Apple, Beats deal confirmed

Published by on May 29th, 2014, No Comments

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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…)

Apple prototypes from the ‘80s

Published by on May 29th, 2014, 1 Comment


We all know that design has always been at the top of Apple’s priority list. It seems that, even before Jobs wanted to make all Apple designs iconic, some of their earliest prototypes came from elsewhere.

The company called Frog, with founder Hartmut Esslinger, was responsible for some of early Apple’s greatest looking products. According to Esslinger, he was actually the one who taught Steve Jobs to put design first when developing a new product.

Some of these prototypes actually resemble computers, smartphones and tablet we only saw in the last decade. Some visionary, right? Check out some of his best designs below: (more…)

Apple reportedly unveiling Smart Home system at WWDC

Published by on May 27th, 2014, No Comments

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Tech companies are always competing to be first in line when it comes to the ‘next big thing’, and currently that ‘thing’ seems to be smart home systems. According to a report in The Financial Times, Apple has also jumped on that band wagon now.

The report suggests that Apple is planning to unveil their smart home system (or rather software platform) at their upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference.

As is always the case, Apple is keeping mum on these reports. However, there are a few indicators pointing to an Apple smart home system that can’t be ignored. That, and also the fact that Google bought Nest Labs in January – so of course a little competition will ensue.

The company has long been interested in smart home systems, if recent patent filings are anything to go by. Back in June of 2012, the company files a patent for certain technology that connects everything in the home from lighting and security systems, to music and climate control as well as garage door opening systems and some kitchen appliances. (more…)

Iconic rainbow Apple HQ signs up for auction

Published by on May 20th, 2014, No Comments


The iconic rainbow Apple sign is widely recognized all around the world – whether you’re and Apple fan or not.

Sure, the logo got an overhaul in  and was replaced with the new, streamlined, silver Apple logo, but the multi-coloured half eaten Apple is still one of the most iconic logo’s in the world.

Thus, Bonhams Auctioneers in New York City thought that it would be a good idea to put the original, rainbow coloured signs that hung from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertina, California in the 70‘s up for auction.

These two signs, one of which is made of stiff foam and the other of fibre glass, aren’t small either.  (more…)

Apple and Samsung enter settlement talks

Published by on May 20th, 2014, No Comments


The patent wars between Apple and Samsung may soon be coming to an end if reports out of Korea are to be believed. The long walk to a truce may finally see itself play out, with both sides coming unstuck in different cases against one another in recent months.

Sources “directly involved with the matter,” talking to The Korea Times, said “Samsung has recently resumed working-level discussions with Apple and the key issue is how to dismiss all lawsuits. Some more time will be needed to fix terms of details such as royalty payments in return for using patents owned by each before reaching a full agreement,” according to the source.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any more concrete evidence that this may, in fact, be true. Stay tuned for all the developments.

Source: Korea Times

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iPhone 6 posted next to iPhone 5 and HTC One

Published by on May 14th, 2014, No Comments


One day after a leak appeared that could be a mock-up of the iPhone 6, the same leaker has some more photos. This time the iPhone is pictured next to the HTC One and the iPhone 5.

Whether these photos are legit or not, they are still intriguing to behold. We will still remain sceptic until the device in announced, though. (more…)

iPhone 6 to launch in August?

Published by on May 13th, 2014, No Comments


With time drawing closer and closer to the release of the new iPhone 6, more and more rumours about the imminent release are also starting to spread.

The latest speculation running off the rumour mill, is that Apple will launch the iPhone 6 a month earlier than expected – in August instead of September. This will leave the company with less than 3 months to finish up the much anticipated new model.

The news was first reported by Taiwanese newspaper, the Economic News Daily. The newspaper cited anonymous sources that claim the release will be sooner than expected.  (more…)

Could this be the waterproof iPhone 6?

Published by on May 13th, 2014, 3 Comments

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When it comes to media interest in the tech industry, almost no one garners as much attention as Apple these days. Therefore it comes as no surprise how many rumours and leaks are flooding the internet and how much time is dedicated to it. This is one of the more interesting leaks, though.

Unfortunately, we can’t really tell if this is a hoax or in any way legitimate – it is either a pre-production model of the iPhone 6 or a dummy mock-up. The interesting part of the leak is one of the dozens of photos in the source link, which shows the device under water. (more…)