Now that Apple has finally acquired Beats Electronics and all the hurdles have been cleared, Apple users are finally starting to experience the benefits. If you've been wanting to get your hands on Dr. Dre's pricey headphones but have been scared off by the price, for instance, take heart — you can now save 10 percent when you purchase a pair.
Two months have flown by since word of Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics first surfaced, but only now has the Cupertino company gotten around to adding the brand's Beats Music app to the App Store's "Made by Apple" list.
There have been countless rumors about the release date of the iPhone 6, but has the elusive day finally been identified? As far as we're concerned, Apple's latest and greatest smartphone can't hit soon enough. We've also got news regarding updates to two popular apps, plus lots of behind-the-scenes rumblings at Beats as their acquisition by Apple comes ever closer to finalization.
Remember that recent rumor about Apple planning a new set of Lightning-capable earbuds that will output higher quality sound? Those plans were absent at WWDC 2014, but appear to be very much still in the cards.
Did you know Google owned a digital coupon business? Neither did we until Re/code recently reported the search giant was killing off Zavers by Google, a service that lasted a mere 17 months (a lifetime by Google standards!), following the Google Shopper app into the great dustbin of great ideas that never took off. But hey, we still have Google Wallet and Google Shopping Express, right?
Perhaps not so coincidentally, iTunes boss Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine were both scheduled to speak Wednesday at the inaugural Code Conference, appearances that were hastily consolidated after yesterday's news.
With new data suggesting T-Mobile may soon nip at Sprint's heels to become the nation's third place carrier, Re/code reported Wednesday that the magenta network is about to launch yet another Uncarrier initiative, inviting the media to an event in Los Angeles on June 18. “We don’t play it safe and sound," the invitation reads, offering few clues as to what brash CEO John Legere and company might have up their sleeve for the fifth time. But we've got plenty up our sleeve for today's recap, so strap in and read on!
We never like to kick off a recap with news about a product or service going down the tubes, but that's exactly what's happening with the folks at Springpad. Initially launched six years ago as a competitor to Evernote, Springpad announced that the service will be shutting down for good on June 25, taking all of its apps and sync with it. The company is working on an export tool to allow its more than five million customers to migrate their data elsewhere, and plans to have more details next month. We now return you to our regularly scheduled Wednesday recap...
The $3.2 billion deal between Apple and Beats Electronics continues to make headlines, with more details seeming to confirm our previous report that the arrangment is less about overpriced headphones or streaming music services than the tastemakers running the company.
Flappy Bird once again made headlines Wednesday as the Vietnamese developer announced plans to resurrect the overnight sensation later this summer in a supposedly less-addictive version. According to BGR, Rovio has soft launched their own take on the popular game with Retry, which the company bills as "an eight-bit time machine." You'll have to take our word for it, though, because Retry is only available in Finland, Poland, and Canada for now, but will presumably fly the coop and go global eventually.