Apple Officially Announces Acquisition of Beats Music for $3 Billion

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Well, its official. All of that speculating and predicting and questioning of strange YouTube videos can now be put to rest. Apple just announced that it has agreed to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $2.6 billion in cash and assets with $400 million in vesting stock. With it, co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will become members of the Apple team, although their role at headquarters is still unknown.

Apple will purchase both the subscription-based streaming music service and the hardware portion of the company, which includes headphones, speakers, and audio software.

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Analyst Claims Apple Has Lengthy List of Prototypes Throughout Supply Chain

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As the Worldwide Developer Conference inches closer, the tech world is scrambling to have the most information possible. Today, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek claims to have insider knowledge of a list of prototypes that Apple is working on throughout the supply chain.

In a note to investors, Misek stated that Apple has several prototypes under wraps, including a branded television set with 4K gesture and voice control, an ARM-based touch screen MacBook Air, and an OLED foldable iPhone/iPad hybrid.

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Apple and Google Trusted by Younger Generation as Their Bankers

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A report prepared by Accenture shows that adults 18-34 are more likely to use potential banking services provided by online companies such as Google, PayPal, and Apple. Even Walmart scored fairly high as a potential bank, and that might seem surprising to most traditional banking customers.

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All iPads Now Included in Apple’s Educational Discount Program

Apple Education Store iPad

Apple has long been a supporter of the education community. The company offers discounts to both students and educators and has been an active participant in many government related school modernization programs. Today, the company has added its iPad line to the Apple Education store. Now, students and teachers can grab an Apple tablet for slightly less than what the rest of us pay.

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Apple Says iCloud Not Hacked in Recent Australian iPhone Ransom Incidents

iOS Ransom Hack

Yesterday, we told you about the iOS and OS X users in Australia who reported being locked out of their devices due to a hacker who asked for a ransom in exchange for relinquishing control. Today, Apple released an official statement regarding the incident, stating that iCloud was not compromised and users should change their Apple ID password.

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NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s Largest Wireless Provider, to begin Selling iPad Air and iPad mini

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Apple announced some big news today regarding expansion across the globe. Starting June 10, Japan’s largest wireless provider, NTT DoCoMo, will begin selling the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. The company is the last carrier to add Apple’s tablet line to its catalog.

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PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: DIY Mini Photobooth for iPad and DSLR Camera

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Summer, traditionally is an optimum time of the year to get hitched. The weather is usually better (at least you don’t have to worry about snow). Families can come from far away because the kids are out of school. It is a bit easier to plan and execute the whole thing during the three months of the year that the sun shines the longest.

In honor of those who will be making the plunge this summer, we found a very simple tutorial for another type of photo booth that doesn’t require as much set up.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 10 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 10 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 8 productivity / entertainment apps and 2 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 67% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Check out all the sale apps after the break »

Apple Confirms WWDC 14 Keynote Address Will Be Streamed Live

WWDC Keynote Live Stream

We are less than a week away from the much-anticipated keynote address that Apple has scheduled for the first day of the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). As the days tick by, rumors of what the iPad maker will unveil continue to swirl. While we don’t know any official information regarding the content of the event, we do know that Apple will hold the keynote at the Presidio on June 2, at 10:00 a.m. PT. Today, we know one more bit of official information. Apple will live stream the keynote from a variety of devices for your convenience.

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Touch ID Probably coming to iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 in 2014

Touch ID 3New analyst predictions suggest that Touch ID is definitely coming to the next generation of iOS devices. We’ve been hearing the rumor for months now, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is adamant that we will see the security feature this fall.

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