Podcast transcription - 4th June 2014
Mark Bridge writes:
Every week we produce a half-hour podcast that covers all the biggest news headlines for the UK mobile phone industry.
Thanks to a special offer from Scribie.com, we can also offer a transcription of last week’s programme.
Podcast - 4th June 2014
Iain, James and Mark begin this week's podcast with Apple's recent iOS 8 revelation and its plan to acquire Beats Electronics.
They then move on to discuss Samsung's Tizen-powered smartphone, a new flagship device from LG and the latest Microsoft Surface tablet - as well as a network takeover in Ireland, BlackBerry’s M2M moves and UK price changes for Vodafone.
After a few weeks of rumours, Apple has confirmed that it’s acquiring Beats Electronics - the audio company founded by Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre - along with the Beats Music streaming service.
The total deal is worth around $3 billion and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Beats founders to take control of audio business again
Last year HTC Corporation announced a partnership and investment deal with Beats Electronics, the company behind ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ audio products.
It’s now selling some of its stake back to the founding members of Beats, which will give the founders around 75% ownership while HTC will be left with approximately 25%.