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Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics gets the all clear from the EU

The EU has reached a decision on Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics, passing the deal through with the all clear. The $3 billion deal to purchase the Beats brand has been in the works for some time and will enable Apple to absorb not only the new (and fairly popular) music streaming service, but also an iconic family of premium headphones.

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Apple to acquire radio app Swell for $30 million

Apple is set to remain on its purchasing spree with the acquisition of Swell, a popular radio and podcast compiler app available for both iPhone and iPad. According to Re/code sources, the deal is worth around $30 million, a relatively minor purchase in comparison to Beats Electronics at $3 billion. Swell enables consumers tune into their favorite talk shows and podcasts in an intelligent way, providing a more personalized experience.

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Apple stores may soon accept iPhone sales through AT&T Next, T-Mobile JUMP and Verizon Edge

While there's plenty of arguments for and against carrier upgrade programs such as AT&T Next, T-Mobile JUMP and Verizon Edge it looks as though there's at least enough traction there to garner some attention from Apple. According to new information, Apple appears to be readying a significant upgrade to their retail sales plans by firing up a pilot program for customers to be able to purchase a new iPhone through such carrier upgrade programs.

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New photo shows faster Retina MacBook Pros with 16GB of RAM could be in the works

If you weren't satisfied with the rumors of a retina MacBook Air and a 4K desktop weren't enough for you, maybe the thought of faster Retina MacBook Pros with a standard 16GB of RAM will grab your attention. That's what a new image from Chinese forum Feng allegedly shows off, though it remains unverified by Apple.

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Apple reportedly acquired BookLamp startup earlier this year for $10-15 Million

When it comes to acquiring smaller companies, Apple has a bit of a history of trying to make it all happen as quiet as possible. Sometimes it works and other times, well it doesn't work out so well at all and folks spill the beans on them well before Apple is ready.

In the case of BookLamp, otherwise known as 'Pandora For Books' it seems they might have once again had their cover blown. Although the report from TechCrunch notes it happened earlier this year, if the report is correct that secrecy has finally come to an end.

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U.S. House clears legislation to make unlocking cellphones legal

Although most people generally don't think of it when they go to unlock their cellphone for another carrier, the process of doing so in the U.S. has been a topic of much debate involving consumers, the House of Representatives, and even the President of the United States.

For those unfamiliar, service providers like AT&T and Verizon typically lock their devices so they can only be used with their service. If unlocked, phones can be taken over to other carriers. This is hugely important for promoting healthy competition and empowering consumer choice, not to mention being very useful for travel.

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Verizon to put some limits on unlimited data

If you've managed to stay on an unlimited data plan on Verizon, you might soon notice that your speeds beginning to slow down if your using a lot of data . A limited set of customers will fall under the umbrella of Verizon's so-called "Network Optimization" policy, which Verizon says is not throttling. The shift impacts customers in a very specific set of circumstances, according to Verizon:

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Bose reportedly suing Beats over noise-canceling headphone technology

Looks like there might be a little bit of legal trouble for Beats and ultimately, Apple in the next little while. A new report coming out of CNBC and backed up by PriorSmart shows Bose has filed legal suit against Beats and is looking to assert five different patents against the organization. The patents in question revolve around noise-canceling technology used in Beats.

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Transport for London rolling out contactless payment support this September

Transport of London (TfL) has today announced that the capital's public transport network will accept contactless payments from September 16. Buses already support the payment method, while the London Overground, Underground, DLR and Tram networks will be upgraded. This will enable the general public to utilize their contactless payment cards or even a smartphone with NFC (unfortunately, currently not an iPhone) to access the transport network in London.

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Alaska Airlines app gets major visual overhaul in version 3.0

Flying Alaska Airlines anytime soon? Then you're going to want to download their updated app for iPhone. Alaskan Airlines has given their iPhone app a fresh new look.

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