What Does Apple’s Acquisition of Beats Mean for the Future?

Beats and Apple

Yesterday, Apple made waves in the tech and music industry by announcing the upcoming acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, two subsidiaries of the same company whose focus is on music-related software and hardware. The unprecedented $3 billion purchase has many scratching their heads as to why Apple wanted this partnership so bad. It already has a streaming music service, and the company isn’t exactly known for spending a lot of effort on accessories. So, what made Beats so special and what will this merger mean for Apple fans?

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OtterBox Lets You Design Your Own Custom iPad mini Defender Case

OtterBox Defender

Don’t you just hate it when you walk into a room and see someone else with the same exact case as you? It’s just mortifying. OtterBox makes it possible for you to always be one-of-a-kind with a custom built Defender case. Chose from a variety of colors and make your iPad mini stand out in a crowd.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage – Rock Prodigy: Learn Guitar is now Free

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Rock Prodigy is an online music lesson service that has made a name for itself for being the go-to website for learning musicians around the country who want to get the kind of professional music lessons you would expect from a real world experience. The comprehensive iOS app features nearly 100 progressive lessons with hours of videos, exercises, and more. Today, the company dropped $50 price tag and made the app free with a la carte lesson purchases instead.

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Apple Officially Announces Acquisition of Beats Music for $3 Billion

Beats iPad

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

iPad Air

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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