Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things

shutterstock_265657364 Hardware is hot — and poised to get hotter. Venture capital investment in connected device hardware startups reached approximately $1.48 billion in 2014, more than triple the amount of two years earlier. Meanwhile, the “fairy tale” acquisitions of Dropcam, Nest, Beats and Oculus — and the IPOs of Fitbit and GoPro — fuel public interest and momentum for new startups… Read More

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Apple Streaming Music Service Not Necessarily A Slam Dunk

Basketball player dunking a basketball It seems clear that Apple wants to get into music streaming in a big way, and as Josh Constine reported yesterday, Apple could even be looking at buying Taylor Swift’s record label. With Dr. Dre and Beats in the fold, Apple looks to be setting itself up for a monster launch, one that could sweep existing players like Spotify by the wayside. There is a widely held belief that when… Read More

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Apple Begins Selling Bose Products Again Two Months After Pulling Them

IMG_9945 Apple has begun reselling audio products from Bose nearly two months after it pulled its range. Read More

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Beats Solo2 Wireless Review: Bluetooth Adds Considerably To The Solo Appeal

IMG_0057 Beats is taking its Solo line wireless, with a new set of Bluetooth cans that match the wired Solo2 almost exactly in terms of external design. Surprisingly, they also match their wired counterpart in terms of sound, both when used with the included aux cable with inline remote, and when they’re used with the Bluetooth wireless connection. And after Beats took its sound engineering back… Read More

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Apple Could Include A Re-Branded Beats Music On Every iPhone

beats-angled Apple might indeed be rolling its Beats Music streaming service into its general iTunes music offerings, and shipping it included across its range of mobile devices, including both iPhones and iPads. If the Financial Time’s sources are correct, the service would then have instant reach to hundreds of millions of potential new customers, giving it a big lead over competitive streaming… Read More

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Beats Debuts $300 Solo2 Wireless Headphones, First New Product Since Apple Deal Closed

solo2-wireless-red-quarter Beats by Dre is launching a new pair of headphones today, a Bluetooth-powered wireless version of the Solo2 headset it introduced back in June this year. The wireless edition was tipped by an FCC document last week, but now it’s official, with a $299.95 price tag when it goes on sale later this month at Apple.com and select online retailers. Beats is also launching a new ‘Royal… Read More

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Trent Reznor’s Apple Special Project Is In “The World” Of Music Delivery

Trent_Reznor_by_Rob_Sheridan Musical magic man Trent Reznor is working with Apple on something or other, after the Beats Chief Creative Officer came on board following the acquisition. He says that Apple was interested in working with Reznor directly in “designing some products” following the deal in an interview with Billboard, and also say that the partnership would focus on the “world” of… Read More

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Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music

beatsmusic-shutterstock_132921989 (1) Apple will discontinue the streaming music service Beats Music it acquired in May, according to five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats. Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It’s not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s music service will be shut down or… Read More

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