industry watchers worldwide can breathe a sigh of relief as Apple has officially confirmed that they are, in fact, buying Beats electronics for $3 billion.

The company will acquire both Beats electronics and Beats Music, which will see Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine netting about $2.6 billion with a further $400 million that will vest over time.

Apple has confirmed that the Beats brand will stay separate from the Apple brand and that they (as Apple) will continue to offer Beats music streaming service as well as their popular headphones.

Dre and Iovine will now be joining Apple as a part of their team – no doubt being two of the most famous people to join the company since Steve Jobs.

When we first reported on the (then possible) Beats/Apple deal, we theorized that Apple was not only buying beats for it’s influence on the music industry, but for its design talent and resources as well.  (more…)

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