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…)
If you are a Mac user and keen to start testing Apple’s latest OS Yosemite, then today is your lucky day. The company has announced that they will release the first public beta version of the operating system today.
This is the first time Apple has made Yosemite available to test for non-developers.
Mac users can simply sign up using their Apple ID for the Yosemite beta program on the Apple website. They will then need to use a redemption code to download and install the OS from the Mac App Store.
This will give users the opportunity to install the system, test it and then provide feedback. The company have also made it really easy to report any issues with the built-in Feedback Assistant app, which sends feedback directly to Apple. (more…)
Another day, another iPhone 6 rumour. As we draw closer and closer to the (expected) announcement date of the iPhone 6 in September, the rumours are churning out hard and fast.
This time, however, the rumour comes from a respected source in the form of the Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple is planning a massive production of their next generation iPhone, the iPhone 6. And as everyone keeping an eye on iPhone developments should know, the iPhone 6 will allegedly be available in two sizes – a 4.7-inch model and a larger, 5.5-inch.
According to the report, Apple has asked their suppliers to produce between 70 – 80 million units by the end of the year on December 30th. (more…)
It’s that time of the year again – where we can all get excited about a month long music festival streamed directly to our smartphones. It’s time for the 2014 iTunes Festival.
Today, Apple announced the first batch of artists set to perform at this year’s festival which is being held in London, instead of the US as previous years.
The festival will take place in Camden in north London at the world famous Roundhouse venue all throughout September, from the 1st to the 30th.
As Apple says, the festival promises to bring us 30-days of exceptional performances by some of the world’s best artists; the likes of which include Pharrell, Maroon 5, Kasabian, Sam Smith, David Guetta, Calvin Harris and even legendary, Debbie Harry fronted rock band, Blondie.
But don’t get too upset if you don’t see your favourite performer on that list, Apple will gradually announce more acts as we get closer to the date. (more…)
Every couple of weeks a new iPhone 6 rumour or headline pops up. This week, we’ve already seen another rumour about the much anticipated phone’s new, improved camera.
Another feature of the phone that has been discussed (well, speculated over) at length, is it’s rumoured sapphire crystal display.
The idea with the sapphire crystal screen, is that it is stronger and much more ‘scratch resistant’ than the current Gorilla Glass on the iPhone 5S. Theoretically, the sapphire crystal screen would be much more robust than the Gorilla Glass and one YouTuber, Marques Brownlee (or MKBHD) set out to ‘torture test’ the new, iPhone 6 screen.
Now, we have no idea where Brownlee got his hands on a prototype of the iPhone 6 screen. We can’t verify whether it’s legit or not, but nevertheless – it’s a pretty interesting video to watch. (more…)
We’re don’t really think the spec race is as important as many are making it out to be. At least, in terms of powering our phones every device doesn’t need to have bigger and better specs than the last to work properly. Nevertheless, that is the world we live in and many have been quick to criticise Apple for not taking part in the spec race.
While we can’t agree with them (Apple’s chips perform as well, if not better in benchmarking than the best that Android phones can offer), specs do seem to sell phones. Apple is reportedly planning on beefing up some if its specs in order to make the iPhone 6 even more enticing. (more…)
Yesterday, Samsung announced that their new line of headphones, called Level, are now available in the US. And while we’re sure they’re pretty fancy and will grab the attention of many, we can’t help but feel like we’ve seen this before – in the form of Apple’s Beats.
At first glance, there is no doubt that the Level line of headphones was designed to be a head-on competitor for the Beats line of headphones. Similar in shape and style, Level looks to be an alternative for Beats.
From the short, 30-second advert the company released on YouTube, one can easily see that Samsung is targeting the same demographic as Beats.
Young, hip and fashion forward people are the group Samsung is going for – especially if the ridiculously good looking models in the ad is anything to go by.
But the comparison to Beats goes further than simply the look. Samsung has come up with an alternative to almost every Beats product in their line. (more…)
A few decades ago Apple and IBM were going head-to-head in the personal computer market and no, if any, quarter was given in their epic corporate battles. Fast forward to today and you will find these two once fierce enemies have teamed up as business partners. Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership which will bring together Apple’s hardware capabilities and IBM’s software and service capabilities to tackle the enterprise market.
The US stock market favors this development with both companies’ stock increasing by around 2%. This deal very closely resembles the deal struck between IBM and Microsoft almost 33 years ago which saw Microsoft grow into a tech giant by piggy-backing on IBM’s PC platform. (more…)