Beats By Dr.Dre http://www.stuff.tv/my/monster/beats-drdre/features en-MY Apple reportedly planning to bundle rebranded Beats Music on all iPhones http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-reportedly-planning-bundle-beats-music-all-iphones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Streaming service will probably use iTunes banner before it becomes standard issue </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8" alt="iOS 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ios8-closeup_0.jpg?1416447105" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to a report out today from the Financial Times, Apple intends to have Beats Music make the leap from an optional App Store download to a pre-installed, permanent part of iOS.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-reportedly-planning-bundle-beats-music-all-iphones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-reportedly-planning-bundle-beats-music-all-iphones/news#comments Apple Beats By Dr.Dre iTunes Music Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:18:41 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453558 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft’s first Lumia launching this week, wireless Beats Solo2 headphones leaked, and Tony Hawk plotting video game return http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-microsoft-s-first-lumia-launching-week-wireless-beats-solo2-headphones-leaked-an <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 11/11/14: The Lumia 535 is official </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Lumia" alt="Microsoft Lumia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-lumia-first-tease.jpg?1415690501" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Microsoft Lumia device unveiling tomorrow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">We&rsquo;ve been anticipating the launch of Microsoft&rsquo;s first branded Lumia smartphone, following the demise of the Nokia brand for such things, and now it appears we&rsquo;ll have our first (official) glimpse in just a day.</p> <p class="p1">The company has teased an unveiling for 11 November, with a partial look at an orange-encased device and the tagline, &ldquo;Microsoft is delivering the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone.&rdquo; In other words, a budget phone. But unfortunately for Microsoft, the specs and details already leaked via the Chinese <a href="http://shouji.tenaa.com.cn/Mobile/MobileDetail.aspx?code=5wWbcv1czkyDQKKxkFmNckLhnyZTK%2flh">telecom equipment certification process</a>.</p> <p class="p1">It appears that the Lumia will feature a 5in display with a 1.2Ghz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel back camera, and even a front-facing selfie shooter, which wasn&rsquo;t always the case with Nokia&rsquo;s own low-end Lumia models. But we&rsquo;ll have official word, along with a final name and likely price, tomorrow.</p> <p class="p1">[Sources: <a href="http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com/2014/11/07/want-to-see-morelumia/">Lumia Conversations</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/7/7172643/microsoft-lumia-teaser">The Verge</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news">Microsoft officially dropping Nokia branding for Lumia phones</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Lumia 535 is official </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>UPDATED 11/11/14:</strong>&nbsp;Microsoft has unveiled the Lumia 535 as the first of its smartphones that won&#39;t have the Nokia brand on it.&nbsp;</p> <p>This entry-level smartphone will feature a 5in,&nbsp;540 &times; 960 (qHD) display, protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and enabled with enhanced sunlight readability.&nbsp;&nbsp;It also boasts a 5MP front facing snapper, as well as a 5MP rear camera, and 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be extended to 128GB.&nbsp;Under the hood, you&#39;ll find a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2GHz; and the CPU is accompanied by 1GB of RAM.&nbsp; <p>The device is said to debut with a US$140 price tag (uninclusive of taxes and subsidies) but it&#39;s unconfirmed if it will be made available in Malaysia.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sources claim the Lumia 535 will initially be launched in China, Hong Kong and Bangladesh, before rolling out into markets like Russia and India.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-lumia-535-announced-5-inch-qhd-display-5mp-front-camera/83699.html" target="_blank">VR-Zone</a>]&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wireless Beats Solo2 headphones coming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">If you&rsquo;ve been waiting for the latest and greatest Beats - the Solo2 on-ear headphones (pictured) - to go wireless, you&rsquo;re in luck: a filing from the United States Federal Communication Commission (FCC) shows that such a pair is on the horizon.</p> <p class="p2">According to 9to5Mac, the only obvious difference in design is the lack of a cord and the addition of Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) tech for connectivity. Also, the filing was done in Apple&rsquo;s name, and the box design lists Apple as the maker, so perhaps a slight shift in branding is afoot, as well.</p> <p class="p1">The wired model comes in at &pound;169 (RM894), so whatever the price for the wireless version, it&rsquo;ll surely be a fair bit higher. We&rsquo;ll let you know when they&rsquo;re properly revealed.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/11/07/upcoming-bluetooth-apple-branded-beats-solo2-headphones-revealed-by-fcc/">9to5Mac</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/why-apple-wants-buy-beats/feature">So why does Apple want to buy Beats?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beats Solo2" alt="Beats Solo2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beats-solo2.jpg?1415690501" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Tony Hawk games in development </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">It&rsquo;s been a few years since the last new Tony Hawk-branded skateboarding game, but that&rsquo;ll change in 2015, as the legendary pro boarder announced that he&rsquo;s working with Activision on new console and mobile games.</p> <p class="p1">Hawk added that he thinks &ldquo;fans of [<em>Tony Hawk&rsquo;s Pro Skater</em>] series will be hyped,&rdquo; which seems to imply a return to the style of earlier entries.&nbsp;The franchise hit a wall in 2009 and 2010 when it embraced a physical board controller, and the only notable release since was 2012&rsquo;s remastered compilation, <em>Tony Hawk&rsquo;s Pro Skater HD</em> (pictured).</p> <p class="p1">A new mobile game, <em>Tony Hawk&rsquo;s Shred Session</em>, was supposed to launch this autumn, but it&rsquo;s been &ldquo;postponed indefinitely&rdquo; in the wake of these new moves, says Activision.</p> <p class="p1">[Sources: <a href="https://twitter.com/tonyhawk/status/530769949649014784">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-11-07-tony-hawk-is-working-on-a-new-console-game-for-2015">Eurogamer</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review">Sunset Overdrive review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="648" title="Tony Hawk&#039;s Pro Skater HD" alt="Tony Hawk&#039;s Pro Skater HD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/activision-tonyhawkhd_0.jpg?1415690501" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-microsoft-s-first-lumia-launching-week-wireless-beats-solo2-headphones-leaked-an#comments Apple Beats By Dr.Dre Console games Gaming Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1452798 at http://www.stuff.tv Skype to break language barriers with speech-to-speech translation, and other news you’ve missed http://www.stuff.tv/my/skype-break-language-barriers-speech-speech-translation-and-other-news-you-ve-missed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s been a crazy week, but that doesn&#039;t mean you should slack off on the latest tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Skype to break language barriers with speech-to-speech translation, and other news you’ve missed " alt="Skype to break language barriers with speech-to-speech translation, and other ne" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gallery_7.jpeg?1401839182" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-8-things-you-need-know-about-apple-s-new-iphone-and-ipad-os/news">Apple just launching a spectrum of features for its iOS8</a>, as well as bombarding technology announcements from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/computex-2014">Computex 2014</a>, plenty of vital news stories have been buried beneath our news feed.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skype breaks language barriers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Skype will soon break language barriers without having to hire a group of multi-lingual translators. How you ask? By announcing its plans to introduce Skype Translator, a Star Trek-like close to real-time speech-to-speech feature into its technology. It&rsquo;s currently in pre-beta stage, but it&rsquo;ll soon be time to chuck out those Translation for Dummies books.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/say-what-skype-will-feature-speech-speech-translation/news">Skype is going to break the language barrier with speech-to-speech translation</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Skype breaks language barriers" alt="Skype breaks language barriers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery-1_7.jpeg?1401839182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beats Music now cheaper after Apple acquisition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Acquisitions aren&rsquo;t all that bad are they? Clearly not when it comes to Beats Music. The subscription-streaming music service has cut the price of its subscriptions, as well as extended the duration of the free trial of its app immediately after&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">Apple officially put the ring on Beats</a>&nbsp;(just figuratively).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/beats-subscription-price-plummets-following-apple-acquisition/news">Beats Music subscription price plummets following Apple acquisition</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Beats Music now cheaper after Apple acquisition " alt="Beats Music now cheaper after Apple acquisition " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery-2_4.jpeg?1401839182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch out for Heartbleed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Heartbleed is back with a vengeance, and this time, it&rsquo;s looking to attack your Android smart phones. The evolved form, called &#39;Cupid&#39; will do what Heartbleed did on the open web but via Wi-Fi &ndash; the vulnerability uses the wireless network to get to your routers and mobile phones. So you should probably monitor closely what it connects to.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/heartbleed-back-and-its-coming-your-android-phones/news">Heartbleed is back, and it&rsquo;s coming for your Android phones</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Watch out for Heartbleed" alt="Watch out for Heartbleed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery-3_4.jpeg?1401839182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Could Microsoft’s upcoming smartwatch work with both iOS and Android? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rumours have been circulating over Microsoft&rsquo;s soon-to-be-launched fitness-minded smartphone boasting technology that enables it to connect with both iOS and Android devices. That could possibly set it apart from the rather crowded smartwatch market that&rsquo;s only compatible with a manufacturer&rsquo;s own smartphones.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/microsoft-reportedly-planning-own-smartwatch-works-ios-and-android/news">Microsoft&rsquo;s planned smartwatch reportedly works with iOS and Android</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Could Microsoft’s upcoming smartwatch work with both iOS and Android? " alt="Could Microsoft’s upcoming smartwatch work with both iOS and Android? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery-4_3.jpeg?1401839182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dyson missed out on Google Glass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So apparently, Dyson&rsquo;s come out to announce that it&rsquo;s previously designed a Google Glass-ish device back in 2001, but didn&rsquo;t push it to market. It sounds truly groundbreaking, (especially considering this was designed more than 10 years ago) but sadly, it pulled the plug on the project. Dyson&rsquo;s announced a new R&amp;D facility, so we hope it&rsquo;s got a few other nifty ideas in its pipelines that might prove to be groundbreaking tech.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/dyson/dyson-invented-google-glass-decade-google/news">Dyson invented Google Glass a decade before Google</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Dyson missed out on Google Glass" alt="Dyson missed out on Google Glass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery-5_1.jpeg?1401839182" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/skype-break-language-barriers-speech-speech-translation-and-other-news-you-ve-missed/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/skype-break-language-barriers-speech-speech-translation-and-other-news-you-ve-missed/news#comments Apple Beats By Dr.Dre Google Microsoft Round-up Wednesday Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:43:37 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438492 at http://www.stuff.tv Beats Music subscription price plummets following Apple acquisition http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/beats-subscription-price-plummets-following-apple-acquisition/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In addition, it extends its free trial period </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Beats subscription price plummets following Apple acquisition" alt="Beats subscription price plummets following Apple acquisition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gallery_6.jpeg?1401409315" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, over the past few weeks, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-buying-beats-expect-changes-its-headphones-and-itunes/news">rumours have been circulating</a> of an Apple buyout of headphones manufacturer and streaming music service proprietor, Beats, and Apple today <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">confirmed the speculation with an announcement</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will the move boost its subscriber base? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s unknown if Beats Music meant to make the announcement just a mere few hours after Apple&rsquo;s confirmation, but the price drop could potentially allure more inquisitive customers to download and use the app.</p> <p>A recent report showed that for the month of March, the streaming service had a meagre 11,000 subscribers, so a lowered price could be Beats Music&rsquo;s desperate attempt at frantically trying to boost those numbers.</p> <p>In addition to that, the free trial period has been extended &ndash; all new users will be able to access content for free for 14 days instead of just seven.</p> <p>Of course, the iOS and Android app updates also include more than a handful of bug fixes for the &ldquo;whole experience to run as smooth as silk&rdquo;. Many users have been reporting several outstanding issues since it was introduced in January, and Beats even temporarily halted new user downloads a day after its launch.</p> <p>Read into Beats&rsquo; moves what you want, we think the move will result in a bigger adoption of its services, and we&rsquo;ll surely be watching its moves like a hawk.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/beats-drdre/beauty-and-beats-best-and-worst-headphone-design-dr-dre/feature">Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone designs by Dr. Dre</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Beats subscription price plummets following Apple acquisition" alt="Beats subscription price plummets following Apple acquisition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery-1_6.jpeg?1401409315" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/beats-subscription-price-plummets-following-apple-acquisition/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/beats-subscription-price-plummets-following-apple-acquisition/news#comments Apple Beats By Dr.Dre Fri, 30 May 2014 00:17:58 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438135 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple acquires Beats for US$3 billion (RM9.7 billion) http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rumoured move to purchase Beats Electronics and Beats Music made official </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple acquires Beats" alt="Apple acquires Beats" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/beats-apple.jpg?1401327862" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Confirming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-apple-might-buy-beats-electronics-new-unreal-tournament-free-and-community-desig">weeks of speculation</a>, Apple announced this evening that it has acquired headphones manufacturer and streaming music service proprietor Beats.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news#comments Apple Beats By Dr.Dre Headphones Music Wed, 28 May 2014 21:28:30 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1438067 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple buys Beats and other news you might have missed http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-buys-beats-and-other-news-you-ve-missed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Knowledge is power, so spend less than 10 minutes to catch up on the latest news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple buys Beats and other news you might have missed" alt="Apple buys Beats and other news you might have missed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-dre-beats_0.jpg?1400039635" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some of you might have slacked off with the daily news reading leading up to the long weekend (well, sort of long weekend). Tsk tsk, so here&rsquo;s the top few big announcements you&rsquo;ve missed over the past week.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The possible marriage between Apple and Beats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple might be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-buying-beats-expect-changes-its-headphones-and-itunes/news" target="_blank">buying Beats for a rumoured US$3.2 billion</a>, joining the likes of Microsoft and Google on an acquisition spree. We suspect it&rsquo;s either going to be a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/beats-drdre/beauty-and-beats-best-and-worst-headphone-design-dr-dre/feature" target="_blank">marriage made in heaven, or a partnership from hell</a>. But either way, for that amount of money, it looks like Dr. Dre will retire in style.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/so-why-does-apple-want-buy-beats/feature" target="_blank">So why does Apple want to buy Beats?</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The possible marriage between Apple and Beats" alt="The possible marriage between Apple and Beats" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beats%20apple%202_0.jpg?1400039635" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft inches out of its comfort zone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft might be treading new waters (if you believe the latest rumors) with a smartwatch in the making. Seems like most of the tech vendors are rooting themselves in the wrist tech spac). It&rsquo;s filed a patent for a &ldquo;wearable personal information system&rdquo; focusing on health and fitness. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-building-its-own-smartwatch/news" target="_blank">Is Microsoft building its own smartwatch?&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Microsoft inches out of its comfort zone" alt="Microsoft inches out of its comfort zone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ms-smartwatch_0.jpg?1400039635" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is there a Samsung Galaxy Tab S coming? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&rsquo;s better than rumours of a new device? Leaked pictures of it; and that&rsquo;s exactly what we saw: a larger Samsung Galaxy Tab S. SamMobile got the images, which show a 10.5in version of the tablet, alongside a slated 8.4in version. Looks like Samsung&rsquo;s embracing them large screens again.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/first-photos-samsung-s-rumored-galaxy-tab-s-leak/news" target="_blank">First photos of Samsung&rsquo;s rumored Galaxy Tab S leak</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Is there a Samsung Galaxy Tab S coming? " alt="Is there a Samsung Galaxy Tab S coming? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxytab-s_0.jpg?1400039635" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What’s tech got to do with make-up? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ladies, if you&#39;ve been spending all your dosh on high-end make-up brands (or guys, if you&rsquo;ve been purchasing make-up for your girls), look no further. Mink, started by young entrepreneur Grace Choi, is a 3D printer that replicates any shade of make-up (lipstick, blusher, foundation, powder, or cream) imaginable. Shut up and take our money!</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/be-fashion-rebel-print-your-own-makeup/news" target="_blank">Be a fashion rebel and print your own make-up&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="What’s tech got to do with make-up? " alt="What’s tech got to do with make-up? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mink%20stuff_0.jpg?1400039635" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G3 leaks again </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Courtesy of GSM Arena&rsquo;s inside source, you now have the chance to check out leaked images of the LG G3 &ndash; this time, in a gold colour. The source also shared some inside information about its camera. You can apparently take selfies with voice commands or by clapping your hands or twisting your finger. We wonder how that&rsquo;s going to work out.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3-leaks-gold-laser-autofocus-sensor-possibly-confirmed/news" target="_blank">LG G3 leaks in gold, laser autofocus sensor possibly confirmed</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="LG G3 leaks again" alt="LG G3 leaks again" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-gold-leak.jpg?1400039635" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-buys-beats-and-other-news-you-ve-missed/news#comments Apple Beats By Dr.Dre LG Microsoft Round-up Wednesday Samsung Wed, 14 May 2014 01:13:47 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1437103 at http://www.stuff.tv Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design by Dr Dre http://www.stuff.tv/my/beats-drdre/beauty-and-beats-best-and-worst-headphone-design-dr-dre/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These could mean heaven or hell for Apple, if they&#039;re buying Beats for design tips </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/beatsmain.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What&rsquo;s Apple buying Beats for? </p> <p>We have a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/so-why-does-apple-want-buy-beats/feature" target="_blank">few theories of our own</a>, but if it&rsquo;s design that Apple is after, we look at the best and worst of Beats&rsquo; headphones to see how our earpods could potentially take shape.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Futura x Beats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beats collaborated with graffiti artist Leonard McGurr - better known as Futura - to create a new look for the Beats Solo HD. Fresh and vibrant, this pair of cans might be loud, but not obnoxiously so.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Futura x Beats" alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/futura0.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Undefeated x Beats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Partnering with street brand Undefeated resulted in a military-esque look for the Beats Studio headphones. </p> <p>Drenched in the company&rsquo;s signature olive green with a matte finish, the headband features the word &lsquo;Undefeated&rsquo;, not just for branding purposes but as your warrior cry on life.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Undefeated x Beats" alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/undefeated.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/undefeated%201.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alexander Wang x Beats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fashion minimalist Alexander Wang gives the Beats Studio headphones an understated makeover. They&rsquo;re finished in matte black and perked up with gold accents for a touch of shine, because going over the top just isn&rsquo;t cool anymore. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/beats-drdre/geek-chic-most-stylish-tech-and-fashion-collaborations-ever/feature" target="_blank">Geek Chic: The most stylish tech and fashion collaborations ever</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Alexander Wang x Beats" alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alexwang.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> fragment design x Beats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Japanese designer Hiroshi Fujiwara might be better known for bringing hip hop to Japan, but his label, fragment design, has done quite the cool number on the Beats Studio headphones. You may now dismiss any preconceived notions about hip hop artistes.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="fragment design x Beats" alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fragments1.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seen the best? Now brace yourself for the worst...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Milkcrate Athletics x Beats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While HBO might have commissioned Aaron LaCrate of Baltimore&rsquo;s first streetwear brand to create the official fashion range for <em>The Wire</em>, his partnership with Beats didn&rsquo;t fare as well. We all know camouflage and orange just don&rsquo;t go together like Dr Dre and Eminem do.</p> <p>Image: <a href="http://hypebeast.com/2013/10/milkcrate-athletics-x-beats-by-dre-studio-beats-headphones" target="_blank">Hypebeast</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Milkcrate Athletics x Beats" alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/milkcrate.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Illest x Beats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, looking at these Beats Pro headphones did make us feel a little ill. It kind of looks like the little light specks you see after rubbing your eyes, or like something inflicted with a bad skin condition.</p> <p>And like it wasn&#39;t bad enough, they followed up with an equally sick-inducing Beats Studio version in a different colour scheme.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Images: <a href="http://www.funkyspacemonkey.com/beats-dre-presents-illest-beats-pro" target="_blank">FunkySpaceMonkey</a> and <a href="https://fatlace.com/lacedup/2012/11/illest-beats-press-release/" target="_blank">Fatlace</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Illest x Beats " alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/illest1.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/illest2.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Limited Edition Year of the Horse </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Red and gold might send handphones flying off the shelves, but not if you slap on the Chinese character for &lsquo;horse&rsquo; to commemorate the Year of the Horse, making it borderline suitable for wear this year, and garishly unsuitable for the next 11. Guess people could always use it appropriately once every 12 years instead.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Year of the Horse" alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beatshorse.png?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Staple Design x Beats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The colour combination might not look that bad. But turn it to the side and you&rsquo;ll see where Staple perched its iconic pigeon, otherwise known as a flying rat to others.</p> <p>You might think that&rsquo;s not too bad, but check out the headband and you&rsquo;ll find Staple Design&rsquo;s signature splat-of-bird-poop motif. Let&#39;s hope it won&#39;t inspire any real life action when you&#39;re wearing these.</p> <p class="p1">Images: <a href="http://www.complex.com/style/2014/01/staple-x-beats-by-dre-headphones" target="_blank">Complex&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Staple Design x Beats" alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/staple.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/staple%20design.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bonus - Crystal Rocked </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&rsquo;t worry about anyone judging you for wearing this. Because when they look at you, the light reflecting off the hundreds of Swarovski crystals adorning your Beats Studio headphones will blind them. And no one can judge when they can&#39;t even see.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Crystal Rocked" alt="Beauty and the Beats: The best and worst of headphone design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/crystalrocked.png?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beauty and the Beats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this a headphone marriage made in heaven or hell for Apple and Beats? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beatsmain_0.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/beats-drdre/beauty-and-beats-best-and-worst-headphone-design-dr-dre/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/beats-drdre/beauty-and-beats-best-and-worst-headphone-design-dr-dre/feature#comments Beats By Dr.Dre Design Tuesday Headphones Tue, 13 May 2014 02:12:23 +0000 Elissa Loi 1437012 at http://www.stuff.tv So why does Apple want to buy Beats? http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/so-why-does-apple-want-buy-beats/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sam Kieldsen asks what Cupertino thinks it can get from Dr Dre’s headphone company. Hint: it’s not about headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="So why does Apple want to buy Beats?" alt="So why does Apple want to buy Beats?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-dre-beats.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At the time of writing, it seems increasingly likely that Apple is about to acquire Beats Electronics, the headphone and audio company started by, among others, hip hop legend Dr Dre, for US$3.2 billion. But why?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beats is different. It&rsquo;s been an established name since its first pair of headphones was released in 2008. It has one of rap&rsquo;s best-known producers as its figurehead. Its products are beloved of footballers and celebrities. It&rsquo;s a huge brand, and for Apple to buy it for its technology and then kill it off just doesn&rsquo;t make sense.</p> <p>For all Beats&rsquo; popularity, there&rsquo;s nothing supremely technically innovative about its headphones: they&rsquo;re simply solidly-made, bass-heavy cans; probably most people would call them overpriced. If it wanted to improve the quality of its own (much-derided) headphones, Apple could spend a far smaller sum of money buying any one of a number of audio companies with just as much technical knowhow than Beats.</p> <p>OK, so Beats makes home speakers too. Maybe Apple wants to use this tech in a new <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPod_Hi-Fi" target="_blank">iPod Hi-Fi</a>? Or its long-rumoured (and, let&rsquo;s face it, probably non-existent) HDTV. But again, Beats offers nothing that a dozen other audio companies don&rsquo;t.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/beats-drdre/luke-wood-beats-we-want-raise-sound-quality-bar/feature" target="_blank">Beats&#39; Luke Wood: &quot;We want to raise the sound quality bar&quot;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beats headphones" alt="Beats headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beats-headphones.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So what else does Beats have going for it? Well, there&rsquo;s its streaming service, Beats Music, which launched in January of this year. Beats Music is based on the MOG service Beats purchased back in 2012 for something in the region of US$10 million, so it&rsquo;s hard to see Apple &ndash; the world&rsquo;s largest music retailer &ndash; feeling the need to snap it up now for a vastly increased sum. While it&rsquo;s promising, and it&rsquo;s already set up, it&rsquo;s a new service that has yet to prove itself (it hasn&rsquo;t even launched outside of the US).</p> <p>The more I think about this deal, the more it seems Apple is buying Beats for its image. And that&rsquo;s quite out of character for Cupertino, where understated, minimalist design, not the look-at-me bling of Beats&rsquo; red cables and bright colours, has always ruled.</p> <p>Apple has thrived on exuding its own brand of mercurial cool &ndash; one that says &ldquo;we know best&rdquo; with such crystal clarity that it convinces you that they really, really do. For it to think it needs to shell out billions on Beats in order to boost its street cred strikes us as baffling &ndash; and actually a sign that the company is, for the first time, in danger of becoming out of touch. Because there are actually a lot of people out there &ndash; and I don&rsquo;t just mean audiophiles, I mean people who value style just as much as substance &ndash; that wouldn&rsquo;t be caught dead wearing Beats headphones. As I said, they&rsquo;re the go-to headphone brand for footballers and c-list soap stars. Does anyone who&#39;s genuinely cool want a Beats Audio logo on the back of their iPhone?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beats Music" alt="Beats Music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beats-music.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s true that Beats as a company is a huge money-maker though. It holds about 50 percent of the US$1 billion global headphone market, and perhaps with Apple&rsquo;s help it can grab even more of a share. But even then it&rsquo;ll be a few years before Apple&rsquo;s investment pays for itself.</p> <p>More likely? Apple is acting now because of all the above factors. In Beats it has a company that makes audio hardware that consumers love, it has a ready-made streaming service and his has (what it thinks) is an image boost. But is that really worth $3 billion?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Beats founders Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine" alt="Beats founders Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beatselectronics.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why does Apple want to buy Beats? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s not really for their headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-dre-beats.jpg?1400203467" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/so-why-does-apple-want-buy-beats/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/so-why-does-apple-want-buy-beats/feature#comments Apple Beats By Dr.Dre Headphones Hi-Fi & Streaming Fri, 09 May 2014 16:11:58 +0000 Elissa Loi 1436862 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple buying Beats, expect changes to its headphones and iTunes http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-buying-beats-expect-changes-its-headphones-and-itunes/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This could be the ultimate marriage between two names oft-associated with overpriced hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple buying Beats, expect changes to its headphones and iTunes" alt="Apple buying Beats, expect changes to its headphones and iTunes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/beats%20apple.jpg?1399599152" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Perhaps it&#39;s serendipity that Apple buys Beats, a brand that only exists because its makers thought the former made really crap headphones.</p> <p>The biggest criticism about Beats has been that while its audio cans look great, you can get much better sounding ones for much less than what the company charges.</p> <p>The jokes usually made about Beats usually revolve around the perception that the audio quality you get is mediocre for what you&#39;re paying for. Which is usually through your nose.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is Apple running out of ideas? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have been spending quite a bit on acquisitions, Apple under Steve Jobs has not been into making high-profile purchases so the US$3.2 billion (RM10.32 billion) it&#39;s purportedly spending on Beats comes as a surprise.</p> <p>Why Beats? Why not more credible makers of high-quality, premium audio like Shure? After all, Logitech brought the Ultimate Ears brand which is very much-loved by studio professionals.</p> <p>The currency Apple seems wanting to buy here is cool. After all, part of Apple&#39;s appeal is in its design and making beautiful products is something Beats does on a regular basis. And charging a premium at the same time too. Beats apparently makes more than a billion in sales a year even if the audiophiles scoff at what they have to offer.</p> <p>Another reason could be Beats&#39; own streaming service which might shore up Apple&#39;s own offering. It&#39;s highly unlikely and perhaps too expensive for Apple to try and buy Spotify, Deezer, Rdio and the like, so Beats offers value in both hardware and music streaming software, which buying a mere audio headset maker would not offer.</p> <p>Just how will Apple merge Beats into its current portfolio? Beats headsets will likely be a sure staple at Apple stores everywhere for certain and perhaps some tweaks to iTunes will come somewhere down the pipeline.</p> <p>Will this be money well spent by Apple? We&#39;ll just have to see.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e330e830-d6f3-11e3-b95e-00144feabdc0.html#slide0" target="_blank">Financial Times</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple buying Beats, expect changes to its headphones and iTunes" alt="Apple buying Beats, expect changes to its headphones and iTunes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beats%20apple%202.jpg?1399599152" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-buying-beats-expect-changes-its-headphones-and-itunes/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-buying-beats-expect-changes-its-headphones-and-itunes/news#comments Apple Beats By Dr.Dre Beats Tour iTunes Fri, 09 May 2014 01:12:52 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1436783 at http://www.stuff.tv Geek Chic: The most stylish tech and fashion collaborations ever http://www.stuff.tv/my/beats-drdre/geek-chic-most-stylish-tech-and-fashion-collaborations-ever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wearables could learn a thing or two from these mashups </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Geek Chic: The most stylish tech and fashion collaborations ever" alt="Geek Chic: The most stylish tech and fashion collaborations ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hermesleica.jpg?1400035911" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Who says geeks are out of style? </p> <p>Beautiful things can happen when the worlds of tech and high fashion collide. To prove our point, here are the top three fashion and tech collaborations of our time.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. LG x Prada </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Slathered in Prada&rsquo;s trademark textured pattern from its Saffiano leather, the LG Prada Phone 3.0 is an elegant 4.3 inches of glass and metal. The Prada branded earphones are a nice touch for those who like to keep their music classy.</p> <p>While version 3.0 isn&#39;t much to crow about with its middling specs, the first LG Prada phone broke new ground as the first mobile phone to pack a capacitive touchscreen.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Image: <a href="http://www.phonegg.com/phone/2417-LG-Prada-3.0" target="_blank">Phonegg</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Geek Chic: The most stylish tech and fashion collaborations ever" alt="Geek Chic: The most stylish tech and fashion collaborations ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lgprada.jpg?1400035911" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Alexander Wang x Beats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>American designer Alexander Wang teamed up with the eargear maker to slap his brand of cool onto the Beats Studio headphones. The matte black headphones glimmer with gold accents, and come with adaptive noise cancelling as well as a 20-hour rechargeable battery. Music has never looked as good, nor has a fashion trend lasted as long.&nbsp;</p> <p>He also glossed up the Pill and urBeats earbuds with his golden designer touch.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Geek Chic: The most stylish tech and fashion collaborations ever" alt="Geek Chic: The most stylish tech and fashion collaborations ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alexwang_0.png?1400035911" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Geek Chic: The most stylish tech and fashion collaborations ever" alt="Geek Chic: The most stylish tech and fashion collaborations ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pill.jpg?1400035911" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Geek Chic: The most stylish tech and fashion collaborations ever" alt="Geek Chic: The most stylish tech and fashion collaborations ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/urbeats.jpg?1400035911" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Leica x Hermès </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We saved the best for last. Crafted to celebrate the friendship of&nbsp;Jean-Louis Dumas (former president of&nbsp;Hermès who was never seen without his Leica)&nbsp;and the German camera company, the Hermès Leica M9-P is an imaging force to reckon with wrapped in supple calfskin leather. Watch how it&rsquo;s lovingly crafted, and weep for you&#39;ll probably never be able to afford its US$25,000 (RM81,455) price tag.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EqFJclqkQ3E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fashion meets tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hermesleica_0.jpg?1400035911" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/beats-drdre/geek-chic-most-stylish-tech-and-fashion-collaborations-ever/feature#comments Beats By Dr.Dre Design Tuesday Leica LG Tue, 06 May 2014 06:59:40 +0000 Elissa Loi 1436642 at http://www.stuff.tv Luke Wood from Beats: "We want to raise the sound quality bar" http://www.stuff.tv/my/beats-drdre/luke-wood-beats-we-want-raise-sound-quality-bar/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The new Beats Studio is us learning to play,&quot; says the iconic headphone maker’s president, as he talks to Stuff about working with Dre, HTC’s One Max and why he’ll always be an audiophile at heart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beats&#039; president and COO Luke Wood" alt="Beats&#039; president and COO Luke Wood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/luke-wood.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Luke Wood knows what sounds good.</p> <p>As president and chief operating officer at Beats Electronics, he's developed the company's portfolio of headphones and speakers, working alongside co-founders Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine. And while audiophiles may bemoan the bass-heavy sound profile that's typical of Beats, its products are a massive hit – 64 per cent of headphone sales priced US$100 and over last year were Beats,&nbsp;according to analysts NPD Group. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For Beats, design is core – but we’re also focused on sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"When we started we were brand new in the business of making headphones. Jimmy [Iovine] and Dre: they had 70-plus years collectively of making records in the studio, producing and mixing as artists, engineers. I spent 20 years in the studio myself, so we came from that background of making records, but we’d never made headphones before. So in 2006, when the product was started, to 2008 when it first came out, we learned a lot.</p> <p>"The Studio was really the Beats icon. It was our original headphone, our model A.&nbsp;Design is at the core of what we do: if it doesn't look great, no-one's going to want to wear it.&nbsp;I always feel a certain sense of betrayal when someone completely redesigns the products that I have an emotional connection to, so when we were thinking about our new Beats Studio, it was really driven by our desire to focus on the sound.</p> <p class="p1">"With the design [from the original Studio and new Studio], you're looking at two products that are evolutionary, but the sound profile is radically different."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Beats Studio is our Nevermind </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"From a tuning perspective, [the original Beats Studio] was like our first album. You know: learning how to tune a guitar; the chords were kinda like GCD; it was very rudimentary and simple. I've been fortunate enough to work with a lot of really talented artists and it's really not until their third album as a group that they really get the voice of the band, the voice of the studio, the voice of the instruments, and if you look at really great records, very few bands start out with Sergeant Pepper.</p> <p>"People think that Nirvana started out with Nevermind. No! They had a really noisy album called Bleach that sounds nothing like Nevermind, and then they learned to play. The new Beats Studio is us learning to play."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beats Studio 2013" alt="Beats Studio 2013" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-beats-studio.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Original Beats Studio" alt="Original Beats Studio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Monsterbeatsdrdre.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fine-tuning is key </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"We have digital sound processing (DSP) that allows us to be clinical in how we tune the headphone. This uses digital noise cancelling, and that combined with the DSP allows us to tune the headphone post-factory. Before it goes in the box, if it doesn't feel 100 percent on spec, we can retune the headphone. From a quality control standpoint it's very important to us that every headphone sounds the same.</p> <p>"From 3m away, there's a similarity to the silhouette, but when you look closely at the [old and new Beats Studios], there's no relation. Not one single component from the original headphone is in this [new] one.&nbsp;It's an incredibly durable headphone, it's 25% lighter, and its got a fuel gauge.&nbsp;I'm obsessed with everything being charged constantly so, you know, it fits me perfectly."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There’s no consumer demand for HD music... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"I think there will always be a niche demand and I really respect that. I'm somebody who likes to get 180-gram version vinyl, because it has a certain sound to it that's different from other vinyl. And we work in the studio in 24-bit/192kHz, so we're working in extremely high-res.</p> <p>"When you spend six months on a record, always listening back in 192/24-bit, and you dither down to a codec like MP3 or AAC, you really hear the difference. But I think it takes a lot of education, and I think to some degree, there's a level of convenience you have to give the consumer with music. There's only so much pain they'll put up with."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1023" height="630" title="Nirvana HDtracks" alt="Nirvana HDtracks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen%20shot%202013-10-01%20at%2011.34.38.png?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ...and there’s no point listening to HD music on cheap headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"What's the point of listening through the 24-cent earbuds that came bundled with your smartphone? You want to reach out to the consumer with the best possible experience, but you have to make it easy, you have to make it effortless, or else it'll never catch on.</p> <p>"I think to some degree people are going to want streaming services but we're some way off from having the bandwidth to support high bit-rate streaming; you don't have the ecosystem yet to support it, you don't have the converters (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/5-best-dacs-how-make-your-digital-music-sound-amazing/feature" target="_blank">DACs</a>). It's important to dream, but it should be a dream you can execute."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> …but we’re trying to make quality music easier to get </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"What I'd like to see is everybody endeavouring to make the entire ecosystem better, so absolutely let's make those files better. They could be WAV, AIFF, FLAC, as close to Red Book audio [CD quality] as possible. That would be incredible."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartphone makers will abandon the bundled headphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"They're going to say, well, consumers are going to upgrade anyway. I think that's a great thing because then the consumer has to make a choice about how they're committed to sound. I use my iPad every single day but it has a mono speaker. I'm not going to consume my media with that so I use a headphone, right? I have a choice to pair it via Bluetooth with a speaker or headphone, and where you do that, you have to make the choice: what's your investment in sound?"</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NokiaHS-125OR_0.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beats&#039; future is not just about headphones, though </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"The investment [by manufacturers] in video versus audio over the last 15 years is like 200:1. And it doesn't make sense to me.</p> <p>"We want to try to affect sound in every possible use case and environment. We have a deal with HP, we worked with HTC on audio, right now we work with Chrysler and Dodge… we're trying to learn as we go, to find out how many places we can really affect sound.</p> <p>"We're looking at the primary listening environments: the car, home theatre, video games, planes, travel, commuting on the train, telephony. I think we can bring a benefit&nbsp;everywhere that sound touches the consumer. What I want to do is go at a pace where we can become really good, and have real impact around the experience, as opposed to just being a brand that exists for brand's sake.&nbsp;So we're going to stay in our lane, but our lane touches everything, because any kind of sight and sound media is sight <em>and</em> sound."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beats Pill speaker" alt="Beats Pill speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beats-pill.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We’re not done with HTC yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"They still have a 25 percent investment in the company, and additionally we still have a commercial deal with them, around the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a> and several new devices coming out this fall. We have a large-format HTC device out in the fall <em>(the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-max/review">HTC One Max</a>, if we're not mistaken)</em>&nbsp;– I don't even know if they've announced it yet – so we're still on that device.</p> <p>"We learned a lot of great things with HTC. Right now I can't comment as to whether that relationship will continue or not continue, but for Beats, it's been very productive, because we've done a lot of work [on HTC phones] and I'm very proud of the way those devices sound."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One X with Beats Audio" alt="HTC One X with Beats Audio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-x-beats.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We’re evangelical about sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>"Even though it makes me sound like a company guy, we want to raise the bar of sound. When you think about the history of the people in this company, particularly Jimmy Iovine, Dr Dre and myself, we've spent our entire lives committed to making music. We didn't spend our entire lives committed to making headphones.</p> <p>"If we can raise the bar, I would love that. The headphone war is great for everybody, because in the end the artist is going to win."</p> <p><em>Image credit:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/21238273@N03/7472169846/in/photolist-cohPLA-frqkyi-bBfJXy-bC1ivN-bAgGSQ-bAgGkN-bQG3za-bQG43H-bQG4gV-bQG3sp-bBMn8b-bBMmN1-bQG3nx-bBMn4j-bQG47k-bQG3PF-bQG3iZ-bBMmVj-bBMmBS-bQG3Vn-bBkahA-fwmnST-bwj1U3-bKdLja-codvoN-codvvs-bDU3yu-bTEthv-91MvTL-eaSdUS-bT2yRP-bTgqFK-bAgGnh-bAgFLQ-bAgFNf-bAgFR1-bAgGMJ-bPb9Ng-bAgGAU-bPbkZk-bAgGCm-bPbm3F-bPbm58-bAgH25-bPbm7X-8pS14h"><em>Mark Tighe</em></a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dr Dre on stage" alt="Dr Dre on stage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dr-dre.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The new Beats Studio is us learning to play.&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beats boss Luke Wood talks headphones and HTC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-beats-studio_0.jpg?1381313943" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/beats-drdre/luke-wood-beats-we-want-raise-sound-quality-bar/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/beats-drdre/luke-wood-beats-we-want-raise-sound-quality-bar/feature#comments Beats By Dr.Dre Docks and Speakers Headphones HTC Interviews Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:12:42 +0000 Nigel Yap 1427351 at http://www.stuff.tv