It’s on: Apple cranks up the Beats for $3 billion

It’s on: Apple cranks up the Beats for $3 billion

CUPERTINO, Calif. — In an unprecedented teaming of tech brains and musical ears, Apple confirmed Wednesday that it was doubling down on the digital music space it pioneered with iTunes by purchasing Beats Electronics for $3 billion, of which $400 million will vest over time. “We’re gaining rare talent, a fast-growing subscription service and premium […]

Why Apple needs Samsung

Why Apple needs Samsung

Every snob needs an inferior. And thanks to the late Steve Jobs, no company has more deeply integrated snobbery into its brand than Apple. But it’s been years since Apple has had the one competitor it could focus on feeling superior to — which is why the news that Apple and Samsung aren’t engaged in […]

Reports: 4 Nigerian girls escape Boko Haram

Reports: 4 Nigerian girls escape Boko Haram

Four of the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last month from a village school by the Boko Haram insurgent group have escaped their captors, according to a local official, Nigerian newspaper reports. Bana Lawan, chairman of the Chibok Local Government Area, said on Wednesday that the four girls escaped their captors on Tuesday, both […]

Report: ‘Pings’ may have never come from Flight 370

Report: ‘Pings’ may have never come from Flight 370

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A U.S. Navy spokesman on Thursday dismissed as “speculative and premature” an American expert’s reported comments that the acoustic “pings” at the center of the search for the missing Malaysian plane did not come from the jet’s black boxes. CNN reported that the Navy’s civilian deputy director of ocean engineering, Michael […]