Apple will reportedly introduce a “Smart Home” platform at WWDC, that will allow iOS to control the inner workings of a home.
An Apple iPhone and Apple iPad will be able to change settings on connected appliances, turn the alarm on or off, and control the lighting inside and outside of the house. Google already has its similar Android@Home initiative.
Using “Smart Home,” property owners will be able to turn on their alarm when leaving the house, or have the lights turn on when entering. Home owners on vacation should be able to create the illusion that some one is at home in order to deter burglars.
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Apple is reportedly looking to purchase Beats Electronics, the company for which HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake three years ago, for $3.2 billion.
Apple is set to pay over five times the amount that Beats was valued at ($600 million) in 2011, though since then the business, which is still private and doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t report revenue, has growth significantly and, earlier this year, launched a streaming music service. HTC subsequently sold its remaining ownership in two separate transactions, and currently has no share of Beats Electronics.
Around the time of Beats’ buyback of HTC’s remaining 25 percent stake, Beats received a $500 million investment from private [...]