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How Beats maximizes cheap hardware for luxurious profits

A teardown of a set of Beats headphones, which sell for hundreds of dollars at retail, revealed that the hardware contains less than $18 in components. And that sounds like the ‘phones are an insane ripoff, but that’s not even the most interesting thing we learned from the examination.<p>We’re used to …

Apple launches TD-LTE iPad Air, Mini for China

Both tablets support China's 4G TD-LTE standard and will be available today.<p>If you're living in China and missing out on the 4G action on your iPad Air or Mini , the good news is that the TD-LTE models of both slates are now available.<p>Both the Air and Mini sport a different model number -- A1476 …

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App Store Prices to Increase in Five Countries

Apple is increasing the price of iOS apps and content in the App Store in five countries, after the company emailed developers explaining the adjustments, which are being made due to changing exchange rates.<p>From April 1, customers that shop in the App Store using the Australian Dollar, Indian …

U.S. companies, especially tech, hold record piles of cash

U.S. companies outside the finance industry are holding more cash on their balance sheets than ever, with $1.64 trillion at the end of 2013.<p>That's up 12 percent from the record in 2012, Moody's Investors Service reported Monday. The technology sector led the charge, with Apple Inc., Microsoft …

iOS App Store Prices To Increase In Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa

Apple has sent out an email notifying customers of App Store price changes in certain countries within the next 24 hours. The company said that it will raise retail rates for the following currencies because of foreign exchange rate changes: Australian dollar, Indian rupee, Indonesian rupiah, …