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Dr. Dre enjoys cold shower after accepting Tim Cook's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Dr. Dre has joined the ranks of other Apple execs in dumping a bucket of ice water on their head to raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Our own Rene Ritchie was quick to take up the challenge.

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Ryan Adams, The Script and more join this year's iTunes Festival line-up

Apple has confirmed a number of new acts for the 2014 iTunes Festival in London, which will take place next month. Artists already announced include the likes of Maroon 5 and Pharrel Williams who will now be joined by The Script, Ryan Adams and more.

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Sprint's reworked Framily plans bring more data for less through 2015

Sprint has announced its new Family Share Pack plans that replaces the company's Framily plans, and the new plans offer more data for less starting on August 22. According to the Now Network carrier, Sprint's plans will offer customers as much as twice the amount of data to comparable plans from rivals.

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Verizon is giving you an extra GB with a new data plan

Verizon has announced that they will be including an extra gigabyte of data to customers who sign up for a new data plan. According to Verizon, you'll need to upgrade your phone or activate a smartphone on a More Everything plan with at least 1GB of data to get these free bits and bytes. This is in addition to the recent announcement of new 2GB single-line plans for $60 monthly that we heard about last week.

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Flappy Bird creator releasing latest game, Swing Copters, this week

Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen will be releasing his latest game, Swing Copters, on the App Store this Thursday. Like Flappy Bird, Swing Copters has an 8-bit art style, and asks you to guide your character through obsticals to get through the levels. It also shares a similar addictive nature to Flappy Bird, according to Touch Arcade:

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Big Nerd Ranch hits the road this fall to teach iOS 8 and Swift

App development education group Big Nerd Ranch has announced a roadshow for Swift and iOS 8. Coming this fall, the eight-city show will offer advanced classes for both Swift and iOS 8 to experienced iOS developers. These will be one-day courses, and developers can sign up for either or both. They will run from 8AM to 5PM and cost $700. Both classes will go over the ins and outs of Apple's new software and programming language, for instance, detailing the differences in writing in Swift and Objective-C.

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Noke padlock will allow owners to unlock it via iPhone app

There will always be a need for padlocks to secure doors and other items and today a company called FŪZ Designs revealed a new kind of lock, the Noke, that supports Bluetooth and can be opened with the help of an iPhone app.

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LG announces world's first curved 21:9 Thunderbolt monitor ahead of IFA

LG has pre-announced a fantastic looking new monitor ahead of IFA that'll work great with a Mac. It's also what's claimed to be a world's first, adding a curved display to the 21:9 ultra wide format. The actual display is a curved 34-inch IPS panel with Quad HD 3440 x 1440 resolution and connections that include the Mac supported Thunderbolt 2.

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Apple offering 10% price cut on Beats products

Now that Beats is officially under Apple's control and included in its online store, we're seeing the first deals with a 10% price cut on everything except the slightly odd Beats Pill Dude. Sure, it's not a huge discount but it does take the price of some of the more expensive headphones down by just over $40. And that $40 is always better in your pocket than Apple's.

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Apple takes home an Emmy Award for 'Misunderstood' commercial

Apple has won an Emmy Award for the category of outstanding commercial in 2014 for its Misunderstood ad. The commercial debuted late last year in the 2013 Holiday season and shows how the iPhone can be used to capture and record, edit, and share memories for the holidays.

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