With WWDC 2014 right around the weekend corner (literally), heck no you don't want to shut your computer down. Why, this week's news is chock full of rumor, leak, speculation, and the ravings of analysts. Ahem, we mean the well thought out considerations of those with virtually no evidence. On with the show!
We reported this morning that it looked as though Apple was going ahead with its hotly discussed acquisition of Beats Electronics, and now it's official. As of today, Apple is buying Beats Electronics and its associated Beats Music steaming service for $3 billion (a bit down from the $3.2 billion originally suggested).
Well, despite WWDC being just around the corner, the Apple rumor mill hasn't turned up anything spectacularly groundbreaking this week. Hmm, we wonder if Tim Cook's promise to knuckle down on security is paying off. Meanwhile, could the war also be coming to an end with Google? And what's this giant security risk with your iPhone and why didn't Apple reply to the hackers who brought it to their attention? Let's find out what's going on out there.
The news over the last few days has been swirling with speculation about Apple's possible acquisition of Beats Electronics, and most commentators assume that the Cupertino company wants to buy it for its pre-built music streaming service that's similar to Spotify. But Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson believes that's not the case. Instead, he states in an interview with Billboard, Apple primarily wants to secure Beats for the industry connections of co-founder Jimmy Iovine.
Looks like we've got a good handful of iPhone 6 and iOS 8 rumors cooking out there these days. No surprises to us. 'tis the season after all. As we move closer to WWDC, as we move closer to that traditional fall drop date, things start to percolate out there in the rumor mill world. So let's have a look at those and a few other tasty treats in this week's news roundup.
Does a drunken video posted to Facebook count as confirmation that Apple is purchasing Beats Electronics? According to CNET, it could very well, with Beats co-founder Dr. Dre proclaiming himself to be the "first billionaire in hip-hop" in a obscenity-laced video clip. "The Forbes list just changed, in a big way," added singer-songwriter Tyrese Gibson. And that's just the first part of today's Apple-Beats related coverage...
Music is a big part of Apple's contemporary success, and now it looks as though the Cupertino company is looking to expand its offerings in the field beyond iTunes and its own accessories. In fact,the Financial Times reports (via MacRumors) that Apple may be less than a week away from acquiring Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and streaming music service started by Dr. Drew and Jimmy Iovine.
Beats Music made a nice splash into the streaming music service pool earlier this year with distinctive features and great recommendation functions, but the iOS version was previously limited to iPhone for its first few months of existence. Luckily, that changed today as the Dr. Dre-backed app became fully universal, delivering full-screen iPad functionality in the process.
Sector is a totally unique, vastly powerful, and well-designed beat manipulation tool for iPad that stirs together audio and math in a way that astounds and delights. The description of a “stochastic sample slice sequencer” might scare some off, but fear not: this is a beauty of a beast. Imported audio files are mapped into a circular, looping display, and sliced into a specific number of sectors, or segments (from two to 32 chunks), each with its own color.
Music discovery continues to be a conundrum in an era of homogenized radio, the disappearance of music on so-called music television stations, and a seemingly endless array of new artists to fit every taste. Streaming music services have attempted to fill the void with increasingly impressive recommendation algorithms, and Beats Music — which features the branding of the popular Dr. Dre-backed headphones — is the latest such offering, serving up more than 20 million tracks with a heaping helping of music expertise on the side.