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Topic: Acquisitions

Apple enhances Siri team with purchase of VocalIQ, a car-focused British speech tech firm

10/02/2015, 03:10 pm

Natural language processing firm VocalIQ, a U.K. company with a particular interest in voice control within automobiles, has reportedly been acquired by Apple, in a likely attempt to bolster its voice-driven personal assistant Siri.


Rumor: Apple acquires real-time motion capture firm Faceshift

09/04/2015, 05:09 pm

A report on Friday claims Apple has potentially purchased Faceshift, a Swiss firm working on real-time facial motion capture animation through proprietary markerless technology.


Apple buys established augmented reality firm Metaio

05/28/2015, 04:05 pm

Apple earlier this month completed an acquisition of Metaio, a German augmented reality firm that first started life as a side project at Volkswagen, for an as-yet-unknown project.


How Coherent Navigation can help Apple with location technology and talent

05/18/2015, 02:05 pm

Apple's recent acquisition of Coherent Navigation, a California firm that worked on high-precision satellite navigation projects for the likes of the U.S. Navy, might at first seem a bit outside of the iPhone maker's wheelhouse.But a closer look reveals what could, in fact, be an excellent match.


Apple acquires high-accuracy GPS technology firm Coherent Navigation

05/17/2015, 02:05 pm

In the midst of a major overhaul for its Maps service, Apple seems to have made another under-the-radar acquisition as the company apparently snapped up Coherent Navigation, makers of high-accuracy GPS devices and software.


Apple Inc. has acquired 26 firms in 15 months while pursuing increased diversity, a confident Tim Cook tells shareholders

03/11/2015, 10:03 pm

Riding high the day after detailing a series of new products at its Spring Forward event, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook recapped the company's progress at its annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, with a particular focus on acquisitions, partnerships and achieving the kind of diversity that reflects the company's growing, global audience of employees and customers.


Apple reportedly buys digital instrument effects firm Camel Audio [u]

02/23/2015, 10:02 pm

Apple has seemingly purchased UK-based digital audio effects maker Camel Audio, best known for the popular Alchemy synth plug-in, suggesting the firm's software may be included in a future version of Logic Pro X.


Apple buys UK music tracking startup Semetric to boost Beats Music analytics

01/21/2015, 06:01 am

Apple has purchased British media analytics startup Semetric in what appears to be the next step in a planned push for Beats Music, the streaming music platform Apple acquired last year as part of its Beats deal.


Apple officially closes on $3B purchase of Beats headphones & streaming service

08/01/2014, 09:08 am

Apple on Friday gave an official welcome to Beats Music and Beats Electronics, which are now a part of the Cupertino, Calif., outfit after the $3 billion purchase price was finalized.


Apple confirms purchase of personalized talk radio service Swell, shuts down app

07/29/2014, 03:07 pm

Apple has indeed purchased Swell, a personalized news radio application, the company confirmed on Tuesday, after promptly shutting removing the free download from the iOS App Store.


Apple expected to buy personalized talk radio app Swell for $30 million

07/28/2014, 08:07 am

Apple may bolster its streaming media services with the addition of technology and talent from Swell, a personalized news radio application currently available for iPhone, which it is said to have bought for $30 million.


Apple acquires startup BookLamp for between $10M to $15M in bid to bolster iBooks discovery

07/25/2014, 09:07 pm

Apple on Friday confirmed reports that it recently acquired book analytics firm BookLamp -- dubbed the "Pandora for Books" -- in April to bolster its fight in the e-book sales market, bringing better discovery and analytics to its digital storefront.


European Commission to rule on Apple's Beats acquisition by July 30

06/25/2014, 09:06 am

Apple will know whether European antitrust authorities will clear its $3 billion deal for headphone maker Beats by the end of next month, paving the way for the acquisition to close before the end of Apple's 2014 fiscal year.


Apple acquires social search startup Spotsetter focusing on place, restaurant recommendations

06/06/2014, 03:06 pm

Spotsetter, a Silicon Valley startup that analyzes a user's social circle to surface more relevant recommendations for things like places to visit or new restaurants to try, is said to have been acquired by Apple for an unknown sum.


Apple's massive $3B bet on Beats a sure thing compared to all-in gamble on NeXT in 1996

05/29/2014, 02:05 pm

Apple's recently-confirmed $3 billion purchase of headphone maker and streaming music provider Beats may be the largest cash outlay in its history, but it's far from the Cupertino company's biggest bet on an acquisition.


Dr. Dre, Tyrese share Heineken-fueled celebration of Apple's alleged Beats acquisition

05/09/2014, 08:05 am

In a video initially posted to Facebook and subsequently pulled, West Coast rappers Dr. Dre -- the cofounder of Beats Electronics -- and Tyrese appear to be celebrating the rumored sale of Dre's headphone brand to Apple, seeming to confirm that the deal is legitimate.


Apple reportedly nearing $3.2B acquisition of Beats Electronics

05/08/2014, 05:05 pm

In a somewhat surprising move, Apple is rumored to be in talks with Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics that could see the audio accessories and music streaming service acquired for $3.2 billion.


Apple acquires LuxVue, a power-efficient micro-LED display maker - report [update: confirmed]

05/02/2014, 03:05 pm

Apple is said to have bought low-power micro-LED maker LuxVue Technology, a deal that could lead to better and more power efficient displays in future devices from the company.


Apple 'on the prowl' with 24 acquisitions in last year and a half

04/23/2014, 06:04 pm

Apple has bought two-dozen companies in the last 18 months, it was revealed on Wednesday, and more deals are likely on the way, with Tim Cook describing Apple as "on the prowl" for potential acquisitions that make sense.


Apple acquired speech recognition firm Novauris last year to improve Siri - report

04/03/2014, 01:04 pm

An Apple acquisition from 2013 may have quietly flown under the radar, as it was revealed this week that the Siri development team has added personnel from Novauris Technologies.