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.
In theory, an app-based social media platform for creating shareable stories — by stringing words, animated images, and audio together — sounds pretty cool. NARR8 aims to do all of this and more, but it fumbles the process so badly that the intriguing idea alone won't warrant your time. The overall quality of the available reading content through the app (both user- and developer-generated) is lacking, and building your own stories is an unintuitive process rife with unnecessary hoop-jumping and technical issues.
If you were a fan of the iOS app Matcha.tv, which quietly shut down in May, take heart: It appears the second-screen service has been absorbed by Apple, presumably as part of Cupertino's bigger television ambitions.
Ever wonder how Amazon can price its Kindle and Kindle Fire tablets and e-readers so amazingly cheap? The e-tailer hasn't found any secret sauce -- its CEO finally confesses that they're just selling them at cost.
Out with the old, in with the new! Amidst rumors of big changes coming from Hulu, the company is rolling out a fresh new look for its website in an effort to make it easier for viewers to find what they're looking for.
Fed up with Netflix? Frustrated by Hulu Plus? There may be another option available to you by the time Santa Claus comes down the chimney this year if Apple has anything to say about it -- assuming they can get content providers on board.
Even if you have a killer video game that's flying off both the physical and digital shelves, it never hurts to throw some freebies to the players who love it.
On October 4th, Valve released the first free downloadable content pack for its Portal 2 puzzle game. The additional content, which streams in as an update to the Mac OS X steam client, comes in at over one gigabyte in size and includes both single player and cooperative challenge modes as well as a slew of unlockable levels and challenges to feed your Portal 2 obsession.