Multiple resources report that Apple is close to buying the radio app Swell for about $30 Million. Swell’s iOS app created personalized streams of various podcasts and shows.The Swell app is to be shut down this week.Much of the Swell team is to join Apple. This deal is yet another in the string of content apps that Apple have picked up over the past few months. LINK
Revenue per employee ($ millions):
Apple — $2.1M
Google — $1.2M
Oracle — $0.31
IBM — $0.23M LINK
Analytics firms Flurry reports that Xiaomi users in China spend more time on the apps than Apple’s iPhone. Typically iPhone users around the world spend more time on apps than Android users, which is reflected in the amount of money app developers make from the apps. Xiaomi has managed to get biz users to get onboard who like to spend more time on apps under media & entertainment, productivity. Link
Apple has launched a new 16GB variant of iPod touch for Rs 16,900, which comes with 5 megapixel iSight camera and it now available various colors. It has also reduced the prices of 32GB and 64GB variants, which are now available for 20,900 and Rs 24,900 respectively. Prior to this, the 16GB iPod Touch was available at Rs 17,880, 32GB at Rs 23,900 and 64 GB at Rs 29,900.
Apple has unveiled iOS8 with new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard, an entirely new Health app, extended Spotlight capabilities, interactive notifications and more. Will be available as a free update by this September for iPhones 4S and up, iPod Touch 5th-Gen, iPad2, iPad with Retina, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina. LINK
As part of iOS8, Apple has announced a new app, ‘Health’ that keeps track of several different health metrics measured by various devices. ‘HealthKit’ is the developer-accompaniment that makes it possible for other health & fitness apps to share data between themselves in addition to accessing data aggregated by the Health app. LINK
After Apple acquired Beats Electronics Inc, Amazon has pulled up sleeves to make an equally robust music streaming service available to more consumers. Currently, Amazon is working on the back-end to introduce the Amazon Prime Music Streaming service to its customers in couple of months. Just like the Prime Instant Video, the music streaming service is expected to offer free Radio-like streaming of songs and there would be subscription involved. The bummer here is that it will not include recent releases but instead restrict its catalog to songs and albums that are 6 months old and older. LINK
Apple has surprised everyone by announcing the acquisition of Beats Electronics LLC for $ 3 million. With Beats Electronics, the major focus is on bringing the Beats Music streaming services to the Apple product users along with the current iTunes library. Apart from that, Apple will also get to make the best of the Beats Electronics products and connections in the music industry. LINK
iPhone users across Australia were seen complaining on online forums and Apple support websites after their phones were “taken over” by hackers, apparently by using a hack within the phones “Find My Phone” feature that lets users remotely control their iPhones. Most users complained about receiving a message on the locks creen asking them to pay money to a PayPal account to have their phones restores. Apple has confirmed reports about the hack and is working to fix it.
Airtel has announced that the 4G network services for mobile phones and USB Modems has been rolled out in Ludhiana, Punjab. Airtel has also partnered with Apple to support the 4G LTE network services for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5c devices in Ludhiana. With a purchase of 4G enabled Dongle for Rs 1500 or CPE for Rs 2500, Airtel provides a free 4G or universal SIM. Airtel Postpaid users can opt for special plan at Rs 999 which is applicable for mobiles, dongles and modems. Meanwhile, pre-paid users can opt for Rs. 995 plan valid only for mobiles. Both pre-paid and post-paid users get FREE 10 GB data for 4G network for a month. LINK