Could Dr Dre's long-delayed Detox album be the One More Thing at next week's WWDC? Probably not - but the charismatic rap legend does have a new job at Apple, where he and his Beats Audio partner Jimmy Iovine will have roles as "Dre" and "Jimmy" respectively. And that's not even the strangest thing that happened this week. It's a particularly weird Week in Tech!
Straight Outta Cupertino
Apple announced its purchase of Beats Audio for a cool $3 billion this week. Apple's press release makes it clear what Apple really wants here: Beats Music first, Dre and Jimmy Iovine second and Beats' iconic headphones third. Interestingly, Apple isn't planning to shutter Beats Music on non-Apple platforms in the foreseeable future.
LG slams Steve
"We love Steve Jobs, but he was wrong". That's LG's head of smartphone planning, Dr Ramchan Woo, talking about the incredibly high-res screen of the LG G3: apparently Apple's idea of a retina display just isn't good enough. Screen aside, is the G3 any cop? Our very own Gareth Beavis says yes - but he's not convinced it's a market leader.
Google has been tinkering with self-driving cars for a while, and its own prototype was unveiled at the 2014 Code Conference by Google's co-founder Sergey Brin. Notably, it has no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal. Read more
If you were anxiously awaiting the arrival of Steam Machines this year, keep on waiting. Valve announced in a murky blog post that it's looking at a "release window" of 2015 for Steam Machines, not 2014 as previously announced. Read more
Microsoft reckons it might have ended the language barrier. At the Code conference, the firm demonstrated "near real-time" language translation for Skype voice calls, which works just like using an interpreter in a conversation. Read more
We know that Google's interested in home automation thanks to its purchase of the Nest smart thermostat but, if the Financial Times is correct, Apple's about to take an even bigger step: at WWDC it's going to announce a standard for intelligent home appliances based around iOS. Read more
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