Last year, Google overtook Apple as the number one most valuable brand after holding the top post for three consecutive years. Check out the latest infographic below that gives a quick review on the top 10 brands in 2014 by BrandZ (the same source used by Forbes). Google Glass, Internet of Things, Google Maps and Google Music All Access are some of the exciting goings-on announced at the last I/O conference, which made a huge impact on Google topping the list. Sure, Apple had its own releases last year, iPhone 5S and 5c, but the smartphone arena is getting a little boring and consumers demand bigger and better products to make an impact.
Apple and Google aren’t the only tech brands topping the list as most valuable in the world. Discover which brands are making bank (and which brands surprisingly didn’t make the cut) in the infographic below.
Screw healthy water, owning a basketball team or even a tv network… 50 Cent, Jay Z and Diddy’s got nothing on the baller plane as Dr. Dre. Apparently, Apple is this close to buying up the Beats brand – which wold make Dr. Dre a BILLIONAIRE. Find out how much he could make off the acquisition below.
According to TMZ, Dr. Dre could be days away from being the first rapper turned BILLIONAIRE … thanks to a mega-deal for Apple to snatch up his Beats Electronics brand.
Apple will reportedly buy Beats for a whopping $3.2 BILLION — and since Dre and Interscope honcho Jimmy Iovine created the brand … it’s a safe bet they will walk away with a huge chunk of that cash.
Dre and Jimmy started the brand back in 2008 with headphones — but now they’re also making bank off speakers, car audio systems, and a streaming service.
The deal could close next week … and would be Apple’s biggest acquisition ever.
Dre came in #2 on Forbes’ most recent list of hip hop’s wealthiest artists — with a net worth of $550 million … while Diddy was #1 at $700 million.
It’s still unclear what Apple will do with Beats, but its focus seems to be on the company’s new music streaming service rather than its popular headphones and speakers. We may also see Beats Audio technology integrated into Macs and iOS devices in the same way that it has in HP laptops and smartphones from HTC.
It’s day three of 2014 and many of us (myself included) are either still fixated on keeping or scrapping new year resolutions by now. The notion of “new year, new you” is so appealing, the only problem is – you can’t bring old habits into the new year and expect revolutionary results. That’s why I thought that I’d enlist the help of a few habit-forming apps to keep me accountable for my resolutions this year. Many of my resolutions are common productivity ideals, like going to the gym, better time management, (just like everyone else.) Luckily, each one of these apps offer a unique appeal to help you stick to your new year resolution goals. Check out three apps to keep new year resolutions below…
The Habit Factor® is the professional’s choice for positive behavior change and habit development. Example: If your goal is to “Write a book”, you might create a related habit of “writing for 30 minutes a day” and set that to 3x per week (you choose which days). Only The Habit Factor offers HabitStregnth: the ability to strengthen habits over time using custom tracking periods & Habit Alignment Technology: the ability to create and align habit to your goals.
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Lift is like having a coach in your phone giving you daily motivation, coaching, and prompting. Whether your goal is large or small, Lift gives you steps and milestones to make progress more manageable. With coaching, progress tracking, and optional reminders, Lift helps you stay focused and stick with it. There is a social element to Lift: if you add goals that others are trying to achieve too then you will see everyone who checks-in to that habit. You can connect Lift to Facebook or Twitter, too, if you want to see which friends from those sites are using the service.
Habit Streak Pro (Android)
Habit Streak helps you achieve your goals (or New Year’s Resolutions) in exercise, diet or other areas of your life. Each day you report on whether you succeeded yesterday, building up streaks of habits and ingraining the activities into your life. Habit Streak has two key advances: Firstly it allows you to build several chains up at once. Secondly it (optionally) prompts you every day to report on your success (whereas one could easily forget to update or look at a physical calendar).
What are your goals for the new year? How are you planning on keeping your new year resolutions? Are you creating a vision board or writing notes daily? Share your new year resolution ideas and tips to keep them below.
I will admit, ever since I picked up the iPhone 5s – I’ve been using the fingerprint scan technology for everything (and by everything, I really mean making iTunes store purchases and unlocking my phone). I guess I’m just one of many people that hate the tedious act of typing in a passcode to unlock their smartphone every five minutes. So you could imagine my surprise when I discovered the new Knock app. Knock is a combo iPhone/Mac app that lets users unlock their computer, simply by tapping on the phone screen.
The guys behind Square Wallet brings a type of human touch to technology and security. Knock was created by William Henderson and Jon Schlossberg. The two came up with the idea after realizing how much they both hated having to constantly unlock their computers. That type of human approach to security is something the two want to carry on with Knock. Knock works by pairing your computer (a 2011 or new MacBook Air or Mac mini, a 2012 or newer iMac or the upcoming Mac Pro) with your iPhone (iPhone 4S and later). Simply install, for $3.99, the Knock iPhone app, install the free Mac app from the Knock website and follow a few quick steps and you’re ready.
Knock works by using Bluetooth Low Energy, a technology that modern Macs and newer iPhones have. The two Knock apps create a secure connection with one another and when you “knock” on the screen of the phone, it transmits the unlock key to your Mac instantly.
Like Touch ID, Knock is one of those apps that really gives the average user no excuse notto use a password.
Would you use this new security shortcut? Is it worth the $3.99 price tag? Sound off below.
Earlier this week T-Mobile announced that an exciting Twitter Press Conference to “Unleash” a bit more news for customers and competition alike. T-Mobile had two big pieces of tablet news to announce yesterday, (in perfect timing that they both come on the heels of the iPad Air reveal.) Could T-Mobile really be unleashing new freebies our way?
Freebies is an understatement. T-Mobile is offering everyone 200 MB of 4G LTE data free every month, indefinitely, regardless of whether or not you’re a T-Mobile customer. If you have a 4G LTE tablet, you can use it with T-Mobile’s network. Since 200 MB isn’t very much data to work with, T-Mobile hopes that this freebie lures you away from the competition. For example, you can score $10 per month for unlimited 3G data plus 500 MB of 4G LTE data, then $10 more every time you want to get 2 GB more of 4G LTE data (tablet pricing only.) A second major freebie T-Mobile is offering customers the iPad Air for free when it hits on November 1 without a penny out of your pocket (the day of purchase). Instead, you’ll have to pay in monthly installments (which could work for different financial circumstances) at a T-Mobile starting November 1.
Let’s see, grab an iPad Air from T-Mobile and walk out without any money leaving your wallet AND ON TOP OF THAT the free 200 MB of 4G LTE for life applies for the iPad Air, too? I know plenty of people that may snatch this deal up before it becomes extinct.
iPhone 5s slow motion
Looking for your iPhone 5s sneek peek? You don’t have to look any further than via Burberry on your favorite social media feed. London Fashion Week is in full swing and London fashion powerhouse Burberry took to their Instagram feed to highlight the iPhone 5s camera capabilities to thousands of it’s fashion house fans.
If you’ve ever been curious about the new iPhone 5S slow-motion mode, just check out Burberry’s Instagram feed. Apple lent the British fashion house the device to capture its pastel-colored Spring/Summer 2014 collection show as part of a cross-promotional partnership. The full show of the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear S/S14 show appeared on Burberry’s YouTube page on Tuesday. Apple announced the collaboration last week, noting that behind-the-scenes footage, product details, and preparation footage would accompany shots of the London runway show. The 15-second video received more than 20,000 Instagram likes in one day. Take a peek at the new iPhone 5S slow-motion feature video below.
“This collaboration celebrates our relationship and shared foundation in design and craftsmanship. We have a mutual passion for creating beautiful products and unlocking emotive experiences through technology, which has made it intensely exciting to explore the capabilities of iPhone 5s,” said Burberry CEP Christopher Bailey. “We’re inspired by what this could mean for the future as we continue to explore the merging of physical and digital experiences.” With fashion & technology companies teaming up everyday, this trend is bound to grow bigger and better each year. Who are you looking forward to seeing collaborate next?
Although I won’t be live blogging the event from 36,000 feet, I will however give you the skinny on what to expect from today’s Apple iPhone event. Two new models are expected to be revealed later today – a higher-end iPhone 5S and its cheaper alternative, the iPhone 5C The invite… Apple is holding a special event today but is keeping the purpose of it a top-secret. It has been widely-rumoured online that the event will see the launch of a higher-end new phone, probably named the iPhone 5S. Speculation and leaked images also suggest it will have a fingerprint scanner, but it is also expected to have several other exciting tweaks.
I’ll be watching the developments on the star of the show — the iPhone 5s and will have a roundup of the best features, when/where you can buy it and the best ways to trade-in your current phone for cash towards your new upgrade later today…
QUICK UPDATE: Both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available for pre-order online on Thursday and in stores Friday, September 20th…
Apple® today announced iPhone® 5s, the most forward-thinking iPhone yet, featuring an all-new A7 chip, making iPhone 5s the world’s first smartphone with 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance in the palm of your hand. iPhone 5s redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design, including an all-new 8 megapixel iSight® camera with True Tone flash and introducing Touch ID™, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. iPhone 5s comes with iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, engineered for 64-bit technology and featuring hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop®, enhanced Photos, Safari®, Siri® and iTunes Radio?.
iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model.? iPhone 5s will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
Apple® today introduced iPhone® 5c, featuring an all-new design, packed with incredible features in five gorgeous colors-blue, green, pink, yellow and white. iPhone 5c is built on a foundation of features people know and love like the beautiful 4-inch Retina® display, blazing fast performance of the A6 chip, and the 8 megapixel iSight® camera-all while delivering great battery life. iPhone 5c comes with more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world, a new FaceTime® HD camera, and iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone.
iPhone 5c comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $99 (US) for the 16GB model and $199 (US) for the 32GB model.? iPhone 5c will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5c cases will be available in blue, green, pink, yellow, black and white for a suggested retail price of $29 (US) through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5c will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 20, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5c beginning Friday, September 13.
There’s a bevy of tech rumors and shake ups that happy everyday from mergers to break ups and new technology emerging by the second. Here are the top tech rumors to keep you in the know.
The iPhone 5s rumors keep pouring in and they include everything from fingerprint scanning technology to NFC capabilities. Your next iPhone may be able to unlock itself based on your touch and hold a charge without requiring a cable. These are just three intriguing possibilities that could turn up in Apple’s iPhone 5 successor, which is rumored to go public as soon as September. Check out more iPhone 5s rumors here.
Steve Jobs Crash & Burns At Box Office
The first of two movies about the late Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs hit theaters this weekend without any of the buzz or sales enjoyed by the iPods or iPads created by its subject. The movie opened in seventh place with a paltry estimated weekend gross of $6.7 million despite opening broadly in the U.S. and Canada. Throughout the movie, Mr. Jobs’s up-and-down career at the company is chronicled, as a rotating cast of board directors and executives hire and fire him before he returns the company to superstar status with the launch of the iPod in 2001. (more)
Dr. Dre Wants To Drop HTC
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dr. Dre and Co. are planning to buy back the phone maker’s remaining 25 percent stake in the business — just a year after HTC reduced its stake by half. Either way, we’re hoping that this potential separation helps HTC get back to winning ways and frees up Dr. Dre to resuming prescribing those pills he’s now so fond of.
It’s official: Samsung Electronics will launch its first wristwatch smartphone early next month, people familiar with the plan say. The move would allow Samsung to potentially beat rival Apple Inc. on what is expected to be the next major battleground for mobile phone makers. The world’s largest smartphone maker will unveil the device worn around the wrist called Galaxy Gear on Sept. 4, ahead of Berlin’s IFA, a consumer electronics show where technology companies showcase their gadgets. It will go on sale this year, the people said.
That’s our roundup for today! What tech rumors are you intrigued by? Share below…
iphone 5 electrocution
The family of a Chinese woman who died after being electrocuted while talking on her charging iPhone 5 says they want answers and an explanation from Apple.
Apple said Monday it would investigate claims that a Chinese woman was killed by an electric shock she received when answering a call while the device was charging.
The claim quickly drew attention after a woman in the western region of Xinjiang wrote about the death of her 23-year-old sister Ma Ailun on China’s popular microblog service Sina Weibo.
“We will fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter,” said Apple’s Beijing-based spokeswoman Carolyn Wu, offering condolences to the family.
The state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday that local police had confirmed Ma died of electrocution but “have yet to verify if her phone was involved”.
Ma’s sister warned others not to use their phones while they were charging and asked Apple to provide an explanation, saying on Weibo on Saturday: “What a shame, to pass away like this.”
Those lightening chargers should really come with a warning label nowadays. Does freak phone accidents like this make you worried about buying them for yourself? Sound off below.